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Peasant

194 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
212-965-9511

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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50% would go back.

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One of the BEST so far in NY

By TheMilkman on 1/31/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

So, as a self professed "foodie" I like to try out as many restaurants as I can afford. The first time I went to Peasant was on a date, and it was perfect. Nice wine list, dimly lit, and the food was delicious. Everything was salted and incredibly flavorful. Yes, it's expensive, but it is well worth it. I have made a point to mention Peasant every time one of my friends is looking to try something new. I have gone 5 times now, and am just waiting for a reason to go back. I have heard people complain about the wait, however if you go at a reasonable time, show up on time, and chill out at the bar for a minute, it's nothing at all. There is only a wait because this place is jamming, and has been full to the brim every time i have gone. Again, some of the BEST FOOD I have eaten in New York.

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323 out of 792 people found this review helpful.

permanently banned by my friends and family

By brklynlwyr on 12/3/2006

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

if you like to be betlittled, this is the place to go. after a decade of living in nyc, the first time i refused to leave a tip. they practically ruined our birthday celebration with the rudest behavior ever by a waitstaff. we had 5 people at a table for 6, and when a sixth friend joined us a little while later, we were yelled at and harassed for taking up space that apparently wasn't ours. unfortunately we had already ordered our food, so we waited it out for the most mediocre, overpriced italian food in nyc. we quickly ate what we could stomach so we could be out of there as soon as possible. the manager was not apologetic or helpful at all. will never go back and encourage everyone to stay away.

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358 out of 800 people found this review helpful.

Hello Ossobuco

By billb on 11/8/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Peasant is one of my favorite restaurants, the staff is friendly, the open kitchen is great and the food is wonderful. Unfortunately i've stayed away because I was ill and couldn't eat rich foods for awhile. As soon I felt better I ran back to Peasant. The ossobuco is amazing it melts in your mouth and you have to finish off with the bread pudding and ask for extra scoops of gelato.

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284 out of 639 people found this review helpful.

Truly pretentious..!

By ananb on 6/11/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

It is a bout the pose not the food nor the atmosphere. Ridiculously pricey. Average food with a pose of trendy, upscale and worthy restaurant. The worst meal you could ever have, is one that you feel cheated and taken advantage of, afterward.

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417 out of 799 people found this review helpful.

Worst dining experience ever

By newyo4 on 2/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We had a reservation but weren't seated for 55 minutes. When we finally were seated, they told us the pasta guy was backed up, so we should expect to wait 45 minutes for anything from that part of the kitchen. Basically, anything that is any good is made by that guy. The food was fair. The manager was indifferent. I don't think we should have paid for the meal, it was that bad.

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460 out of 850 people found this review helpful.

Nothing peasant about this place!

By battousai on 12/27/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The candles save you from dining in near pitch black but the food makes up for the poor lighting as it doesn't get anymore sumptuous and satisfying than trattoria. So, eat like a king but you'll feel like a peasant after you've paid the bill.

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313 out of 652 people found this review helpful.

Bacchanalian experience

By natm41 on 10/15/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This meal was INCREDIBLE. On a Friday night when places fill up quickly (but on the later side), we called at 5:45, were able to get a table for 7:00, and it was absolutely WONDERFUL! The atmosphere was warm and candlelit with the open kitchen right in plain view. We immediately received delicious Italian bread with fresh ricotta, and our waitress was a dream--incredibly helpful, patient, and friendly. From the razor clams to the baby chicken to the papardelle with fresh porcini, this meal was a bacchanalian experience that I would be lucky to come back for.

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354 out of 751 people found this review helpful.

OH so pretentious

By ika on 8/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went for dinner with a group of 6 last Friday with high expectations we left quite disappointed. Although the décor/atmosphere is pleasant enough and the food good, it is over priced for what it is….especially when the waiter tried overcharging us by $20 for our wine. Oh yes, the waiter, the waiter who exuded an air of arrogance and a sense of being annoyed with having to wait on us, answer our questions and simply for having to be at work. I will not be going back anytime soon!

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226 out of 508 people found this review helpful.

Mediocrity

By Gnewey on 7/14/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

A little too pricey for a "just ok" experience. The waitstaff was less than interested in anything/anybody. The busboys are too busy having their own party near the open kitchen counter. An older boring crowd. I hate to have to rely on a waiter to explain what anything is on the menu that's written in Italian. The food was wasn't brilliant, the squid ink pasta came overly doused with oil and a spattering or very watery tomatoes. The Octopus appetizer was too salty. The sardines and lamb was pretty good.

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286 out of 626 people found this review helpful.

GOOD FOOD COUNTS

By pattyb on 2/21/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Everyone has such a problem with peasant. It is a little annoying at first that the menu is in italian but... after experiencing the truly authentic italian cooking like the goat lasagna and having only italian wines, you get it. It's Italian! Anyway the food is very good, that's why we go there.

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