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194 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
One of the BEST so far in NY
By TheMilkman on 1/31/2007
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.
permanently banned by my friends and family
By brklynlwyr on 12/3/2006
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.
By billb on 11/8/2006
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.
By ananb on 6/11/2005
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.
Worst dining experience ever
By newyo4 on 2/20/2005
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.
Nothing peasant about this place!
By battousai on 12/27/2004
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.
By natm41 on 10/15/2004
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.
OH so pretentious
By ika on 8/24/2004
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!
By Gnewey on 7/14/2004
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.
GOOD FOOD COUNTS
By pattyb on 2/21/2004
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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