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Posted by Gregory Grene on 11/28/2010
Astonishing case of the Emperor's New Clothes. The host, wearing a trying-desperately-to-be-cool black hat and stretch jeans, informs you that you cannot be seated, although the restaurant is empty, and the tables set. The menu is apparently designed by a provincial pub cook to be trendy circa 1980 - e.g., apps are a choice of artichoke dip or "devils on horseback" - a combination of prunes, blue cheese and bacon, which tastes as good as it sounds (i.e., disgusting.) The main courses - second-rate chicken or steak - fine as an in-flight meal in economy. But not worth going out for in NYC. And insane to see vast queues of misled diners waiting eagerly for their chance to feast. Thumbs down all the way.
Posted by ilovefood on 06/15/2010
I went to Freeman's with a birthday party of 7, which could've been a really painful experience. However, it was simply wonderful! The atmosphere was quaint and just perfect for the occasion. The food was delicious, and my steak was cooked perfectly, nice and red in the center! Our waiter was amazing and very attentive. We were all very impressed by the experience. Do yourself a favor and order the artichoke dip; it's epic, and I'm not even a huge fan of artichoke dip. Will go back again soon!
Posted by Washington, DC on 05/23/2010
Have been here 3 times before in the past 3 years and have always been happy, however this visit was not as enticing. It was extremely crowded (Friday night) par usual, but there seemed to be mis-communication/confusion amongst the hosts/hostesses as well as the servers. Waited a very long time for each course, and received the wrong bill twice.
Posted by RW on 04/19/2010
food: average Atmosphere: great (customers are trendy) drink: average service: zero Freemans is cool because it is at the end of an ally. But the waiter I had seems like his father just passed-away: No smile-just attitude! Service is key for restauant. The owners need to amend this point, I hope. I will think twice before return to Freemans because of the bad service.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2010
If you're looking for some decent cocktails and appetizers, Freeman's is great. Anything beyond that falls short. The food is average at best and certainly does not justify its overpriced menu. Being where the hip gather, unless you can reserve a spot, the wait is about an hour and a half and upwards 7 pm and later Thursday night through the weekend. Freeman's charms lies in its decor and its people watching opportunities. The bitter greens salad, however is fantastic.
Posted by Anyonymous on 01/26/2010
I found the menu to be rather uninteresting and the food was mediocre...especially for $150 for two people. Not sure what all the hype is about as I've dined at much better restaurants in the city.
Posted by swripper on 11/07/2009
We have been going to Freemans for many years and always loved the food. We had dinner there last night with some friends of ours and we ordered the trout, pork, and chicken. When it was served the fish wasn't cooked and we had to send it back. The roasted vegetables that accompanied the chicken were cold and seemed that maybe they were served the night before. We have always recommended this place to friends but after our experience last night I will be a bit more hesitant to do so in the future. It may be that it was an off night so we'll give the place another chance but if the food quality is the same I would suggest that they find a new chef.