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  • American (Traditional), Gastropub, Cocktails
  • 8 Rivington St End of Freeman Alley, New York NY10002 40.721468 -73.992866
  • (Btwn Bowery & Chrystie St)
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  • (212) 420-0012
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User Ratings (Based on 51 reviews)

Food 3.5 Value 3.4
Service 3.0 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 420-0012
(212) 420-0053
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm Dinner Daily: 6pm-11:30pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, People Watching, Trendy, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Freemans

    Posted by Washington, DC on 05/23/2010

    Needs Consistency

    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.

  • Freemans

    Posted by RW on 04/19/2010

    not again

    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.

  • Freemans

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2010

    Not the Best.

    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.

  • Freemans

    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.

  • Freemans

    Posted by swripper on 11/07/2009

    What happened!

    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.

  • Freemans

    Posted by Eddie on 10/11/2009

    Not worth the hype

    This is my first food review. I was so disappointed with the food that I have no choice but to write a review. The chicken I ordered was not properly cooked, and the filet mignon my friends ordered was way overcooked. The waiter appeared to be under some sort of influence. Although the atmosphere in the restaurant was good, the food was a total disappointment. Oh, another friend ordered the trout, which she described as ok-tasting, but otherwise bare and poorly presented. Again, just not worth it. This place might have been good once but this Saturday it sucked.

  • Freemans

    Posted by Steinthal on 05/06/2009

    ImmaculateInfatuation's Freeman's Review

    Our obsession with Freemans is truly an immaculate infatuation. The worn wooden frame, the taxidermy on the walls, and the beards & flannel employee dress code give this old New York style spot a very hip, yet very Vermont vibe. When this place first opened, it was everyone's best kept secret, but in recent years, Freemans has completely blown up. Since Freemans doesn't take reservations (for parties less than 6), prepare yourself to go across the "alley" to Lorely and have a couple of drinks before you're awarded your table. While the waits are usually quite long (we're talking hours during prime-time), if you're committed, it's well worth it. Everything on the menu is good and priced right. As long as you're willing to make a night of it, whether you're taking out a significant other or just looking for a solid place to go with your friends, Freemans is a slam dunk. Thankfully, new chef Michael Citarella has left former chef Jean Adamson's signature dishes on the menu virtually untouched. Thus, for those who are were used to the Artichoke Dip into Steak Filet dinner setup, it's still the main attraction. Also, in addition to dinner, the brunch is legit, though a little expensive. If you happen to find yourself at Freemans on a Sunday afternoon, we suggest you check out the brisket and eggs dish, which is out of this world. Food Rundown: Artichoke Dip You're committing a serious crime if you don't get the artichoke dip to start - it might just be the best appetizer in New York City. I don't even like Artichokes, but this is easily the best dip I've ever eaten in my life. Have you ever craved a dip before? You will after you try this and I promise you will find yourself coming back for it again.

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