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Posted by foodgalnyc on 01/22/2008
My man and I arrived at about 5:40 on 1/21/08 for my bday dinner. We walk in and the host who was looking at his board, looked bothered as he looked up to us as to ask, "yes, what do you want?" I would've walked out then, but it was maybe 20 degrees out and MY birthday! He said people are seated for dinner until 6pm, which is stupid you can hang in the v. small bar area. We were finally seated in this ridiculous room with no view, two other 2-tops and a 6-8top. Waitress did her job very well and answered many questions. Food was mediocre Devils on horseback wasn't impressive and I've had similar at other places. Cook the bacon a bit more and use figs, rather than prunes! Artichoke dip is good, but they should have small and large portions as it's a huge app for two people! My filet mignon was good, and prepared correctly, but mashed potatoes were cold when they reached the table. Venison stew, "their signature dish" was good, except who puts a half of butternut squash in its shell, on someone's plate? Ugly. Also, chili flakes have no place with butternut squash. Skipped dessert. Overall, disappointed and I'd been trying to eat here for 2-3 years.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2008
I had heard that Freemans was great but it surpassed my expections. The staff was delightful, friendly and accomadating. The artichoke dip was amazing as was the cod. The flavors were unique, yet wholesome and satasfying on a cold rainy night. I can wait to go back.
Posted by aellin on 12/13/2007
Even the positive reviews of this joint seem to concede that it has a frat house feeling. And that the seating policies are ridiculous -- no reservations, hourlong waits etc. Plus, while waiting, you will be staring at vacant tables reserved for people who have an "in" with whoever runs this place. Nor is it anything special -- there are countless noisy, grungy bars with heavy American food all over Manhattan. If you like having drinks spilled on you at overcrowded bars, this is the place. When you consider the out-of-the way location, it's an especially unpleasant place to begin an evening.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/10/2007
I'll keep it quick. The host was super-friendly. At first indicating a one and a half hour wait, but told our threesome to stick around and he would try to seat us if something opened up soon, since clearly people put their name down and come back later. He sat us in 20 minutes. Also as we were settling our check, some late-20s jerk decides to put his beer down on our table while he chats up a lady-friend. The host slaps it back in his hand and says "Really man? Like, really? Come on." You rule host guy. The food was amazing. Well worth the $. Try the date/bacon/goat cheese appetizer. Oh my god. Wow. Our waitress was very friendly without being overbearing. I couldn't recommend this place more.
Posted by Rebecca on 10/01/2007
My daughter (who lives in NYC) was dying to take us to Freeman's while we were visiting her over the last few days. We had reservations for 6 pm on a Thursday. From the moment we turned off of Rivington into Freeman's alley we knew this was going to be great. While the 7 of us trickled in over a 10 minute period we had drinks and soaked in the feeling of the rooms. Then we were taken to the back of the restaurant to the wine celler room where we were seated at a long table simply laid out with small unique flower arrangements and votive candles. We had the room to ourselves. We couldn't have picked a more perfect setting for an intimate dining experience. The tall ceilings and equally tall glass - doored cupboards containing the wines,combined with the soft candle light, gave us a sense of seclusion in an otherwise busy restaurant. We started with drinks and the artichoke appetizer. After my first sip of the Bramble, a cocktail containing blackberry liquor, gin, simple syrup and something else I was hooked.. One could easily order it by the pitcher. We progressed to salads (the fennel salad was outstanding) . The cauliflower and Stilton soup was excellent. The entrees were unique. The pork loin was nestled on a bed of delicate bread pudding and a few sauteed apples and some au jus from the pork. The other entrees included 2 fish dishes, a pan roasted chicken, and a 3-cheese pasta dish.Each was presented in an elegant but uncontrived way. Everyone was happy with their choices. We ordered 4 different desserts, which we shared with each other. Our waitress was excellent. She was quiet but friendly and obviously had a sense of humor. She and another server kept everything coming in an organized manner, which doesn't always happen with a table full of people.Everybody working in the restaurant seemed to be really enjoying what they were doing.We loved the whimsy of the cobbled alley leading to a very European abode strewn with Christmas lights and plants,with interior walls decorated with stuffed animal heads as in an English hunting lodge.We loved the location in the lower East side where an old New York neighborhood has been infused with some surprises.When you find Freemans at the end of the alley, you almost feel like you were the first to discover it.
Posted by roma d on 07/16/2007
I couldn't give up on Freemans. The food was too good. Finally got here again and I take back the yucky service review of December. We had such a nice dinner, starting with the deep wonders of the Freeman Cocktail and some excellent lamb patties, the artichoke casserole and fresh pea soup. One mashed potato with truffle oil side dish for 4 people. Our guests, former New Yorkers, loved the decor and secret entryway. And the service was very friendly, all around. We will be back again ASAP.
Posted by Anthony on 01/12/2007
Our expectations were high and you did not disappoint. We rocked up about 8 and were seated immediately. The waiter was extremely attentive and did not leave us wanting for anything that he could possibly deliver on. I wish I caught his name so I could pay him the compliment he is due. I had read many reviews and was so looking forward to the Freeman experience. It is easy to walk straight past the alley to missed it completely, so keep your eye out for it as you will be getting what I think is a very different, but very New York experience. Despite it being decked out in an English hunting lodge theme there was something very warming and comforting about it. The rabbit pie was nothing short of excellent. When I convert the bill to aussie $'s it is not cheap, but who cares you only live once.