Freemans
Freemans

Freemans

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.freemansrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2124200012
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 11:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Preston and Ginger Madson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery
  • Public Transit: F/V to Lower East Side/ 2nd Avenue, J/M/Z to Bowery and 6 to Spring.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking lot at 14 Kenmare, two blocks away.
A word from Freemans
Located in Lower East Side of Manhattan Freemans offers a rugged and clandestine respite in a Colonial American Tavern setting. The cuisine is early American: simple, rustic and inspired by Old World traditions. Freemans is well known for beautiful artisanal cocktails and warm service.
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Freemans reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (34)great for brunch (32)romantic (29)hot spot (23)special occasion (22)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great place
    akliakli
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Amazing decor and cute street. Soup and drinks were amazing but my hamburguer bread was a little dry to be honest. But it was an amazing experience. Super cute alley, amazing decor inside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NR1969
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was so looking forward to going back to Freemans as I don't live in the US and had fond memories of my last time at Freemans, everything was great and met expectations apart from the service. The waiter was incredibly moody and this somewhat was disappointing as it makes a huge difference when the waiters and bar staff are welcoming and I have to say I was a little let down by the sullen attitude of our waiter. This honestly would not encourage me to come back even though I love the restaurant. Also the table next to us was a table for 4 people and there were 5 of them so it was very squashed...But no one seemed to care to be honest. Disappointing overall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food is great. Bar area is small so get here early if just for drinks. Been coming here for years and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    LaurainNYC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went there with a few friends last saturday. The place is nice and cosy, but the waitress was rude, kept calling everything her "favourite thing on the menu" and eventually led us to order some very unremarkable mac and cheese. We left fairly quickly after the dinner, but not before paying an expensive bill. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid food, great atmosphere
    halfmoon
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Very unique spot. Even though it was the original, these days it feels a bit like Brooklyn on the LES. We went for brunch and everyone enjoyed their food. Chocolate mint ice cream for dessert was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    C3PO
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious bday dinner. Your lady will be happy. Get the artichoke dip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Rishi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food although a little on the small side considering the usual American portion size! However, quality of the burgers is spot on and their home made lemonade is awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Promise/Under Deliver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Freemans came highly recommended - unfortunately, after dining at ABC Kitchens and Little Owl, the experience at Freemans was disappointing both in terms of the quality of the food and the service. It will not be on our list going forward.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intro to NYC Dining
    GVResident
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I lived in NYC for 11 years. I only started going to Freeman's after I moved away. Immediately fell in love with it. It's a quintessential NY restaurant: hip, great food, good people watching, funky. I picked this restaurant as the intro to NYC dining for a couple of my friends. Everyone loved it. I was very happy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not like I remembered
    JCSNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There is something special about Freeman Alley and the vibe of the restaurant but the service was so disappointing it impacted our whole meal. Our server was so disinterested in our table and dining experience it was actually hard to order at some points. It is really unfortunate when you feel like your server thinks you are wasting their time. On a good note, the artichoke dip was incredible as per usual, chicken was delicious and the zucchini noodles fine but not worth the price. We did get a complimentary artichoke dish when there were other delays which was a wonderful surprise because it is delicious. Maybe I'll do brunch next time but I think I'm done with dinner for now at Freemans.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Godric
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our friend recommended this place to us and I'm so happy she did! It's so cute and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything about it!
    Chelsea
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Will definitely be coming back soon. Everything was great- service, food, ambience. Great place to take the folks when they're in town, but also doubles as a great date night spot. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Smpleitez
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I always bring out of towners here for a true New York local dining experience. It's a hidden gem in an alley way you would walk by if you didn't know to look. Food and drinks are always delicious! I recommend the Mac n cheese and spinach artichoke dip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Hfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A lovely restaurant tucked in at the end of an alley in the east village. Great ambiance with a delicious menu. We ordered the artichoke dip with bread as a starter and it was the BEST dip I've ever tasted. Fabulous find!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Freemans
    ualwayswantwhatiorder
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Brunch is delicious at Freemans. I have hosted 2 brunches there recently, one for 7 people and the other for 8 people. Great food, nice variety, good for vegans, vegetarian and meat eaters ! Sat upstairs both times, was seated immediately and exactly to my reservation time. Loved the cheese grits, the smoked trout and the cappuccino. My guests loved the pulled pork sandwich, eggs Benedict and pancakes. Everyone was happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Spot
    Gigi
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    At the back of a not so promising alley, is this charming, old NY feeling restaurant. I've never gotten in at night - it was always busy - but thought of it for a very nice, quiet lunch there with a friend. We enjoyed the food, the ambience, and the visit with each other.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre food in a pretty setting
    WeimarnerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Heard a lot about this place. I think the best thing about the place is the unique location. The was just average. Most dishes lacked flavor. I had asked them beforehand whether they could make non-alcoholic and they said yep they could to some nice summery drinks. When we got there...the waiter first just said no they can't. After pressing they got me done thing which was just average. Anyway I would not go there again. There are plenty if interesting places in the neighborhood that you should try before going here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Groups
    rphillips92
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here with a group of old friends I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone enjoyed the cocktail menu as well as the food (the artichoke dip and the French 75 were the two big hits). Had also been to Freeman's in a more intimate and personal setting, which the restaurant was fantastic for as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute location - good food
    Thyme2Eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Decor and feel of the restaurant was very interesting (in a good way). We were 10min late for our res but there were no issues and we were seated immediately (so grateful since we had such a large party). Some dishes were much better than others. Best were the bacon & egg biscuit (but quite small), egg skillet, and pork sandwich. The grilled cheese was nothing special. Bloody Mary's were pretty good, but very spicy. Service was average - would have expected more attentiveness given the size of our group and amount we ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks 4 getting me into taxidermy
    Giblets
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Never had anything other than a great experience here, and I've been at least 20 times. 5 stars for food, vibe, atmosphere. Don't change a thing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing the point
    Zeytun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took a potential client to a late lunch here (at 2:30 hardly a rush). In my reservation and in person I asked for a table by the window, which we would have waited for, however the hostess sat us in a tight table, next to a doorway, next to another couple, in an empty room. The good thing is both of us are familiar with the restaurant. However we were discussing doing business together 3 feet away from a couple that sounded like they wanted to date other people. The hostess missed the point of my request, both through open table and in person. Food was great, though there were no bean or alternate protein options for my vegan guest. Our lunch was awkward and unimpressive, lucky the deal went through in spite of our outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden in alley
    momnutt
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Interesting decor. Took 13 year old granddaughter and mid 20's nephew for lunch. She said burger was very good he thought the bean burger was good. I had a turkey sandwich, bread was dry. After looking over menu thought lunch suited our group better. Very attractive front of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ikzy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent food and ambience. Very romantic, good for special occasions. Beautiful restaurant and decor. Love the alleyway when you enter the restaurant. The devils on horseback appetizer is phenomenal and you must order it, also the artichoke dip and the mussels. I made reservations for 6 people, and they wouldn't seat us because the whole party had not arrived. I personally think they should still seat you because you end up waiting awkwardly at the bar. After fighting with them, they seated me, which i think was good customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • shanghailander
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    too dark for a 615PM summer booking - my fault... tables are tiny - but the food was excellent, especially the chicken. The Californian rose came from a bottle that had been opened a little too long. server kindly gave another alternative on the house (or her?) after I mentioned this (and had finished it). all in all great spot and you can see why it has been successful for so long. I will be back - happily.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved this place
    MAC1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Interior is very cool. Food and service excellent. We would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    ChoosyEater
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went here for a Brunch with a large group and had a great time! When we first entered I was a little taken back by the small space but when we were taken to our table we were shown to the second floor and to a very comfortable dining space! Servers were very attentive and made excellent recommendations as well as asked the kitchen when we had a few guest with food restrictions. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Location and Great Food
    GoodEatsTC
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    At the end of a little alley is Freemans. Open the door to the quaint little front and a candlelit dining split into several rooms give the feeling of a bit of privacy and a bit of mystery to the place. The food was a bit on the smaller portion size for us midwesterners, but everything was very good and well worth the $$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite new find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great restaurant. Tucked away from the hustle of the city in the Bowery area. My friend recommended it and it was first time for both of us. Our sandwitches were great . I will have to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the charm of Freeman's
    NewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I can't say enough about this place. It seems like there is such a story behind it. The warmth and charm of the decor, the staff and the food keep me coming back. I love to take people here that have never been. They are always impressed. Top notch as always. They have a wonderful brunch that is worth trying. Ask to be seated in the upstairs middle room. My favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you, Freemans!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Freemans was perfect for brunch with friends we haven't seen in forever. The hipster hunting lodge ambiance was great; the service was accommodating, generous, and on point. The brunch was very good -- I will be back for lunch or dinner to try some dishes that are a little more adventurous. The artichoke dip is as good as everyone says it is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Freemans reviews archive.
  • nmc529VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A group of my girlfriends got together for brunch to celebrate my birthday. The table upstairs was out of the way and perfect for us to be able to sit down and catch up without having to shout over music or other tables. The food was amazing, as were the cocktails. I hadn't been to Freemans in years and it's even better than I remembered. I will definitely be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Walter
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    some good traditional dishes prepared in a fine way
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location
    AndiamoVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Probably the best part of the experience is the approach, walking down deserted Freeman Alley, like a quiet street in Paris. Lodge-like inside, tables are tightly placed, but it still has a neighborhood, somewhat trying to be hip vibe. There was a slight bit of attitude at reception (if your whole party is not with you, you are subtly dismissed). But, the food is pretty interesting and hearty -- and the service did NOT have the unexpected tight-assed attitude upon arrival, which makes all the difference when dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Rebecca
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a great brunch there with girl friends! Delicious food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I felt like I had stepped back in time. The food was terrific, but it was ambiance that really wowed me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Family Outings!
    melbrooklyn
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I had family in town for a visit and this was the perfect spot for a nice dinner. First, taking them down the alley was an experience in itself. The decor was beautiful, it felt intimate and special without being pretentious. The food was delicious but familiar enough to the Midwesterners in the group. Everyone agreed it was the best meal of the trip (and we had a lot of great meals).
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    ciab
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a group of 14 and split up into 2 groups because of the minimums if we did a private room. Although we all enjoyed the brunch, my only complaint was the group that sat at 11AM couldn't get any alcohol until noon. It would have been a good thing to know when we were making reservations. The food was great! The service was stellar and the atmosphere was as funky as we had hoped. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hunting Lodge in NYC
    sizzleVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I had heard about this place for a while before I finally went last weekend and I loved everything about it. The cozy location, the farm table atmosphere, the taxidermy. The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing. Go!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place got everything right
    trumper
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    A vegetarian friend suggested this place after she had had a peek inside (but didn’t dine). ”Looked perfect for you meat-lovers, lots of stuffed animals on the wall.” And she was right, both the filet mignon and the free-range chicken were cooked to perfection. Highest mark for the starters as well, we had ”Devils on Horseback” and bruschetta with an incredible artichoke dip. Got to mention the cocktails, too – I had the bittersweet and well-balanced Freemans Cocktail. The venue is located at the end of Freeman Alley, so you have to know it’s there not to miss it. This place was perfect for a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome drinks, good food!
    dinedinNYCBKK
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Went to eat at Freemans with my wife during our trip to NYC; the restaurant was articulately constructed with a mixed variety of decor . The service was very good. The hot artichoke dip and Shrimp / Pork sausages are definitely not to miss. My only disappointment was that the daily market fish, the cream sauce it was served with was super salty. Despite my comment to the waitress there seemed to be no attention to my complaint which made me question on how much they cared about their customers opinions!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate