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Freemans Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.freemansrestaurant.com
  • Email: reservations@freemansrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 420-0012
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Love the restaurant, the food, the drinks, the ambiance and the service. I've been coming since the earliest days, before the Winchester Mansionesque transformations. Brought four newbies for a recent dinner and was disappointed that my boasting of the artichoke dip and the devils on horseback came up short. Both items came out tepid...as if they had been sitting in the kitchen for hours waiting around. Everyone universally praised their mains. Don't be put off by this one particular instance, most meals here are memorably great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Was highly recommended to go by a friend who loves it - was massively disappointed. Drinks tabs were lost causing a long delay, and clearly the same happened to our food (although nobody admitted that). We saw people sit down next to us, order, eat, pay and go and STILL we were waiting! All of the food - the side veg, the burger, the mac&cheese was too salty. A heart attack waiting to happen for sure. It has real potential, and the décor is really cute, but this is not a place on my list for a return trip."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our first visit, so our first time tracking this place down in its off the beaten path location down an alley. We were impressed with the place. It is attractive in a country pub sort of way, and based on the customers the night we went, it draws a spectrum of people at various ages. The food (oysters, mussel salad, fluke, mac&cheese) was very good and simply prepared. The wine list had interesting wines and some values, and even the available wines by the glass list had some good options. My idea of what a gastopub should be."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Freemans was recommended by a friend and I was super impressed by the menu, staff and ambiance. Great place for current culture dining with a fashionable by down to earth rustic setting."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Buzzing restaurant; excellent brunch choices, the artichoke dip is a must have."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "All was great but the bar did get very loud. Upstairs was much quieter."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "If you are going on a Sunday, they can't serve liquor until after 12pm."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went with a ground of friends and it was wonderful. Each of us ordered a dish and it was just great comfort food. From the Mac and Cheese, to the stew, to the Pot Pie. Each was executed simply and deliciously. Plus, the bartender made great random drinks based on our requests. While the drink menu is great, whats better than a bartender just making you delicious drinks. Hidden down the alley, mostly locals, and lets hope it stays that way."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The place was charming, but the food was just fair. The service was fine."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have been to Freemans before, and while the food was still good, the service fell far short. I went to use the restroom while waiting for my friend. 3 servers/bussers who were not doing anything at the moment (they were not carrying any plates or rushing anywhere, just moseying around) pushed into me to get past, rather than step back to let me, the customer, pass first. Once the rest of my party arrived and were seated, the waiter seemed to be extremely judgmental about our food choices, saying what I chose was "fine, but you should have taken my advice about the special" and at the end of the meal he took the receipts immediately after we signed to see how well we tipped. I think that a refresher on good service might be in order."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Freemans is cool, delicious, down to earth, interesting. A gem. Try making a reservation - walk-ins can have a long wait."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We've been to Freeman's twice in the past month for group work dinners (6 people once in the main dining room, 11 people once in the wine room). The food is good. Definitely solid American food but nothing magnificent. Try the artichoke dip and the Devils on Horseback. I would keep returning to Freeman's since the food is good and it feels like you're dining on the set of Gangs of New York but the service both times was pretty uninspired. Drinks don't come quickly. Wait staff is not outright friendly. It seems perhaps they are directed to not be too eager."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "What a great little restaurant. the food was great, love the atmosphere. The tables are set fairly close together, but it is a nice spot. Great service, very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "great spot, went with a group of 8. good service, reasonable prices. definitely check it out, nice ambiance too."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I met a friend here for dinner last week. He got there before I did and got a drink at the bar. When I arrived my friend joined me at the host's podium, and I told him I had an opentable reservation. He very rudely then told my friend, "Settle your check before you leave the bar!" And my friend already had and told him so. The host just rolled his eyes. This was at 6:00 PM on a Thursday, so it wasn't crowded at all. The next day I noticed on here that I was still "pending" with Freemans with my dining points. It seemed as though they never marked me as "Seated." When I called to ask them about it the lady who answered the phone snarled, "We don't do that." Why pay to be on this when you won't give your customers their points?"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Made a reservation a week before. Showed up 15 min early and had a drink with our group before being seated. Great service and food as always is great. The devils on horseback were so hot they burned my friends mouth but after five minutes were delicious. Wine and cocktails were reasonably priced and about $50 per person out the door with a couple drinks and food. Draft from the front door is bad especially with the cold snap so try and sit in tur second dining room."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Freeman's for dinner. The food was relatively simple and really well done. We started off with the white salad with cauliflower , white beans, farro and lemon vinager which was very satisfying and interesting. I then went on to have the stew which was cooked to perfection. It is a fabulous winter spot. Food is cooked to perfection, ambience makes you feel like you've taken a step back in time and it was affordable to boot. I'll be going back for sure!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a great evening, good food and drinks, even the younger kids found something good to eat."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at Freeman's. The location and space are very unique, bright lights at the end of a grim alley lead to a beautiful interior that is mildly colonial without seeming like Williamsburg. The tables are pretty jammed together, as is typical in NYC, but that was fine. I thought the food was good (I had steak, my wife had gnocchi) but I wouldn't say it was amazing. It was a solid quality. Dessert was good (apple crisp with ice cream). Great wine list, good beer list. I would definitely go back, but more for the ambiance than the food."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was my third time to dine at Freeman's, and each time I have truly enjoyed the restaurant's comfort and lodge-like design. WE at in the upstairs dining room on this visit, and would recommend that as a bit quieter spot than some of the tables downstairs. The food is consistently good, though not particularly creative or flavorful. The service was good, and I never felt rushed - which is important to me. Overall, definitely recommend Freeman's."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Freeman's is one of my fav NYC places. We went early, with a table booked for 6.30pm and it was lovely and quiet. Gorgeous ambience, dark and moody and Dickensian in feeling, it's a great place to hang out. The mixologist at the bar is fab, loved him and his mixing skills and service."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Love this place - it is a fave among favorites in NYC. The upstairs library feeling is awesome and one of the only good brunch places for more than 4 people -- and they take reservations which is rare in NY. Pumpkin pancakes a must. Eggs with cheesy grits a must. And the French 75 also great."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "A cramped, cozy, convivial dive-y place that knows what it's doing with food and that makes it totally terrific!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I would like to say that the service here was absolutely horrible. We were treated awfully by the group of hostesses who just stood there. They were the most unfriendly looking bunch of people. On top of that, there was differential treatment to Asian customers. I asked her if it was ok to be seated even though we were waiting for 2 other people but they were on their way, and she gave me a hollow and cold stare and said we seat complete parties. Then I was like Ok, and she continued her conversation with the customer who was standing there and made a comment about me asking to be seated, absolutely rude. When another party asked her the same question, she seated them in a nice friendly manner."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "freeman's is a great "go to" for locals and visitors. the location has great charm, the food is great and the staff are always very friendly, accommodating and unpretentious. it has a very cozy, intimate atmosphere and the cocktails are superb. thank you freeman's for another memorable evening."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "My husband and I visited this restaurant on a friend's recommendation while we were on holiday in New York. We were staying in Midtown but it was well worth the journey down to the Lower East side. It was a lovely cosy restaurant decorated in the style of a hunter's lodge. Our waitress was lovely - really friendly and helpful.the food was excellent - my fillet steak with caramelised onions and horseradish mash was possibly the best steak I've ever had! The cocktails were great too. Will definitely be going back if we're ever in New York again!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Service was indifferent and slow, even early and with plenty of servers standing around. Drink pours stingy. We were hoping for romantic atmosphere and a good vibe and instead felt deceived by reviews and hype. I guess it works for tourists, but there are many better places downtown where we are welcomed and where we feel satisfied and even delighted by the food and drink."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I have been to Freeman's at least a dozen times. Each time was consistent in cocktails, food and service. A great neighborhood place to gather and catch up with friends."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "freeman's continues to be a great standby on the LES. their trout is great. service can be iffy but the surroundings are great and the food is good and fairly priced."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Brought my wife for her birthday and had a wonderful meal and a great time. Devil on horseback is a must have."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Freeman's is a regular spot if I'm having a lunch meeting with a group of 4 or more. The appetizers are great as well as the variety of entrees. Plus they even offer a breakfast martini! I had the omelette as my entree and it was surprisingly not well seasoned, but everything else was delicious."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "One of my friends brought me here on a recent trip to New York and I do not regret it at all! Food was exquisite: I will return for sure!"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Cute gem tucked away off the busy streets, the house set up is adorable and makes you feel like you aren't in NYC anymore. The Spinach Dip was delicious. Came for brunch - everyone enjoyed their meals and cocktails. I personally had the pumpkin pancakes and they were great. Would definitely go back for dinner or brunch again."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "One of my favourite restaurants in NYC....I am obsessed with the artichoke dip and devils or horseback. The steak is a winner too...always consistently good and a great place for groups and couples alike. I love it."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "The foods OK. The location and decor cute and properly ironic. The waitstaff is clueless and far too laid back to actually exert themselves on your behalf."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Went with a group of six and we had a great, private table on the top floor. Food was good and the service was just ok."
    Dined on 8/29/2013