8 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- 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
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.Continued
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Freemans reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (27)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (27)good for groups (27)romantic (26)hot spot (17)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
- Over Promise/Under DeliverOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/24/2014Freemans 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.
- Intro to NYC DiningGVResidentDined on 8/22/2014I 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:
- Not like I rememberedJCSNYCVIPDined on 8/16/2014There 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.
- Loved it!GodricDined on 8/14/2014Our friend recommended this place to us and I'm so happy she did! It's so cute and the food was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved everything about it!ChelseaDined on 8/10/2014Will 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love this place!SmpleitezDined on 8/9/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hidden GemHfoodieDined on 8/7/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brunch at FreemansualwayswantwhatiorderDined on 7/27/2014Brunch 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sweet SpotGigiDined on 7/24/2014At 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:
- Mediocre food in a pretty settingWeimarnerVIPDined on 7/22/2014Heard 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.
- Great for Groupsrphillips92Dined on 7/19/2014Came 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cute location - good foodThyme2EatDined on 7/19/2014Decor 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thanks 4 getting me into taxidermyGibletsDined on 7/19/2014Never 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Missing the pointZeytunDined on 7/18/2014I 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:
- Hidden in alleymomnuttDined on 7/14/2014Interesting 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentikzyDined on 7/9/2014Excellent 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:
- shanghailanderDined on 7/5/2014too 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- loved this placeMAC1VIPDined on 7/5/2014Interior is very cool. Food and service excellent. We would return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great meal!ChoosyEaterDined on 6/28/2014Went 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:
- Interesting Location and Great FoodGoodEatsTCDined on 6/22/2014At 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My favorite new find!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/18/2014Great 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:
- Love the charm of Freeman'sNewyorkerDined on 6/13/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thank you, Freemans!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/8/2014Freemans 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:
- nmc529VIPDined on 5/31/2014A 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:
- WalterDined on 5/30/2014some good traditional dishes prepared in a fine waySpecial Features:
- Great LocationAndiamoVIPDined on 5/21/2014Probably 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great placeRebeccaDined on 5/17/2014Had a great brunch there with girl friends! Delicious food and drinks.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/10/2014I felt like I had stepped back in time. The food was terrific, but it was ambiance that really wowed me.Special Features:
- The following 109 reviews are from the Freemans reviews archive.
- Great for Family Outings!melbrooklynDined on 4/21/2014I 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:
- Easter BrunchciabDined on 4/20/2014We 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:
- Hunting Lodge in NYCsizzleVIPDined on 4/19/2014I 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:
- This place got everything righttrumperDined on 4/15/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome drinks, good food!dinedinNYCBKKDined on 4/14/2014Went 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:
- Every place has an off night...MoxieNYCVIPDined on 4/12/2014Love 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not a good experiencemrsmafDined on 4/9/2014Was 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.Special Features:
- SuperbMarnitDined on 4/4/2014Second time at Freemans. Even better then before. Outstanding food, great service and nice atmosphere. The trout was the best pice of fish I've ever had. Will definitely come back next time in New York.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth FindingUESBDined on 4/1/2014Our 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Soho night outPatrickDined on 3/23/2014Freemans 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Buzzing restaurant; excellentjolieDined on 3/23/2014Buzzing restaurant; excellent brunch choices, the artichoke dip is a must have.Special Features:
- All was great but the barFoodieDined on 3/18/2014All was great but the bar did get very loud. Upstairs was much quieter.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.