Friend of a Farmer

Friend of a Farmer

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://friendofafarmerny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 477-2188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With our central location, Friend of a Farmer is perfect for any business related or personal breakfast, lunch or dinner. We offer many private dining arrangements, which can accomodate both large functions and smaller groups looking for an intimate setting. There are three dining rooms which can be joined for larger events or rented individually for smaller gatherings. Parties of 25 - 45 guests can reserve the secluded back dining room. Closed off from the main upstairs dining room, it provides a cozy atmosphere for private celebrations

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 19th Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R & W trains to 14th Street-Union Square.
  • Parking: No
A word from Friend of a Farmer
Welcome to "Friend Of A Farmer"...made of warmth & wood. Carrie and Terry built, designed and carefully put together this cozy, country cafe. They wanted to bring back that warm country feeling, reminiscent of Terry's upbringing in a small farming town in upstate New York. The warm fireplaces, homey atmosphere, as well as all the home cooked, fresh food creates a wonderful blend. Breads, muffins, pastries & pies are baked in our own kitchen, using the freshest fruits & vegetables of the season. Please enjoy Breakfest, Brunch, Lunch & Dinner.
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Friend of a Farmer reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (29)great for brunch (28)great for outdoor dining (22)romantic (20)great for lunch (19)good for groups (12)special occasion (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Terrible
    Lim25VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It was most horrible restaurant ever! Even though they have a lot of empy seat, old server keep us push to get out....and keep an eye to us. So uncomfortable... I will never go this reataurant again.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • BH03
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Amazing setting and lovely dining room. Shame the food was undercooked and the service unfriendly. Would not recommend
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always good food. Don't know how the wait staff manages to provide such wonderful service in such a tiny space- they must be ballet dancers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    JonCVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Service was atrocious. The worst I have experienced in my life. The apps came out with the entrees, and the main dishes were not lukewarm but cold. I want my money back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FABULOUS!
    Protahoe
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Loved this place. We would definitely return. tables are a bit close together, but that adds to the energy. Probably not good for someone in a walker. But we thorough enjoyed dinner. Didn't feel rushed at all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs Work (Especially at the Tab)
    AmyJane
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After rave reviews & my pal's rhapsodizing about the duck, I was excited about Friend of a Farmer, but my visit (with 3 guests, ouch!) fell below expectations. Many small & a few big things went wrong, starting with our unfestive, isolated window table under slanted stairs, where a speaker blared poorly-chosen vocals MUCH TOO LOUDLY to converse. Five emphatic requests to hush it got little result & zero management attention. Our spacy server meant well, but was almost comically inexperienced & poorly trained. She produced no bread, warm water, hot beer glasses & variable food, from a good crabcake to the so-so roast chicken "special" for 2...for an unannounced, crazy $56. Perhaps the grown-ups took the night off, but work is needed here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite spot
    KaraM
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is easily my favorite restaurant in NYC. The environment at Friend of a Farmer is comfortable and homey, which reflects the overall feel of the cuisine. Friend of a Farmer takes classic homestyle favorites and brings them to the next level. You can always trust the ingredients to be fresh and the flavors put together to be wonderful. I would suggest this place for foodies and simpletons alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was not impressed
    tribaby
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For all the hype, I would not go back. Nothing stood out. The place is too cramped, the food is just ok and expensive, same goes for the service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Although we reserved a table on the first floor since one member of our party cannot walk stairs, the requested table (since there is only one) had already been given to someone else. Fortunately it was a nice evening so we were able to sit outside. If not, we would have had to go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 239034837
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was nice. The food was good, but sometimes the combination of certain foods together didn't taste right. It also had a very nice view from its smaller room on the second floor. We had a good time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great comfort food
    Leah
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had heard about this place from my coworkers who all love it so I made a reservation for a Wednesday 6:30 dinner for me and 3 friends from college. It's absolutely adorable inside. It's super cozy and clearly was once a townhouse that was renovated and turned into a restaurant. They serve delicious comfort food. If you want a good, hearty big meal - this is a great option. One FYI: this is one of those restaurants that won't seat you until everyone from the party has arrived for your reservation so have everyone get there on time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for large group
    SSNJ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very accommodating..we had a large group and they made it work for us. Delicious and much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Nazlisarpkaya
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was such an elegant, yet warm and homey place. The staff was incredibly friendly, they did everything in their power to make my best friend's birthday special. The food was absolutely delicious. Of course the décor of this restaurant is what makes it so unique. It gets crowded and tight since the tables are very close to each other but you don't care because everyone is so friendly to each other. Highly recommend it for lunch. And get the country apple pie at the end. It feeds 3-4 people and it is one of the best apple pies I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but menu is now smaller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area, but I was disappointed to find that their menu options have been reduced. The waitress said they would be bringing back their famous sides soon--I hope that's true!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    lovtodine1VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    rated great for what it is: comfortable Neighborhood Gem. It's menu is limited but delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zax752VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Amazing food with huge portions. Nice country ambiance in the middle of the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite a neighborhood gem. Good.
    SLatinaF
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Disappointing. Just good enough. Plain, straight forward menu. Nothing special. Warmish setting that just misses the mark. Could have been cozier which would have given more context to the comfort food menu. Bare table tops and the noisy near-by table took away from the woodsy, comfy atmosphere. Food was fine but uninspired.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Jambalaya
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you are in to crab cakes this is a place to try. The waitress told us up front they had very little filler and I was happy to discover she was correct. In fact I'm not sure how they do this, it tasted like the entire thing was crab, and spices, nothing else. Really good. The other thing about this dish is the size of the two crab cakes was generous. Many places, specially in New York, serve small cakes. At Friend of a Farmer they are the perfect size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was good but a bit expensive for what it was. It was very loud, the acoustics of the room make dining with friends and catching up frustrating. Those things aside, the biggest disappointment was the service. The people just weren't welcoming or friendly, and everyone that worked there seemed annoyed to be there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Great Food
    NJMichael
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We simply had a fabulous meal. Excellent The food is excellent. Excellent well-prepared food. Great menu with lots of choices for real good comfort food. The Mac& Cheese appetizer is a must-have. Also the parmesan shrimp was truly yummy. I personally love a good Shepherd’s Pie but it’s not easy to find a real good one. This one was simply the best one I ever had. It didn’t have the cheese crusted top but it was so well seasoned that I will go back just for this one dish. My only negatives were that some of the tables are really close. There was about 3 inches between our table and the one right next to us but that’s NYC dining, especially at neighborhood spots. Also, it’s a bit pricey but the food is so good, it’s really worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    NDC12VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Now been for brunch and dinner and both were spectacular. The ambience is excellent, like walking into a home. Would always go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Adritere
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Fully recommend it to everyone!! Incredible and dreamy pumpking and walnut pancakes!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find!
    anitamarie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here after reading all the reviews and decided to give it a try. We were not at all disappointed! From presentation to first bite, everything here was exceptional. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 297 reviews are from the Friend of a Farmer reviews archive.
  • Good Food
    BarryBVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food here is really fantastic. Very tasty. Service was super friendly. And the cookie sundae is worth the calories.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Salad
    leia
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Three of us were looking for a quiet place to have lunch and we were seated immediately. We were given a choice of upstairs or a corner booth near the windows downstairs. We chose the booth which was very private, so we didn't get a sense of the rest of the restaurant in terms of noise or crowds. However, the outdoor seating area seemed tight. We all had the curried chicken salad which was delicious. I can't comment on any other dishes, but the service was attentive without being annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but...
    Traian
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The qualitiy of the food was really good but 36$ for a fillet mignon? This wasn't cost more tan 27$. Plus, they have to improve the quality of the coffee. Do not order coffee!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice atmosphere!
    kims
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Beautiful townhouse. Felt like we were eating in the home of a friend. Good food, especially the mac and cheese. Service was excellent. All in all, a great night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice, But Crowded/Noisy
    ADiner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Good lunch/brunch menu. We arrived 1/2 hour early for our reservation & they kindly seated us. But my friend & I felt cramped b/w other tables that were mere inches apart; we asked for a quieter location & were offered the adjacent room, which wasn't being used. We were able to talk w/o feeling like the next table was part of our conversation. Our server was very attentive & sweet. We lingered & never felt rushed. So, overall, we enjoyed it. But too many restaurants squeeze people in like sardines & turn the music up (as here), making it hard to relax or have a real conversation. It turns tables faster, but it sucks. And here, w/ a whole other room, it's unnecessary. I do appreciate that they accommodated our request. Very nice staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erroneous charge
    FoieGris
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food and service were very good, but the staff may need to pay closer attention to detail when charging credit cards. My dining partner and I intended to split the bill, and he ended up being charged twice: once for his share and again for the entire total. I'm sure it's an error that can be easily resolved, but I'm a bit wary of returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Quality Food
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I took my co-worker here for a farewell lunch. She will be retiring at the end of the month, and I found the food to be really good. Additionally, we had dessert, we ordered the Cookie Platter and it was incredible. She loved it, and I loved it. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food, fantastic service
    ManhattancanuckVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Late to discover this gem that has been recognized for its food and service on many occasions. Amazing farm-to-table food that was affordable and delicious. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strawberry Pie
    CaitieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It was a really nice night out so we were sat in the outdoor section. It's situated in a really cute neighborhood! The food was good, but there isn't anything i would go back for except the strawberry pie, which is amazing! I'd try this place for brunch but probably not again for dinner. It was a good meal but I wasn't "wow'd."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    Dhrilr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was incredible, service was great, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I ordered the Terry Allan Chicken, which is very good. Will be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beware
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    chicken pot pie totally glued together, crust tasted like cardboard. Shepherds pie was catsup-y. Burger was good. Service was non-existant. We had a 5:30 reservation for a 7 curtain.
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  • Great Food, Service, and Ambience
    Mitch
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Despite the beautiful views of tree-lined Irving Place, from the second you walk into Friend of a Farmer, you feel like you've been transported to a charming country home. Fortunately the food and the service were just as impressive. The kitchen churns out delicious comfort food like shepherd's pie and baked chicken pot pie but also has a selection of great pastas and salads for more health-conscious diners. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service spoilt the good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Took a friend who has just moved to NYC and lives around Union Square. This was an old neighborhood haunt that I remembered fondly. The food did not disappoint but the service was dreadful. Slow and inattentive bordering on disdainful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lilly
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A "country inn" atmosphere in the middle of the Manhattan has made this a nice place to visit. It's largely comfort food -- although very average. The hostess/reservation desk is the biggest problem. A poor seating policy and seemingly uninterested staff, do not make for a welcoming experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Have been multiple times for brunch, which is always delicious, but finally made it for dinner with a bunch of fellow students. The food at dinner was just as delicious as the brunch menu, the service, as always, was very attentive. Lovely atmosphere, lovely night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Tasty food. Service slow and servers often unavailable. Even with empty tables, the upstairs room was loud and conversation effortful. Beverages pricey, no iced tea refills. I'd go back for the food, which deserves a more friendly setting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Max123
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I went a few days ago with family. I was looking forward to it as I hadn't been in about 20 years and remember thoroughly enjoying it back then. Well, after this last meal, I will never return. The service was the worst I've ever had in the city and it was so noisy that we were literally screaming across the table to speak to each other. The food was not what I had remembered either. Just bad. Overall, very disappointed. I'm not sure if the restaurant is under new management or has a new chef. Whatever it is, they better do some re-evaluating as this restaurant has gone way down hill. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Do not wast your time or money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic