Friend of a Farmer

Friend of a Farmer

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://friendofafarmerny.com/
  • Phone: 2124772188
  • 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
75 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (31)great for brunch (29)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (21)romantic (17)special occasion (9)good for groups (7)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 280 reviews are from the Friend of a Farmer reviews archive.
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiting for a bad experience
    profwilliams
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ain't gonna happen. Or at least, not yet. We love this place. Have been 4 times. The last was Mother's Day (Mom smiled that smile when we walked in). Comfort food at its easiest, and most comfortable. Had the fried chicken, sliders, mac & cheese- easy to make this "okay," but skill makes them sing. Friend of a Farmer makes it sing. Desserts were great too. Our 11-year-old always looks forward to finishing his meal (and dessert) the next day. Only problem was the food came out HOTTER THAN HOT, which allowed us to enjoy our conversation and the ambiance even more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the ambiance
    Sasaar
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Love it! So cozy. I didn't care about the food (I asked for my salmon well-done three times when I ordered and it was as rare as ever, but i still ate it because i was so happy about the environment there).
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vintage charm
    AuntBarbara
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Generous portions of good, hearty food (I had an unusual but delicious soup and a chicken pot pie) in a cozy upstairs room with a century-old farmhouse kitchen feel, with hutches of crockery and bins of potatoes and vegetables. Quick and courteous service. Ground-floor bar seemed to offer a good happy hour. Dining room got a little too noisy with a couple of large groups, but other than that, a very pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not Bother
    DiningoutVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sad enough an experience to rate the place, which I rarely do. The ambience was not conducive to any kind of conversation or gathering (people at the table next to ours left precipitously), even though the restaurant was only 1/8 full at the early hour we visited. The food was an even greater disappointment. Salads were mediocre at best; my salmon was a tasteless piece of cardboard by the time it arrived. Because I had asked that it be well done, I did not bother to send it back, but it was genuinely inedible. My dinner mate's food was a little better (potato pancakes), but mediocre at best. Save your money, time, and hopes. It is not worth spending the money for it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best at Breakfast
    LKPNYC
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I've been here for dinner and left quite underwhelmed, but breakfast is where this place shines. Perfectly poached eggs, light & lemony Hollandaise, and excellent, warm and welcoming service. Walk over to Gramercy Park after your meal!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This is a very popular brunch/lunch spot in the weekends. We went there on a Monday at 11 am. You'd expect when there is less customers you'd get more attention from the waiter but that was not the case. There were several people working there who were very nice, but only one who was allowed to take our orders and he was kinda rude. Food was good but not as great at expected when you see how busy this place is. But it looks organic and made from scratch which is a big thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • what a disappointment
    32yrNYeatinVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Place is cute w outdoor seating on a quiet street. On the phone they said brunch till 30 min after we arrived, but said they broke down the juicer when we ordered juice. We wanted smoked salmon, they were out. We waited quite a while for our omlet when the restaurant was half empty, not really a problem, but our omelet came out wrong. They fixed it, but there was one piece of feta cheese and overall not tasty. The salad had nice ingredients, but it looked like it sat under the heat lamp. The muffin was plain awful, but served w a nice strawberry coulis. Complimentary corn bread w apples - pleasant surprise. was ok, lg apple slices,quite sugary. Tables were sticky. Been here many times over the years, i wont go back, except for a cocktail
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never go for dinner
    williamVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This place might be nice for sunday brunch but don't ever go for dinner. food was really bad and overpriced.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good comfort food
    Kpuce
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Nice decor, rustic, well prepared food. Service was a bit messy but all waiters were very kind.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone was happy!
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A great find near Union Square. Loved the cocktails. Key to the Park was the one that got the most thumbs up from the group. Waiter was outstanding at explaining the specials as well as the menu items. Made excellent suggestions regarding the preparation of the calamari. Sautéed instead of fried. Dessert was a pleasant surprise. Finally a restaurant that has fresh, home made chocolate chip cookies on the menu. Ti me that's the American dessert not apple pie. Definitely would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The setting is pretty but
    Anne
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The setting is pretty but far too pricey for lunch. Two salads and two lemonades cost $46! And the salads were super small.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely place, good, not great food
    JudithlhVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A for ambience. The fireplace and candles in the upstairs dining room were perfect for a cold windy night. The service was pleasant. The food was good but unexciting. Corn bread served at the start with chunky apple butter was a bit too desserty fo me. I like savory to start. The Caesar salad unexceptional. I had the special and the bass was perfectly done. It was a very pleasant dinner and I'd go back, but it wasn't a meal to remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around nice.
    nate
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    A cute place, our server was easy going and helpful. The food was simple, fairly traditional American fare, and well prepared. The chicken pot pie was a bit under salted, mussels were excellent, cornish hen was cooked just right with a very flavorful mushroom gravy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails
    GramercyAreaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great menu, very respectful of the food origins. Very comfort food-ish, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back.
    clientdining
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Many menu options, including GF pasta. Delicious food. Friendly & fast service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.