194 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.peasantnyc.com/
- Phone: 2129659511
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Holidays: Closed
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Frank DeCarlo
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
- Private Party Facilities: Can fill entire restaurant.
- Private Party Contact: Dulanea Benson 2129659511
A word from Peasant
Peasant is a modern restaurant using century old traditions of cooking with fire. The cuisine is rustic Italian from all regions with concentration on the freshness and purity of the food.Continued
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Peasant reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (72)romantic (55)good for groups (51)special occasion (49)notable wine list (45)hot spot (43)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (11)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- OutstandingASNYCVIPDined on 10/19/2014Service is very good and the food is truly Italian. Not Italian-America. It is a must if you like Italian cuisine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- chuckybOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/16/2014Great food. Suckling pig, grilled sardines and fennel salad were excellent. A foody place. Great service, but VERY LOUD.Special Features:
- Too loud, boring raguOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/16/2014Acoustics in restaurants can we adjusted to bring the noise level down to a dull roar at least. On the Friday night we dined at Peasant it was too loud to have a conversation across a two person table. Sitting opposite my husband with the waiter behind him I could not hear the specials or anything else the waiter said. Bocconcini and my husband's entree were delicious; my pasta with ragu was boring - nearly no ragu, poor flavor and many little bones. Service varied - we were seated right away, the waiter appropriately attentive though our dinner seemed a bit rushed; oddly our water glasses were refilled with tap water even though we were drinking sparklingSpecial Features:
- Wonderful experience!HannGfoodie22Dined on 10/12/2014I took my partner here for his birthday, and we were both blown away. The food, ambiance and service were all top notch. Highly recommended!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Peasant pleases as alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/12/2014Peasant is a must stop eatery every time we are in New York... It was as fabulous as ever!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Food, great setting/ambienceallaboutfoodDined on 10/7/2014My first meal at Peasant was great. We shared the pizza appetizer and fennel salad - the pizza was fantastic! Not to mention the great bread / ricotta cheese as a pre-appretizer. We each had fish which was very good. The sea bream was very aromatic with herbs (a little too much perhaps?) and comes whole but the waiter took back the fish and filleted it for me (still, there remained a number of bones). Noise level was fine until a very large party sat next to us and changed the dynamics. Our waiter was really pleasant and receptive but got busy towards the end of our meal. All in all, a good experience.
- netchVIPDined on 10/4/2014The food here is hands down terrific. Any pasta dish is spectacular -- especially the daily specials, white truffle sauce, anything with mushrooms, and the gnocchi is outstanding. Food is very, very fresh. Our server was great -- very helpful and made excellent suggestions -- the bread pudding for dessert was really out of sight. Only reason not given outstanding all around is that pig dish not what person expected and veal chop was too rare. service got a bit slow as Sat night dinner crowd grew. but we were a large party taken promptly at 7:30 reservation time and no one rushed us at all. Go and enjoy. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes good Italian food and interesting dishes.Special Features:
- Neighborhood findCalli83VIPDined on 10/3/2014Came upon this as we were looking for a restaurant & wine bar - reservations a must, good was excellent and rustic, wines are only Italian but accomadate any palate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic wood burner Italian foodkp1234Dined on 10/3/2014Positives - really great food and all cooked using no electricity! All the food is cooked in wooden ovens, the veg is grown by the chef and the food is really fresh. Italian wine was very nice too and the atmosphere was really nice and rustic. Quite a small menu so all the food was cooked exceptionally well. Negatives - very noisy so can be difficult to hear. Can be quite plain as most dishes are served on they're own - i.e. fish is served on its own with nothing else.Special Features:
- Great place.Good value.Decent food.justfactsDined on 10/3/2014I like Peasant; this was my second time going. I love the look and feel of the restaurant and the service has been excellent both times. The food, in my opinion, is just OK. To be fair, I've gotten much more critical living in NYC because of all of the tremendous restaurants. If you're going Italian, there are just so many places that are terrific that you don't have to go to Peasant. But you will get pretty solid food with a good experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I walked outjmnaylorDined on 9/30/2014The worst service I have ever had at a restaurant in New York City. First time I've gotten up and walked out. The service, simply put, was atrocious. It took 20 minutes just to receive our cocktails. Server was nowhere to be found. When she finally checked with the bar and our cocktails came out we got a lame excuse from the manager - "bartender ran out of glassware." That's a new one. Then, our starters simply never arrived. After 30 minutes of waiting and trying to flag down our server the manager came over again and apologized for "getting it wrong again". Just walked out at that point. Absolute disaster. If I had the server's name, I'd warn you against getting seated in her section. But I'm sure the food is wonderful.
- Very disappointingProfDDined on 9/25/2014I dine in New York a lot (especially downtown) and was looking forward to this place given the reviews.Every item we ordered was disappointing and bad. The razor clam appetizer special was filled with grit. The much vaunted sucking pig was mostly dessicated. A shrimp/pasta special was filled with only shrimp shells for flavoring, but no shrimp. I will never go here again and cannot recommend this place. Want good Italian in the same neighborhood? Go to Osteria Morini instead.
- Thursday nightDinoroDined on 9/25/20141. Hostess was rude - I think that's the opposite of the job description. 2. Octopus was tough and chewy (flavor and seasoning were spot on) 3. Pizza was ok - had the chilie pizza and the heat was great but the cheese was bland. 4. Tripe was well prepared and the sauce was great. 5. My lamb (ordered medium rare) was served medium well. 6. Service - while friendly was rushed as though they had too much to cover or wanted to get us out. So - would not recommend based on this one trip. Plenty of other places in the area.
- Solid SpotCraigL1808Dined on 9/23/2014Thie menu looked great, though I would say half of what we ordered was excellent and the other half was mediocre. If you k now what to be ordering here be prepared for a great meal, if not I would say average.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful mealChrisVIPDined on 9/21/2014Everything we ordered was great. Especially liked the spaghetti alle vongole. Will definitely go back. Service was friendly and efficient.Special Features:
- Ordered wrong!OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 9/20/2014To start, I loved the restaurant's great atmosphere. I went with the adorable waiter's rec and I should not have. The spaghetti with some kind of odd shrimp I do not recall the name of...added flavor but were not edible and there were tons of them that we couldn't eat cause they have no meat and are spikey. pasta with sea urchin was delicious. The skate my husband had was fabulous. special whole branzino was good but full of bones even after the waiter filleted it for us. We ordered too many vegetables, so lots left over. One order would have been enough for the table of 4. Having said all that, I would return to Peasant for sure!Special Features:
- Peasant - not under glasschipmanDined on 9/17/2014Our second dining experience at Peasant was every bit a pleasant as our first. Reservation was at 7:30 and we were 15 minutes late due to our unfamiliarity with the NYC subway system. No problem in being seated immediately and the hostess was pleased that I apologized for being late! We had the Risotto and the Pig (suckling pig with Fingerling Potatoes) and they were wonderful. The Frittata appetizer was awesome and our bottle of wine served us well. Dessert was the Fruit Pie special with Hazelnut Gelato. Overall, a wonderful meal in a setting with ambiance, including the aroma of an open fire (for the Pig).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful experiencegastronomeDined on 9/17/2014Peasant provided the full dining experience; perfectly crafted, straightforward dishes served fresh, generous portions, beautiful ambiance, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely have added Peasant to my short list of 'go-to' places.Special Features:
- Lovely ReunionDatenightDined on 9/16/2014We had a friend come in from SF and needed a fun restaurant close to our apartment where we could splurge on wine and delicious food. We had two appetizers, entrees each and two bottles of wine for a super reasonable price! The bread with ricotta for the table was so so tasty I almost filled up on that alone. The swordfish was light and delightful and was very fresh, and the rabbit lasagna was superrr rich. I probably wouldn't order just that because of the heaviness of the dish - but it was perfect to split! The waiter was also very helpful in selecting wine for the table. Would love to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Peasant... a nice LES discoveryk135VIPDined on 9/11/2014This was our first time at Peasant and we were quite happy with our experience. My husband had the suckling pig - excellent - and I had the lamb. Both were very good and savoury plates. The noise level is energetic but we still could keep a resonable tone for conversation. Prices are average with this kind of quality of food.Special Features:
- I wouldn't order anything but pizzabassish101VIPDined on 9/11/2014The pizza here was really good, but the main dishes were not at all good, and certainly not worth the money. I had the bistecca alla fiorentina, and it was not trimmed well (or at all), lacked flavor, and was not cooked like a fiorentina should be (i.e. black and blue). The service was inattentive, cold, and not very helpful. The red wine was served warm. I would not return to this place.
- Rustic ItalianfoodieDined on 9/9/2014Peasant serves up delicious food! I had the suckling pig or roasted pork and at first I was blown away that there was only one small piece of meat on top! Luckily it was just one piece of crunchy skin and there was more meat mixed in. The food was good. So flavorful, the potatoes were delicious and the entire dish was tied together very well. The bread is super tasty too!Special Features:
- Special Italian CuisinephilippDined on 9/3/2014The "Peasant" serves special Italian food, not only the everyday Pasta & Pizza stuff. All meals are cooked in an original open Italian kitchen without electricity, so that's very authentic. Staff is friendly and helpful, the ambiente is cozy, though it is very noisy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FoodsramdDined on 8/31/2014A pleasant surprise, great variety of italian food mainly tuscan a few dishes that I haven't had since my last trip to tuscany were there and pretty close to the awesome tuscan flavors I remember. Great wine list annd fantastic service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FailingOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/28/2014It's not the restaurant it once was. No real specials to speak of anymore, The $31 suckling pig entree, their hallmark, would fit under a large coffeecup -- including the potatoes. A very sad empty plate. Still tasty but tiny. Not heading back. Sad, used to be one of my favorite NYC restaurants.
- Our Peasant experienceNYCDINNINGDined on 8/27/2014Food and service and ambience is outstanding. Waiters were very authentic Italian. They catered to us wonderfully.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- B-day Dissappointment!NannyDined on 8/26/2014Went there because of high marks from Zagats. Started out with wonderful buratta, & fresh vegetable plate. Pizza was good, however pasta dish with rabbit was barely passable, & sucking pig was very greasy with very few crisp pieces. Won't be back ever!
- nothing like fresh home made pastacreativefoodieDined on 8/22/2014For authentic Italian fare...and special occasions. Pricey but worth it.Special Features:
- wood fire cookingFoodwomanVIPDined on 8/21/2014We usually eat meat here. This time, lovely tuna atop beans and fennel. Whole delicious Branzino. Polenta so good we ordered a second. Broccoli Rabe so bitter that we jumped for joy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FoodFitforfoodiesDined on 8/21/2014The lamb and gnocchi were incredible. Only dissatisfaction comes from the bussers and staff being way too pushy with clearing dishes to the point where if I put down my fork to take a sip of wine I would be asked if I was finished. Felt as it was a coordinated effort to get tables turned faster from management. Please find way to relax a bit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special OccasionbrunchDined on 8/20/2014This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. My daughters wanted a special dinner before leaving for college and this came to mind. The food is so different and the service was wonderful.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/20/2014Food was very average. Was not worth the hype I had heard. Salad was fresh and vibrant. I had spaghetti vongole. Was too garlicky and Manila clams just don't do the trick on this dish.Special Features:
- Italian for foodiesNYCGIRTHNMIRTHDined on 8/16/2014Great Italian food prepared and served with a lot of love. Ingredients are organic and the recipes are creative but still anchored in traditional tastes. Portions are generous so don't over-order. Wine list is excellent though on the dearer side.Special Features:
- Just fine.PassingThroughDined on 8/16/2014Peasant is lovely, but there's a dissonance between the old world, candle lit rustic atmosphere and "Play that Funky Music White Boy" playing really loud. Dreadful 70's music all night long. Oddly, the wait staff seemed to not like each other (but were fine with customers). Something just wasn't right -- maybe front of house?Special Features:
- Classic ItalianEatmeNYCDined on 8/14/2014Gnoggi was amazing. Great portions. The Mozzarella was farm fresh.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/14/2014An excellent dining experience. Great food, wine and ambiance. Service great as well. Friendly, efficient and professional.Special Features:
- A gem!IlovefishDined on 8/14/2014Went back on the 2nd time to feed off my craving for their dishes. Quite a number of notable dishes! Love. BUT! Their sardines w/ capers appetizer and sea urchin pasta entree tasted inconsistent from my first visit. Could be the produce quality - May varies daily due to the catch from the sea, perhaps?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MehVishneDined on 8/9/2014We went to Peasant with great anticipation for the Bistecca Fiorentina. It was under-seasoned, charred at one corner, and gray at the surface. I was disappointed. The suckling pig was tasty, but the rest of the food decidedly average - definitely not worth the $200 bill for a two-course meal for two.
- Very good authentic ItalianAndrewDined on 7/31/2014Had an excellent Italian culinary experience that will peak my interest to come back for brunch or lunch as wellSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food but salty sometimesCamilleVIPDined on 7/30/2014We love peasant, especially the razor clams, uni pasta, but the squab is way too hard to chew or tear off from the bone. I hope it was an accident because I was told the squab was the chef's favorite. Would definitely like to come back for the delicious food, but not sure would try squab again.