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Peasant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peasantnyc.com
  • Email: fdecarlo@excite.com
  • Phone: (212) 965-9511
  • 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 (212) 965-9511

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring and Prince
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to Spring B,D,F,M to Broadway/LaFayette N,R to Prince
  • Parking: Street Parking
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was a great meal for the 5 of us and amazing service "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Wines where wonderful and the pizza was fabulous. Got eat the whole head of a pig. Was really good but would order the rest of the pig next time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food is very good, the service is OK, the only problem is the noise level: it's so loud you have to shout."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Always happy to eat Peasant's "cooked on open fire" meat and awesome, market driven salads."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have been waiting to dine at this restaurant for awhile now. It was very nice The service was excellent. The food was very good. Did not have any Meat since it was a Friday during Lent Hoping to go back for the lamb, pig and other meat offerings Great neighborhood in NY."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love the wine bar. The ambiance is great. Good for a date."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "suckling pig was outstanding, as was the grilled octopus and veal ragu…and the ricotta cheesecake."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Peasant continues to deliver excellent food and service. I have been eating there ever since it has opened. I have moved from NYC to Charleston SC. and always come to Peasant when I am back in New York. My brother and our daughters ate there Saturday. We had the special lamb dish, the orata and the skate for dinner. The food was delicious everything was prepared perfectly and the skate was better than I ever tasted it. The freshness and flavors of the dishes were just heavenly. We also had the gnocchi as a mid course which also was as good as ever.The gnocchi was perfectly cooked and and flavor was just tremendous. Frank and his staff are superior when it comes to food. Peasant for me is a must when I am in New York."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was delicious with a great atmosphere. Had the ossobucco and it was delicious. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "A very pleasant evening ,waiter was very helpful . We were not rushed , service was good . A nice restaurant but the portions were kind of on the small size for the amount being charged for the food. Food was very good. Overall a nice place dinner for 4 with appetizer and dessert and two bottles of $40.00 wine with tip came to about $80.00 per person."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food itself is very good and the menu choices excellent. The res process not easy...no phone res...only open table. Was contacted several times to reconfirm...not sure why. Would hesitate to return because of the noise level. Also, went to bar area for after dinner drinks. NO table service. They seemed surprised when we requested that. Pretty casual for my taste."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great authentic Italian food, at very good price! Really nice place and service was polite and helpful!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I was disappointed. I've wanted to go to Peasant for a while since I've enjoyed the Frank De Carlo recipes I've tried in my own kitchen, and I'd heard good things. Instead, the meal I had at Peasant was pretty uninspiring and definitely overpriced. Among the appetizers, we got the cuttlefish (very plain) and the roasted sardines in olive oil and breadcrumbs (delicious). We shared a pasta and a meat dish. The fettucine with veal ragu was a huge disappointment: it was basically a white sauce with just enough tomato to appear pink and chunks of meat in it. No flavor whatsoever. The roasted lamb with trevisano and polenta was nicely cooked, but was just roasted lamb--overly simple. The flourless chocolate cake was really just a slab of fudge."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My first time at Peasant. Great food and hot spot. Going back next week for dinner again. Appetizers were great . Excellent pizza and pasta dishes."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Peasant was a overall great dining experience once you get past the service. I had a 9:00 reservation for 4. I was not seated until 9:45. It wasnt a huge deal since we did not have plans afterwards. They did compensate by purchasing our first bottle of wine. Food was amazing. The suckling pig was great and the razor clams to start were awesome. This was definitely a great spot for a date."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was our favorite meal this trip. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful. He guided us when needed with food and wine. Everything we ordered was delicious. This is a restaurant that I will go back to."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "ambiance,style,il forno il forno il forno must go benhur bellopol"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The hostess was not very accommodating. made us wait and did not come to get us. I had to go back to her several times or she wouldve forgotten about us. food as always delicious."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "very good food but disappointed that no vegetable side dishes offered."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "we love peasant! from the beginning...awesome ricotta, preferred in a wooden bowl! & the bread to die for! not to mention all that is on the menu! we love all the specialties that frank offers; ricci, skate, seppia etc... like to savour each bite of all that we choose and spend an evening with my husband! wish we could get there much more often! we love peasant from our first visit after we read about frank in la cucina italiana magazine!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "A group of five of us went after a film at the Angelika. On a pleasant, vibrant block of Elizabeth St, deep brick-walled space with the kitchen at the end, suckling pig on the spit. Farmhouse ambience, tables reasonably spaced. Everything was good, some things very good, hearty central Italian/Veneto farmhouse fare. Delicious chicken liver appetizer. Several specials. Good range of pasta dishes. The actual menu does not tally exactly with that posted online; no gnocchi with morels, disappointingly. Good wine list. High value to cost ratio overall. I'd certainly go back. If you want to talk and hear, go early!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This place is great. I'm nitpicking only a few detailis. The burrata appetizer was lovely. I wish the cheese was room temperature and that the roasted vine tomatoes served with it were warm. They were both served cold. The bread was delicious. The suckling pig was not what I expected. It tasted good but it was tossed with cream - not unnecessary imo but good. The ribeye paillard was not bad, although it didn't need to be pounded thin. The mushrooms were the star of the meal. A beautiful heaping mountain of a variety of mushrooms, beautifully cooked with a lovely texture and seasoning. The food was very aggressively seasoned which I enjoy but someone with sodium restrictions should be aware of. Knowledgeable waiter, we'll go back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Dined with another couple to celebrate Valentine's Day on the Saturday after. Opted for the Chef's tasting at the suggestion of our waiter (it was not forced upon us). Each of the dishes prepared were enjoyed by all. They served us everything from burrata with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil and Gnocchi in a pomordoro sauce to whole sardines, tripe and suckling pig. Therefore, the restaurant can satisfy the casual diner to the foodie of the group. The decor is rustic Italian with exposed brick, candles and a semi-open kitchen to the rear. Our server was very attentive, friendly and well-versed as to the contents of both the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very good place and some Great food, would go again,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was actually pretty disappointed with Peasant. Went on a recommendation, and I thought the atmosphere was very nice. However, the service was pretty slow. In addition, we ordered an appetizer to split (burrata) but then after we ordered they finally brought the bread to the table and it was basically an entire loaf of bread with a whole cup full of ricotta and olive oil. We never would have ordered the burrata if we knew we were getting such massive amounts of bread/cheese before the meal. I ordered the lamb entree and was sorely disappointed. The polenta was good but the lamb was so chewy that I had to keep spitting it out. I took the rest home in a box, but ended up throwing it out. Not a very p(l)easant experience."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food was at its best mediocre and blunt. Nothing memorable, unimaginative and unoriginal. In combination with its cost and the very poor service I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. I am surprised that it has good ratings overall or that it even survives as a business in NYC. Terrible dining experience if food is what matters most for you."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Returned here after a hiatus & was very disappointed. Pasta w langoustine watery, unappetizing, langoustine looked frozen and scrawny. My companion told the waiter and his response was that it was a fresh tomato sauce. Sorry fresh tomato sauce has tomatoes not a cup of water in the bowl. ordered the squab told they were out of it. 7:30 on a Thursday. Ordered leg of lamb medium rare. Came medium well & cold. Waiter stared at me when I promptly returned it. Burrata best item no cooking preparation was needed. Even the wood roasted tomatoes accompanying were Cold. saw this restaurant on a cooking show the dishes in no way resembled those. They should expand the pizza menu, have pastas w no fish and train the wait staff to be gracious. A pity."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Saw the place covered on Colameco's Real Food show. Just had to come seeing how tasty everything looked. Loved the spaghettini ricci and the porchetta."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Tripe traditional roman style, porchetta, whole fish, marcheroni, pane cotta and much more. Try it you have to like it"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Peasant was busy, noisy and staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. Unfortunately the food wasn't that tasty - fine, but nothing special. Some good lower priced wine selections."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Awesome space with hip single crowd that stimulates all the senses.This place rocks on a foodie level and the scenery is extremely easy on the eyes."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We had a great meal. Love the neighborhood. The waiter was very helpful. Will be going back soon with friends."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Lasagna was amazing. Good service. The ambiance is nice - a little brightly lit, though they dim the lights around 9 to make a nicer atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Having grown up in Italy, suffice to say most Italian restaurants fall short of the mark for me - even in Manhattan. But Peasant, with great bread (why is that so hard other places?) served with homemade ricotta, simple but delicious appetizers, and a limited entree menu prepared in a very traditional style - is right on. I strongly recommend their skate 'al forno', anything on the list with octopus 'polpi', and the lamb with polenta. Polenta is staple good - especially in winter - and theirs is very satisfying. The wine list is very good - with regional Italian wines not often found like carignano and montefalco rosso. This time we are in the wine cellar down stairs, same food, a bit cozier, and very rustic. Great all around!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "You don't hear much about Peasant anymore midst all the NY restaurant buzz, but it is definitely worth the trip. The interior is perfect for fall/winter.. rustic decor and an open kitchen. The cooking mirrors that in its rustic Italian nature. The menu was hard to decipher, even with the translations it was really just a list of ingredients, hard to tell what you might be getting. We stuck to the basics, some burrata, a pasta and chicken but all were delicious. The noise level was louder than I would have liked for that setting and we were a little crammed in along the banquette wall. Service was fine, a little slow, and they took my wine glass away without asking if I wanted another, which I would have ordered. A wine-o peeve of mine."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "excellently prepared Italian food, what I'd expect to get staying with friends in Italy. The atmosphere is cozy and service is attentive but doesnt feel stuffy. It wasn't that busy when we arrived but we sat immediately and on a cold day this place hit the spot!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Listen carefully to th day's specials: for example, they have great venaison in season."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I went with my date on New Years Eve. It was very busy because of the holiday but since we were younger I felt like the server didn't feel like we mattered as much as more "established" grey-haired customers. The food was very good. The oysters we ordered had more than tolerable pieces of shell inside."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Been eating there every time I'm in the city I've read his reviews and they don't give him the credit he deserves. I'm a very aggressive eater and Pheasant is insane... S"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Maybe because I was expecting something else but it was a regular restaurante."
    Dined on 12/29/2013