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
155 reviews since June 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (103)neighborhood gem (70)romantic (56)special occasion (51)notable wine list (49)good for groups (47)hot spot (44)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (10)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Very disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined 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:
- 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.
- Reminds me of ItalyJordanDined on 7/27/2014Went here for anniversary dinner. The decor and the tall, handsome Italian servers immediately invokes a sense of authenticity. I've eaten in more than a couple restaurants just like this in and around Rome. While not cheap, the portions are appropriate for the prices and the food was excellent. Asparagi app, pasta with sardines, lamb, and the whole orata were fabulous, though the dish used for the app was a tad unwieldy. The dishes are rustic and simple, as they should be, and the dessert we shared, a cassata, while lacking in the dried fruit that usually characterizes the dish, was still delicious. Would definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousPreezyDined on 7/25/2014Very good food. Great ambience. Nice space - doesn't feel like everyone is packed in. Would highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very good but for the child.PaulathePointeDined on 7/24/2014Food was very good but not perfect. There was a bit of sand in the razor clams and I hit a tiny bone fragment in the rabbit lasagna. However, the flavors of both were delicious and I enjoyed the pasta with sardines very much, though I would have preferred more sardines. One thing I did not appreciate was having an employee's young daughter run back and forth from the kitchen to the bar where she was being looked after, thus the two stars for ambience. Its risky enough when dining that patrons may have a rambunctious child; totally unacceptable when the responsible party is an employee or worse, the owner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food is where it's atOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/22/2014Food was great as always. Large group (7) so we got to try 14+ dishes. Food never disappoints and is consistent as ever. Service was spotty and our waiter was very pushy and bordered on bothersome at times. Someone should inform the restaurant it's illegal to add gratuity automatically as they still seem to believe there's no fault with it. Good way to get sued. Otherwise, food stands far above the service. Far too many restaurants in NY..Special Features:
- Really rusticStanCDined on 7/22/2014Good food - really interesting wine list. Tables small, slanted and crowded (maybe too rustic?). Noise level started at manageable, but rose as the evening progressed.Special Features:
- Not flexibleNainaiDined on 7/22/2014I brought my out-of-town mother and cousin here early on a Tuesday evening, having not been for a few years. I had forgotten how different the upstairs is from the downstairs. Downstairs is dark, woodsy and cosy. Upstairs is open, noisy, but spacious. The food was very good. We loved the cuttlefish and pork liver best. Biggest complaint: my mother loves lamb and hates radicchio. They refused to substitute the radicchio for ANY other vegetable. Given it was early, I was a little annoyed by this lack of customer service. It would not have been a big deal to accommodate this kind of request and it left a bad taste in her mouth. Food is still fabulous. Just go with very flexible eaters.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great NYC DinnerKCHOOSIERVIPDined on 7/19/2014Was visiting NYC and received a recommendation to have dinner at Peasant. The service is impeccable and the food was very good. We had an asparagus appetizer that was delicious. My dinner partner's Skate with lemon, wine & capers just melted in your mouth. My slices of lamb on polenta were good, but a few pieces over cooked. My only complaint was that it was so loud in there that we literally had to yell to speak to each other.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good, but only goodwesleyblissDined on 7/11/2014Food was tasty but nothing outstanding. Cocktails were sub par. Probably wouldn't go back intentionally, but wouldn't discourage anyone from it either. Plenty of better Italian places out there though.Special Features:
- Damurph19Dined on 7/10/2014I am a chef and this was the best meal I have had in NYC this trip.Special Features:
- Another great experienceNbrownnycDined on 7/3/2014This was our third visit to Peasant. We have never had an off night at this restaurant. Food and service is outstanding. And, we rarely eat dessert when we go out to dinner, but missing dessert at Peasant would be a crime. Both tables adjoining ours leaned in to inquire about our heavenly peach pie. Amazing!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/1/2014Food was great and generous portions. Skate was fantastic as was the sausage pizza. Service was attentive but not overbearing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, bad serviceOutoftowner1Dined on 6/29/2014My son and I had a fabulous meal at the Peasant. Our food was delicious, but our service was disappointing. I had not seen my son for over 7 months, and we had lots to talk about. Our waiter was rushing us so he could turn his table. To me, that is absolutely the worst thing a restaurant can allow to ruin a reputation.Special Features: