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Peasant
Peasant

Peasant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peasantnyc.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
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Very good food. Great ambience. Nice space - doesn't feel like everyone is packed in. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food 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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food 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.."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Good food - really interesting wine list. Tables small, slanted and crowded (maybe too rustic?). Noise level started at manageable, but rose as the evening progressed."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Was 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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I am a chef and this was the best meal I have had in NYC this trip."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This 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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was great and generous portions. Skate was fantastic as was the sausage pizza. Service was attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Expected to find typical Italian cuisine and was surprised to see rabbit and the special being Pigs Head... However we did find something on the menu veal chop for me and clams for him..DELICIOUS.. And the pizza appetizers just like Italy!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "and my family in Peasant. The atmosphere is very good and i liked the kitchen very much. The foods very delicious as we ordered lamb chicken a pizza and a pasta seperately. But the service was quite rude that hey did not even asked about if are fine with our meals. So food and atmosphere was great but not sure about service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a great time. The dining room allows diners to see into the kitchen with the wood burning stoves, roast pig on the spit, etc. all accented by natural light via skylight. Tried razor clams for the first time which were perfectly done. Also would recommend the suckling pig and the lamb."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything about this place was charming. The staff, mostly with authentic Italian accents were delightful and knowledgeable. The food unique and divine! Everyone was happy with their selections from appetizers to desserts. A must when visiting NYC."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Specializing on farm fresh cuts of meat and vegetables this restaurant is a choice pic kampung foodies"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was very good; our waitress (Allie) was the greatest ever; the noise level of the room makes conversation too great a challenge: it's not that they blast music here, it's the acoustics of the room. I'd love to come back but I won't."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had never been to Peasant and had an amazing evening. Food was delicious and the place was jumping. They were very busy but certainly went out of their way to make our evening memorable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with attentive staff: however, the food verged on the ho hum at our early sitting on 9 June. With few other diners to attend to, I couldn't see any reason why my first course of (very) spicy baby octopus should have had to engage every tooth I possess to eat it. A main of swordfish was better. It was cooked lightly, but unevenly, so that one end was rarer than the other. The suckling pig started well but the creamy sauce in which it had been submerged became rich after a while and compared poorly with variations on this I've had in Spain and England. I wouldn't want to overstate the downside: we still had a nice time. I just wish I'd had a pizza instead..."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been to Peasant and, like the first visit, we had an excellent meal and friendly, but very professional service. Definitely the best grilled fish I've had anywhere!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I go to this place very often.. I love Elizabeth St. area and this is one of the cozy places in the neighborhood. There's an actual brick oven, so their pizzas are delicious. Staff is very knowledgeable and the food is very authentic Italian."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had heard about Peasant for a few years but finally got around to try it. Not knowing what to expect , we were blown away at how good it was. Our server was terrific-patient, knowledgeable,and helpful. All dishes were prepared perfectly the way we requested. We will be returning soon."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My experience at Peasant was great! The burrata, octopus, asparagus (this especially was divine) and margarita pizza appetizers were all excellent. Flavorful, good size portions and perfect for sharing with a group of 4. I had the skate for my main and one of my dining partners shared tastes of her gnocchi, so I was stuffed and happy by the end. My only suggestion is, don't let your server convince you that you need sides as well. We had string beans and broccoli rab and we certainly didn't need the extras. We opted out of desert this time but the Merlot was a perfect pairing for our meal. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This was the second time I have been to Peasant. The first was about two years ago and I was so impressed. My husband and I claimed we had found "our place" in NYC. We haven't had the chance to go back, unfortunately. I went with a friend this time and was thrilled to have had the same fantastic experience. The food was amazing, the service was great. And the price is totally reasonable, even with a mid-range bottle of wine. My neighbors were a little close to me for my preference, but it was no worse than most restaurants in NYC and I've experienced worse--I wasn't completely distracted by their conversations. I would highly recommend Peasant to anyone and will be returning. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was pretty solid, not overwhelming. The service was great and the reasonable price made up for what the food lacked. I don't think I would go back, but I wouldn't avoid it."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We always eat at Peasant when we visit NYC. As usual the food was excellent. The tagliatteli with veal ragu in a light creamy tomato sauce was delicious, as was the rucola salad. Desserts however were a bit of a disappointment. Overall a meal to enjoy. We will return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was visiting New York from DC and found this restaurant using online reviews. The food was great. We had squid ink risotto (delish), roasted lamb (good -the polenta was a little salty). Had mozzarella appetizer, which was good, but after seeing the salad wish we also got that. The bread and cheese that comes after ordering is also great. Shared a dessert of roasted apples. We asked the server for a wine recommendation, he did a good job of offering a lower and higher end option, plus we loved the wine. We would definitely come back. I think a good sign of a restaurant is when people from the country eat there, so I thought I would share that an older Italian couple who seemed like regulars were chatting in Italian next to us. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went there to check out their interesting Italian menu. Rabbit lasagna was amazing. My wife wasn't as thrilled because she is afraid to try new things. Server started off as attentive, but was assigned too many tables. Owners friend came in & sat next to us, from that point on, it was as if we weren't even there. Food was tasty & a foodie would love to try it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food okay. Aesthetically appealing. But the service was horrible. At these prices, you can do better than this: My wife and I ordered a bottle of wine and wanted to take our time and enjoy. That was impossible. This waiter incessantly pestered us for our order. He seemed bothered every time we said we hadn't decided. He seemed irritated when we asked for his suggestions. After ordering an appetizer, he appeared visibly annoyed and said that we MUST order everything at the same time. Two things wrong with his statement: 1. That is ridiculous; and 2. His tone was inappropriate. After that awkward exchange, my wife felt uncomfortable. I called another establishment, made a reservation, and asked for the check. Never again. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I expected the simple grilled items coming out of Peasant's wood oven to be delicious, but the kitchen doesn't rely solely on the power of fire. Proteins are seasoned aggressively, as are the accompanying vegetables, with fantastic results. It's a beautiful room with friendly service and great food. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Dined as a group of 4. We enjoyed the pizza, prosciutto and pear and the mozzarella to start, all fresh and tasty. For entrees the squid ink, lamb x2 and the ragu were all devoured. Wine list had plenty of good options and the waiter was attentive all night, overall a really enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I were vsiiting New York and certainly will come back for a special evening when back in town. Great food and wonderful, friendly service."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I liked Peasant but didn't love it. The place is lovely and has a good vibe, but I found the dishes to be very heavy and the portions very large. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very good experience. The atmosphere was great and the bar staff was good in making wine recommendation. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was a great dinner, good food, good service great place. Only downside is that the noise level is too loud. There is no soft furnishings which made for bad acoustics."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The wine list was great. The service also was great. The smell and ambience were lovely. Unfortunately, the food was only so-so and the noise was quite loud. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "... in the door, you know you are in for a treat; it is the inviting, but not overwhelming, smell from the coal- and wood-burning ovens in the rear of the restaurant. We shared suckling pig; a sea urchin pasta; melted mozzarella w/ speck; and baby octopus — each dish delicious and imaginative. (The couple at the neighborhood table ordered huge steaks — and inhaled them. Those are trophies for future visits.) Peasant had been on our list for a good while; it was well worth the wait. Really good food almost always is. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Attentive service but not pushy was appreciated. Excellent wine selection by waiter. My food (1 appetizer and 1 gnocchi dish) was good but not memorable. The flavor of the prosciutto was lost in the appetizer, and the gnocchi was bland. My friend rated it higher than me. Noise was high but common in my estimation."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "WHAT a yummy meal. High quality food and really delicious! Love the touch of having Olives at the bar, and the ricotta they give you with the bread to start was DELISH and such a nice touch. Started the meal with the asparagus with egg and cheese-yum. And had the whole roasted sea breem and seasonal vegetable plate, and my friend had a gnocchi dish with mushrooms that looked amazing. GREAT wine and the desserts looked amazing, though we resisted...! REALLY beautiful place too-gorgeous open kitchen."
    Dined on 4/20/2014