Freemans

4.1
228 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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On the Lower East Side of New York City tucked away at the end of an alley is Freemans Restaurant. The unlikely location only adds to the charm of this colonial style tavern featuring traditional American cuisine with simple and rustic themes. Guests at Freemans are treated to an Old World d�cor complete with dark wood features and mounted antlers.

Open daily for lunch, cocktail hour and dinner, Freemans is a go to spot for a unique and casual dining experience. The menu changes seasonally to provide a fresh experience on every visit. Starter options include maple glazed pork belly and the soup of the day. For the mains, try lamb shepherd�s pie or five cheese macaroni.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 11:30pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 420-0012
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Preston and Ginger Madson
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Private party facilities
Freemans can accommodate private events of between 10 and 200 guests in one of our three fully private dining rooms, second floor or full restaurant. We offer a specialized seasonal menu with paired wines and specialty cocktails for your birthday, corporate event or wedding.
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Private party contact
Natalie Freihon: (877) 578-8193
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Cross street
Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery
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Parking details
Parking lot at 14 Kenmare, two blocks away.
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Public transit
F/V to Lower East Side/ 2nd Avenue, J/M/Z to Bowery and 6 to Spring.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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food
3.9
service
4.4
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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 21, 2016
Overall 4food service ambience

I have eaten here a few times, all for brunch. If you get there at the right time there is little or no wait. Brunch menu isn't huge but we enjoyed everything we ordered.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Definitely recommend.

OT
St. Louis
37 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Breakfast sandwich & eggs bacon & potatoes were good. My husband had an egg white omelet that was undercooked--had that slimy, yucky goo in top--ick. The service was excellent though. The place was crowded and while eclectic, not sure I'd rush back. It was OK, but there are a lot of interesting places in NYC

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I was treating some guests to a wedding luncheon. A girl called me to confirm my reservation. I told her, "Yes we will be attending. My partner and I are getting married and might be there sooner, is that ok?" Her response: "Uh no. We're booked. Do you still want to keep your reservation?" No "congratulations" no other explanation just "no. We're booked." I really should have taken my friends someplace else. The server was not pleasant at all. Just not the experience I hoped for.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I think our waiter was somewhat "over-attentive", but I put it down to a desire to please. Overall though, a pleasant way to spend lunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A relaxed, friendly dining experience with delicious food served promptly.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambience is wonderful but the food was too healthy and veggie for my taste.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved our brunch here! It's tucked away in an alley so we felt very local being able to find it. The atmosphere was so cozy and quirky. It felt like I was eating in Library in Hogsmeade. Would definitely recommend!

KN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Hopefully, we just caught the chef on a bad lunch shift. The food was mediocre at best, despite the fact that I asked the waitress what would be the best thing to get. I even let her know that I run a good blog, and it was still meh.

Ambiance is fantastic. I'll go back on someone else's dime and try again.

O
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Secret gem in New York. I've been here couple times and everytime was amazing . I would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Devil s in a horseback and dip artichokes are fantastic.
Such a shame the bad service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great ambiance and the service was amazing.

would definietly come back again.

SZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Apps were awesome and filet top notch. Service was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Made a mistake ordering the black bean burger- mushy and bland.
Mac&cheese; also not that flavorful and over-loaded with loose bread crumbs.
Salad, mussels and Devils on horseback; all great.

S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The services and foods get worse than before

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was packed when we went on a Monday for lunch around 1pm. I had made a reservation for 1pm, but one of us was late so we weren't seated until close to 3pm. The food was good. I had the roast beef sandwich and it was exactly what I expected. Service was great! The bartender was extremely friendly. I would suggest making a reservation and making sure everyone gets there on time!

DY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The decorations inside makes you think that you are in a hunter's lodge with taxidermy all over the walls. There's also a cute fire place with two table seatings next to it. The food is good and it's very cozy feeling.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been there couple of times for brunch with our extended family and had the most amazing and memorable experiences. Thank you!

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Awful server. Forgot about us for 45 minutes. Cold food eventfully brought over by a completely different server. Forgot to split check as requested.

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I had been to Freemans a few years ago for dinner when it was all the buzz. Came back for lunch last week, with a friend. Though we had ordered an appetizer and entree (both to share), all the food came at the same time and there was obviously not enough room on the table (we ordered mussels, which require an extra plate). We used the table next to us, which was empty (the restaurant was not busy) and were frowned upon by those who made the mistake. We needed to beg for service more than one time. Not planning to come back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The places is the best. Great food. Hidden gem. The bar in front and back are both awesome. Great date spot or spot for friends who want to have a good dinner.

CF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This spot is super cute and quaint, tucked away in the alley. I LOVE the atmosphere inside, and it's much bigger than you would guess! Plenty of different spaces for any kind of occasion (date, casual meetup with friends, bigger groups). I loved the cocktail menu, and thought the food was pretty solid (though not spectacular) too. I would go back for sure.

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a deliciously cool and deliciously tasty spot. Would tell anyone heading to NYC to visit this place. Brunch cocktails and brunch menu was perfect. Try the stuffed dates, artichoke dip, and mac and cheese. The communal seating made for a fun and engaging crowd. People from San Fran, Midwest, Canada, and NYC all conversing and sharing stories.

OT
Chicago
369 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hidden in a back alley.. this place is off the beaten path and looks super cool and eclectic going in... the decor is like an old barn setting.. with moose heads and birds and wheat grass and such on the walls.. very rustic. The space is big too! The host gentleman were very sweet and accommodating but the waitresses and staff seemed very stuck up and rude... We actually got a new waitress halfway through who a bit more pleasant but it left a bad taste in our mouth the rest of brunch. The artichoke dip was great but the egg white crepe and pork sandwich not so much... the pork sandwich was SO DRY.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Beautiful spot but horrible food and service. We had reservations at 2 but we weren't seated until 250. Food arrived late and cold. Waitress kept forgetting us. We waited 20 mins for ketchup. She never checked on us. I will never come back.

VA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good svc, unique place and good food!

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H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice nights and that dip to die for, surely you have to go. So good, no need for another comment. Must - check - it - out

L
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That artichoke dip is a classic and a must for us. All about Freemans we like. Service was impeccable and drinks and food were perfect. This time we were there for lunch instead of dinner but the place keeps its good looks by daylight such as it does by night. Always will come back!

C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A party of eight, ranging in age from 12 to 76, had lunch here. We had excellent service, and enjoyed the dim quiet atmosphere of the room we were in. The food was not your standard restaurant fare: the dishes were novel and interesting, but there were no showstoppers. All in all, I felt vaguely let down. The food didn't quite live up to the atmosphere, and the atmosphere didn't quite live up to the location. It's just a decent place to have lunch.

C
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This slightly out-of-the-way restaurant is worth the trip. The food was delicious. I ordered the roast beef sandwich....not something I expected to be bowled over by, but I was. This is a great destination for foodies.

O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rafael, the wonderful bartender, made our night with strong cocktails, on point food recommendations, and great conversation. Get the trout, heirloom tomato salad, Devils on horseback, and artichoke dip.

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was visiting and I made a brunch reservation for 8. It was the perfect place! My family loved how it was tucked away providing a "locals only" feel. We were seated upstairs which was terrific to be away from crowds and noise. Beyond that the decor was cute, the food was incredible (we almost all ordered the skillet eggs) and the service was great! I will be back and I know now it is a great place for groups!

J
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Freemans was perfect. We were a party of 9 and we booked for dinner at 9 PM (busy tourist day in NY's summer). We arrived a little late, like 9:20 and still everything was perfect. We first waited no more than 10 minutes in the front bar having some drinks, after which we were invited to the table. It was located in an private room at the end of the locale. We were very comfortable there and the service was outstanding. Try the hot artichoke dip. The rest of the food was also very good. Highly recommended. The ambience is ideal for a special occasion or a romantic night. Espectacular!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It would be nice to be abel to make reservations even if its for less than 6 people.
Because it is very good but I am not sure if for waiting that much.

LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Great atmosphere..fun crowd for brunch…wait staff a little surly…but still an enjoyable way to spend a late morning.

F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The people that work here are so pretentious that it completly ruined the experience. Specifically, the men that work in the front. They were caddy, conceited and made me feel like I was a bother by asking to fill my reservation. This is not the first time this has happened here. Would not recomend to a friend.

KH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Nestled in an alley in the LES, Freeman's will transport you elsewhere. The food and ambience are equally incredible.

T
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Freeman's a handful of times and I keep coming back because I love it so much. The cocktails are always consistently good as is the food. Sometimes the service varies depending on day and time, but overall I know I can always count on this place. My friends who were in town last weekend loved the ambiance and decor, and were especially in love with the location.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for 8 people to celebrate my birthday. Because it was a big party, my wife made a reservation as well and the other birthday friend did her reservation as well. He asked if they could put was all together when we made the reservation online. The day before, someone from the restaurant called to confirm the reservation, but promptly said it would be impossible to put everyone together. To me the way she talked was kind of rude. We're bringing a lot of people to spend money there. When we got there, some people from our party was late, I can't control that, and the hostess was in a rude manner, again, kept saying she could not put us together, impossible, that she gave us 10 more minutes and we'd lose the reservation. I explained it was my birthday and all, i got the face, i don't care. Then finally our party arrived,we got to one table. There were 2 tables ( that would fit 8 people each right next to our table) and we asked again if we could stay together. She said, no impossible, they were reserved. But i said, we made reservation as well, and the tables are empty. so we asked another person, that seemed to be in charge, he said he'd ask the manager, but he never left the room, so he didn't ask. Our friends has to stay in the bar, that was right next to our tables. One of the tables was empty the whole time we were there. Also from when we arrived, the hostess kept saying we had to leave by 12pm.
The same thing with waiters. Sometimes they were nice, but as we were deciding what to eat, we asked for one more minute, and she said again, you have to leave by 12pm.
I wasn't so affected by the rudeness because i was happy, and it was my birthday. So i kept ignoring the treatment in order to enjoy being with my friends. But they all mentioned they felt not welcome.
The food was good, not spectacular. The hamburger was cold, and nothing special about it. Normally i don't share or make reviews but i felt i had to.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not as friendly as it once was. Food was mediocre. Staff was not attentive. Too bad.

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