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Freemans

4.1
4.1
215 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (212) 420-0012

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Preston and Ginger Madson

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Natalie Freihon: (877) 578-8193

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery

  • Parking details

    Parking lot at 14 Kenmare, two blocks away.

  • 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 Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 215 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. k

    karenb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on July 21, 2016

    overall4foodserviceambience
    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Definitely recommend.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    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
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  6. S

    Soarvisitor

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxed, friendly dining experience with delicious food served promptly.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2016

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The ambience is wonderful but the food was too healthy and veggie for my taste.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2016

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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!
  9. KN

    KNoelle

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    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.
  10. O

    Orionmocu

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Secret gem in New York. I've been here couple times and everytime was amazing . I would highly recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2016

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Devil s in a horseback and dip artichokes are fantastic. Such a shame the bad service!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great ambiance and the service was amazing. would definietly come back again.
  13. SZ

    ScottZ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Apps were awesome and filet top notch. Service was very good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    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.
  15. S

    Sssss

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The services and foods get worse than before
  16. j

    jz1010

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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!
  17. DY

    DorineY

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  18. SS

    SamSam

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have been there couple of times for brunch with our extended family and had the most amazing and memorable experiences. Thank you!
  19. H

    Hungry

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2015

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Awful server. Forgot about us for 45 minutes. Cold food eventfully brought over by a completely different server. Forgot to split check as requested.
  20. s

    shabby

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2015

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    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.
  21. JD

    JustinD

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  22. CF

    CatieF

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    373 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    373 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2015

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    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.
  26. VA

    VAAM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good svc, unique place and good food!
  27. H

    Hayd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice nights and that dip to die for, surely you have to go. So good, no need for another comment. Must - check - it - out
  28. L

    Lewahson

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  29. C

    Codger

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2015

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    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.
  30. C

    Choward

    Birmingham

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  31. O

    Omnom17

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  32. N

    Ncm2009

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  33. J

    Juan

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  35. LR

    LittleRed

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2015

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Great atmosphere..fun crowd for brunch…wait staff a little surly…but still an enjoyable way to spend a late morning.
  36. F

    Foodguy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2015

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    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.
  37. KH

    KirstenH

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2015

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Nestled in an alley in the LES, Freeman's will transport you elsewhere. The food and ambience are equally incredible.
  38. TM

    TMenq

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  39. M

    Miguel

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2015

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Not as friendly as it once was. Food was mediocre. Staff was not attentive. Too bad.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lot at 14 Kenmare, two blocks away.

  • Public transit

    F/V to Lower East Side/ 2nd Avenue, J/M/Z to Bowery and 6 to Spring.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Preston and Ginger Madson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 420-0012

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Natalie Freihon: (877) 578-8193

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