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228 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipkarenb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Glasgow)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

Great food and service. Definitely recommend.

vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 22, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

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!

vipKNoelle (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

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.

vipOrionmocu (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

great ambiance and the service was amazing.

would definietly come back again.

vipScottZ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

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.

vipSssss (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

The services and foods get worse than before

jz1010 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

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.

SamSam (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

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

shabby (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

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.