Friend of a Farmer

4.5
996 reviews
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Since 1986 Friend of a Farmer has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. We’ve created a reputation for seasonally fresh and local ingredients within an atmosphere unlike anything else in New York City.

To provide our guests with a warm familiar feeling found only in the countryside, we’ve carefully crafted and hand built all of the wooden columns, ceilings, floors, and fireplaces.

Our specialty cocktails and homemade juices are all pressed at the farm. The seasonal ingredients, homemade syrups, infused liquors and balanced pours blend beautifully to create a unique and delicious finish.

Our wines are carefully selected and primarily focused around the boutique, family owned vineyards, many of which are sustainable and bio-dynamic.

Thirty later and Friend of a Farmer still remains a family owned business that has stayed true to its roots and concept.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was great! The food was fantastic and the service was great too. We were in the back upstairs so it was quiet. Perfect for a date night!

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b
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I like this place but the service is always less responsive than I would like. Even when the place is empty, no one checks in with your table.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They stopped taking Amex, so I will have to stop going there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This used to be my go-to for special lunches with co-workers or new hires - a bit of country in the city. There complementary corn bread with apple compote was to die for; I was told by the waiter that they only serve it at brunch. Too bad because when I asked for bread, my guest and I were each brought a side plate of greasy over-toasted baguette slices - think oversized croutons - and charged $2 each. I complained when I got the bill but it wasn’t taken off; pretty insulting for what was a very overpriced and meh entree and coffee ($5.50 each). My salmon came on a bed of steamed kale (substitute for spinach) and no starch. I was craving dessert (or cornbread) after that but didn’t want to shell out another $11 for what would probably have been another disappointment.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to eat and get great service with quality food

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AF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming in here when I can for 31 years. When I have guests who want a relaxing dinner with excellent service and atmosphere I take them here.

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PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers are overpriced. Otherwise the food is good and it's a beautiful cozy place.

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W
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty basic and uninspired food but a cute and charming setting

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Although the food was delicious, the service was deplorable.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for brunch. So cute and quaint. The coffee is spectacular

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our waiter was incredibly pushy from the moment we were seated. He wanted our drink and food orders almost immediately, and insisted on pushing us toward “the most popular cocktail” and the most popular appetizer, the most popular entree, etc as if we didn’t have minds or desires of our own. I dine out frequently and have rarely had a more aggravating experience with service. He left our finished plates on the table, never checked to see if we needed more water, The food itself was just warm when it arrived, and honestly nothing at all special. Definitely not worth the price. I was disappointed, having heard good things about this place, but maybe a couple of years has taken its toll on the place or it’s under different management.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful brunch spot! Homey and warm atmosphere.

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and excellent service! I am never disappointed

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome meal. Cozy spot. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish. Great decor & ambience, helpful server w/ my gluten & nightshade issues. Everything was fresh & full of flavor. Their fresh pressed mocktail was divine (so nice to have a fun & healthy non-alcoholic option) & from the cheese & charcuterie platter to our entrees the presentation was beautiful and food so delicious. Will definitely be back! A new favorite.

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m
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our best NYC meal on this trip and a great value too! The food and cocktails were great. Our waiter was both helpful and knowledgeable. The decor was perfect and noise level minimal. We were so full, we didn’t get to deserts but the flavors of the appetizer and main courses were balanced so we didn’t miss desert. Will definitely return.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received excellent service from the waiter and the food was delicious. I truly appreciated all of the care that the waiter took with my food order as I have food allergies. I will be happy to return to the restaurant again.
However, I wanted to let you know that your busboys came by way too often. In the span of 10 minutes, we had them stop by 5 different times to try to clear plates. It got so ridiculous that when a guy came around for the sixth time, I snapped a little and said "ENOUGH, PLEASE GIVE US A WHILE BEFORE YOU STOP BY AGAIN." Sorry about that. We were just mid serious conversation and kept getting interrupted over and over and it got kind of ridiculous. I think the problem was that there were so many bus boys that they didn't keep track of where each one had already stopped.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels like home away from home! The grass fed filet mignon was outstanding! The always reliable Terry Allen Chicken delighted the women at our table. We were, for the first time, in the "private" upstairs dining room which was cozy and romantic. As always, a memorable dining experience!

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was far too salty. It ruined the entire meal and was inedible.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant—great service, comfy, beautiful decor, incredible food. I appreciate the music being low and it's easy to hear everyone at the table. Very classy place.

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HS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is good. Cocktails delicious. Service super slow.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated right away! I loved the atmosphere and feel of the place! The food was AMAZING! They had a lot of tables crammed in a small space so people had to move their tables to let people in and out of their seats. The service was okay. Our server was very nice but wasn’t seen often and had “a lot of other tables on the other side” of the restaurant, as if we were a low priority. He also checked on us barely once. Good thing the food was perfect and we didn’t actually need anything. Again, nice guy, but not attentive at all! Overall 4/5.

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PL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food and service, tasty drinks, and a nice fireplace on a cold night.

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B
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. The chicken wrap that I had for lunch was so fresh and delicious! I would definitely return there when I go back to visit NYC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

There was a mouse crawling by the fireplace. Service was very slow. Food was average.

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G
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit and definitely will not be my last. Our server, Carl, could not have been more accommodating. The busboy, Meo? ( no idea how to spell his name!) saw we loved the cornbread and offered to pack an extra to take home. Felt as if we were dining in someone’s country home. Wonderful venue with lots of character. Tables are a little close, but it didn’t diminish our experience. See you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm and welcoming. Highly professional service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, cozy and very cute. Food was good, some dishes better than others - Brie was extremely small. Overall a good experience

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h
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best description that I can give of Friend of a Farmer is my wife's comment that whenever we visit NY we will always eat one meal at Friend. We have eaten there twice and each time has been absolutely wonderful. We also had a great conversation with our waiter about the neighborhood and theatre in NY. It was easy to reserve through Open Table and we appreciated the reminders of our reservation. Great food in an old carriage house.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance, drinks and service were great. Food, particularly dinner entrees, were not very good and expensive. Also were sold out of a lot of dishes.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I want to like this place. The food is excellent and the service is friendly. The fireplace is a beautiful touch... But why are you playing Sirius fm radio hits of the 70s and 80s like it’s a bodega? The music totally ruins the mood.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much! Everything I order is absolutely delicious and fresh from the farm.

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KE
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my wife and daughter was warm and cozy on a cold Winter's might! Steak, fish and of course the Terry Allen chicken were the chosen dinners...all terrific! Highly reccomended!

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C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem!! Great crafted food in a unique restaurant layout.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The decor is like a midwestern farmhouse in 1994, but the quality of food was good. It was very tight and difficult to walk through to your table. Overall it was decent, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there again.

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RP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Expected more. Did like cozy upstairs room on a cold day. Of 3 entrees only one, chicken pot pie was excellent. Requested sweet potato fries with a sandwich order, were instead regular fries. Food delivered by bus person who could not act to replace and our waiter never returned to check if order ok. Finally askrd another server to find him. He apologized and said would have sweet pototoe fries in 2 mins. Finally came 10 min later after sandwich eaten. They were really good. Table shared them as dessert. 3rd entre cobb salad had nice grrens and dressing but grilled chicken strips on it were ice cold and very dry. Very skimpy amount of avocado and egg. Coffee ordered after was excellent. Again had to go searching for server to get check . May try the place again given overall high ratings by others. But 1st visit a big letdown.

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CP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at Friend of a Farmer. Consistently great quality food, and warm, professional, service. I love the cozy ambiance, as well. Thank You!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice experience.

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a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was also very good. The staff are quite nice and helpful as I walked upstairs in my orthopedic boot. It is truly a neighborhood gem

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