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About Friend of a Farmer
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.
New York, NY 10003
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
East 19th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R trains to 14th Street-Union Square.
Private Party Facilities:
With our central location, Friend of a Farmer is perfect for any business related or personal breakfast, lunch or dinner. We offer many private dining arrangements, which can accomodate both large functions and smaller groups looking for an intimate setting. There are three dining rooms which can be joined for larger events or rented individually for smaller gatherings. Parties of 25 or less can reserve the secluded back dining room. Closed off from the main upstairs dining room, it provides a cozy atmosphere for private celebrations
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Friend of a Farmer Ratings and Reviews
Got a great seat upstairs near the fireplace, It was a first date and we weren't there to eat a full dinner and neither date or I drink so our order wasn't going to be expensive. We decided to go with the avocado toast and split the chicken entree. The waiter said the chicken is small, mind you the cost was $30+ so I don't think stating it was small was the right way for him to suggest we order something more. When the chicken arrived it was a proper 1 serving if not larger being a nice sized breast without a bone over mashed potatoes, which was perfect for the both of us considering we were both not that hungry. The avocado toast was as expected.
Rustic, cozy setting, appreciated on a frigid December day. Food is superb - no other word to describe it. We had brunch: my husband had an omelette, I had eggs benedict, but the version with salmon instead of bacon/ham. Both dishes exquisite. We ordered drinks, and they were marvelous. The service was just okay. Server didn't ask if we needed salt and pepper. We did, and we had to go hunting for it ourselves. Also, I ordered tea afterwards, with the flourless chocolate cake, which we shared and which was wonderful. The tea never came, but then he showed up, after we'd finished the cake, to say they were out of Earl Gray. Too late, I said. But I would have gladly chosen another type of tea if he had let us know in a timely manner.
On a very cold winter night, this place is not well heated. It's an old building with thin windows, so it's understandable. But if you don't like cold places , this is not the place for you. It was very quiet at the restaurant for a 6:30pm reservation which was a nice change for NYC restaurants. But then a large and loud party came in and it got loud fast and my party struggled to hear each other. The quarters are tiny so we were constantly moving out seats to let servers get through to other tables. Service was fast and friendly even though the space was very cramped and hard for people to work in. The food was okay for dinner, skip the terry chicken, nothing to rave about .
I made a reservation for December 25th, for party of 5 (finaly 7)for Christmas, at 7pm !
At first, the service was very good !
We were in the mood for celebrating all together for this special occasion, in NYC (we are from Montreal, Canada).
I have to admitt that I wasn't too impressed about the food. I had the duck and risotto. Risotto was flavorless. However, that didn't stop me to enjoy my evening.
Around 10pm, we asked our waiter if we could have a drink at the bar downstairs and he said yes.
I think he was happy to hear that, because he could give us the final bill and leave (we were his last client).
At this moment, our waiter (I think his name was Eric) starts to be rude and arrogant.
I don't know if it was because we had fun with other waiters...Miah and Kavin ! They were so funny and nice with us !
We told our waiter that we were from Montreal and we talked a little bit and made jokes !
And then, he told us regardadring the service, saying that it is not included on the bill and the recommendation is between 18% to 20%. We said that we were awared of that.
My friend asked to pay with 3 different credit cards and he asked if he could add the 20% of service...That was impolite and unprofessionnal. Waiters are supposed to leave at the client's discretion and not to impose the % for the service.
Anyways, we didn't want to make a big deal with that.
So we paid and asked AGAIN if it was okay to have a drink at the bar downstairs.
He said yes and said that the bartender was waiting for us !
Before going downstairs, we stoped to take some pictures in front of the fireplace, it was so beautiful !
5 minutes after, Kavin the waiter came and told us that the bar was closed !
How funny is that ?! The bar is open and 5 minutes after, it's closed ?
They litteraly kicked us out of the restaurant.
This situation is UNACCEPTABLE.
And for those reasons, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all and this is really too bad.
Very bad experience.
Food and service was best I have experienced in New York. If you are very hungry I recommend the Chicken Pot Pie - tip order some bread to dip in the pie - which is cooked around a pot so you can pick the side of pastry straight off.
Our waitress was fun and joyful, especially for someone working on Christmas day. The restaurant is very cosy and was very festive.
The only negative is that the tables are very close together. Perfect for eavesdropping but if your looking for a private occassion this is not it.
This place is worth a visit for the quality of locally sourced food alone but it has plenty of character and charm to match.
Have to say, we were a little disappointed! No doubt, the food all tastes great. We had the shrimp appetizer, shepherd's pie, and braised short ribs. The shrimp appetizer, for $15, came with three shrimp. 1.5 shrimps per person?
Cornbread came, pre-appetizer, covered in a cold sugar/cinnamon apple topping. Tasted like super sweet dessert. Tasty, but dessert. We asked if we could have a little butter to spread on the cornbread instead, and we received an ice cold block of butter. Try spreading ice cold butter on cornbread.
I ordered the signature martini and it was poured tableside, but it came up about a half inch shy of the rim of the glass. In a martini glass that's like 1/4 of the drink missing. For $16?
The entrees were tasty. In total we had four drinks, the bill with tip was $180. For a $180 meal in NY (although, perhaps not in Gramercy...) I've come to expect a lot better quality.
Also, it was my date's 26th birthday, which we put in the reservation notes, but this was never mentioned or acknowledged by the restaurant in any way.
Harvest Crostini (Very Good) - Country Cheese (Good) - Duck Duet (Very Good) - Terry Allan Chicken (OK)
Super homey feel to this restaurant - Bi-Level (we sat upstairs) - Wood Fireplace going upstairs - Has a New England Country House feel to it - Date Spot for sure - Large Portions (2 apps and 2 meals is more than enough for 2 people) - Reasonable Prices - Ok Wine Menu - Argyle Pinot Noir (Very Light) - Quality Ingredients - Was a bit disappointed in the Terry Allan Chicken, but very good meal nonetheless - Service was very good - Farm to table - Known to be packed for brunch on weekends - Was quiet and lower key on a tuesday night starting around 8:45PM
I was very disappointed in my food choice. the duck is not inexpensive and sounds, on the menu, far better than it was. The sauce was quite nice, but there was so little of it. The duck meat was tough, it was overcooked. I asked for meduium and got it well done. the breast meat was certainly edible, although not that enjoyable. The leg that accompanied it was too tough to put either your knife, or teeth into. The rissoto that accompanied it could for sure have been tastier. and I was dissapointed that there was no vegetable accompaniment. The ambiance is quite nice, the service good, but I suggest that they make a few improvments to the menu, such as offering an all vegetable option as an entre. How about some indication, or even offering, some gluten free choices?
Our party of 3 visited this restaurant, seeing it listed on Open Table as a “neighborhood gem”. We found it to be less than that. We were ushered past neat displays of colorful fruit and veggies and a lively dining area into a dark attic, the only ones seated in an area with about 6 tables. I’m not kidding when I say the lights were off. Eventually, the server reluctantly agreed to turn them on, as well as to turn off the air that was blasting on a 38 degree, rainy evening. I’m not sure if he had a migraine or if our reservation was too close to closing time, but it was eerily unwelcoming. The food was pretty good. We had the cheese board, split pea soup, pot pie and shrimp pasta. In a different environment, in the light, amongst other diners, I may rate the food more highly, but as it was, it seemed like a last supper of sorts. Not like any neighborhood gem I’m familiar with!
I'm a VIP member of OpenTable. I made a reservation for 11/2, 11 am, at Friend of a Farmer in NYC and received a notice that it was canceled by the restaurant. I spoke to the restaurant manager, Nadia, who could find no record of my reservation. I made another reservation for 5:30 11/2. I can't modify it and it's in my dining history. Something's wrong at OpenTable or with your connection with Friend of a Farmer. This wastes time that I don't have to waste on such trivialities. This is supposed to make things easier. Not.
Staff was a little late in seating us even though we arrived on time for lunch. I ordered soup and a greek salad with shrimp. The soup was excellent, but the greek salad had very little shrimp (2 pieces) in the salad. The service was good, about what I expected. We ate outside but it was very noisy. I would probably not go outside in future. The restaurant is clean, and the service is good. The food is good as well.
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