Friend of a Farmer

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About

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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
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4.2
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerriC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Atmosphere is great. We are an older couple and of course, they sat us near a work area....but we didn't let that spoil our experience. I had the Irving Place Omelet, the menu makes it look like it doesn't come with any sides which makes you think you need to order a side.....but it does come with potatoes. Also, if you are a coffee lover, the large French coffee press is excellent but won't be enough for two if you are used to having 2 mugs in the morning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu and outdoor seating!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Ari, was beyond delightful. Not only was he fun while we were eating, when I left behind some papers he ran almost 2 blocks to find us and return them to me. Ask for Ari!

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vipCaitlinD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast. One of the best I’ve ever had in the city.

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vipchyphenj
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service by Ari, food was phenomenal and the atmosphere is really lovely.

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anonymous
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend Friend of a Farmer for breakfast, but dinner was disappointing. My chicken pot pie had virtually no chicken in it. The dish consisted mainly of scalding hot liquid with some cooked (almost like from a can) vegetables. The crust was unremarkable. My friend's salad also was disappointing. Plus the room became so noisy that it was hard to hear one another. We left as soon as we could.

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MelodyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service and the food was bad for how much it is. Not going back, is unfortunate because it was one of my faves in NYC.

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JCoh
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cauliflower appetizer was amazing, as was the signature cocktail. Everything our server recommended was delicious and he was also very funny. Will definitely be going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good!

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bcarry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere, and quieter neighborhood location. Can't express how glad I am to have found this hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service aggressively pushed appetizers. Food was slightly underwhelming - heavy, blunt flavors. I’ve had some really good previous experiences though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. We were so pleased with our entire experience.

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TeeGee
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for awesome brunch. Decided to do dinner. Amazing food and please, please don’t miss out on the apple pie!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Breakfast was unbelievably good.

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vipPatricia
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food (burgers; shepherd's pie) was outstanding!

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MayaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They opened a large window on the 2nd floor and it was a bit too cold.

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JanaP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon lunch spot. Quiet sunny spot on Irving.

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MonicaE
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I invited my friends from out of town to eat at Friend of a Farmer. When we were waiting for our food, we saw a mouse. I asked the staff to move us to another room. They were very nice. However, our bill was still $250, they gave us desert for free. This is a health hazard and I expected more from this restaurant because I go often. Won't be returning.

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Virginia
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing location, amazing service.
We had a lovely breakfast at this restaurant and were so impressed with the friendliness of the staff, particularly our waiter (whose name we didn’t catch but he was keen to have a chat about the upcoming football scores)! The blueberry pancakes were so light & fluffy and loved the location. Super central but off the main avenues, making it nice & quiet. Could have sat outside all day watching the world go by. Highly recommended!

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vipIsaac
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant used to be good. The last two times we had early dinner, service was awful and the food was slow to be served and then cold and overcooked. Waiters have little experience. On the last occasion, the waiter poured the seltzer water all over my wife's legs and did not even apologize. The bread had to be sent back since it was not fresh and the cauliflower took over 45 minutes to arrive- then it was undercooked. Everything was pretty much underwhelming. Perhaps they need to train the staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and very unique dining experience in New York. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere and solid food.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice
Server well informed

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Didi
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Charming neighborhood cafe with a very good breakfast menu and delicious food. The seating, though was very tight and the top floor back room was undesirable (even winding around tight quarters to get to it) not to mention a scary fire trap if one should happen. The kitchen stations were minuscule- somehow though the staff created great food and managed the chaos sufficiently. Top floor is not desirable for seniors.

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Anna
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

May have truly been the best meal I have had in Manhattan thus far--from tasty appetizers (highly recommend the Farmer's Crostini) to a delicious main (a tender, beautifully prepared short rib) to a light and stellar dessert (the ice cream sandwich), Friend of a Farmer consistently knocked it out of the park!

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vip10009
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the salmon burger

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vipSCinSD
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I’m a foodie and like local, neighborhood places and great we’ll-known hot spots. This was the former and excellent. The corn salad - outstanding. We both had the salmon - cooked to perfection. Excellent value and excellent ambiance. Would highly recommend.

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vipUWSReviewer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While the restaurant is quaint and cute and the food is good (not great), the service was horrible. We didn’t get menus for 20 minutes because they had a shortage of them and the waiting brought our drinks in waves even though we ordered all at once and it took him a long time to come and take our order. Would not rush back here.

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vipSHNYC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I wasn’t all that thrilled about the place, food or service. I may try it for brunch, but not going back for dinner.

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SarahD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant! It is adorable, QUIET, and the food is delicious. The best part was the delicious ice cream sandwich for dessert. I loved it and can't wait to come back. We had a wonderful server, and were just so pleased with this place. If you need a quiet place to take your parents that is cozy, and has character and great food, definitely visit this place.

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vipjmp880800
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service was great. The menu was great. The atmosphere was good but very dark upstairs. I was very worried when the waiter brought a steak knife for the short ribs. Sadly, it was needed. The chicken my son ordered was delicious.

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pubtheaterlover
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our party came late. Our server moved mountains to see that she got her dinner quickly as we were going to the theater. We appreciated the effort an his good will.

Although I've had breakfast and luncheon here before, this was my first time for dinner. It was absolutely outstanding.

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GothamGail
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I have often walked by this place and wanted to try it. Now I have -- and won't go again. The lunch menu is appealing but the food itself was disappointing. My omelette had good ingredients but was on the dry side, not much better (if at all) than what one would get at a coffee shop. Even though Friend of a Farmer is known for its bread, we didn't get any with our meal. And, I'm not usually picky about this, but the service was bad. Things at the front desk were slow and disorganized. Our waiter seemed to think we (two older women) would be dazzled by his looks and charm. We weren't. But we were irritated that it took at least 30 minutes to get a cup of tea. The final excuse was the restaurant was out of cups. Really???

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vipCeisi
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with excellent food choices, forthcoming service and relaxed ambiance!

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vipinna
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!
One of the best places I’ve been to.
Food was outstanding, real farm to table.
Our server Ari was very knowledgeable and very friendly. His advised us on the food options.
How is it possible that I’ve never heard of this place?!
Probably people want to keep it a secret.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Tried some things outside of my normal comfort zone and was blown away. Will definitely be back

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DandD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great service, and cute, quaint atmosphere!

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vipNormallylikemostplaces
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I WANT to love this place, but the food was really mediocre and the service was awful. Roasted cauliflower should actually be cooked through! And how hard is it to make a tasty salad? We couldn't get bread until after the meal was nearly finished and we were never checked on....

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LucilleW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service cordial and attentive. Were seated in a quiet area which we wanted.
House salad was very good, although main entree came to us cool, not hot.
Told them we had to go to a concert and they got us out in time. Will try again.
Cornbread crunchy and delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Beautiful atmosphere and lovely food.

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Friend of a Farmer does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Friend of a Farmer is rated 4.3 stars by 1070 OpenTable diners.