Gentleman Farmer

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$30 and under
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French
Gentleman Farmer is an intimate, 20-seat restaurant on Manhattan"s Lower East Side.
Chef Karim Nounouh brings his French culinary training to a seasonal menu that marries traditional French cuisine with fresh and local New World ingredients.
American craft beers and a wine list focused on "natural" wines complement the fare. On Sunday nights, bring your own wine without a corkage fee.
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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and prepared on demand. The atmosphere, the staff, the food - it does not get better in NYC.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

DF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Charming, romantic, warm space. Great wine. Attentive and friendly service. Lovely varied menu that is meat/game/cheese heavy, but veggies are present as well. Bison tartare appetizer outstanding. Roasted cauliflower tasty and satisfying. Mushroom risotto was not typical and unexpected. It was like a cigar roll of rice and mushrooms covered in a casing of melted cheese. It was tasty, but definitely on the heavy side and a bit dry. Venison was delicious and perfectly done. The grilled endive that accompanied it was also delicious. There was a parsnip purée on the plate as well that was a bit thick. The hangar steak was not that flavorful and a bit dry, perhaps a bit overdone for my taste. My husband loved the haricot vert wrapped in prosciutto. The molten chocolate cake (soufflé) was DELISH! Pecan tart was also quite lovely. All in all a wonderful meal! Just to mention, the banquette seating is a bit problematic as there isn’t much depth to the seat so if you lean back you’re forced to sit bolt upright which isnt particularly comfortable. They are definitely cramped for space, but that’s part of the charm and a small price to pay for such good food!

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The green gazpacho soup was amazing. The service is always great. I did message that we were going for a birthday celebration beforehand but there was no mention of it. Otherwise lovely service as usual.
The lamb chops were delicious and I would definitely order that again. I thought the mushroom ravioli was a bit too heavy and sweet.
Really enjoyed the night.

L
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a restaurant! Found this place through OpenTable while in NYC and are we glad we did! The restaurant is very intimate with great ambience and outstanding cuisine. We loved it so much we dined there twice during our week stay in the city. Go, you will be SO HAPPY you did!!

A
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gentleman Farmer is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The food is spectacular and it is actually quiet, which is a godsend in New York. I couldn't recommend this spot more.

e
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We greatly enjoyed this dinner. We had curried snails and then I had the venison steak and DH had the wagu beef. We each thought that we won. Had a tasty moscow mule with the snails (went very well) and then a nice bottle of red from the very reasonable list with the steaks. For desert I had the apple tart and DH had the pecan tart and DH won, but I was happy. The waiter was charming, the venue intimate and romantic. Highly recommended!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, won’t go back. Too many other choices in this category.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dining at Gentleman Farmer was a lovely experience. The service (albeit it was a quiet afternoon reservation) was superb -- friendly, expert, courteous. The food was very good, a menu of some exotic ingredient choices cooked in more traditional French ways. The space is very small, but well organized and it was reminiscent of many cafés I've dined in in France.

RM
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent lamb and foie gras topped filet. Pleasant server, exceptionally priced Nero wine and creme brûlée.

HF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our meal here. Service was excellent and the food was a nice take classic French with an Italian twinge

s
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this lovely, small and intimate restaurant. It was great but very glad we went early because once it filled up it can be noisy! Service was excellent and the food delicious - nice wine list!

h
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great and service was excellent. It was a quiet night with just 4 patrons while we were there, which was probably best since it’s an extremely tight space. Nonetheless, the price is quite high for what it is. Two of us shared an appetizer, 2 main courses, a dessert, and 3 drinks came to $160. Not too cheap for an everyday dining experience...

p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious experience! We had lamb, beef and ravioli! I highly recommend for a date or even every day dining. We will be back!

E
New England
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A truly lovely little spot in an active, hip part of town. While the foie gras wasn't top tier, my rabbit was cooked to perfection and my friends also very much enjoyed their meals as well.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden jewel box.

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s
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a little hole-in-the-wall French spot on Rivington that would be easy to walk right past. The tiny kitchen produces excellent French bistro food. I had the beef tenderloin with foie gras, it was wonderful. The waiter (maybe the owner?) was knowledgeable and steered us to an excellent Rioja. Desserts were also excellent. The only thing missing from the menu, IMO, is pommes frites.

RM
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 birthday dinner featuring rack of lamb, Waygu peppercorn streak, and filet crowned with a large lobe is seared foie gras. Magnificent creme brûlée to finish.

LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gentleman Farmer is an intimate space for a memorable meal downtown- the food is excellent, the setting charming and hip, the staff attentive. Try and grab the table by the window and arrive hungry. Such a lovely experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a fantastic neighborhood restaurant that has outstanding food, service and ambiance. Plus the owner is very nice. I highly recommend Gentleman Farmer

t
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visited NYC in summer August 2019. I was craving rack of lamb and found Gentleman Farmer on google. I was visiting Lower Eastside this past weekend and had to come back for more rack of lamb. Matt was the server and besides being nice and friendly, he gave me excellent service. He recommended the Chianti with my meal...DELICIOSO!! I’ll be back!!!!
Thank you,
The Grace In Yo’ Face

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem. Fantastic food. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We savoured every morsel of our deliciously prepared dinner at “Gentlelman Farmer”. 10 out of 10!

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant in the lower east side where there were some very creative dishes that aren't commonly found elsewhere. Super romantic place if you want to bring someone on a date. Our server was amazing, super friendly, and really knew the menu well. Would love to go again!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was impressed with the quality of the food at this small farm to table restaurant. Not recommended to those looking for a party atmosphere or who are into loud busy places. This is a quiet neighborhood restaurant where the food is cooked with love and care, it tastes delicious, and the wine selection is great.

EB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food was interesting and very nicely plated, game meats are a wonderful change from "farmed" meats.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was just borderline okay, not at all worth the premium prices.

RM
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish a 10/10. Waiter impeccable. Charming little space and farm-to-table meal options including bison tartare, foie gras and scallops, and sensational rack of lamb. Also the rabbit and venison dish were unmatched in NYC. We will return often to this hidden jewel.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, the foie gras was just extremely rich to the point where I had to drink some water haha. Our server Oscar is the best in the business, I will definitely return!

HC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had brunch. Although the food was tasty we all (four of us) found the portions rather small. Spent a lot of money and left hungry.

m
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a wonderfully quaint restaurant with fabulous food.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The food was incredibly unremarkable, but the service was attentive given the small nature of the restaurant. Wouldn’t go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere...Food was nothing but excellent. A bit expensive, but definitely worths it. Do not hesitate.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been back twice in one week. Brought my friend and then my husband, each with different tastes...but both thought the Gentleman Farmer was the quiet quintessential NYC restaurant. Solid menu, different offerings. Decent wine selection, and beers. Not really a cocktail’y place, but that’s okay. Intimate, but not too small. Service was delightfully engaging. For the life of me I could remember our waiters name, he was excellent. Not heavy handed with suggestions but wanted to make sure we made the right choice for our particular taste buds.
It’s tucked away with a small sign in window, easy to overlook but oh so worth it.

LG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Highest quality ingredients, fresh, and they make it to order. Nothing is prepped ahead and the difference is obvious and wonderful! Our party had a wide range of appetizers and entrees: calamari, twice cooked risotto, rack of lamb, tournedos and salmon. Both meats were prepared perfectly as was the fish. They have a nice wine list - we had lovely wine by the glass including a Sicilian red, a sauvignon blanc and a gruener veltliner. The place is small and the intimacy is perfect. Finally, the service is great. Matt is knowledgable and welcoming. We LOVE this restaurant.

PM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small restaurant full of big flavors.

I great little place with romantic ambiance and outstanding personal service. The everything we ordered was a delicious modern update of traditional French cuisine. It's so tiny, it's easy to walk past without seeing, but absolutely worth seeking out and having dinner there. Highly recommend.

CC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from the get go. It’s the quintessential intimate Manhattan restaurant but instead of being on a sweet street on the upper west or east side it’s in a not very picturesque part of nyc.
The menu was imaginative and the quality of food and service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back to try more from the menu.

g
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed brunch at this tiny cute restaurant. The french toast was especially great -- it was crusty and cinnamony, and the dish was covered in fresh fruit.

CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Don't be turned off by the tiny space.

JG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal...highly recommend. Cozy, very interesting menu. We will go again.