Gentleman Farmer

4.6
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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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d
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and steak were amazing! Also the roasted cauliflower was superb, and the olive oil/paprika dipping oil was fantastic. We'll be back!

OS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good and inventive menu selections. Good wine list, with knowledgeable and attentive staff that can guide you. Restaurant is small, but that adds to the ambiance.

m
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Meal, Small Cozy Space, Good Valve For The Quality Of The Food. Good Wine List Reasonably Priced.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world! Very small, intimate location that has a seasonal menu. My parents were extremely impressed by the menu, the food and the wine list! Daniel was our server and extremely helpful with all our questions. Great spot for special occasions and date

IH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was such an amazing experience, I came twice in the same week.

IH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So charming..the cutest, intimate atmosphere, great food, great wine..lovely waiter. CanMt recommend it highly enough.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SUPERB! Tiny, so not much room, but intimate and so worth it! Daniel the host was warm and knowledgeable and made the evening, along with the superb food. Escargot, duck confit, lamb; you can't go wrong. a truly hidden gem downtown.

BG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food and atmosphere were superb; however, the service was far than desirable...it wasn't even crowded. If you're willing to wait on service than it's a must

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, top notch customer service. Would deff recommend :)

S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, great staff, lovely dessert, very good salmon!
Room to improve on the restaurant temperature: with the kitchen so close to the dinning area and the AC on Heat mode, it was like having dinner inside an Egyptian pyramid over the summer (i.e. they are especially hot over the summer).

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food in an intimate room with just 20 tables which are very close together. The service is attentive and well presented. The only drawbacks were the very dark room - you could not see the excellent plates - and the surprisingly high noise level. If you know that in advance, the positives of the dining experience outweigh the negatives.

T
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drink as always. Our server was very serious and almost seemed impatient with us, as we were talking instead of ordering right away. It wasn’t a deal killer , but noticeable.

That said this is one of my favorite boites in New York and the food never fails to delight. Order the venison bacon bourgignon. C’est magnifique!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Now on my 3rd time there, have already recommended this to friends. Will see you again.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted by name when we entered. Friendly lively service. Delicious food.

b
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, ambient, food was incredible. Couldn’t recommend more

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came here for dinner.

Ordered the bison tartare and venison steak. The tartare was served with toast; bearnaise sauce on the side. It was nice. The "venison steak" was disappointing. It wasn't a steak at all, but rather a stew. It kind of just tasted like an ordinary beef stew. A beef stew might be fine if it were $16, but I wouldn't pay $32 for that.

The restaurant was cramped. Possibly the smallest dine-in restaurant I've seen. It felt like being on a plane, in coach. The location isn't great. A nearby street was closed and being dug up. Rivington St. looks like a random back alley.

Gentleman Farmer's storefront is hard to notice. The name is printed on the glass windows, but was barely noticeable at night.

The bloody mary was so-so. I overheard them asking if they had any more bloody mary mix--so it isn't exactly home-made.

They put the bill on an iPad. If you don't like showing the bill to the table, well, too bad.

L
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charmingly small and intimate, the tiny kitchen works magic. Everything we tried was superb- especially the twice cooked risotto. A real neighborhood restaurant and a place to escape the tourists.

HK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice little restaurant! Will definitely come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I ordered the filet mignon and it was delicious. Because I ordered medium well it was very soft in the middle which paired magnificently with the foie gras that seamlessly melted on my tongue and the crispy piece of bread hidden under the meat. Overall the lovely quaint atmosphere and the vino verde added beautifully to make the meal quite perfect.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant .. food was the best I’ve had in years and the service and ambience is top notch ..

G
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Rapport qualité prix insuffisant. Aucun espace convivial, aucune ambiance. Le foie gras trop miniscule, la venaison sans accompagnement, la tarte aux pommes excellente mais c'était 1/2 part. J'ai payé 200 $ pour moi et mon fils sans avoir de mets luxueux comme homard, langouste ou noix de St Jacques... Nous avons juste pris 1 entrée dont 1 soupe à l'oignon (cheap), 1 plat, 1 dessert 1 verre de vin, 1 bouteille d'eau. C'est abuser pour le lieu, le cadre... C'était même pas 1 repas de Noël....

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic dining experience!

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a reasonable price. Great atmosphere.

S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My third visit and I was not disappointed. This gem on the Lower Eastside serves delicious meals from one of the smallest kitchens in the City.

GF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small, cozy, wonderful on a rainy night (which it was). Great neighborhood "french." Broad menu for varied palates, great to bring out of town guests, good noise level for conversation, nice, wallet-friendly but short wine list, lucky to have it so close.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Server was attentive and quick. Would go back

ND
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gentleman Farmer is a tiny little restaurant but it is absolutely precious. I made a last minute reservation for myself, my brother, and mom to celebrate my mom's upcoming birthday, and luckily the party before us didn't show up so were able to be seated earlier. The wine selection was great, with delicious by the glass options available. We ordered three appetizers: the bison tartar, grilled octopus, and curried snails, which were fantastic and all shared an entree of the venison steak. It was an incredible meal and I look forward to returning to try the other dishes on the menu.

LG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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
6 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
61 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
53 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
100 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...