Gentleman Farmer

4.6
606 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

We regret that we are unable to hold reservations that are not confirmed by 5pm on the day of the booking.
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Phone number
(212) 677-2172
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karim Nounouh
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Private party facilities
Gentleman Farmer is available for private events. Please send inquiries to contact@gentlemanfarmernyc.com.
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Private party contact
Karim Nounouh: (212) 677-2172
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eldridge and Forsyth Streets
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Public transit
6 to Spring Street; F to 2nd Ave-Lower East Side; M to Essex Street; B, D to Grand Street
Additional
Beer, Farm to Table, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
606 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
76%
Very Good
16%
Good
7%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were a party of 6. Had a wonderful time. Food was delicious, service was excellent, and loved the ambiance. Very small restaurant, but makes the ambiance intimate and cozy. Had a reservation and were promptly seated. No waiting around. Open floor to ceiling windows and doors added to the indoor/outdoor feel New Yorkers crave in the summertime.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The Wagu beef lacked flavor, the creme brulee had a bitter aftertaste, the onion soup was good - but not great.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

One server for entire restaurant.
Most choices were high fat meat products.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

A little discreet jewel-box of a restaurant in the L.E.S., Gentleman Farmer's 20-30 seat outpost in Manhattan provides a clever array of French-inspired dishes at fair prices for the culinary skill involved. Nice wine list that reaches the upper levels quickly -- a few more $50-75 options would have been nice.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Cute, small place in lower east on a quiet street.

Had diner there last night with a date. Service was great and the food too. I had the tongue as an appetizer and the flank steak as a main. My date had the escargot to start and then the tournedos Rossini. We shared a bottle of Crozes Hermitage.
Prices are super reasonable.

At the end of the meal the maître D opened a bottle of cider for the table next to us and we got very lightly sprayed, no big deal at all :)
He offered to pay for our dry cleaning fee and also offered us a crème brûlée for dessert. Classy.

Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Dined here twice in two weeks. I think the consistency of the food is excellent for the price. I like the cozy ambiance of Gentleman Farmer and both times I've dined, I find that the quality of the food is exceptional. I recommend the smoked duck entree. One of the best duck dishes I've ever had (ranks up there with the old Four Seasons).

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Sunday night visit. Great value with no corkage on Sundays. Had the boar chop and French onion soup, both very good. Place is tiny so be prepared to be close to neighboring tables.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The place is small, but after awhile you don't notice it any more. The service is efficient and hospitality is effusive. The staff appreciate their guests. The food is delicious and the wines by glass sufficient. The beet salad and the bison tartar excellent. The rack of lamb and the venison steak were not gamy at all and tender with lots of flavor. The sides and sauces were perfect matches. We will return again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Really, really great food and great service. The restaurant is small so the tables are close together and it is pretty close quarters....but.....because the restaurant is small and the number of patrons at any time is small, the service is exceptional and the chef is cooking "for you" not TABLE 121.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Lived here for 9 years, always been my favorite and best restaurant in NYC. Recommend it to everyone, visiting or local.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was superb-creative and sublimely flavored-and service was warm and competent without any hovering. The atmosphere was pretty and straightforward and we will doubtlessly return.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food. Biggest issue is their kitchen exhaust, which is lacking, so the very small restaurant is filled with cooking smell. Tried not to mind it getting on my clothes, but the whole time I was thinking about how smelly the place was, which distract from the dining experience. The food and wine-by-the-glass we had were great, but this restaurant would not be considered great in my book unless they fix the smell issue. I would definitely go back, but will know not to wear nice clothes beforehand.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Quaint restaurant with about 10 tables. You should definitely make a reservation, the place was completely full by 7:30. My boyfriend and I ordered the bison tartare which was great, but the best meal of the night was the mushroom ravioli! My boyfriend got the lamb and he loved it. The server let us try multiple wines before committing to a bottle. Great food and overall experience.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Consistently excellent - only seats 20 so a res is always necessary- menu choices are outstanding- and ever meal is delicious and plentiful. Because it’s so small each dish seems to be made slowly and with care - this is not the place for a quick meal. Attentive service and a god but pricey wine list

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Read previous reviews and they were quite accurate. Gentleman Farmer is a hidden gem in all of the commotion of the city -- anchored most importantly by spectacular food, cozy & intimate setting, and good service. Exceeded our expectations on all levels!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Wonderful find. Hole in the wall, intimate dining with friendly informing service. Creative freshly prepared bistro fare. Nice wine list of reasonably priced offerings. Bison tartare is a standout among a consistently good set of choices.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent across the board. The food and the service surpassed expectations. The place is tiny, but it is a cool space.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Wow, what a treat! This tiny restaurant packs in big flavor and great service. The menu is astounding. It was rather hard to make a decision but I went with the tuna tartar and the tournedos Rossini, on the server's advice. The tuna was perfect. Nice and fresh, topped with guacamole and sesame seeds. I've never had an Asian/Mexican combo like that and was pleasantly surprised by the flavors. The steak and fois gras was...well, let's just say if I could marry a dish this might be the one. The richly intense flavors made me want to lick my plate. Everything was cooked to perfection from the medium rare melt-in-your-mouth steak to the supple fois gras down to the tender but firm veggies. It was also the perfect portion size to make me satisfied but not stuffed. That meant I had room for dessert and, also on the server's advice, I had the crème brûlée, which is always a favorite of mine. This featured a classic rich vanilla custard topped with the perfect amount of sugar to give it a nice snap and some strawberries. I think I had a smile on my face for the whole meal!

Things to note: they only take AmEx, cash or check. They also only serve beer/wine (no liquor) but they have a lovely wine selection.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

BEST french restaurant in the city- WE LOVE IT.
the ambiance is cozy and candle lit- ALL their dishes are amazing and we try to go there every time we are in town. I highly reccommend

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Loved our dining experience. The small size of the restaurant created a sense of intimacy and afforded you personal and attentive service. The food was sublime. We’ve had the opportunity to dine at some of the best and most acclaimed restaurants in the city, and this experience was definitely among the very best. Can’t say enough good things about Gentlemen Farmer. I highly recommend it! Would go back again, and often.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have been to Gentleman Farmer many times, and it is always an excellent evening. The staff is wonderful, and the food is always superlative. It is absolutely a gem! While the room is small, the acoustics are good and the busy space just adds to the atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I have been going here for a few years now and the food and service never disappoints! Thank you to our server Daniel and the rest of the warm crew for another night of amazing service and delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Matt was warm and personable, and the food was delicious. It truly is a neighborhood gem!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic, delicious, and interesting food. The place is tiny but has great atmosphere. Very courteous service. Perfect for intimate dates!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Had a great night! REALLY enjoyed all courses and service was spot on. Would like music to be just a little louder, I can give you a run down of the conversation at the table next to us which is understandable considering how small the space is but a little music would help!

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Don’t... just don’t

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great date spot wih fantastic food. Small, with a limited bar, but great wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food and service were both impeccable. My friends and I have not stopped raving about it.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Amazing food. Even better service!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was perfection!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Positively resplendent

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food and great service! Very small but servers made us comfortable. Excellent food if a little pricey. I wanted to eat everything on the menu. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had a great time- the food was amazing and the staff welcoming and accommodating!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Extremely cozy space. Friendly staff. Came for the "Tounedos Rossini" and smoked duck breast and loved them.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Outstanding service and food. Totally fair price, especially considering the time that goes into French food.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Came here on our six month anniversary. We were late due to the weather, but were accommodated immediately. The menu was diverse and the food was excellent. The waitstaff was attentive but not intrusive. This is my favorite type of place; out of the way, small and delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Gentleman Farmer has a great menu with very creative dishes using less common meats and seasonal foods. Bison steak was very good. My wife’s rabbit cassoulet was also fantastic. Dessert was just good. I would definitely return in a different season for something different!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We were delayed and Matt was awesome to accommodate,
Food ,service and ambiance was awesome ! I have rec you to all my network that travels as we are from RI
Thank You
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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This restaurant is amazing and the food was so good!! I rarely write reviews and I'm pretty hard to impress but this place blew us away. I took my girl out to celebrate our 13th anniversary and we loved it. Top notch...

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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