Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar

4.6
59 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
The Freelance Café & Wine Bar is of the one of the founding restaurants of Piermont’s now bountiful selection of eclectic spots to wine and dine in this historic and charming village by the Hudson River.

The Freelance menu offerings consist of Small Plates, Large Plates, and Daily Specials. The menu remains a touchstone for Modern American Cuisine as informed and inspired by the French Bistro, the Italian Trattoria, the Japanese Izakaya and ever more tastefully global inspiration. We offer a long list of favorite dishes whether that’s French Onion Soup, Thai Pasta, Braised Short Ribs or Classic Crème Brulee, as well as an inspiring selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Rated by Zaget as “ Another fabulous dining experience” the Freelance cafe is a consistent winner.
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Bill
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I guess I'm old school, but i like wait staff that fawns over me. No gets 5 stars unless that happens. It's not a big place, so one "loud-talker" at the bar becomes the ambiance. I had to listen to this guy done on and on about wines around the world and grapes in Russia... Just a tad pretentious if the entire restaurant had to enjoy. Im pretty sure he's a regular, so i suspect the staff is reluctant to quiet him down. At least we learned Russians like sweet wine.

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stef
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service along the main street of Piermont, a delightful village on the Hudson near great hiking trails. A little pricey, not surprising in a popular day trip attraction.

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TahK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not. One. Bad. Bite! What a pleasant surprise-tuna tartare, octopus, thai pasta and duck confit: each one delicious and satisfying.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great choice. Great food and friendly service

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DillonP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and an excellent staff. Highly recommend

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Jeanbean
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit since change of ownership. Service exemplary, pleasant background music, same familiar bar and seating areas. Menu has some old favorites and some new dishes; food good, might be helpful to continue to transition to specialities of the new crew.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The best calamari we have ever tasted. The freshest fish. Good wine choices. Nice atmosphere. Great neighborhood. Definitely somewhere we will return to!

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vipMBOG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, attentive service without hovering. Really relaxed atmosphere, excellent food.

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vipymcebs
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved it!
It was hard to chose what to eat for dinner, as the menu had so many interesting items.
We ended up enjoying ourselves and we'll be back.

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viptarrytownfoodie1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Freelance has been a long-time favorite. Never disappoints. Choice of food is outstanding.

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Shel
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Freelance was fantastic, from the bread to the dessert! My glass of wine was one of the beat I’ve had in a long time, and the meal was delicious. The waitstaff was friendly and accommodating. They didn’t rush us and we’re patient when we had to unexpectedly wait for our 3rd guest to join us. Overall a great experience. We’ll be back!

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vipJimE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly consistent in all critical categories!

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vipdiscerning
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful evening outside. A little tacky to serve different bread after the first roll has been consumed. Carbonara was somewhat bland.

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vipBirthdayCelebrant
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service with a lively vibe (but a bit loud).

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irisk
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really good food with a very nice selection of appetizers and entrees. Small place with tables close to each other so noisy but would definitely recommend!

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Lolm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, highly recommend. Casual and elegant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love this place. Fantastic food set in a cozy ambiance. Hidden gem.

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Beebs
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love the restaurant & have been going forever. We found it very very noisy & in fact the music was turned off because you could not hear it anyway. That the ambience was so different was a disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service waiting at the door for someone to seat us and no one came for 15 min. Standing and waiting! Never again will I enter this Restsurant

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DillonP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing staff, definitely my new favorite place for dinner!

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viplovetoeat
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Waiter rude
Service bad. Food average
It’s restaurant week. Had to request that menu then we were told that everyone at table (4 of us) HAD to order from that menu or else from regular dinner menu. Who makes these rules. ?? If they didn’t want to participate in Restaurant week they didn’t have to
In addition to all this noise level was ridiculous
Only positive thing I can say is that they honored our reservation on time
Not going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful intimate atmosphere and super attentive staff. Food was very very good also.

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vipRobertR
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Because of the restaurant size it can be a little crowded inside. Food and service are worth the trip.

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ErMcCL
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A really cute spot to meet friends or for date night. Great wine selection and a nice variety of food. Food was awesome! Had the pear salad, coconut shrimp, rigatoni, thai pasta, and salmon. Every dish was good!!!

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Sammy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are not connoisseurs, but know what good food should taste like. Freelance Cafe delivers. Oval-shaped bread was warm, fresh and crusty. An arugula pear salad with balsalmic vinaigrette was perfectly mildly bitter/sweet. Scallops apparently broiled in a champagne beurre with perhaps a touch of horseradish in it, were yummy -- the sauce making up for the scallops not being a perfect "10." (We've never gotten fantastic scallops from any NYC area eateries or seafood markets or counters, but rather only at NJ shore eateries where they're fresh off the boat and at the Ramsey, NJ, farmers' market, whose purveyor drives them in directly from L.I.). It came with parmesan risotto and green beans, both just right. A glass of sauvignon blanc from Marlborough (NZ), a touch fizzy and citrus-y, went perfectly. Dessert - a lemon cheesecake with bits of chocolate and nut - was fine, and surprisingly light. Service was good and utterly unpretentious. Requested items were brought immediately. We two seniors split this lunch, and had plenty to eat, for $90, including 20% tip.

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vipjoyboy
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening!

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vipmichaelc
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed at time if my reservation. No notice was provided, no sign on door.

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vipAnthT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal. The pasta was amazing and the wine was the perfect pairing.

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viptarrytownfoodie1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t been here for a few years, but previously it was my favorite restaurant for many years when Peter Kelly owned it. To my surprise the same chef is still there and the food is as good as ever. Will be my favorite restaurant again.

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vipBarryK
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Makes you feel like family. Makes you feel like home. Good choices on the menu. Great little bar if you don’t have a table. Intimate setting. Just a great place to have a conversation. We went to meet People we haven’t been able to see for six months. It was a great ambience for catching up

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and town.

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MayO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very pleasant experience. Appetizer was delicious and dinner were very tasty. Overall very enjoyable. Would certainly return.

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NancyB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Excellent food and presentation. Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food. wait staff is always attentive and on the ball. Probably my favorite restaurant in the area! I’ve been going out for at least 16 years and have never been disappointed

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vipBenG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food along with an interesting menu. The wasabi crusted tuna is amazing. Service is excellent also. One of our favorite restaurants.

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vipRaphy
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We’ve been visiting this restaurant many times over the years.
Food is very good.
Apart from the attitude of the waiter- great place!

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viplilfoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great menu options with many specials. Grilled octopus, mushroom ravioli and wasabi crusted tuna were excellent. Friendly and attentive staff. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, menu was even better. Highly recommend!!! Food was amazing....

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Greeny
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great spot...excellent service and very good food!

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FrancesM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner!!! Everything was wonderful!!!

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Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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