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Houseman Restaurant

4.6
4.6
349 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Plan
Inspired by the word husmanskost, “everyday food" in Swedish, Houseman is a neighborhood restaurant where chef Ned Baldwin serves clear-headed food that ranges from the familiar to the unexpected.

The Food
We make the food that we want to eat. On any given night the menu features favorites such as a hamburger, roast chicken or seasonal vegetables alongside dishes like pickled bluefish or goat sausage.

The Drink
We keep it simple at the bar. Our concise cocktail list has classics, and riffs on them. For the beer drinkers, we’ve got a seasonal selection of bottles and cans as well as a kolsch from Cologne on tap. Our wine list is carefully curated and often updated to include easy-drinkers that are both sympathetic to our food and that will keep the oenophiles among us interested.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Wine Bar, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Afternoon Menu: Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 641-0654 ext. 3

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ned Baldwin

  • Catering

    Houseman is available for off-site catering. We cater anything from cocktail parties to office lunches to weddings. Please inquire via email by writing to events@housemanrestaurant.com for more information and pricing.

  • Neighborhood

    TriBeCa - Downtown

  • Cross street

    Spring Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    "1" at Houston or Canal St<br />"C,E" at Spring St

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 349 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. HK

    HKtoTBC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very loud music over the speakers for Sunday brunch, but food always impresses, as does the wait staff's knowledge of the menu.
  2. RN

    RNmakingsense

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become one of our top 5 restaurants in NYC. It has a Swedish flair, their food is so consistently good, and they have biodynamic wines. We went for a little special occasion and I wanted a restaurant that would not disappoint and I was not in the mood for the other 4. So I said HOUSEMAN! I cannot wait until those fried green tomatoes hit the menu in the spring.
  3. m

    mwamwa

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A neighborhood place with very good food, welcoming to families. A little too expensive but it must be this up and coming area.
  4. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was absolutely delicious! Really interesting menu, everything on it sounded appealing. Loved the clam toast and all of the entrees we had - steak, chicken, monkfish. Try the Zapatista cocktail - was delicious. Excellent service and atmosphere - will definitely be back!
  5. B

    Bonnie

    New York Area

    855 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    855 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Be prepared for cozy seating and limited main course choices, neither of which detracts from how satisfying Houseman is. A favorite.
  6. MW

    ManhattanWiliam

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Craving steak frites, we decided to venture to the far West Village to try what NY Mag called the city’s best version of the menu staple. Ok, the space is charming, the service very good and the quality overall fine. The steak frites were delicious that we all ordered. Fries yummy and plentiful and meat flavorful (if a little light on the portion). The problem was that the appetizers are ill-conceived. Squid with XO sauce is a dish that doesn’t want to be eaten without rice and merely by the spoonful! Tasty yes, but way overpriced and odd served stand-alone. The clams on toast was good but not for the price charged. The peanut pie was ok for dessert but somehow missed the mark. Cheapest wine was a white Gruner at $48. I disliked paying for one type of bread (whole grain) and butter- that really irked me. So while the main course was good and fairly priced and the service very good, the overall meal lacked balance and was most definitely over-priced. IF I’m going to pay for bread and butter, it had better be the greatest since sliced white, and it was not.
  7. EG

    EmmyG

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This restaurant is off the beaten path and has a great atmosphere. However, food is not great. We got the burger & fries which was tasty and frankly was the initial draw to this restaurant. We also got the chicken dish which was served lukewarm and wasn't all that flavorful. We also ordered, "fried uglies" which were fine. Nothing exceptional. Would only come back here for a casual drink– the space was decorated well and quiet– or to order the burger, and nothing else.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food! Steak portion was small but good
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A little pricey for the portion sizes. Everything was solid.
  10. MS

    ManoftheSea

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a perfectly authentic New York City bistro run by a brilliant, talented chef. Go there. Eat. Drink. And enjoy.
  11. SL

    SarahL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent for dinner with your parents after a long day exploring the city. Feels warm and comfortable but not tired. Quiet to have a real conversation but not too quiet to hear other people’s conversations! Great food. Not michellin star worthy but worth what you pay. I’d gladly return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cozy ambiance
  13. MH

    MottH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Houseman never ceases to amaze us with it's excellent food, great wine choices and the desserts! Thanks-M
  14. C

    Catherine

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this Lower Greenwich Street restaurant. Great vibe overall.
  15. t

    tcv718

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Felt a little rushed
  16. SR

    SusanR

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good breakfast menu. Nice server. Food was a bit overdone, but nice presentation!
  17. EW

    EatWell225

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, fresh ingredients and innovative preparation . Interesting wine list. Service was attentive. Good acoustics in the space made conversation possible without being drowned by other people’s conversations.
  18. CD

    ChuckieD

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love the Houseman. This was our first, but will not be our last, brunch.
  19. CM

    CatherineM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place and go as often as I can - so delish!
  20. MK

    MichaelK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The menu at Houseman continues to be reliably exceptional. Great food and solid service. It's the place I go to with friends when we want to have a special dinner.
  21. f

    foodmatters

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is great spot for casual dinner great vibe great food!
  22. J

    Jerry

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Vibe! Excellent neighborhood spot
  23. n

    niram00

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I thought it was fine. I went because it was included on infatuations list of best burgers. To me the burger was okay, but lacked something to set it apart. The fries were pretty good. It took about 20 minutes to get our food order in. I probably wouldn’t go back, but I’m not mad that I went.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They’ve got this place just right. Food is excellent.
  25. J

    Jerry

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant, wonderful staff, spectacular evening
  26. JC

    JoannaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there with my friends mom because I read it was cozy with good food and not too loud. It did not disappoint. We both got the steak which was absolutely delicious. The wine was great and server was knowledgeable and attentive.
  27. SS

    SimoneS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite burgers in Manhattan. Amazing food and cocktails. Great service as well.
  28. VE

    VeteranEater

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great, and I always try to say so here. First time just doing small plates and it was extraordinary.
  29. U

    Unimpressed

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant! The food was amazing, the service top notch. We had a group of three couples with diverse palates, and Houseman pleased us all. Highly recommended.
  30. 2

    2cats

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu changes all the time to include seasonal freshest local ingredients with creative cooking and it improves every time. We think it is one of the best hidden treasures of NY restaurants
  31. J

    Jordan

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Went here over a year ago because it looked inviting. We had dinner at the nice-looking, intimate bar area. The bartender was unfriendly, rude. Decided to give it another try, assuming that our experience just might have been due to an bad night for the bartender. This night there was a different bartender, but low and behold, they were just as unfriendly. Not rude like the first one, but unenthusiastic, helpful or warm. We don't need an overly talkative bartender, since we are having our own conversation during our meal, but since we are sitting so close to them, it would be nice if they made us feel welcome. There are too many other great, friendly restaurant bar-dining options in NYC!
  32. PT

    PatrickT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice little place. The waiter was very nice, and the food was very good. The chicken was great - the chef is very creative!
  33. SD

    SadlyDisappointing

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our party ordered the short ribs, the burger and the skate. The short ribs were nicely prepared and flavorful, the burger great and the skate dreadful. We also had several small plates of which the fava puree, pork belly and fries were the highlight. Our small plates were served immediately but we waited a significant amount of time to be served our main course. Houseman is a nice casual spot, no pretensions, but definitely on the expensive side. This was my third time there and it was another positive experience except for the skate.
  34. C

    Carol

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service was excellent.
  35. S

    felicityS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love you Houseman!
  36. SS

    SceneSiren

    Denver

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect. The food is inventive, delicious, and fresh. The service is friendly, chill, and accommodating. The wine list is brief but interesting. This is soon to be a regular in our rotation. What a happy discovery! It was highly recommended by friends with great taste. I look forward to returning soon. They were so kind about our parade of young children including an infant in a car seat despite the small space.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in New York City. Gracious service, delicious food and wine, and creative cocktails. We love the Houseman burger, and the short rib, and the duck - really, you can't miss. A real treasure!
  38. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. My go to place!
  39. c

    cbny123

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love this place - but I do hate being made to wait 20 minutes when I have a reservation and there's really nowhere to stand comfortably, and I'm with an important client to boot...
  40. NY

    NYWriterDirector

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food, noisy.

FAQs

Houseman Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 641-0654 ext. 3.

Houseman Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spring Street

  • Neighborhood

    TriBeCa - Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Afternoon Menu: Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Wine Bar, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    "1" at Houston or Canal St"C,E" at Spring St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ned Baldwin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 641-0654 ext. 3

  • Catering

    Houseman is available for off-site catering. We cater anything from cocktail parties to office lunches to weddings. Please inquire via email by writing to events@housemanrestaurant.com for more information and pricing.

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