194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.721802 -73.994443
Neighborhoods: Downtown, NoLita
In a city where wood-burning ovens and rustic Italian food are common, Peasant has an unusually large number of devoted admirers. Maybe because it was the first, or because the atmosphere and food, under the direction of Frank DeCarlo. Getting in can be a hassle, thanks to all the regulars, but you can usually get a seat at the bar.
Good pizza – I have had the privilege of discovering this little jewel of a pizzeria. The price tags are great for delivery or have-out. The pizza top quality is pretty good given the small price range busting prices. I would highly recommend this pizzeria as a superior pizza with a super worth.
Peasant is a perfect date joint – I remember vividly my time at peasant....or was it my second time? Either way, everytime I go it is always extremely intimate...its like a wine cave, small but never gets too mobbed, cool clientele, decent food, and amazing italian wine by the quartino. Oh yeah and you can sip your nebbiolo whilst listening to the cure. The bar staff seems to have an affinity for 70's/80's tunes from the UK. Yes!
Mixed feelings: Great atmosphere, very average food. – Go eat somewhere else and get there for wine and cheese.
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HAVE TO AGREE...IT STINKS... – i guess 10 years is more than enough... i have taken customers to new york city restaurants for more than 20 years and have never been treated this poorly. the host with the ugly,cheap looking sweater and glasses was condescending and rude and the "general manager" with the australian accent was equally disappointing. my wife called to ask if our reservation would be held, as we were having a drink 2 doors down, and they said sure,come by 7. as we arrived at 655 we were told that our table had been given away and they would try to accommodate us downstairs. the attitude of rudeness was beyond compare. now, downstairs is very nice and actually quite desirable but, the waiter also had the same attitude. he couldn't really remember the specials and described nothing with his broken english...as for the food- my wife thought the tuna was from a can, as did i. for tuna salad, it certainly wasn't "sushi grade" as it was dry and brown. might as well have said "starkist" on the side...the lamb was raw and somewhat tasteless, the steak was overcooked and bland,etc,etc,etc...except for tourists and wannabe new yorkers that have missed the boat, this ship has sailed....too many better restaurants in nyc, and even within 2 blocks, to waste your time with this one....peasant is not pleasant...
Unforunately, this place stinks now – My wife and I have been going to Peasant Wine Bar for the last several years as one of our favorite "date" places. Sadly, however, the last two experiences have been horrific and subsequently we will never go there again. Both times have been a direct result of the host.
The first episode we walked out after my wife waited 1/2 hour for a table and then he told her she had to wait another 1/2 hour because he didn't know she was waiting. This was in spite of the fact that she gave him her name and table request when she first got there not to mention she had been standing there in plain view for a 1/2 hour.
Last night we arrived at ~ 7pm for an early dinner. The restaurant was empty and the host still managed to turn 2 couples away when he refused to sit them where they asked to be seated (considering the restaurant was empty, they didn't want to have to sit right next to us- I can appreciate that). We placed our order which started off with the meat and cheese plate. Firstly, it would have been nice if he told us what the cheeses were. Then when we were about 6 or 7 minutes into our appetizer the waiter brought our main course. We politely asked for him to take it back as we clearly were not done with our appetizer yet. Eventually when he did finally bring it back, it was cold and horribly over-salted. The host was oblivious to all of this as he was too busy trying to rush us out.
All in all, still a cute space, but the service was horrific, punctuated by the bad food. Sorry to say but this place is past it's prime.
Beyond Expectations – I sampled from everyones plate and was satisfied with everything I tried! The best was the Cornish game hen and ricotta cheese for the bread was out of this world! Seriously loved it and will definitly return!
overrated-grossly – like most places with a huge name (magnolia bakery above all), the food is mediocre at best, as italian as the olive garden, and absolutely overpriced. this place deserves no more than 2 stars
Wonderful smell, delicious food – Went here last night, absolutely loved it. The smell is amazing when you first walk in, it makes you hungry! The menu is now mostly translated into English, so it is easier to interpret. The Bocconcini is delicious as is the suckling pig. Service was excellent.
The food is ok but service is terrible. – The host and waiters need to be informed that there are plenty of other places to eat in Manhattan. The options are plentiful especially in NYC. There are places where you will get good food and great service. The food was not bad. However, the attitudes of the hostess and waiter ruined the whole experience. That is disturbing because this is not an inexpensive restaurant.
The waiter was obnoxious, conceited and not professional. When the matter was addressed with the hostess, she didn't want to hear about it and told me to speak to the manager. I have eaten in the best restaurants in Manhattan and have never seen such terribly trained and obnoxious support staff.
Mouthwatering Tuscan cooking in sleek Soho environs. – Locals and hopeless romantics alike flock here for fine Italian food and wine. The large brick oven might rest in back, but it's responsible for infusing the entire space with the aroma of fresh-baked, thin crust pizza and instilling a rustic vibe. Dark wood and a concrete floor add to the charming setting that's ideal for close conversation over a candle-lit dinner. Sit at a table, or on a bench up front and order classics like pizza margarita, fresh buffalo mozzarella and tender gnocchi. Chef-owner Frank De Carlo's cooking shines, from appetizer to dessert. The formerly all-Italian menu used to require that the waitstaff translate each individual item, but as of 2009 English translations have been added--as if you needed another reason to dine here.
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