77 Irving Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.736979 -73.986582
Sun-Thu, 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Ruined our Thanksgiving. We took a friend from England to this restaurant for Thanksgiving. She was excited to experience the holiday American style. I was hugely embarrassed. Worst meal I've ever had. It was like pig slop. How you can mess up simple, Thanksgiving recipes is still mind boggling to us. NEVER and I mean NEVER eat here. Besides that it was dangerously overcrowded and I feared a fire would mean our certain demise.
I go to Beth Israel twice a month so I'm always looking for good food in the neighborhood. I tried this place yesterday and was delightfully surprised. The food was very good and the portions were huge. (I got the cheddar-topped vegetable pie as an appetizer and it was so big, I couldn't eat my main--which was an excellent angel hair pasta with fresh vegetables). I had a terrific sauvignon blanc (can’t remember the name). And I loved their corn bread, which they top with a savory apple jam. It’s a bit crowded but well-noise-proofed so the it’s not too noisy. I’ll definitely go back.
I wish i had read all these reviews before going... My nyc guide said it would be great, so my friend and i went there in order to have a really good meal and night. I had the terry alan chicken, and it was... Like some lunatic's mad recipe!? Absolutely bland, loaded with useless calories, no taste whatsoever -and greasy. Seriously, this thing could be used either in tiny capsules to feed a whole small town, or, better, as some sort of cement to build a school in some needy place.
My friend had the chicken pot pie, and that would be better used as asphalt near the "terry alan" school, say. Or is it some space food invented to kill astronauts?
Well, the only good thing in this night was the wine, and that was a good wine, not an "excellent" wine.
Too expensive a bag of cement and a basin of asphalt i must say.
MAKE THIS PLACE YOUR FAVORITE SPOT FAST – So we came here about a week or so ago and the place was packed. We didn't have a reservation for a table and incredibly we were seated at a fabulous table by the fireplace within less than two minutes by a super friendly hostess.
I could ramble on and on about the awesome country Southern style hospitality this place oozes the second you walk into it, from the Old World trappings on the walls to the aroma of pure home style cooking permeating the air from the kitchen, but I'll get straight to the service and the food. Yes FOOD. And by that I mean REAL GOOD FOOD. And their menu has so many choices you could get lost in the sea of incredible mouth watering choices each page has to offer. We ordered the Cheese Platter, the Mac and Cheese, and the Crab Cake ( no bread filler here, simply pure jumbo lump crabmeat)
For our main courses we had the Grilled Rib Eye Black Angus Steak, the Pan Seared Arctic Char and the Oven Roasted Pork Chop. We each ordered a Bloody Mary but eventually got a bottle of The Show Cabernet for our main courses, which I was shocked to learn was priced at only $49 bucks compared elsewhere at over $115. I know this wine, it's such a drinkable full flavored beauty, that if you ever hear of any restaurant carrying it, leave your troubles behind and head in yonder direction mate! And at less than $50 bucks, you're makin' out sweet!
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's cut for a moment to the service. Our waitress was super sweet, reciting the laundry list of mouth watering specials one by one from memory as if there was a tele-prompter in front of her (how does anyone remember all that detail beats me) and when she was done she listed a few of her favorites. Seems that the Rib Eye Black Angus, the Oven Roasted Pork Chop and the Pan Seared Arctic char were big hits here. And that's exactly what we ordered.
Service was super quick and constantly on an upbeat friendly level. Our drinks arrived within minutes and I gotta be honest: best Bloody Marys ever. Like for real. They don't forget the details either, like olives, lemon wedges and a celery stick. I've been to so many other places and every annoying time the drink is missing condiments. Not here.
Our main dishes were so delicious. Flavorful, nice portions, fresh pepper offered WITHOUT HAVING TO ASK FOR IT, and to top it all, the Maitre'd, a pleasant woman, actually stopped by at our tables to ask how everything was. She looked like the manager, could have been one for all I knew, but she actually stopped to see if we were doing fine. Now that's service with the 'i's dotted and 't's crossed.
We finished with the Cookie Skillet desert which was a pure heaven.
On the way out another customer told us about their incredible brunch experience. Brunch???? They have a brunch menu too? I can hardly wait!
In conclusion I'll say this. Make this your favorite go-to spot. You will not regret it.
Don't waste your money! – GO ELSEWHERE! This place is not what it used to be. I have been here on several occasions since 2007 and let me tell you a lot has changed! This place went from an elegant gem in NYC to the likes of a dive bar. Two stars because SOME of the food is actually good. And when I say SOME I mean some dishes are a complete miss and could have just as easily been cooked by your teenage son. I took friend from New Orleans here and they told me it was the worst salmon they had ever had! How EMBARRASSING!The brunch still seems to be a hit here my broccoli was rotten! The service is HORRIBLE. I have to commend the manager for trying so hard in what seems like a dysfunctional group of staffers. You know when you get the feeling that a bar usually has to deal with a lot of belligerent drunks because the waiting/bar staff has become so cold and defensive? Well that's how I felt at the seemingly nice dine in restaurant. The bartender actually claimed I drank an extra glass of wine and tried to charge me for it! then changed his story three times when trying to explain why I had to pay for it and somehow I still was the guilty one. Then he charged me 17 dollars EXTRA for my meal, ringing up my steak and lobster mashed potatoes as Lobster! When I question him twice about why the waiter had told me my meal would only be 28 bucks and why he was charging me 45 he defensively brushed me off saying "you have to take that up with the waiter". When leaving the restaurant feeling deceived and cheated I decided to call and secretly find out the true price of my meal...only to find out that he had cheated me out of 17 bucks. The manager did compensate me for my troubles and apologize but this was just nonstop MESS! AND...After I confided in the bartender about how my broccoli tasted rotten and how he should just suggest something to whoever buys the broccoli and how I did not want to complain or tell the manager bc he seemed to be stressed out, the bartender used that against me and told the manger I complained in order to back up his lie about how I drunk an extra glass of wine!
Breakfast is better without hair in your eggs. – Here's something for the waitstaff at Friend of a Farmer: If a patron finds a long hair in his or her food, don't charge them for that dish. The customer isn't always right, but they're seldom wrong. Aside from this oversight, the food was alright.
Good food, not-so-good service – I wrote to the email address on the restaurant's website, but it bounced back. So I am pasting my complaint here:
Hello. I invited my sister, brother, and his wife and two
kids to brunch at your restaurant yesterday, March 6, 2011. Three of this party of six has been to Friend of a Farmer for brunch, lunch and dinner on multiple occasions for the last 10 years. The food has always been excellent and until our last visit, the service was good too.
Our waiter was slow in coming to take our orders, the food took a very long time to arrive, and if it was all expedited by the runners around us because our waiter kept disappearing, we never would have eaten. I didn't want to complain when I was there. I was too busy trying to have a good time with my family.
We were there at 10 a.m. and were seated upstairs, to the immediate right, on a round and square table ensemble with 7 chairs. The drink orders were slow in coming in spite of being ordered quickly. The lemon, banana, zucchini & honey whole wheat breads took 35 minutes to arrive and our waiter said the bread is baked to order. It was barely room temperature. My brother's and my pumpkin pancakes were the same size and the children's order for my little nephew. And this was fine,
except that the kid-sized order came with fresh fruit and ours did not. But enough about the details. I will be back, but cautious about my service expectations. I do not remember our waiter's name, but I have decided to blame him for our not-so-perfect meal. The included gratuity is not something he deserved.
Glad I Gave It A Second Try – I have to confess that my first experience here left me with mixed feelings. While I loved the soup, my pasta was just average. It was kind of a bummer because I absolutely loved the atmosphere and staff. So, I gave it another shot and it won me over! The cornbread is a great take on the traditional table bread. The wine list leaves a lot to be desired, but wine doesn't really fit the feel anyway. I would suggest ordering something where they have the opportunity to impress you. For example, on my first visit they wowed me with the chilled pumpkin soup with a kick, but the pasta with vegetables was just that--pasta with vegetables (could have been made in any college dorm room). On the second try I again had a soup (which they nailed again), but gave them some room to impress by ordering one of their exciting salads. Success!
Mediocre at best – Both food and service are mediocre at best. My husband ordered outside the menu: two eggs, canadian bacon and toasts; I got the eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of canadian bacon. We waited for 40 minutes and when our food finally arrived it was cold. The waitress never came back to check on us. We finally opted to eat our food which was ruined. The bill was a hefty $46!! They lost a client. We will never go back.
wrong web site its friendofafarmerny – the site is friendofafarmerny
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