This Lower East Side restaurant has come to be regarded as the tastemaking cabin-in-the-’hood at the end of the now-legendary alley. In the oft-copied taxidermied environs, the hearty menu additions include a charred tender quail atop buttery grits, and a generous rabbit roulade entrée of boneless bacon-wrapped bunny (the signature bar snacks remain—there wasn’t even a question of tampering with the cult artichoke dip). Simple desserts—caramel-soaked bananas Foster, toasted carrot-walnut cake—are the sort you’d find in restaurants without a pastry chef. But they’re good enough.
Freeman Alley off Rivington St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Chrystie St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–4pm, 6–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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My go-to for anything from a birthday celebration to a low key dinner with friends. It is especially cozy to sit upstairs in the winter.
The ambience of this place is exactly what I'm looking for in a restaurant - cozy and stylish - and the fact that it's cute entrance is at the end of the secret little alley doesn't hurt either. However, food here, for me at least, has been hit or miss. They have a decent selection of the kind of American food I always crave but I've never really been blown away by anything I've eaten here. Maybe I'm ordering wrong, but I think the food could use a little more oomph.