Nestled at the end of an unmarked alleyway in downtown New York City, Freemans Restaurant is serving up deliciously fresh farm-to-table eats in a rustic, stylish space. It may be one of the most Instagrammed eateries in NYC – chances are if you follow a lot of New York ‘grammers, you’ll recognize the restaurant’s twinkle-lit, robins-egg blue front door from your feed. The restaurant has a rugged, crumbling, vintage-y vibe, and I love the food as much as I do the unique décor. Take a peek:
Bar number one.
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Bar number two in the cozy second dining room.
An aside, too – I’m typically NOT a fan at all of antlers, deer heads, etc as décor…but here it just works. This is probably the first time I’ve actually liked it, because it just fits well into the overall scheme.
Upstairs Freemans has a whole other dining room for cocktails and light bites, and the vibe is just as rustic and antique-y as the main floor.
I usually don’t order granola in restaurants because it’s never as good as the kind I make at home, but I’m glad I ordered it here – it is so good. Served with honey and seasonal fruit, it has a great flavor and crunch and isn’t overly sweet – really, really yummy.
I definitely recommend Freemans for a great weekend or even weekday brunch (they do all day breakfast during lunch on weekdays – love that!), but I would advise arriving early on weekends – otherwise you’re in for a long wait at this popular spot.
Located at the end of Freemans Alley, off Rivington between Chrystie and the Bowery
Lower East Side
photos by me