Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Friend of a Farmer

Friend of a Farmer
77 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-2188


We're in New York City and there's no getting around that.  There's no such thing as rustic here.  So if you want to have a rustic-feeling restaurant, the best you can hope for is authentic faux-rustic.  Friend of a Farmer in fact carries that off.  It's a fun, rustic-feeling space complete with folk music.  Overall, a very fun space enhanced by the piles of fresh fruits and veggies lying around.

The food was also good.  We went for a late brunch on a Saturday and everything was of the highest quality.  We had the apple pancakes (highly recommended!) and a nicely-stuffed omelet which was cooked perfectly.  To go with that we had some mulled apple cider which could perhaps have been more mulled but was nonetheless just the thing for a cold NYC afternoon.

Service was efficient and friendly.

This place is probably too friendly to attract the attention of the serious snooty foodies -- Michelin will never give this place a star.  But it's a great neighborhood place and if you've been shopping at the Union Square Farmer's Market you can't do much better than to stop by this place on your way home to see what a good restaurant can do with all those nice fresh ingredients.

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