Finding restaurant Freemans might be a bit of a challenge but if we’re talking about so called hidden gems we can count this one in for sure. At the end of a small, dark alley on the Lower East Side you’ll find a string of lights leading you to the charming entrance of Freemans. The alley separates you from the city, and even though the place is not that hidden anymore (open for more than 10 years already), it still made me feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland, stepping into a new world I wanted to explore.
The inside is a collection of cosy, intimate rooms. Even though you might not have a house filled with mounted animals, this place is one where you will feel right at home. Wooden tables, wooden floors, collections of paintings, flowers.. It’s a comforting place and so is the food they serve. Feel good, simple, rustic American food like mac and cheese, stews, sausage plates and much more.
When I visited the restaurant (October 2013) it was just before Halloween so pumpkin dishes were served everywhere. I love these orange veggies so at Freemans I enjoyed the fluffy American pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, ice-cream and bacon on the side. It was a quiet peaceful weekday lunch for me but this place is packed during weekends and in the evenings as well for before/ after dinner cocktails.
Freemans, at the end of the Freeman Alley, Off Rivington Street between the Bowery and Chrystie Street