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Speakeasy Sorta Spot

EV Andrew | Aug 19, 2004 06:25 PM

Have come accross this very interesting spot down on the LES that turned out to be quite a find.

While some friends insisted that I not post about it for fear of it turning into an overrun mess, the time has come to let the cat outta the bag.

Down a long narrow alley off of Rivington betw Chrystie and Bowery, in the back of an L shaped building on Chrystie, is a place called Freeman's. It is a strangely (for NYC) decorated little spot that feels like a small hunting lodge in the Alps. And by that I mean a lot of wood, a homey vibe and numerous mounted animal heads.

The kitchen, utilizing a non-gas set-up not unlike the Tasting Room, is turning out simple dishes with a strong seasonal bent and clean flavors. While everything was fresh and flavored well, most everything we had was also undersalted.

Dishes we liked:

Whole trout stuffed with many herbs
Filet minion which was thankfully very juicy, quite flavorful and seemed to have more fat than I remember filets having when sampled from others’ plates.
Hot Artichoke Dip
Dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon

Simple items cooked properly, like the side of corn bursting with flavor, seem to be the order of the day here.

The wine list was also well chosen and reasonably priced, but I can not recall too much from it.

An interesting find that will be very crowded soon.

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