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ralston6000 Feb 22, 2010 04:35 PM

Can anyone recommend a few restaurants with a dimly lit, old, rustic atmosphere like Freemans? Old oil paintings, deer mounted on the walls, zinc bars, wood, dim lights.. all elements that are good. A slightly rustic, urban atmosphere could also work. Thanks everyone!

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    stephaniec25 RE: ralston6000 Feb 22, 2010 05:06 PM

    The Breslin has that type of atmosphere

    1. LeahBaila RE: ralston6000 Feb 23, 2010 04:55 AM

      Marc Forgione
      Allen & Delancey


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        ralston6000 RE: LeahBaila Feb 24, 2010 06:38 AM

        And I've had my eye on Marc Forgione. Now that you recommend, I'm going. Thanks! BTW, I love your blog.

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          LeahBaila RE: ralston6000 Feb 24, 2010 06:51 AM

          Awe, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it. :) Let me know how your meal is!


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        boccalupo RE: ralston6000 Feb 23, 2010 06:02 AM

        Just over the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo/Vinegar Hill there is Vinegar Hill House which I believe is owned by a couple who used to work at Freemans. You can check out images of it online an see if it looks like something that might work for you.

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          robotcoupe RE: ralston6000 Feb 23, 2010 08:10 AM

          Il Buco comes to mind.

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            ralston6000 RE: robotcoupe Feb 23, 2010 09:39 AM

            These are all great so far.... Vinegar Hill House, especially. Thanks so much.

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              LauraDora RE: robotcoupe Feb 25, 2010 07:11 PM

              i second Il Buco - one of my fave restaurants!

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                ralston6000 RE: LauraDora Feb 28, 2010 03:18 PM

                That settles it.. going to Il Buco for my 40th in 12 days. Also Vinegar Hill House and Keen's soon. Thanks. These are all perfect.

            2. EV_Eats RE: ralston6000 Feb 25, 2010 12:27 PM

              Not sure if it's still open as I haven't been there in a while, but Friend of A Farmer on Irving Place around 19th might be up your alley. Good hearty food & great atmosphere.

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                paddlestick101 RE: EV_Eats Feb 25, 2010 06:35 PM

                Last I saw (2 weeks ago), Friend of a Farmer was closed for remodeling. Maybe they've reopened now, not sure how the atmosphere has since changed.

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                  Simon RE: paddlestick101 Feb 27, 2010 06:49 PM

                  Friend of a Farmer serves food that could reasonably be sent back even if served in an IHOP....it's too bad because the location is great and the setting is fine...but the food is beyond awful...they literally do not even know how to cook eggs...

                  it's a restaurant that should die, and die soon

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                    Jane A. RE: paddlestick101 Feb 28, 2010 03:50 PM

                    It seems their web URL domain name expired in January. Suspect they're gone for good.

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                  thousandrobots RE: ralston6000 Feb 25, 2010 07:50 PM

                  Yesterday, Eater had some nice photos of Keen's that seemed to show a rustic atmosphere. I haven't been, but here they are:


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                    ralston6000 RE: thousandrobots Feb 27, 2010 05:24 PM

                    Looks great! Thanks!

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                      stephaniec25 RE: ralston6000 Feb 27, 2010 09:44 PM

                      Keens is fantastic and definitely a very old-school NY atmosphere. It doesn't have the mounted animals but it does have pipes covering the ceilings and a very cool atmosphere. Rustic might not be the right word, but it might help in your search.

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                        thousandrobots RE: stephaniec25 Feb 27, 2010 10:37 PM

                        Keen's probably went through a lot of trouble to get that moose on the wall, and I wouldn't want Ralston6K to cross it off his list due to a perceived lack of taxidermy, so I want to point out that they do seem to have at least one mounted animal. :-)

                        See #4:

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                          ralston6000 RE: thousandrobots Feb 28, 2010 03:20 PM

                          Yes, I saw that deer on the wall! Decor looks right up my alley. Thanks all. What a cool bar, too.

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