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LOOKING FOR RUSTIC RESTAURANTS IN NYC LIKE FREEMANS

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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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  1. The Breslin has that type of atmosphere

    1. Marc Forgione
      Breslin
      Allen & Delancey

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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      1. re: LeahBaila

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

        1. re: ralston6000

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

          www.thelunchbelle.com

      2. 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.

        1. Il Buco comes to mind.

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          1. re: robotcoupe

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

            1. re: robotcoupe

              i second Il Buco - one of my fave restaurants!

              1. re: LauraDora

                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. 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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              http://www.eveats.com

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              1. re: EV_Eats

                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.

                1. re: paddlestick101

                  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

                  1. re: paddlestick101

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

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

                  http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/02/...

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                  1. re: thousandrobots

                    Looks great! Thanks!

                    1. re: ralston6000

                      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.

                      1. re: stephaniec25

                        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:
                        http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/02/...

                        1. re: thousandrobots

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