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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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  1. The Breslin has that type of atmosphere

      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!

      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. 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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              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'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.