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Monday, May 9, 2011

Freemans




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On Saturday I was honored to be invited to brunch with Emma and her Mother, who was in town for Mother's Day weekend. I guess this means we have started a wonderful NYC tradition. Last year, on the Saturday before Mother's Day, Emma, Whitney and I took our Mom's to brunch at Blue Ribbon Bakery.  


Sadly this year, my Mom couldn't make it up to NYC for Mother's Day weekend, so it was very sweet of Emma to invite me to brunch with her Mom at Freemans. I was so excited about this brunch. I haven't had four hours out of my evening to sit and wait for dinner at Freemans, since that is what I've been told every time I've tried to dine there, so brunch was a nice change. 


My friend Jen and I had a late lunch at Freemans last year when we both got off of work early one Summer Friday. It was delicious then so I knew I must be in for a treat with brunch!


I woke up wide awake Saturday morning with a sudden urge to hop on my bike and ride. I also knew I was going to be enjoying some not so healthy food! Oh yes, I'd heard about their five cheese macaroni! I cruised up to the George Washington Bridge in back with just enough time to get pretty, drop my laundry off and even peruse the Festival of Ideas NYC 2011, without being late.





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The Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011, is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations, from universities to arts institutions and community groups, working together to effect change. A first for New York, the Festival will harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore the ideas destined to shape it. It will take place in multiple venues Downtown and is organized around three central programs: a conference of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over one hundred independent projects and public events. The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, writers, architects, engineers, designers, urban farmers, planners, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, and invite the public to participate.




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When I arrived to Freemans, Emma and Kitty were already sitting at the back bar enjoying some freshly made brunch cocktails. Because, what is brunch without a cocktail?
Shortly after Becca joined us, we were seated. On our way to the table, we headed upstairs. I believe all of us, brows furrowed, noted the fact that we didn't realize Freemans had an upstairs, to which the hostess answered, we only opened the upstairs a couple of months ago.


We were seated apparently questionable Green Room. Our server mentioned most of Freemans staff believe it is blue where she argues that it is green. I, as a designer, would have to agree with our server. There was nothing blue about that room whatsoever. 


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The newly opened upstairs was quite large and contained not only the Green Room but the Red Room and a nice Library Room in which you enter when you come up the stairs. Our server mentioned that these rooms are usually used for private parties, making mental note. 


I love the decor throughout Freemans. It really sticks with the farmhouse rustic design throughout with the exposed beam, paneled walls, and raw hard wood floors. Not to mention all of the antique furniture and accessories. 


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Becca and I have the same mentality when it comes to ordering, we have a little thing when more than one person orders the same thing. I'm sure it annoys Becca more since she is a chef, and I know how I get with using a fabric more than once. 


I guess growing up in a family where we eat off of each others plates as if it was normal, gracefully might I add, we get to taste and sample multiple items from the menu in which we wouldn't get the chance if everyone ordered the same thing. This was not the case on Saturday. Three out of the four of us ordered the exact same thing. 


So many items off of the menu sounded delicious. I jumped around a few times before settling.



Emma, the only odd order, had the Poached Eggs with Roasted Tomato, Cheddar Cheese Grits and Buttered Toast. 


Kitty, Becca and I all had the Skillet Eggs with Bacon, Spinach and Gruyere with buttered Sourdough toast.

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And since it was all the talk, we decided a side of the Five Cheese Macaroni for the table was required. I felt a little less guilty after the bike ride. I knew it would come in handy! I won't even mention the side of Cheddar Grits we had for the table too!


It might seem like I drink, a lot, but I don't. Ask any of my close friends, It is a rarity when I drink. They usually celebrate when I do. Not funny. However, since it was brunch for Mother's Day weekend in NYC, I decided I would splurge! Am I glad that I did, this was one of the most refreshing cocktails I'd ever had. The only one I know of that can top it is the White Sangria from Balaboosta, which they no longer have, RIP White Sangria. 


I don't know if today has been too long of a work day or if I've just completely lost it but, I can't seem to remember which cocktail it was. Unless, they haven't updated their menu and it isn't listed on these various Freemans Cocktails list, which I am hoping is the case. 

It was so fresh, crsip and tasty! I could have had way too many. 
Just like most of the restaurants I frequent, Freemans is an easy breezy walk from my apartment. I would say less than ten minutes, located just off Rivington down Freemans Alley.  


I can now check off Breakfast/Brunch and Lunch from my Freemans list. Next time, dinner! If Brunch and dinner were so amazing, I can't even imagine what dinner is like!

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