THE HIDEAWAY KNOWN AS FREEMAN'S
Along tiny Freeman Alley (on Rivington between Bowery and Chrystie), you'll find a hidden oasis tucked away called Freeman's. This space transports you to an alternate world reminiscent of the 1900s. You could easily escape here, spending a bustling Sunday amidst the antique like memorabilia. This restaurant has been fully operational for 11 years, but the building itself has been around for over 150 [years]. When I arrived, I was able to start with a really nice mint tea at the bar as I waited for my friend. Once she arrived, we were seated in a corner nook on the ground level. Within minutes, our server approached the table.
The artichoke dip was encouraged as a starter, and it did not disappoint. It comes out in a piping hot dish with sliced baguette on the side, and the portion is enough for two. I could have done without the starter salad I ordered, but it did leave me room for dessert, which in turn left my palate happy. It was another recommendation from our server, and it was the bananas foster with vanilla ice cream. I'm very happy that the server made the suggestions he did. Although it was a small breakfast/lunch menu, he guided the process well.
Once lunch was finished, we toured the rest of the eatery. A unique program they are a part of is called the PROJECTIVE. It leaves the upstairs space closed in the daytime for entrepreneurs/members to have meetings, quiet space, and get some work done. The entire space is larger than expected and very cozy. As my friend and I left, we had mutual feelings of excitement to return to this wonderful hideaway soon.