Freeman’s Restaurant end of Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002, hidden at the end of Freeman’s Alley, could easily be a secret, but they do simple American fare so well, that word has spread. Somewhere between a clean bar and a modern farm lies the perfect place for a business lunch. Weekdays are much quieter and recommended.

I had the Smoked Trout, paired with hard boiled eggs, horseradish cream, and buttered sourdough toast. It seems so simple and light, yet the lean trout somehow allows the egg yolks, creamy dressing, and butter to stand out, actually highlighting the fatty smears across the tongue. The smoky tender flakes, delicious on their own, also act as catalyst to the accompaniments. If you don’t eat all of the gigantic portion, it can be even more of a steal, $11 making two meals.

Smoked Trout Plate

My lunch dates Mary and Jennifer, had the Grilled Trout and the Fish Po’ Boy, both very satisfied, and again I was impressed with the value. The grilled trout is de-boned beautifully, served whole for $16.

Grilled Trout

The Po’ Boy was extra long, with a nice dazzle of french fries, at only $12.

Fish Po' Boy with fries

No complaints on service. My coffee cup was refilled regularly, and our waiter was knowledgeable. No rush when we lingered.

I highly recommend Freeman’s for business or personal lunch with those non-adventurous friends when you’re in the Lower East Side. They do simple classics well, at good prices, an all-around crowd pleaser.

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