New York, New York
December 12, 2000
The restaurant has two floors and it is very charming. It looks like an old country inn and there is a nice fireplace on the second floor. The inside had been decorated with gourds and fall leaves. There were also lots of farm antiques hanging on the walls. The space was used very well and although there were a lot of people it did not feel crowded.
When we were seated there was already fresh eggnog and breads on the table. Along with the various breads we could choose from fresh cranberry or apple butter spreads. The breads were delicious and my parents enjoyed the eggnog. I don't really care too much for it.
We were given three choices for an appetizer: salad, corn chowder, or squash soup. We each ordered a different one and sampled them all. The salad was just that, a salad. The corn chowder was good...a bit of an onion flavor made it interesting. The squash soup was the most original dish. It was different, but good. A dark soup with a spicey flavor that reminded you a little bit of pumpkin.
Next we were served country pie which was a broccoli and cheese layered, quiche-like dish. There might also have been some carrots in there. It was very tasty.
The main course was wonderful!! The options were turkey and stuffing (of course), salmon, or ham. My parents and I went with the traditional and we weren't dissappointed. The turkey was very tender and the stuffing was homemade with raisins and all. There were also mashed potatoes and yams. Succotash was also served. Finally, there was gravy and it was yummy. The portions were just right too, not too little, but not heaping mounds of food either. Dessert and coffee topped of the dinner. We all had pecan pie (a southern favorite), but pumpkin pie and apple pie were also available.
There was a fixed price for the meal, $31.95 per person, not including soft drinks or alcohol. This was very reasonable compared with other prices around town. I called several places before deciding on Friend Of A Farmer and the next best price was $45 per person.
I must also say that the staff did a fantastic job. They were very attentive and super friendly. All of the food was served hot and fresh. My parents were very impressed with the dinner and even commented on the quality of the waiters/waitresses, who generally seem disintereted in New Yorkk at best.
I can't wait to get back here to try their brunch!! If it is half as good as their Thanksgiving meal was...
From journal Gobbling Up Thanksgiving Turkey in NYC