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Dining in NYC – Standard Grill and Freeman’s

I was lucky enough to venture to New York right before Christmas and literally couldn’t have been more excited. What a wonderful place during the festive season. Everyone is gearing up for the holidays, ice-skating in Central Park, admiring the decorations at Saks Fifth Avenue, and the tree at the Rockefeller, and heartily dining in NYC. It certainly is a season to be jolly.

The Beard and I had decided to take his two grown up children over to see the sights of the Big Apple, and it was their first time. I wanted to make sure we had a perfectly organized itinerary with a good variety of exciting places to eat. Knowing that December in NYC would be crazily busy, I spent a couple of months researching which restaurants in NYC would be ideal for our visit.

If I am honest, I think I tried too hard and over-thought the whole thing. I mean, they are 16 and 19 years old and perhaps not as obsessed with where they eat as I am!

Buddakan (pan-Asian in Chelsea) and Beauty and Essex (a hipster place in the LES which you enter through a secret door at the back of a pawn brokers) were the ones I thought they would be most impressed with, but I think it turned out these were the ones they were more blasé about.

In actual fact, it was the restaurants that I felt were more ‘me’, that we all enjoyed the most.


Freemans Restaurant in NYC

The first restaurant in NYC we attended was a no reservation colonial tavern in the LES called Freemans. I think everyone kind of liked the idea I wasn’t frog marching them to yet another booking, but I still slightly had to coerce everyone there – “I think it’s just one more block,” I remember saying when I secretly knew it was another three.  And thankfully, going that extra mile was well worth it!

As we turned into Freemans alley, I could see the twinkly lights that awaited us at the end. It looked so inviting, so pretty, and I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like inside. It was candlelit and cozy and made me want to explore. Freemans is made up of two dining rooms with a bar in each and the view of the kitchen in one. Taxidermy adorns the dark walls, and there are a couple of romantic nooks and crannies you could lose yourself in.

The Freemans Restaurant in NYC

We ate grilled cheddar toasts, hot artichoke dip, and a seared filet mignon. It was superbly tender and served with creamy mashed potatoes. There were also sweet and sour onions with horseradish cream, and whole Eden brook trout with thyme, garlic and lemon. For good measure, finished with a couple of apple crisp puddings with buttermilk ice cream. This was a wonderfully executed meal and the service was thoroughly charming. Freeman’s is quite possibly one on my favorite places on earth, and I would eat here time and time again – perfect for a relaxed evening out.

The Standard Grill

The Standard Grill Restaurant in New York City

On our last evening we decided on an old favorite. The Standard Grill is a restaurant in NYC’s Meatpacking district and part of the Andre Balazs Empire. This place is consistently good. There is a bar, a casual eating area at the front, and a smarter dining room at the rear. I requested one of their red leather booths in the dining room and was delighted when we were seated there. The place buzzed with a smart fashionable crowd and was full of atmosphere.

The Standard Grill NYCWe ate oysters, Cobb salad, king crab legs, shrimp cocktail followed by a huge 45oz porterhouse for 2 (The Beard & his son munched their way through the whole thing!), the ranch burger with cheese and a bourbon glazed pork chop with cheddar grits. A substantial amount of very well cooked, perfectly seasoned and presented food washed down with a few cocktails, some bubbles and a bottle of Pinot noir. It was the perfect ending to the perfect trip.

New York has so many great places to eat and drink it’s hard to choose from. I guess it means I’ll just have to come back soon!

The Standard Grill

The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014, United States
+1 212-645-4100
A meal for 4 including wine was $450


191 Chrystie Street #2F, New York, NY 10002, United States
+1 212-420-0012
A meal for 4 including wine was approx. $200

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