The roommate and I enjoy having relaxing brunches during the weekend. Usually, we stay near the apartment, but since the weather was so beautiful yesterday (sunny and about 50 degrees F), we decided to venture out. VG suggested we go to A Friend of a Farmer. I was intrigued by the restaurant name and so I was game. We arrived around 1:30pm. The hostess told me that there would be about a 45 minute wait and there was no name system. All you do is wait in line and that’s it. So we waited patiently. The line was about 10 people deep so we knew it’d be awhile before we sat down. Miraculously, the wait was only about 30 minutes. There was a very country and rustic look to the restaurant. It looked like a country house. There was flower wallpaper and produce everywhere. It was very cute!
I ordered the Iriving Place Omelette (bacon, onion and tomato). VG got the Eggs Bennie (Eggs Bendict w/Smoked Salmon). We waited a very long time for VG’s juice. I noticed that a party that had sat only a few minutes before us were already served their food and almost finished. We stopped a bus boy to inquire about VG’s cranberry juice. A few minutes later our waiter came out of hiding and we asked where VG’s juice was. He then asked us if we received our food. Umm, why was he asking us? Shouldn’t he know? So we said nope we didn’t get any food. Soon, a bus boy came with a small glass of cranberry juice. Then another bus boy came out with a skillet of cornbread. I confirmed that we would not be charged for this cornbread. He said it was because our food was so delayed. Then our waiter came by again (to help his other tables) and VG stopped him to ask where our food was? He said that the kitchen lost our order and it would be coming out soon! By this time, we were both hungry and annoyed. We saw a table that had sat down after us already done with their meals! Our food arrived a few minutes after and I devoured my omelette and home fries. It tasted delicious! I very rarely order bacon for breakfast, so it was definitely a treat for me. I also think that since I was so hungry, anything tasted good at this time.
Even though we were still a bit dissatisfied by the bad service, we ended up giving our waiter a decent tip. Hopefully he learned a lesson from us! With tip and tax my meal came up to $15. Not bad for a brunch in NYC! I’d go back, but I’d try to avoid the brunch rush. I’d go back after 3pm. It seems to slow down quite a bit by then.
Friend Of A Farmer
77 Irving Place (between 18th and 19th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Takes Credit Cards