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A Restaurant Inside An Alley named Freemans

Dining Freemans Alley Restaurant Façade

In 2004, when Taavo Somer and William Tigertt stumbled upon an unused alley – Freeman Alley – off Bowery, in the Lower East Side, the idea was born and in no time, Freemans Restaurant was launched.

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What was the idea? “A rugged clandestine colonial American tavern restaurant, inspired by the Old World tradition”, called Freemans Restaurant – a restaurant inside an alley.

Years ago, when we went there for the first time, we approached this long, weird looking alley. We couldn’t really see what was in it, or even decide if we’d adventure ourselves to walk in. But, of course, curiosity spoke louder and we started heading towards the end.

You’ll find a few great graffiti works on the brick walls along the way. Perfect for that Instagram-photo-moment!

So, at the very, very, very end, we found this beyond charming turquoise blue, wooden door surrounded by countless vases with plants and flowers. There were a few light bulbs lit up, hanging from above that definitely set a mood!

As we walked in, this very polite hostess approaches us immediately and after a few minutes talking to her, and being welcomed, we sit. We were lucky there was practically no waiting time, but is not usually like this.

We do recommend you make a reservation to guarantee a quick table, especially for big parties.

One of the most hidden and secret restaurants in NYC offers a heavy meat-based menu, but the top voted menu item is a hot artichoke with crispy bread. We’re already salivating, lol! Their cuisine is traditional American dishes.

Freemans is one of the top restaurant picks by the crowd that r-e-a-l-l-y knows how to explore New York. You can see one of our Insider Interviews with Natalie Klein (a Bof 500 Nominee), for example!

Last, but definitely not least, their drink menu is also fantastic and they have some amazing cocktails you can try. Some are perfect for lunch, while others will be the right choice for your dinner! If you’re not into cocktails, don’t worry, their wine list is quite extensive.

In conclusion, it is still a “hideaway”, so let’s try to keep it a secret restaurant inside an alley, and just tell this to your closest ones!!!

So, let us know that you thought and do share your experience while entering this little alley! Pretty thrilling, I’d believe.

The news now is that they have a speakeasy bar on the upper floor called Banzarbar. It’s hidden behind an unmarked door! This 20-seat cocktail bar was “inspired by early 20th Century explorers”.

To eat, you can try their 5-course tasting menu paired with low-ABV cocktails. Something quite different when you go to a speakeasy bar. This definitely differentiates them from the other spots.

Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11am to 4pm
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Afternoon Cocktails & Light Fare: Every Day 4pm to 6pm
Dinner: Every Night: 6pm – 11:30pm

Location: At the end of Freeman Alley, off Rivington Street


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Freemans Restaurant, Diana A. and ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Natalie Klein: A Bof500 Nominee’s Best NYC Gems

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein

Today we share another episode of our NYC Hush Hush Tips, interviewing the powerful fashion entrepreneur, Natalie Klein.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein
Photo Credit: Courtesy of BOF

What is NYC Hush Hush Tips?

We invite renowned and extremely influential people from all over the globe to share their NYC secret tips!

Natalie Klein, founder of the luxury multi-brand boutique nkStore in São Paulo, Brazil, launched her brand back in 1997.

She was quite young, but success was inevitable for this amazing woman!

In only a short time, she created, what is today, one of the most important fashion brands in Brazil.

Furthermore, with an amazing professional and personal journey, she was nominated by BOF – Business of Fashion, one of the most “talented retailers shaping the global fashion industry” in the #Bof500 initiative.


But, what is the BoF 500?

“The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.”

Pretty amazing nomination, right!?

So, here are the best NYC gems and secrets that she loves:


Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein De Vera Crosby

“Devera is an amazing vintage jewelry store that mixes Federico De Vera’s sensibility for antiques with his jewelry design talent!”

The brand was first launched in San Francisco, back in 1991 with a creative approach to showcasing some of the most unique and singular objects and its beauties.

Furthermore, the New York location was then opened in 2003, due to Francisco’s desire to showing the world everything that he’s collected, his passion, his curious state of being about the natural world!

As Federico explains better:

“The gallery shows a finely curated selection including Venetian glass, Japanese lacquer, ivory carvings, 18th century religious figures and antique jewelry. Another unique focus is de Vera jewelry incorporating rare antique elements such as Roman intaglios and Georgian brooches, with precious gemstones including rose-cut diamonds, baroque pearls and Sardinian coral.”

Location: 1 Crosby Street



Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Sasabune

“Sasabune is a very traditional Japanese restaurant at the Upper East Side with a “Trust Me” menu – you’ll eat what Chef Kenji Takahashi prepares! It’s always a different experience.”

The restaurant is exactly the type of restaurant that we love to talk about and to show people what New York City is about!

It is very small, and décor is very simple.

But, then again, who need fancy furniture to eat well, right? The focus is definitely on the food, that is to-die-for!

They only serve the Omakase, the chef’s tasting menu, so you’ll have to trust and enjoy!

Plus, for drinks be sure to experiment their different sakes. If you’re not sure which one to order, they are always happy to help you pair it with your dishes!

Location: 401 East 73rd Street



Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein BDDW

“BDDW is one of the best spot for amazing furniture. The timeless pieces are handmade and well-crafted, designed by the founder Tyler Hays.”

As we’ve written about BBDW before, if you’re the type that enjoys unique items and want to detach and withdraw from the rest of the crowd that purchase in bigger, well-known stores, BDDW is the perfect place for you.

In addition, all items and idealized and designed by the Founder, Tyler Hays, at his Philadelphia Studio.

Tyler expertise are various, from painter and sculpture, to engineer and a pretty talented builder. The result of these expertise are breathtaking pieces of art works for your home!

Location: 5 Crosby Street


The Beatrice Inn

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Beatrice Inn

“The Beatrice Inn is, in my opinion, one of the best places to hang out with great food and cocktails. A footnote on the menu reads “Photography is not permitted”, so just enjoy your food!”

The place is a hot spot for celebrities and is a very high-end chophouse in the West Village.

Ans, as they explain:

“Owned by the lauded Chef Angie Mar, and her partner Melissa Merrill Keary, the Beatrice Inn is the edgy, underground version of the traditional New York chophouse.”

So, if you’re a meat eater, this is definitely a place to go!

Location: 285 West 12th Street


Freemans Restaurant

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Freemans

“I love Freemans. Even though it’s becoming more and more well known, the experience of walking into this suspicious alley it always thrilling. The food is great, as is the crowd!”

And, we also love Freemans, and have featured them before! Along the alley you need to walk though to get to the restaurant, you’ll find a few great graffiti works on the brick walls. Perfect for that Instagram-photo-moment!

At the very, very, very end, you’ll find this beyond charming turquoise blue, wooden door surrounded by countless vases with plants and flowers.


Ristorante Morini

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Ristorante Morini

“Ristorante Morini is another restaurants with great food and crowd! It’s always one of place I love to go when I’m passing by New York City!”

The place is an upscale neighborhood Italian restaurant serving various seasonal specialties and fantastic old-country wines.

Plus, if you’re the type that enjoys experimenting and tastings. The they explain:

“Ristorante Morini’s beverage program complements the depth and breadth of the menu, with a large emphasis on Italian wine of various selections from Europe and America. The vibrant downstairs bar is host to an inventive cocktail list, crafted by the talented Altamarea Group mixology team.”

Locations: 1167 Madison Avenue


Rare Vintage

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Rare Vintage

“Rare Vintage is a vintage shop with the most amazing gowns! The very best of two centuries of fashion can be found with a highly edited collection.”

You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Location: 24 West 57th Street


Milk & Honey

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Milk and Roses

“One of the top secrets in town with the best dry Martini is called Milk & Honey! The bar is “against celebrity-obsessed nightlife” and has a list of strict house rules to follow.”

We just love secret places and we’ve written about other speakeasy spots through out the website.

Not only the experience of searching for it is super exciting, but once you do find it and walk in, it feels like your entering a parallel universe.

Usually they are hidden behind secret doors, or in basements, and even in the back of other venues, that you can access only with a secret code through a little entrance.

We love it!

Location: 134 Eldridge Street


Lastly, Thank you, Natalie, for sharing your best NYC gems tips exclusively with us!!!

Photo Credits: Courtesy of BOF and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Tavern On The Green: A Modern Tavern In The Park

Dining Tavern on the Green Garden

Not a huge secret, yes, we know…but after its renovation, this modern tavern in the park, Tavern on the Green, is still an interesting and well located place to stop by. Besides being inarguably beautiful and relaxing.

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Nestled in a bucolic Central Park setting, Tavern on the Green is an iconic, landmark restaurant unlike any other in Manhattan.

After being closed for around 4 years, from 2009 through 2013, New York City invited restauranteurs Jim Caiola and David Salama to take over and run the business.

Centered around Chef Katy Sparks’ hearty, rustic American menu shaped by local, seasonal ingredients, Tavern on the Green invites you into a warm, gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of NYC.

Originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 it housed the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. To date, Tavern on the Green has served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and first-time visitors since 1934.

In addition, it’s also a great place for a wedding ceremony or a party! The space is beautiful and their service is great. You’ll definitely have a priceless experience in the heart of Manhattan with all your guests!

Do you need help to organize this? Contact our experts and see all the Concierge Services we can offer you!

Lastly, this is also a great place for corporate events, meeting, brunches or cocktails, so send us an email to learn more about how our Corporate Services can assemble everything for you and your team.

This tavern in the park will definitely be a good surprise and the experience will be unforgettable. Plus, you can stroll through the park on your way back home!

Monday – Friday: 11am – 4pm; 5pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: Brunch 9am – 4pm; 5pm – 11pm

Location: Central Park West & 67th Street


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Tavern on the Green and nycarchitecture
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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