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Tucked away at the far end in an alleyway off Rivington Street in the Lower East Side, there lies a charming restaurant called Freemans. It happens to be one of my most favorite nooks in all of New York. It’s cozy. It has a unique atmosphere. It makes me smile, over and over again.

Despite its roaring popularity, I can’t help but feel as if I’ve found a hidden gem every time I wander down this alleyway. By the time you make your way to the entrance, the noises of the busy streets have since faded away. It’s just you, a quiet alleyway, twinkling lights, and a tall blue door, awaiting to be opened. And as soon as you step foot past the threshold, you’re welcomed by an array of intimate rooms, walls filled with taxidermy, and tables lit by tea lights. It’s all very whimsical, which is probably why I love this place so much.

Whether your taste buds are craving brunch, dinner or simply a fancy cocktail, I’d definitely recommend this not-so-secret spot to anyone looking for an enchanting dining experience. Derek and I found ourselves here last Wednesday night, and the food was even more delicious than I remembered.

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