One night Kiyo and I found ourselves near Chelsea Market, and decided on a whim to grab diner at the cozy-looking nook that is Friedman’s Lunch. The Wall Street Journal reports that the name of the restaurant is inspired by the late economist Milton Friedman, who popularized the adage, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Kiyo and I sat at a high table and loved the laid back, cool and calm atmosphere that at the same time wasn’t stagnant or boring. People were having a great time in the dimly lit, rustic space. I ordered the “market sides,” which is an entrée plate comprised of your choice of three market sides – genius! I am in love with this idea and I think it should be an option at more restaurants. It really proves that they are proud of every item on their menu, enough to let the sides stand alone and speak for themselves.
My plate consisted of shaved Brussels sprouts (with honey, aged sherry and pecorino cheese), sweet potato fries (with aioli) and macaroni and cheese (to note, much of their menu is available in gluten-free versions as well). The Brussels sprouts and the mac and cheese were both absolutely addicting and perfect. The sweet potato fries were average, but I would have much prefered some sort of blue cheese dip over the aioli. Or, the aioli would have been better with more garlic, but it was a bit bland. Overall, it was a great dinner and we would love to go back.
Location: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 929-7100