I did a bad thing that my many bunny-loving friends would be ashamed to hear: I ate a rabbit. But it was so good, I honestly didn’t feel bad about it. At Gentleman Farmer located in Lower East Side and in Fort Green, you can enjoy “seasonal, market driven fare” that tastes fresh and delicious.
The evening began with an appetizer of Brussels sprout salad, which came with bacon, blue cheese and candied walnuts. The bacon made this dish savory and salty, but it also had a lovely creamy and sweet element from the blue cheese. I would happily eat this all the time if I could. My aunt ordered the onion soup with red beauty onions, sierra Blanca onions and aged gruyere. It was full of flavor and came out pipping hot – something that should always happen with soup but surprisingly doesn’t.
Next came the braised rabbit with baby carrots, green beans and basil mashed potatoes. The rabbit was moist and the meat came off the leg very easily. I almost asked for this dish without the mashed potatoes in an effort to be healthy, but I’m so glad I didn’t do that. The basil in the potatoes added a divine flavor, and it was under the rabbit which made it perfect for mixing the two together to maximize flavor. The vegetables were also good, but the rabbit and potatoes were the star.
My aunt ordered the tournedos rossini: filet mignon, foie gras, asparagus and baby carrot confit. She had ordered it medium rare but it came out medium instead, and although it still tasted good, it would have been better medium rare.
Sophisticated French cuisine inspired by local ingredients can be enjoyed in an intimate setting at Gentleman Farmer. Don’t be afraid to try the rabbit and don’t let your bunny-loving friends shame you for trying it.
Address: 40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side location)
Phone number: 212-677-2172
Price: $$ Expensive.
Hours: Sun-Thur 6 PM-10:30 PM, Sat-Sun 6 PM-11 PM
Service: The service was a bit slower, and my aunt said it reminded her of the slower service style in Europe.
Atmosphere: Intimate, cozy and a little cramped but still enjoyable.