November 12, 2014
Once upon a time, back when most buildings had dirt floors and baths were a whole lot less frequent, the word “peasant” didn’t exactly have a flattering connotation. Peasants didn’t have much rank, and sometimes, they didn’t have much to eat, either. Times have since changed. Now, you can go to a restaurant called Peasant, at 194 Elizabeth Street, and eat delicious Italian food until your belly’s begging for mercy.
Old World Character in New York
The restaurant’s got a rustic, old-time vibe to it. Poured concrete floors and bare brick walls, exposed wooden beams and hanging pipes, turn this cozy place into a reminder of simpler times when we ate well off what the land around us grew. That’s one of the abiding tenets of Peasant: farm-to-table freshness in a comfortable atmosphere. On the flip side, you’ll find authentic Italian foods that have come all the way across the ocean to tickle your tastebuds.
Open fires provide all the cooking power the restaurant needs. The food is gorgeously simple, grilled over flames or baked in traditional brick ovens for an unbeatable roasted taste. Handmade pasta graces plates with a flavor you can’t find in pre-prepared, dried noodles. You’ll find a variety of meats available here that you don’t frequently see in popular eateries around town, from spit-roast suckling pig to squab, all prepared with the same simple, wood-fired techniques.
It’s interesting to note, Peasant is a favorite hangout of some of New York’s most prestigious chefs. Both Jean-Louis Palladin and Daniel Boulud kick back after hours at the restaurant to take advantage of the restaurant’s relaxed ambiance. If that’s not a sign of a place worth going to, nothing is.
Seastreak doesn’t see any peasants on our boats. All we see is royalty! Take a ride on our luxurious catamarans, and leave the peasant life behind the next time you’re headed to Manhattan!
Sea you soon!
The Seastreak Family
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