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The Farmers' Cabinet
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2013
Went for dinner last night and was very disappointed. Ordered the smoked lamb leg. which was underwhelming. Potatoes were flat and heavy. Snap peas were not cleaned - still had tips tails and strings on them. For an expensive entree I expect the vegetables to at least be properly prepared
Posted by TJ on 06/17/2013
went here for restaurant week and had a fantastic experience. loved it so much we brought 4 friends back to try it. what a let down!! cheese board was very small, dinner was brought to our table 3 min after they brought our apps. They never came back to ask how anything was, or to see if we needed more drinks. we had one tiny beer the entire night and no one bothered to think we might want a refill? really disappointed in this experience. not worth the ridiculous prices.
Posted by Becky on 11/11/2012
Decor was nice, a bit too loud, but that was not the main problem. Food was mediocre. Service was atrocious! Rude waiter, asked for water and bread 6-7 times, never apologized for not bring ong it out. Left dirty dishes sitting on the table, and barely came to the table. Almost felt like he was annoyed by us when we first sat down. Good part was, is that they comped our food. Just bad experience all around. Would not recommend, or go back again.
Posted by JerryF on 08/01/2012
The Farmers Cabinet evokes the twang and earthy qualities of a Grapes of Wrath inspired venue. Candle lit, musty, and period music which would delight the nostalgic and the hard of hearing. The volume of the entertainment made conversation in our group a nigh impossibility, as did placing our order. Service was average, with no complaints, but nothing that stands out. We shared the tasting plate of meats and two of the cheeses that day. The pate was over spiced, but a nice consistency and the sopressata about to turn the bend. The cheese was mediocre. I orderd the foie gras, which is a personal favorite when I go out, but it came cold and over cooked. A companion who adores marrow tried to find the marrow in her appetizer, but beyond a few scraps, was disappointed. The marrow at Time is a far better experience. The table also ordered the grass fed strip and the berkshire pork chop. Both were ordered at medium, both came out far rarer than desired and had clearly not been given an adequate rest by the amount of blood that seeped out onto our plates. Overall, not impressive execution or flavor. For the price, the FC is a supreme disappointment. Once one gets by the inviting atmosphere and sits down on an uncomfortable bench or stool and tries to enjoy a meal, it is apparent that like the Gilded Age the Farmers Cabinet is only superficially pleasing.
Posted by PK on 06/11/2011
Stopped in to see what all of the fuss was about. Honestly not impressed. The atmosphere is a tired cliche which will lose it's novelty when americas fixation with pre-prohibition era bullshit subsides. As for the food, if I awarded points based only on concept then sure they've embodied the term "rustic". Unfortunately for them they focused on bravado instead of execution. That seems to be a common thread with the Farmers Cabinet. Their beer list is interesting, i'll give them a point for that. When it comes to cocktails, skip them if you expect to drink with the rest of your party. Like I said, mediocre at best. Chances are HBO's series boardwalk empire will outlive this establishment. Especially considering the rumors circulating in regards to the ownership.
Posted by DKD on 03/24/2011
Highly recommend this place. Very nice draught beer selection (mostly foreign, only one American “craft” beer on tap last night. Selection changes -26taps, and ~80 bottles). Very good cocktails (two bars, beer bar and cocktail bar. You can order any beverages from either bar), and the food was well prepared. Food ordered: Bavarian pretzel with grainy lingonberry mustard, salted potatoes, duck egg in a jar (poached duck egg, crème fraiche and sorrel), corned lamb tongue sandwich, BBQ porkbelly sandwich. The bar popcorn (salted and sweetened) addictive as well as the roasted malted barley (roasted whole grains). Beers sampled: served 7.0oz and 11.0oz pours: BrewDog Tokyo Oak aged stout – 18.7% ABV – 7.0oz Mikkeller 1000 IBU 7.0oz Bartender made a very good old fashioned and there were a couple of cocktails on the menu that the other diners had forget what they were called but they were very good. Pretty big space, but still kinda “homey.” Dimly lit. Jazz/Blues playing in the background, I think there was a pianist playing earlier in the evening.