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Posted by DGeorge on 12/31/2013
One of the best parts of Hardings is its great craft beers on tap and really good bar bites. The whole menu has some solids with the Fig Toast and Short Ribs and they have a private room in the back, they call it a lounge and I think it holds about 10 people, which you can get all to yourself if there's nobody else around. Fun ambience to boot.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2013
Great space, nicely decorated, but missing something. Maybe it's just growing pains as they turned this restaurant around very quickly from it's predecessor "Gravy", but the split floor restaurant is often light on customers and when left to eat in the dining room it feels uncomfortably big. Additionally, the food was very average and overly greasy...I understand they're trying to meld a British gastropub concept w/ an all American setting, but it doesn't feel just right yet.... Lace tablecloths, in what feels like the back of a movie theatre, w/ pickled vegetables as Amuse-Boche...followed by your choice of a confused menu including Grilled Toast, Two diff kinds of Soup, Trout, Stuffed Eggplant, Oysters (w/o a raw bar for miles) or a Burger that doesn't take the time to include Lettuce, Onion, or Tomato it just doesn't fit and it's clear someone is trying way to hard to reinvent the wheel. Overall good for quick drink/snack if for nothing else than the see the nicely decorated bar before a meal elsewhere. Advice to restaurant, ditch the lace (yes I know it was used in Americana, but just not pratical), stick w/ one theme, and get a bit more consistent w/ and menu. While becoming overdone in NYC, there is nothing wrong w/ the blueprint The Breslin, Spotted Pig, etc. have followed... Stop trying to be underground, gastropub, spreakeasy, turn of the century time capsule, with eclectic menu and inconsistent food. Pick 1 and stick w/ it, 21st street is a crowded block of restaurants and if you don't stand out, you'll be put out very quickly.
Posted by R. Arway on 12/10/2012
My family and I had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of my son and new daughter-in-law at Harding's this weekend. We had 10 in our party and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Their raves continue days later....My favourite was the pumpkin pie soup, shortribs [fabulous!!] and the griddle cake for dessert. The setting is simply elegant and the service - divine! Business brings us to NYC frequently and we will be dining at Harding's each time!