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Posted by Sandy on 01/05/2014
For many years I rarely returned to the same restaurant but for some reason I keep returning to The Harrison. Then last night my wife and I really analysed what we love about this place. Let's start with a friendly non pretentious staff that starts with the people that greet you to the bartender and then to the waiter. A really excellent well trained staff. Secondly, the ambiance makes me feel I am in a special restaurant that is both very happening and serene at the same time. The sound level is perfect never having trouble hearing or being heard. Most important I didn't hear other tables conversation. The menu and wine list is eclectic and interesting with something for everyone at a reasonable price point. We had a blast last night, never feeling rushed and with an amazing dinner all around from start to finish.
Posted by Brian Kaye on 09/09/2012
Had dinner there last night to celebrate my daughter's birthday. While service was decent at most, food was spectacularly delicious and creative. Plates are rather on the small side and you have to order (and pay for) the side separately. This brings the average cost of the entrees into the high $30-ies, which is kind of too much for such type of establishments. While you wait for the appetizer they would give you a slice of stale bread and pour a shot of olive oil in a small cup-nothing else! feels a bit like a soup kitchen :) My biggest surprise however, came this morning when I was stashing the check and the receipts, I saw they have charged me for a $14 Grey Goose vodka plus $9 salad, which we never consumed!
Posted by Connie on 03/30/2012
After reading the review below I too have started going to restuarants that start with "The". Its a fabulous idea! Started with The Olive Garden (yummy bread sticks and get some italian salad dressing for dipping) and then went here. I had a radish salad, that while delicious repeated on me, and salmon, that I think a mustard sauce. It was so yummy! The place was full of fun people, and who knows, Layla, now that we're both doing restuarants that start with "the" maybe I'll see you at The Lion or The Waverly Inn! Let's all meet up!
Posted by Layla on 07/28/2011
Had dinner here last night with GFs and we had fun. We generally like places that start with "The" as it makes them sound special, and this place is! Cool neighborhood, trendy crowd and friendly service. We were not wowed by the food but still had fun with the scene. Go and be seen!
Posted by dissatisfied on 04/13/2011
We recently dined at the Harrison. The food was decent (although not remarkable) and our waiter was very good, but at the end of the meal we had a question about our bill. We spoke to a manager, who was defensive and condescending before we even got started. She was rude and unaccomodating. It would not have taken much to make us happy - just an acknowledgment that we were correct and she could have comped our desserts, but instead the manager was just completely nasty. Needless to say, she ruined what was supposed to be a great night out. I would never go back to the Harrison.
Posted by Nicolas on 05/20/2010
I've never written a review for any restaurant before but I felt obligated to after being seriously ripped off at Harrison. I was really disappointed by this restaurant. The main courses are not only a rip off, but they are straight up poor. I had the liver dish. I couldn't taste anything because it was so salty! The kale was literally a big green pile of salt. Same deal with the duck-fat French fries. Also the atmosphere is boring, they could have made more of an effort, it looks like a boring upper east side restaurant but dishes taste like those of a soup kitchen. HIGHLIGHTS: the prawns were tasty but way too salty as well and the biscuit was dry. The best part of the restaurant is the staff which is very nice and attentive.
Posted by Jennifer on 12/22/2009
From start to finish, this was a perfect meal. The lamb ragu pasta is exceptional as well as the grilled octopus starter. The poached cod is the best fish course I've had in the city, the flavors combine beautifully. Lovely atmosphere of casual, elegant romanticism and liveliness. Service was attentive but not overbearing and helpful. I cannot say more about how wonderful this restaurant is.