355 Greenwich St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.718810 -74.010374
Neighborhoods: Tribeca, Downtown
Jimmy Bradley's The Harrison is more or less a downtown mirror image of his famous Red Cat in Chelsea -- only bigger, better, hipper, and more refined. Bradley, one of the city's great old-school restaurant guys, is an expert hand in both front and back of the house management, and as a result the food -- high quality, nice looking, unadventurous American -- is totally reliable, along with the service. The big bar makes a great place to stop in and have a solo dinner without anybody hassling you.
Absolutely Fantastic! – We had a large group ~25 people here for dinner and the service and food were spectacular. We were seated in the room downstairs that had great ambiance and the long table was perfect for our event. Everyone enjoyed the food, wine and the staff was really accomodating for our large group. Would go here again in a heartbeat.
Rude reception – I always wanted to try The Harrison. This was supposed to be a birthday celebration for me. When
my friend sent me the Open Table Invitation I was thrilled. When we arrived for our reservation
we were greeted by a hostess with an immediate attitude. She said that we did not have a reservation
(which had been confirmed not only by Open Table on the phone through the restaurant). She led us
to a table in the back. It was very dark and unwelcoming back there. It seemed as though she was
doing us a favor. My friend and I looked at each other and said "let's go somewhere else" we told
the people at the front desk why we were leaving. We ended up at Bouley Bakery and had a
fabulous dinner with great service and a wonderful table with great views. There are so many
extraordinary restaurants in New York. Don't put up with that kind of service. Especially at those
prices. Our evening was saved!
A hearty, homey tribute to seasonal comfort foods. – In Short
The Harrison's all-American comfort food took a turn for the refined when chef Amanda Freitag, formerly of Gusto and Cesca, took over in 2008. The room is still big and lively, and the menu aimed at a local clientele looking to eat well and simply, but Freitag's imagination goes to singularities like duck fat french fries with malt mayonnaise or an English-cut loin chop (similar to Keens' "mutton chop"), as well as textbook standards like arctic char with chanterelles and a very fine lemon-and-garlic roasted chicken. The food is sane, stable and well-executed, and the service meant to be friendly and informal, but briskly professional.
A New Favorite – I selected The Harrison based on citysearch's reviews and I was not disappointed. My boyfriend and I had 8:15pm dinner reservations. The restaurant was full but not overwhelming. The atmosphere was perfect for dinner conversation. It was romantic enough for couples but also a great place for small groups. There was enough space between tables for a little privacy. And did I mention the food... each course was excellent. If you go, please order the Sweet Pea Pancake as your appetizer. It was delicious!
Tell your friends – My girlfriend and I will be judging all other restaurants by the great meal we just eat at The Harrison. I expected to get small portions and pay a high end price for it. I did, and I did, but it was well worth it. We arrived earlier than expected (5:35pm) and had the restaurant to ourselves. The service personal were friendly and helpful. Thanks to City Search's reviews I now have a new restaurant to look forward to. I used the Open Table for the reservation which also worked out great.
Downtown Cool & Great Food – My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here last week. It was a very cold night and we had a cozy corner table by the windows where we could people watch and relax. We started with the oysters which tasted like they had been harvested that morning. We are both New Englanders so we tend to be a bit critical when it comes to shellfish. I had the onion soup next which had pieces of short rib in it- WOW! It was the perfect thing to order on a cold night. He had the day boat scallops, they were beautifully seared and came with an orange vinaigrette, the flavors were amazing. Then I ordered the codfish and he had the duck. Again, the flavor combinations were very interesting. The duck came with a spaetzle made form a quark, a cheese I had never heard of and a delicious date-turnip puree. The codfish was inspiring. It was served with potato perogis and caramelized onion and rocked! (If my mother cooked like that I'd be 6 inches taller!) Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert which I will definitely go back for. Our server was charming and professional with great recommendations, yet not obtrusive. What started as a run-of-the-mill date night ended up as an extraordinary meal not to be forgotten. The Harrison is downtown cool yet serves great food and the servers seem to actually care about the guests experience.
Love this place – We have been going to the Harrison since it opened in 2001 and find that it is always worth the trek down to Tribeca. The food, wine and service are all very good. On a recent visit we were a bit disappointed because they took the fried clams off the menu, but other than that our evening was most enjoyable. We always request to sit by the window which is away from the bar as it is more relaxing.
STAY AWAY! – I have lived in Tribeca for over 2 years and have had the misfortune of dining at The Harrison on two separate occasions. The first time I remarked how bland and tasteless the food was, how over-hyped and uninspired the restaurant and its crowd were, and how fundamentally boring the entire experience was. Unfortunately I was taken there again only one month ago by a colleague. The food was the same as usual, dull. The menu had not changed over the course of the year and the waiter was still aloof. However, later that evening I became VIOLENTLY ill after eating oysters at The Harrison. I know it was the oysters as my doctor confirmed the nature of my 72 hour sickness. If I can say anything it is this..STAY AWAY UNLESS YOU WANT TO RISK BEING SICK, BORED, OR THE RECIPIENT OF UNWARRANTED ARROGANCE.
Great service and food – A must try, this restaurant does a great job of balancing great food with good service and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. This is casual upscale dining at its best.
One of the Best in the City – This is one of the best restaurants we have ever been to in NY. The food is comforting and has great flavors. Crispy Chicken was AWESOME! Nothing bad can be said about this place.
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