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111 E. 56th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
Attention to detail is refreshing
By junktrunky on 10/24/2013
I've been going to Harlow since it opened. Having been a frequent diner at Lever House, the 4 Seasons Restaurant and a few other moderately decent steak houses in the neighborhood, I was surprised yet curious to see how Harlow would compete. In my humble opinion Richie Notar has created a masterpiece. No detail has been overlooked, and all the staff appear receptive to suggestions (for example, I asked if my guest could have a black napkin because she didn't want white lint on her black trousers; within a day they had ordered a stack of them). The manager told me that during their pre-construction stage, they would spend weeks and weeks at a downtown loft going through literally every minute detail of the ingredients, testing and cross-testing the flavors, combinations and quality. Drove after drove of suppliers would come through selling their wears and only the best (not necessarily the most expensive) would survive the cut. It was almost like a "food audition" he said. The same goes for the staff. What place in NYC are you constantly greeted with a smile, hello, and more often than not "Mr or Mrs x" because they remember your name. It has an old Hollywood feel to it with a new world flavor. The food was stabilized to an extraordinary level, the decor is soft and appealing, and the service is without question flawless. I have no affiliation with this place but I love great food, good ambience and service with attention to detail. This has it all.
Excellent, nothing like it in mid town
By whywine on 10/24/2013
Highly enjoyable, food has become consistently better since opening, they listen to your requests and make you feel like you are eating in a dinner party atmosphere. Music is a little loud sometimes but hey that's the party people generally want after a hard days work.
Fantastic, classy restaurant
By danalenore18 on 6/15/2013
Had a phenomenal experience at Harlow the other evening. The space is very unique- gorgeous decor- and incredibly spacious. I honestly got so comfortable sitting in the bar room that i wasn't ready to get up for dinner. it's like being in a grand living room from a cary grant movie. dinner was delicious and the staff were attentive, but not overly so. the dining room is so classy and had plenty of space. highly recommend the raw bar and ceviche. and the branzino was amazing. i will definitely be back. best new restaurant in town.
Lose the attitude
By WJM777 on 4/28/2013
Beautiful space. The former 80's Laurent. Re done with great panache. Clean lines, futuristic. Attractive waitresses and Maitre d's. The 'show ' was fine. The food was nothing less than average if that. Expensive, unrefined - there are so many better places for great food. But most of all - the haughty, pretentious attitude - as if they were doing you a great favor to allow you to eat there. This was awful. Reminded several times for a 7PM reservation to be out by 9PM - that's the first sign a restaurant has no class - then at 9 - 80% of the restaurant is empty. So why treat us like that? I would never go back and I seriously doubt this will anything more than a flash in the pan. Better value at McDonald's. And they are nicer. And they don't rush you. The hostesses are good looking though. Walk in - take a look - and head to another restaurant. At most have a cocktail at the pretty bar.
Best new restaurant in NYC
By Kramer on 4/24/2013
I was completely blown away when I walked down the long hallway in to Harlow. The room opens up into the most gorgeous restaurant I have ever been to. There are original moldings and chandeliers from the early 1900's, high ceilings, and an amazing fireplace in the center of the parlor room. The vibe was a mix between older folks and younger, while the staff was extremely friendly and fun. I could have sat in those couches for days trying out every dish on the menu. I felt like you never knew who was about to walk past you. The food was also fantastic. You can go tapas style or full entree. The highlight is the raw bar. Fresh, light, and fantastic. For the neighborhood the prices were also less than I expected. Thanks Harlow!
So so, so don't go
By Derrick360 on 3/18/2013
When I heard about the Nobu guys finally offering something other than Nobu (with three of the same in NYC) I was intrigued and excited. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that this doesn't at all resemble the quality of a Nobu restaurant or menu, it was contrived and underwhelming. My suspicions were confirmed (after a little digging), Richie Notar has nothing to do with Nobu anymore, it seems he is clinging to the name in the hope that we wont notice. the food however, speaks for itself. This is certainly is a case of smoke and mirrors. One could easily be distracted by the interior (looks like it was designed by Liberace) and the attractive staff which, I was told were all recruited from a model agency (this explains the shoddy service), everything seemed like a bit of a show, So the star of the show should be the food? alas it was the biggest disappointment. No doubt all the uninformed fashion crowd will follow like helpless sheep and this place will do just fine. If you must go I can just about recommend the Strozzapreti with sea urchin sauce.
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