Last month, we went to The Harrison with our “go to” dinner couple, Mike & Caroline. My husband and I ate at The Harrison in 2002 before we moved to NYC. I don’t remember being wild about the place, but I was propelled to return by Frank Bruni’s recent review and our adoration of sister restaurant, The Red Cat. The Red Cat is one of our favorite spots – reliably delicious (if not terribly creative) fare, a quaint “country in the city” setting, and excellent service. We have visited The Red Cat many times…we have taken friends, we have taken family, and we have never been disappointed. I expected the same of The Harrison, but I am sad to report that The Harrison is no Red Cat.
Dinner at The Harrison was good, fine, but not worth a trip to Tribeca (on a rainy night, no less). Highlights included the crispy skate fingers, the artic char and the fries (which were not as good as the fries at The Red Cat). I recommend skipping the gnocchi, the liver and the chicken. The chocolate pretzel tart was a bright spot in the meal. Apologies for the lack of detail, but this meal doesn’t warrant a poetic narrative.
Rather than wasting your time at The Harrison, make a reservation at The Red Cat. Here are some of our favorite menu items with notes:
- Light tempura of green beans with spicy mustard sauce (we always start the meal with an order; they are dangerously delicious so be careful not to fill up!)
- Organic chicken (the sides on the chicken change seasonally; this entrée is large enough to split)
- Prime New York shell steak
- Herbed French fries (the herbs, notably basil, are fried with the potatoes…among my favorite fries in the city)
- Pistachio semifreddo