by michaela dunn
FAT SCALE (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 8.67/10
- Flavor: 8.5
- Appeal: 9
- Taste: 8.5
HAPPY SCALE (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 8.3/10
- Hospitality: 9
- Atmosphere: 9
- Population: Locals, good for intimate dining, casual,
- Price: 7 ($$ or $$$)
- Yearning for more: Absolutely, looking forward to going back to try more items!
I’ve come to learn that the New York City food scene is no joke. With thousands of restaurants scattered across the 5 boroughs, it can be overwhelming to decide what to try next. I’m here to make one decision less difficult for you. Among the newest additions of Hell’s Kitchen dining is The Harrow, an environmentally sustainable farm to table restaurant with unique international influence. Beautifully designed with brick walls, deep wood furnishing, and dimly lit chandeliers, you’ll be sure to enjoy your intimate dining experience. Should you forgo a traditional meal, have a seat at the bar and indulge in one (or two, if you so choose) of the unique, hand-crafted cocktails.
As a new restaurant, it’s important to establish a menu with enough variety to satisfy different customer preferences and leave them wanting to come back to try the other items. For this, The Harrow gets an A+. The broad menu offers both healthy and hearty, savory and sweet options. From simple salads to tender meats, you can sit down to dine with high expectations because trust me, they will be satisfied.
Though I could rave about most items, I’m going to highlight just a few of my favorite dishes from the wonderful night I experienced. To begin, you cannot go wrong with the traditional Hummus appetizer.
Yeah, I know, it seems a little been there done that– but this is absolutely not the case. Made with pine nuts, fried garlic, and red pepper puree, it’s a small reminder that sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to food. A close second on my list is the Cider Braised Bacon Spiced Medjool Dates with Rouge Creamery Caveman Blue Cheese. The bacon was drool worthy and I considered this an elegant and unique take on traditional charcuterie.
Flash forward to the main courses. It is difficult to choose an absolute favorite because each dish is special and tasteful in its own way. As a meat lover, it is all the more better that there is so much to choose from. From the Crispy Pork Shoulder to the Duck Magret, each bite packs a punch in savory flavor. The meal I still can’t stop thinking about, however, is the Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre served with asparagus and potatoes. Cooked medium rare, the juicy, tender meat melts in your mouth. If you aren’t full by now, I urge you to opt for the Herb Socca as a side item– it’s like a garden salad, but better.
To end the meal is to revisit your childhood with the timeless dessert of Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream. One can never go wrong with a warm, gooey cookie to end their evening. Who needs a nightcap when you can eat your way into a cookie coma?
With each dish that came and went, I was left wanting more. Chef Eric Thomas certainly knows what he’s doing, as do the rest of his team. The whole night was positively shaped by the accommodating and hospitable staff, including owners Peter J Rabasco and Bobby Khorrami. It is so refreshing to dine in NYC without being rushed, and the whole restaurant should take pride in its ability to provide this experience for its customers. Put The Harrow at the top of your ‘new restaurants to try’ list and pay them a visit, you will not be disappointed!
Grilled Octopus Pasta with Gigli, Bolognese, Veal Jus, Oreganata
Tuna Tartare with Preserved Lemon, Capers, Avocado Mousse, Crackers
Harrow Burger with Prime Aged Beef, Aged Cheddar, Wild Mushrooms, Steak Fries