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the harrison: follow up report

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the harrison: follow up report

Becky | Oct 22, 2002 05:59 PM

Well, after last week's less than pleasant reservations episode in which i was asked to receive and return a fax with credit card information and in which i was told of a 2 hr and 45 minute time limit for our table (all places allot you a time slot, but they don't have to tell you about it as if it's a threat), i can recommend the Harrison pretty muchwholeheartedly. The thing i was really interested in (aside from having a great meal--which seems to often get to lost in these discussions of etiquette and service) was whether they'd seat us on time or display any attitude whatsoever, because MAN, I was going to let it rip. Unfortunately, the F train broke down and i was 45 minutes late, as were half the other members of my party, which pretty much precluded me from letting them have it--even though our table was not even close to being ready, according to my dad, who was there on time. In fact, we had to wait an additional 20 minutes. We didn't sit down until after 11 pm.

That said, once we finally did, the service and the food were terrific (with the exception of the desserts which were pretty unremarkable and contained a lot of out of season fruits). But an appetizer of sweatbreads and scallops with pomegranate sauce was sublime, as was cavatelli with veal cheeks. For mains, the skate with green olives and grapefruit and the artic char were particularly good. The prices were exceptionally low for a place of this caliber. i hope they don't decide to pull a Mi Cocina and use their popularity to justify charging $35 for an entree.

All said, a worthwhile meal, though I hope others will speak up if they endure a similarly lame reservations experience.

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