Last night I found myself in Tribeca and decided to give The Harrison a try. I knew it has been around for a long while but I didnt remember what I had heard about it. I like the decor - very simple but nice feel. The place was about 2/3rds full and without a reservation we were seated immediately, having never been before I dont know if this is common or due to the strike. Our server was very nice and gave time with the wine list and the menu. The bread was very good -- maybe it was ciabiatta and great olive oil.
For apps I had the "biscuits and gravy" it just sounded too good to pass up. Wow, this was wonderful -- two small scallion biscuits with sort of clam chowder of delicious clams. It was very rich and if i were going again i would share it and another app. My fiance had the pumpkin seed salad which he enjoyed, i thought it was just fine. Our friend had the special soup with was some type of consumme - maybe duck and portobello. He liked it but said he didnt taste any hint of duck.
For mains, I had the striped bass. this was a very nice piece of fish served over some haricot vert and some mushrooms and potato with olives on top. I liked it but the olives were a little overpowering (and I order dirty martinis). Friend had the same thing and shared my opinion. Fiance had the skate which was definitely the winner, it was two sauteed pieces with a green pinapple sauce around it - tasted great and the presentation was beautiful. We also shared sides of the herbed spaetzle which was great and fairly delicate for spaetzle. They shared the chinese broccoli and finished it so it must have been good. The portions of the sides were generous. All in all, we had a nice meal and I will return.
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