After the recent discussions about The Harrisons reservation policy and some lackluster reviews, I was hesitant to give them my business. But thats where my friend wanted to go for his birthday. So last Wednesday afternoon I called for a reservation for three for last night. They gave me a choice of three times and I chose one. No request for credit card number. No mention of any time limit. On Saturday there was a message on my answering machine asking that I call and reconfirm sometime before 1:00 on Monday and I did so.
Last evening I arrived about 10 minutes early and was asked if Id like to wait at the bar or would prefer to be seated at a table. I asked to be seated and was led to the dining area where there were three unoccupied tables for four and was asked which one I would prefer.
Service was prompt, but gracious and never hurried. The restaurant was full when we were ready to leave, but we lingered a bit even after the check was paid and felt no pressure at all not to do so.
We were all well pleased with the food (especially the liver, which I ordered based on a Chowhound recommendation) and with the dining experience. And although there have been comments on this board about The Harrison being far more expensive than it was worth, we did not find that to be true at all. Prices were well in line with, perhaps even a bit more modest than, NYC restuarants of similar quality.