When people think about Hell’s Kitchen, they often think about 9th Avenue, neglecting the great restaurants 10th Avenue has to offer. The Harrow is one of them. This farm to table restaurant that serves new American cuisine is a true find: great atmosphere, courteous and efficient service, and delicious food are their recipe for success. If not for food, it can be a nice spot for cocktails with interesting creations like the Queen V, made with blended scotch, lemon juice, plum shrub and cardamom bitters. More interesting is the fact that they mention the type of glass it is served in. Maybe so people are sure they will not get one of these martini glasses that I always find tricky to drink with.
The food is also original. Inspired by international cuisines, I found the escargots superb. No, this is not the classic French dish, but rather poached snails bathed in a butter and garlic sauce where you can dip puff pastry circles. Close but not the same.
For the entrees, the grilled duck is a good choice: perfectly cooked as ordered (medium rare), I loved the crispy and fatty skin. It was served with caramelized fennel, radicchio and spicy pickled raisins. I definitely recommend this dish if proposed as their menu changes from time to time.
If you are vegetarian, there are few choices, but just one in the entrees: the socca crepe that is made with sweet onion jam, crispy kale and baby tomatoes. Socca is a thin, unleavened crêpe made with chickpea flour that originated in Genoa (Italy) and is a specialty from Nice, in Provence. This was a good interpretation of it although not similar.
Of course, dessert cannot be missed. Cookies and cream, chocolate s’mores tart or sweet honey cake (topped with fresh pineapple, coconut caramel and accompanied with brandy cherries and crème fraîche, it was very good but I wish a bit more moist) are the delicious choices you have.
Dining at The Harrow is great and it is the kind of place that makes you glad you found it, wishing nobody else knows about it, keeping it secret like a treasure. I definitely recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Harrow - 720 10th Avenue, New York, NY