Harry’s overall score: 86
I came in to Harry’s for lunch on a weekend with my wife and parents. Here’s how it went down:
I went with the standard bone-in rib eye.
It comes out pre-sliced, so don’t give me shit. It was pretty good. I’ve had better, and I’ve certainly had worse. 8/10. I think it just needed a better crust, a bit more seasoning and more punch of dry-aged flavor.
My mom hit the boneless cajun rib eye.
She wen’t to work on this before I had a chance to shoot it. But I did try it, and it was unique. Unlike the other cajun rib eyes in town, there was no hint of cumin on this. But it did taste like pepper and other earthy spices. Pretty good. 8/10.
My dad had the filet mignon.
He crushed it before I had a chance to try it, but he said he liked it.
I liked the bone-in strip steak as well, which had a nice aged flavor.
The Kobe burger is likely not made with real Kobe beef, but I’ll bite. Actually my wife bit, and I had half.
It was cooked nicely, and all the toppings were good (pickles and caramelized onions), however, the bun fell apart in my hands on the first bite. I had to fork and knife the rest. Here’s a shot of the beauty before the bun went to shit.
It comes with fries. These were pretty good, but could have used a bit more crisp:
Second trip – porterhouse – also an 8/10.
Choice of Cuts & Quality Available: 9
I was here for brunch on a weekend, and the menu was still ample in terms of steak cuts. I was impressed with the variety.
Speaking of variety, the pasta dishes here are great as well.
Portion Size & Plating: 8
Portions are large and plating is a step above the average nondescript steakhouse style. I liked the metal cooking plates on which the rib eyes were served.
Here’s a look at our William:
There are some pricey items but some great bargains as well.
This is one of the most beautiful and inviting bars I’ve ever seen.
I almost wish I lived or worked downtown just so I could have an excuse to come here more often.
There’s even some great lounge seating off the bar in a semi-secluded room. Lovely. Also, the cocktails were insanely good.
Pictured here is the Old Mr. Johnson, which is easily in my top five for “Old Fashioned” or “Manhattan”-like cocktail renderings. And you’ve gotta love that H that they branded into the perfectly clear ice cube. It’s not a mold – it’s a hot brand.
Specials and Other Meats: 8
There were some specials read to us, though I don’t remember what they were. But the fact that they were not on a strict “brunch menu selections only” policy on the weekend is a good sign. My wife got the lamb curry, which was surprisingly really good, and a very unique dish to be on a steakhouse menu.
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 8
We had a few things from this category. First, the tempura onion rings.
These didn’t strike me as having a typical tempura batter texture. They were a bit heavy in terms of the fry, and the onions inside were thick (but cooked through at least). The unique thing about these is that they almost tasted like curry or turmeric.
Awesome baked clams Genovese and Jonah crab cake. Get these.
I already mentioned the fries above in the flavor section for the burger, so I won’t re-discuss them here. What I will discuss, however, is the insane house smoked Canadian bacon appetizer.
Yeah. That’s an entire pork chop that they like to call a side of bacon at Harry’s, for just $18. Get it. As your entree. It was the best item of the meal! That’s apple sauce on the side.
Awesome steak tartare.
We had some desserts as well. In particular, I liked the lemon meringue pie the best.
Not as good as some places, but up there for sure.
Pass on the carrot cake. I’m an easy to please customer when it comes to this crack, but there was an odd “gelee” glaze on top that gave it a weird texture, and the icing was vanilla rather than cream cheese.
The warm skillet cookie was a bit too sweet, so get this only if you plan to share it.
Seafood Selection: 8
I didn’t even bother to fucking look. Maybe next time I’ll hit some shellfish from the dinner menu. Actually, I guess the shrimp in the squid ink linguini scampi pasta dish counts. There was a shitload of them in the bowl, and they were cooked perfectly. Pictured here is only a half of the order (my wife and I shared, and they plated it into two bowls – doing this makes for a great appetizer portion).
Our waiter was good, but he had a shift change or a break right in the middle of our service. The new waiter had to kind of figure out what the fuck was happening, and I felt bad for him. Overall, great service though. My cocktail glass had a big chip on the rim, which was crazy sharp. I was surprised they didn’t catch it on the way out to me, but they fixed me a new drink quickly when I told them. Table bread was warm and nice as well.
Simply amazing decor here. Truly gorgeous from top to bottom.
I actually wish I had taken more photos of the decor. They really did a great job with the space.
1 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004