Twelve years is an eternity for the New York dining scene. It was October 2001 when Chef Jimmy Brandley opened the doors of The Harrison in Tribeca during a particularly challenging time for lower Manhattan. A lot has changed since then, but today The Harrison is still striving as a popular neighborhood restaurant.
For those not familiar with the restaurant, in the last few years, it’s probably most referred to as “Amanda Freitag’s last known whereabouts” for better or worse. Every time a viewer sees Chef Freitag introduced as “Executive Chef”, they can’t help but wonder “which restaurant?”. In fact Amanda Freitag only worked at The Harrison from January 2008 to September 2010, for the past few years it’s been Chef/Owner Jimmy Brandley back in the helm. Earlier this year, Ari Bokovza was brought in from The Standard Grill to become the new Executive Chef.
Recently we decided to visit The Harrison for a late brunch outdoors. South facing seats get the perk of viewing the glistening World Trace Center. With abundant parking, light traffic, Tribeca really is an ideal dining destination.
The brunch menu is simple. Small plates, entrees, and sides. From the main section, the Poached Eggs with chorizo is basically a Eggs Florentine, with a bed of spinach over the English muffin, topped with chorizo and corn, before a beautifully poached egg is placed. For anyone who’s a fan of Eggs Benedict, the use of chorizo sausage is a very nice twist.
A side of home made sausage proved to be the right choice as a side. The sausage is shaped like a 3 inch disk, and despite its pedestrian looks are packed with flavor, and a tiny bit of heat. With each bite you taste a wide variety of spices and herbs.
Moules Frites, aka mussels and French Fries, was a popular item seen on many of the tables. At $16 it was also quite fair and well prepared. I do wish that the mussels were slightly larger, but what the shellfish lacked in size it fully made up in freshness and flavor.
All in all, The Harrison presented a solid brunch in a great setting, at a fair price. It might not longer be the trend setter in its second decade, but with some luck and hard work it can become a neighborhood icon.
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355 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013