Harry’s Grill. Classy to the hilt.
Monday evening at 7:00, we walked into the lobby of Harry’s Grill. The receptionist welcomed us and took our reservation cards. A waiter led us to our table in the next room, close to the glass wall overlooking a section of 5th Av. The our table was romantically lit by an artistic, bone-like hanging light fixture. Along with the soft light, he wood-paneled walls lent a warm feeling to the room. Chill but upbeat music played in the background. Our waiters seated us, and the main waiter introduced himself. He welcomed us once more to our evening at Harry’s and informed us of what to expect from the experience. He then invited us to try some of their many flavors of martinis. We ordered the chocolate martini. A little weak for my taste, but my dining companion reported being quite satisfied with the strength of the drink. The chocolate monkey hanging from the lip of the glass was dark, slightly bitter and definitely a taste of quality chocolate. Then came the appetizers. The breaded fried shrimp, “Camarones Roca Golden,” was divine. Crunchy, chewy, salty and slightly sweet. The bread was pretty damn good too, buttery, with salt and a light sprinkle of focaccia. They also included a refreshing Cesar salad. After we had enjoyed our appetizers, one of the waiters stopped at our table with a large rack full of examples of the different cuts of steak they offer. He described each in mouthwatering detail. Then came the main course. Thick-armed, fried paprika octopus tentacles with baby potatoes. Chicken basted in a sauce of ginger and honey. Simmered mushrooms cooked just to slight tenderness with onions, but still firm. Mashed potatoes with a fresh slice of jalapeno pepper on top. Steak. Sirloin, cooked rare and cut into thick strips. Tender. Tasty. Juicy. What you might expect from a high-end grill. Our final course was dessert. Creamy vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate, cheesecake, and Tiramisu. After dessert we were FULL. They offered us another martini, which we accepted. Cosmopolitan this time. This one was stronger, dry and more to my taste. As a final surprise, they brought a large, fluffy roll of blue cotton candy to our table to share. I used a piece of it to sweeten my martini. We messed with the cotton candy while we finished our martinis, chatted and relaxed a bit before we left. Overall a fantastic experience that I recommend to you if you want an upscale, very tasty, very fine dining experience for your evening. Anniversaries, special visits, and memorable celebrations belong here.