Much like its blonde bombshell namesake, New York restaurant Harlow oozes old Hollywood glamour and sex appeal, occupying as it does the ground-floor former ballroom that William Randolph Hearst allegedly built for his mistress.
Richie Notar, the driving force behind the legendary Nobu, and chef Danny Ye (also of Nobu, England’s revered Fat Duck and Arzak in San Sebastian) are the brains behind the breezy sea-themed menu and devastatingly elegant setting in this unlikely Midtown East neighbourhood.
The gleaming lounge with low-slung sofas and eggshell Greco panelling doesn’t disappoint with glamour puss cocktails such as the Thirsty Traveler of Aperol, Imbue bittersweet vermouth, and hand-carbonated soda water for that extra pizzazz. A 17-foot white marble raw bar against a mirrored mural of silvery fishes serves up a generously portioned house ceviche in classic Peruvian style, with shrimp, baby octopus, and plump scallops tossed in a delightfully tart ‘tigre de leche’.
The sultry grey dining room with satin striped upholstery and original 1930s chandeliers plays host to impressive mains like the Dover sole grilled a la plancha in cockles and a buttery salsa verde. And don’t miss the original Warhol on your way out, a tribute to Notar’s days as a busboy at Studio 54. Darrrrrling!