An abrupt and sharp increase in rent will cause chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bradley to close his Greenwich Street restaurant the Harrison sometime after the holidays in December. “Tribeca has been an incredibly supportive community and I am grateful for the past 14 years,” he tells Grub Street.
In addition to being a stronghold of comforting, straightforward food — to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands of superlative duck fat and schmaltz fries it sent out into the world over the last decade — the Harrison specializes in a kind of throwback cooking that is increasingly hard to find anywhere: fried clams; sauteed liver with onion-bacon torta; an immense pork chop over soft black kale and beans. It was also the first major downtown restaurant to open after September 11, 2001, just eight blocks from ground zero.
“In the grand tradition of the old neighborhood joint, the brawnier dishes at the Harrison always come through,” Adam Platt wrote in New York in 2002, weeks after the restaurant made its belated debut. The place was packed from the beginning, and has continued on as such for the last 13 years.
The Red Cat, Bradley’s other restaurant, remains open in Chelsea.