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looking for a place like the Harbord Room

smellymay Sep 19, 2009 01:05 PM

Hello all - I was responsible for shepherding some out of towners a few months back, and I selected the Harbord Room, where an outstanding time was had by all. Now the pressure's on for the second time, and I'm interested in finding a second place with a similar price point and similarly stellar service, somewhere in the modern bistro range.

The out-of-towners themselves are pushing for Le Select or Nota Bene, both of which I'd like to try, but I want to make sure I present them with other options - They'd be delighted to try something they haven't heard of.


  1. Rabbit Sep 19, 2009 06:01 PM

    You might look at Union, Grace,Torito or Globe Bistro (maybe Sidecar).

    I like Le Select and Nota Bene, although NB might skew a little corporate or LS just a bit un-special (I love the bar, but tables feel less special??)... still, I think your intuition is on to suggest that neither will feel like HR.

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    1. re: Rabbit
      JennaBean Sep 21, 2009 02:02 PM

      Skip Union. I recently posted about it. Average at best. Nothing at all special as where the others on the list stand out for one reason or another.

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      phoenikia Sep 19, 2009 10:39 PM

      Double Deuce Saloon on Queen W, co-owned by Cory Vitello of the Harbord Room, might have some similarities to the Harbord Room.

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      1. re: phoenikia
        LemonLauren Sep 20, 2009 03:10 PM

        it's a lot more dive bar than Habord Room, no wine list to speak of and limited but still excellent bar-ish food.

        1. re: LemonLauren
          todc1996 Sep 20, 2009 03:24 PM

          I'll throw Harlem out there.

      2. Charles Yu Sep 20, 2009 04:01 PM

        My foodie friends just had a great meal at 'Simple Bistro' on Mount Pleasant yesterday night. She told me the meal bested the meals she had this year at Nota Bene, the new Splendido, Union, Tatti, Loire, Globe, Didier and Treadwell!! Guess well worth a try?!

        1. ChalkBoy Sep 20, 2009 04:12 PM

          Black Hoof.

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