It’s been a good couple of years for Harlem gourmands, as the New York City neighborhood has experienced a boom of high-end restaurants unofficially spurred by the opening of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. The newest entry onto the scene, Harvist, has opened inside the brand-new My Image Studios (MIST), a cultural arts and entertainment center.
The restaurant, helmed by chef Cassandra Quinlan-Ashford (previously of Judson Grill and Tabla), will serve dishes inspired by the cuisine of The South, mainly Georgia, including shrimp and grits, while also incorporating African and Latin influences into dishes including berbere-rubbed filet mignon and roasted Cornish hen with dumplings. For dessert, there’s a red velvet soufflé that certainly sounds delicious.
The large, comfortable space seats 130 indoors and 75 outdoors, with a lobby bar that can accommodate 36. As of right now, the restaurant, which is located at 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenues) is only open for dinner service (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), but brunch and lunch service will soon be added.