Chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bradley will close the Harrison at the end of December, the chef announced on Twitter on Thursday, November 6.
I'm sad to announce the closing of The Harrison at the end of December. But we plan to go out with a bang! Come, drink & say farewell!
— Jimmy Bradley (@RedCatNYC) November 6, 2014
Bradley first opened The Harrison in Tribeca in October 2001, and weeks later received two stars from The New York Times, which described the restaurant as “a remarkably clear-eyed take” on a cuisine style that was “poised carefully between New American and fusion cooking.”
“Mr. Bradley never seems to force the issue with his food,” wrote then-Times critic William Grimes.
“He has an easy, natural style that makes his ideas seem almost inevitable.” Some of New York City’s most talented chefs, including Joey Campanaro and Amanda Freitag, made their bones at the Harrison before going on to open their own restaurants.
Like too many other great New York City restaurants this year, The Harrison’s closure is due to a sudden and steep increase in rent that will push a neighborhood staple out of its home. “I do not know why rents are so high,” Bradley told The Daily Meal. “And I don’t know why landlords don’t find value in longstanding, profitable relationships.”
Bradley has no future plans for The Harrison, although Bradley’s Chelsea restaurant, The Red Cat, remains open.
For the latest food and drink updates, visit our Food News page.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.