Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews The Harrison, Jimmy Bradley's longstanding New American restaurant in Tribeca, where Amanda Freitag has recently taken over the kitchen. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 10-1The Harrison currently holds two stars from the Times and was the subject of a Bruni Diner's Journal in 2005 at which time the Bruni quite liked it. He also was very complimentary when he one-starred Freitag at Sette in the same year. Here and now, we have the circumstance of a new chef and a reasonably timed routine check-in as the dual grounds for the rereview of the Harrison. By the numbers, despite it being a re-do with an unchanged star count, two stars is definitely the smartest bet today, as The Harrison is an extremely good and fairly modest restaurant, not really aiming higher than a deuce. On the other hand, if you're looking for a reason to be more frisky, Freitag has already gotten tremendous buzz here and the Bruni is a known fan. He might also love the value proposition—$12 apps and mid-$20s entrees. It's definitely a close call, but for the sake of putting on a good show, Eater has a bill on the three-pack.
One Star: 6-1
Two Stars: 3-1
Three Stars: 5-1 ??
Four Stars: 12-1
· The Harrison [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.