Highlawn Pavilion

4.6
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$31 to $50
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American
Highlawn Pavilion is a turn-of-the-century Florentine-style pavilion that has been beautifully restored to European grandeur with breathtaking views of Manhattan. Serving American Fare with European Flair. New York Times rated “Excellent”, Start Ledger “4-Stars”. Dress code, elegant casual - jackets preferred but not required. A more formal main dining room. Slightly more relaxed, refined attire accepted in the bar, piano room, and patio. Please no sneakers, t-shirts, or flip flops. Al fresco dinning available on our cliff-side patio with views of the NYC skyline. We can not accept web-reservations in the bar or piano room area; if you wish to make a request for this room, please call us, thank you.
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Not a bad place. Didn’t exceed expectations. But didn’t disappoint

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We enjoy the High Lawn, excellent cuisine.
From desk lady could smile and be courteous it would not hurt.

DM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highlawn Pavilion is a lovely restaurant with the most magnificent view of New York City. It has been a family favorite for many years! Love the ambiance and the service is always attentive.

OT
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food. service and spectacular view of NYC.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was as expected, we have visited in the past on our anniversary because we were married there. The main reason I’m giving it 4 stars overall bc I asked for a special table and didn’t get one( tables near the window for the view are premier)
Service & food quality were consistent

KG
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to the HIGHLAWN PAVILION for a Birthday lunch since I was going somewhere that was already planned for me for dinner. It was wonderful and our Waiter was Fabulous.. I always enjoy my time here. It's a great place

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was very nice lbut the food was disappointing and not good for the amount of money you pay, it lacked taste and flavor. The presentation of the food was not good either considering this is a high end restaurant. Maybe I was expecting since it is well known for great cuisine.

BM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Highlawn. The menu was very attractive, the service was excellent as was the food. It was a nice fall day and the view was beautiful. The whole experience was so enjoyable. I look forward to an opportunity to go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for asking

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was for my birthday and the dinner and the whole experience were exceptional!

AC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greeted quick, sat right away with a window seat as requested on open table. Waiter was knowledgeable, accommodating and super nice. Food was fresh, plentiful and delish! The petit fours was wonderful and different from a normal “desert”! Loved the entire experience! We will be back for another special occasion.

RO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We've been coming to Highlawn over 20 years. It's still a place where we like to spend some special time. Love the view.

OT
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food, with a spectacular view of NYC.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Mothers birthday. No efforts were made to recognize this.

BC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent ambience was perfect and the views are spectacular

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. The service was outstanding and the food was fabulous. I now have another VERY favorite restaurant.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a great time and sat in the area in front of the piano and heard some live jazz while we enjoy dinner and it was formal but at the same time walking because we were by the bar

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate our fifth anniversary, we also got married there. Food is excellent, as well as the service. Great dinner with an amazing view!!

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

The food was good, the drinks (my wife's Ruby Slipper) were nothing special. The problem is that the prices are for superior food and drink. It was not. The dishes were very nice, but more fancy and "original' than excellent. Really good ingredients, but the preparation (for a metaphor) reminded me of buildings in China that reach much to far for form over function.

CV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Friday evening overlooking NYC skyline. Fall foliage made the view even more spectacular. Our server, Carlos was phenomenal. It made some recommendations that proved to be delicious. Squash soup and filet mignonette did not disappoint. The food runners asked before clearing plates (which I prefer). Wine and beer selection was very good also. After dinner and dessert, the bar area had lively music played by personable musicians. Great night!

C
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Although the food was not exceptional, it was good and the whole experience was well worth going to the Highlawn Pavillion. We were there for lunch and I would go back, again.

MP
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time there for our 1st year wedding anniversary. We were impressed with the view of NYC and the the taste of the food was phenomenal. We found our anniversary restaurant for many years to come. While my wife went to the rest room I overheard the table next to us telling the waiter they were there for their 29th wedding anniversary. We chatted a bit once we were ready to leave and he said, we'll see you next year. LMAO

OT
New England
55 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants I know! Fantastic place!

DH
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Great waiter Eoin. Amazing wine.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice location, the view is also nice if you have a window seat. The service is acceptable, but not as one would expect at these prices. Our first contact was with the concierge, who didn't seem like we mattered much to him much. The food was very good, but the wait staff were as attentive as you would find in any low to mid price restaurant. Music coming in from the bar area was a bit loud, but not enough to make us shout. Overall, we had a decent time, and would return. Just don't expect triple A service.

m
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely, enjoyable evening for my mother's 94th birthday at the Highlawn Pavilion. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We shared a special abalone appetizer which was amazing (probably the taste-treat of the evening for me), then salads and entrees. My mother greatly enjoyed her filet mignon, and I liked my salmon. I asked for it to be prepared gluten free since I am celiac, so it came with potatoes instead of the usual black rice (although I'm not sure why rice would not be gluten free). The restaurant is very accommodating of special dietary requests, which I appreciate. We highly recommend the Highlawn Pavilion for celebrations and special occasions!

RS
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dan is da best!!!!

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JR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Had a reservation via open table for 8 people for an important business dinner, only to arrive and find a note on the window telling us they were closed for a maintenance problem. Understanding that things can happen, I don’t understand or accept that they didn’t bother to call those with reservations alerting them to the fact that they would be closed.

v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

A lunch that costs nearly $100 before tax and tip should include wild-caught seafood only, not second-rate farmed fish and shrimp.

b
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Aside from the spectacular view, the service was excellent and the food very good. We had the glazed salmon and the venison and both were presented well and were very good. Appetizers also great, Squash soup and Beet Salad, between us. We also had petit fours for dessert which were very good and fun to sample. My only complaint, and the reason I gave only 4 stars, is the coffee. It was mediocre-it may have been age and it may have been the quality of the coffee or it may have both. Definitely recommend!

r
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service, great view. Have been here many times and always a great experience here.

RC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Amazing views and decor. Went on a Thursday.

Going to be critical because it's a fine dining establishment and hopefully this is beneficial if they pay attention.

Had to order four different wines before they had the one we wanted. Must have better communication or updates to servers. Particularly when I'm paying 150 dollars for a 60 dollar bottle. Red wine bottle came out warm. I expected the wine to be cellared properly especially with the ludicrous markup.

Valets didn't open door for myself or my wife when we arrived or when we left.

Maitre d didn't pull out my wife's chair when we were sat at our table.

Food was good. Dessert was very good. Waiter was very gracious and apologized for the wine mishap.

Overall this place is the best positioned restaurant in Essex County and arguably Suburban New Jersey with the views and decor. The little things need to be tightened up to make this place truly great.

DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely views of NYC skyline, wonderful food and unhurried service. Have been here twice, both times for special occasions. Would never hesitate to return for any excuse. I always order fish or pasta when dining out, but I ordered the venison loin medium rare. It was thinly sliced and so tender I could cut it with my fork. They use a lot of locally sourced ingredients with much of their pesticide-free produce coming from their own local NJ farm. And they have their own pastry chef so be sure to save room for dessert!

C
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food is ok but The portions are small. And the place is very expensive

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Let's start with the positives- the setting is beautiful with a great view and the building is outstanding. Upon entering we had to search for the maitre'd- he was very unfriendly and mechanical- there was no welcome feeling. The food was very unimaginative although well prepared. There are several restaurants with much better food and warmer atmospheres within a few miles. This place survives because of the location and physical plant. Overall extremely disappointing. I would certainly not return except to enjoy the view (not the food)!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely attentive wait staff went above and beyond to guarantee us a great dining experience.

WT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The view was exactly what I read about. It was an awesome sight seeing the Manhattan Skyline. Get in early to walk the park and look at the September 11 memorial. Perfect for celebrating life event - birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Food price was $$$ but the menu is definitely different, new tastes for me in both appetizers and main dishes. I'll go back again.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary. Our waiter Andrew was excellent!
One of our favorite restaurants

T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night... I asked for a table with a view, not knowing if they'd pay attention to the request and they came through for me... it was a special night and they really made it great. Thank you!!!! Food and service were awesome.

BG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

The view is spectacular!
Go on a clear day. Definitely a special occasion place. Food is fine.
But for some strange reason they have now put a salesperson at a desk with a computer right inside the front door.
Not the welcoming place it used to be.