Highlawn Pavilion

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful meal with beautiful view and wonderful staff. Owen was a great waiter.!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing view of the city.

I
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took an elderly friend for lunch. We were treated with patience, a friendly smile, respectful listening and attentive service. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The view was spectacular. Thank you!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great view, and the service was very good. Food was average and uninspired. The room is looking dated. Comfortable chairs should be a minimum given the top end prices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

RS
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow. Can’t believe this spot is sooo close. Amazing views people n food

S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere is absolutely breathtaking! This restaurant is 100% class! Food was outstanding as well as the service. Simply amazing!

NJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted to treat our friends from Atlantic City to an amazing view and delicious food. Boy did we score points with them. Perfect in every way.

b
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very classy restaurant, high level of service and quality dishes. Spectacular city view.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not happy about getting a table with a bad location when we booked well in advance and telling us the 6 or so available tables with a better location are not available Seems like it depends on who makes the reservation

BG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for a small family celebration. Service was excellent...we all enjoyed the appetizers as well as the entrees...You can not beat the view. Thank you Highlawn!

S
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant with special views. Lovely place for friends. And fine with a child.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely view very good food presented beautifully. Quietest Restaurant ever!

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

My husband and I came to Highlawn Pavilion for our 31st wedding anniversary. It was rainy Wednesday on 08/28/2019. We chose the upscale dining for our special day, but....The service (waiter) was not attentive to our needs. He brought a mineral water which was frozen and tried to pour it in our glasses. Instead of bringing another bottle which was not frozen, he shook this bottle in our faces trying express some liquid from it. When we finish our drinks, the waiter took empty glasses without offering another drink. The whole service was lacking high class. We felt like we were sitting in a diner with a waiter shoving the dishes. The food was delicious, but the waiter spoiled the whole impression. It was a huge disappointment.

BV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, got the drink order perfect, steak was over done

BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Highlawn Pavillion is always a special place for us. We love it but only get there a few times a year because it is a 40 minute drive from our home.

SC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved it. Really classy, hubby said it was the best steak he ever had!

Z
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner and sat outside on the patio. It is such a lovely atmosphere, overlooking the NYC skyline, at sunset.
As always, the service and food are wonderful. We combined some appetizers from the bar menu with specials for the evening. Everything from oysters to pork spring rolls to a huge veal chop and an excellent swordfish. Everything was cooked perfectly.
Service is always excellent.
Prices are high, wine selection excellent but expensive, but we felt it was worth it for a dinner with no regrets, where we couldn't have asked for anything better.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food and ambiance never disappoints here! We were a party of 9 and did not care for our server. He seemed bothered and to have an attitude. We asked the maitre’d if it’s possible to have a separate check (2 of us from the rest of the table), he said ‘no problem’. Then our waiter said it can’t be done. That was frustrating because it kind of spoiled a few things for us.

I wish the service was better!

MS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

The service waa odd. Neither the manager nor the waitress had any people skills. They haven't smiled even once. Nobody offered or mentioned any specials of the day. The waitress behaved like we constantly bothered her.

Plus the food was bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful Magical restaurant! The food was really good. The view of the New York skyline from the restaurant’s window was awesome!!!

L
New York Area
263 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Highlawn. We got married here. We celebrated our birthdays here and we go to dinner with friends here every few months.
Food is wonderful. The view is beautiful. Service is always good.

R
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The view from the terrace was very nice. Spraying for bugs might be considered. I expected more from the food. Every dish needed salt. The paella risotto was watery and lacking any pop of flavor. The lobster and crab salad was flavorless and I had to hunt to find lobster. We wanted the fish special but they ran out. The halibut was delicious with the sauce, but contained ONE cut up fingerling potato. Not sure corn and peas were the right choice for garnish. Especially not for a 42$ dish. The wagyu Reuben had very little beef on it and looked like something from Panera although tasted good. Lastly we ordered 2 glasses of 17$ wine. A quarter of a glass of wine, in any restaurant, is unacceptable. The wine was no more than a 10$ bottle judging by taste. At least fill the glass half way. Our waiter was amazing and took care of us like family. Atmosphere was excellent and very lively. Unfortunately the food was less than expected for a restaurant that is “considered” top 1% in the country.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EXCELLENT SERVICE, EXCELLENT FOOD. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED!

RI
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've eaten at Highlawn Pavilion a number of times. The food is consistently good. The views of New York on a clear day are great! The service is very nice. All in all, a very pleasant dining experience.

t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were married there and had our reception there 24 years ago, and go back 2-3 times a year and never have been disappointed.

MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highlawn Pavilion is a real jewel. Very elegant and excellent ambiance.

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and it was an outstanding evening.
From the valet guys who were polite and very quick to our waiter Guillermo who was outstanding.
My hats off to the chef and his staff our dinner was superb! Thank you.

RE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We’ve been there for special occasions many time over the last several year. The food and service are always top notch. My only disappointment is that, contrary to previous visits, the clientele seemed to have gotten more casual. I seem to recall, patrons would dress as if they were out to a special place in the past. Btw, our waiter, Owen was great.

RI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best lamb chops my wife ever had. The filet melted in your mouth. Oysters were amazing.

PT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service and the ambiance is great. I requested a seat by the window and they gave us a table overlooking the Manhattan skyline on a gorgeous night.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and chef accommodated our dietary needs

OF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Did not like the sitting area provided. Felt like get to the back of the bus. Wanted to showcase the restaurant for its great view but was denied this. The sitting marginalized the view.

RL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience..., dining on the patio was a special treat.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, food was just ok.

ML
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Appetizer portions were small because they were so good that we wanted more! Staff was very attentive, accommodating and friendly.

TB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Have not been here in a while. I thought the food was mediocre and just average. The facility was not very clean, they have valances on the windows overlooking the NyC skyline and the dust was thick on them.

It seems the attraction is simply the view. I think there are better choices and if you want a view of NYC the reservation is free to visit and the views from outside are spectacular and free. Disappointing experience

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed when we dine here, the food and presentation, the view, the service (Carlos) is consistently wonderful.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went for dinner after hearing all the amazing reviews. The appetizers, entrees, and dessert were amazing including all of the waiters and waitresses

l
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our food and the wine, 2 glasses of sauvignon blanc, was great. My husband had what I called a "Flintstone-sized" steak, and I had chicken served with a corn puree, corn kernels served over a brown sauce and a piece of bacon. My dish was very light and tasty. I also had a cup of Italian International Coffee, which was delicious, and for dessert, we had peach cobbler crumble served with a vanilla ice cream. Because it was our anniversary, the restaurant put a candle in our ice cream. Service was also amazing, our two servers, Carlos and Chedar, were on point with the service, making sure that we were enjoying our dinner and serving us well.

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