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Highlands Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highlands-nyc.com/
  • Email: info@highlands-nyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 229-2670
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 2:00am, Friday: Sunday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Scottish
  • Executive Chef: Chris Rendell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Come celebrate Valentine's Day at Highlands! We will be serving our regular a la carte menu with no prix fixe!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waverly
  • Public Transit: Take Path to 9th Street, 1 train to Christopher St or A, C, E, B, D, M, V to W. 4th St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Highlands
Highlands is a contemporary authentic gastro pub located in the heart of the West Village in downtown New York from the HIGHLANDS Restaurant Group - WHITEHALL and Byron at The Surf Lodge. Our aim is to showcase a taste of modern Scotland today while being true to its old world charm. We have created a true authentic Scottish experience by importing many interior products that capture the true essence of Scotland's unique hospitality. We offer the finest Scottish influenced cocktails, specially made by our talented bartenders with many of our favorite Scotch, Malts, and Gins. We have a fantastic mix of local American and the finest Scottish beers and ales. Our acclaimed menu is melody of artisanal Scottish imports and produce from local farmers markets that gives you a true taste of modern Scotland.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
Diner Reviews
  • "Great neighborhood spot with smart and knowledgeable bar-tenders. Small selection of draught beers, but all very good, and an obviously fantastic list of whisky. The ambience was great, though it was a bit noisy. Food was excellent and quick."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I went after a late screening at IFC and cannot forget the Pilsner I enjoyed (can you share the name please Highlands?). Really solid gastropub. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "I like Scottish food and this place was worth trying. I'll be back. Good service and overall quality. The place is a bit too small for all the tables they try to wedge in. Crowded, but not too bad, its a popular place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great drinks amazing food cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, a definite go to!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great place. I had the bangers and mash which was interpreted non-traditionally but was extremely good. (My taste tends more towards the sweet than savoury.) While it is rightly known for its book of informed whisky selections, its cocktail list is also solid. I recommend The Flying Scotsman if you want a cocktail that is not whisky-based, with mescal instead, a clever way to evoke the smokiness of Scotch perhaps, New World style. The whisky bread is a nice table share for 2 or 3 people. It's a bit small for 4. The back room's volume level was tolerable especially by NYC standards. The decor is warm and inviting. The servers were helpful and knowledgeable. The wait time on the food was spot on: not too long nor worryingly fast."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious. And the service was great as well. Definitely a great spot on a cold winter night. Scotch choices are so appealing!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great beers, a setting that truly could be a pub in Scotland or Ireland. Had a Scotch Egg for the first time and then short ribs done to perfection. A bit noisy, but boozy noisy which is acceptable. After Lent, going back for the whiskey."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "not too crowded, but kind of "buzzy", bar is very friendly and easy to hang out at. small tables, good ambience, the food was very good and with special dietary needs they easily substituted food and changed things on the dish to acommodate -- the experience overall was EXCELLENT! I would definitely go again and would highly recommend it to my friends"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "11 page whiskey menu. What more needs said? Oh and the food was top notch as well. The short rib melts in your mouth, and don't miss the whiskey bread appetizer!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My husband said it was the best pork chop he's ever eaten! It was especially good that it was so superb since there was some kind of mix-up and they had to replace his meal, but they brought him an appetizer to tide him over and didn't charge us for his meal. My bangers and mash were great. The whisky tasting platters were a hit with several in our group. My only regret was not having room for dessert - I'll have to try the molten chocolate cake next time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent service! Huge whisky list and the food was fantastic. Would recommend the pork for sure and the starters. Skip the whiskey bread it wasn't my favorite. But everything else was divine!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship, and he couldn't come out for Valentine's day so we celebrated a week early. We made a reservation thought Open Table, and I made a note in the reservation about how, due to the distance, it was our early V-day date. When they sat us the hostess said, "We read your note," and proceeded to seat us in their most romantic spot. I really appreciated that they made sure we had a special little spot to enjoy our dinner. We enjoyed our food, but mostly we enjoyed that in the middle of busy NYC we had a little time to ourselves -and that the staff cared enough to honor our request when they could have ignored it. Thanks Highlands, you made our date really special!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 6 at 7:45 on a Saturday. On the plus side: our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated immediately even though our party wasn't complete. The food was fantastic -- I had a decadent steak and ale pie and a luscious molten chocolate cake. The cocktails were interesting and yummy. And we sat for hours without being rushed. On the other hand, we sat because the service was so slow. And although I'm glad to see they are doing a booming business, the place was unpleasantly packed and noisy. I had to fight my way to the bathroom and then wait on a very long line. And the menu is limited -- would have loved some more salad options. I would definitely recommend Highlands for a meal, but not on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Good food and great cocktails! Would go back again for sure."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Six of us arrived on-time with a reservation. There was a person near the front door pretending to be the host, doing nothing, but managing to not greet us or make eye contact. I finally asked whether he worked there. His deadpan response: "you need a table." He managed to inform us that ours wasn't ready. No "welcome," no "have a drink and we'll get your table ready ASAP." After waiting another five minutes we gave up and dropped $500 at a very hospitable place half a block away. Suggestion to the management: move this guy to the basement to peel potatoes. We won't be back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food was great but the host was completely unorganized. Out actual waiter was very attentive and the beef Wellington was delicious, as well as the pork pellilii."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "What a waste of money, they give you three scallops for $16??? Are you kidding me? Order the Whiskey loaf instead, DELICIOUS. Service, ambiance, and food were all wonderful. I had made a reservation and we still had to wait almost half an hour for our table, the host brought us two glasses of champagne half way through the wait. I would come back here again."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I have dined here a few times and the food is great the crab and shrimp appetiser is the best and an interesting twist on a great British classic the brussel sprout!!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "This restaurant solidly performs on all levels. I have visited there twice and have enjoyed both visits. The place is not fancy or pretentious and delivers on a good time."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "There is a vibrant bar scene here and ambience is really trendy West Village. We were pleasantly surprised with the food - really very good. The Scotch egg is a standout but all dishes we had were well produced."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Fantastic experience at Highlands. Food was delicious, waiters were courteous and not overbearing. Ambiance was fantastic. The bar area was pretty happening and quite loud, but we sat in the dining area which was much more intimate. I'm still thinking of the butternut squash soup - SO GOOD! Highly recommend Highlands!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Great drinks and a nice Whiskey/Scotch list. The bar area seemed lively and fun though we sat at a table. Our waiter was pleasant, helpful, and accommodating. However the host was not the friendliest. My pork chop was overcooked and very tough which was disappointing. My friends seemed to enjoy their meals though. The whiskey bread and scotch egg were tasty. It wasn't a bad evening but I won't be rushing back. Plenty other places in the village to try."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I've been to Highlands several times and it's always a consistent experience and exactly what i'm always in the mood for when going there. Beef Wellington! cozy feel. Nice atmosphere at the bar. Good service. The apps and entrees are always solid. Especially the crab toast and the burrata. Desserts the last few times have definitely been disappointing. The sticky toffee pudding is dry and definitely not sticky. The sauce that comes with it is great but there is not enough. Unfortunately they do taste like they've been popped in the microwave and just come out spongey. Other than this I'll keep going!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "The food was good although the portions to price ratio wasn't the best. Little pieces of food for a moderately high price tag. BUT the food was delicious. Def try their scotch egg. The ambiance is quite pretty and staff knowledgeable on the food. HUGE selection of scotch, HUGE! The only drawback is that there is a bar, and it gets REALLY REALLY REALLY loud."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Very nice place in a nice part of the city. Food was good, desert not great but the starters excellant and mains very good too"
    Dined on 8/3/2013