Highlands
Highlands

Highlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highlands-nyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 229-2670
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Scottish, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Matt Hardner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
  • Special Events: 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.. 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
Highlands reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (26)hot spot (18)romantic (17)late-night find (13)special occasion (9)good for groups (8)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I loved this place. Fun, cozy atmosphere and surprisingly delicious food. Had the crab/shrimp appetizer and kale salad, scrumptious plus the Rob Roy cocktail. Excited to go back. Also our server was excellent - a hipster with a perfect touch, impeccable manners and great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    SporadicFoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went for an early dinner pre-small village theater show. Service was excellent and the food matched the service. Drinks were good, too. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Highlands...
    Belinda
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    OK, right now since I am reading the Outlander series and visited Scotland for the first time last summer, I am into all things Scottish these days. So my sis and I went to the Highlands restaurant for her birthday and we love, love, loved it. The ambiance of dim lighting and exposed brick was lovely and perfect for a romantic date. The whisky list is just awesome-like a mini textbook and just so much to choose from. My sis had the Catholic Guilt and I had People's Poet, which were both lovely mixed whisky drinks. We both happily enjoyed the whisky bread and both of us ordered the beef wellington as our entrees-which were divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Monday Night
    Helen
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I met a friend here on a Monday night hoping for a relaxed evening with great food. This was precisely that was served up! Of note, the Scotch egg was wonderful as was the Kedgeree which had a great kick to it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It keeps getting better!
    NikkiNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Each time I visit Highlands, I try to order a different entree so this time, I tried the Pan Roasted Chicken Breast and it was phenomenal. The drink options are amazing as well, my favorites are Catholic Guilt and Beeleigh Abbey. Highlands is a great spot for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has it all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Highlands has it all. Great atmosphere great food and the service was outstanding, front the host who sat us to the waiter who was very attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this restaurant
    Marie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It has a great atmosphere and service, wonderful selection of beers, wine and liquor. And the food is really good... unique selections, large portions, awesome tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Experience
    NikkiNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Highlands is such a phenomenal culinary experience that I had dinner twice in one week there. I had a girls night out then made it my date night choice. On both occasions the food was impeccable and the service was above and beyond. The Catholic Guilt is a drink that is so enchanting that you will not be able to drink just one. The whiskey smoked pork chop is so tender and tasty. There was a lamb sausage and mashed potatoes special on Friday that made me eat several bites off of my date's plate. For dessert, yes you must save room for the bread pudding!!! My boyfriend and I have decided this is going to be one of our spots. Perfect ambiance!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing cocktails ... better food
    PhotographerNichols
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I went to Highlands with a group of friends for my husband's birthday last week. We were expecting great drinks (which we had ... Especially the old fashioned and the Highland Smash!). What we weren't expecting was how incredible the food would be. This will be our go-to bar whenever we're in the mood for food and drinks. Loved everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LizNY
    LizNY
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Second visit and just as terrific as the first. The food is really good and the menu is refreshingly different from every other "pub." Drinks were wonderful and the service also fabulous. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious bites in a small space
    OrnaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great meats, cheeses and tapas-style plates. The interior is pretty, but slightly cramped and uncomfortable, especially for a larger party. Service was decent, aside from an abrupt greeting/warning that we better be out in 1.5 hours to accommodate the next party; after what was more like 2.5 hours and with no new diners in sight, a slightly politer gentleman requested that we give up our table. We agreed, but noted that there were several other free tables the same size as ours. All in all, an enjoyable dining experience, but the service makes me think twice about rushing back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good, felt like home cooking.
    michie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I wasn't very excited initially to go to a Scottish restaurant, as I'd heard that the food could be bland, but had a great experience at Highlands. We were put into a dining room in the back area, near a fireplace. It was intimate, we loved the details of being in an older house, now converted into a restaurant. The food was equally delicious. We ordered two sides (shrimp risotto and mussels), along with the beef wellington. All were succulent, well seasoned, especially the beef wellington, which was quite tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EigermanVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The service here is great. There was a stone fruit salad we love with peaches and pistachios and blue cheese. When the seasons changed it disappeared from the menu. We asked the chef to repeat it and he did this for us!! Then it was back on the menu. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The service and food were very good -- would recommend
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I just keep coming back!!
    woodsy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I love this place, always great ambiance, service and the food is amazing and fresh! A total neighborhood gem. Great for just drinks or for dinner too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and Scotch, way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food and drinks, but surprisingly trendy, loud, and packed on a Thursday night. Would definitely come back, but for a quieter day and time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious but loud
    Fritzadams
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took my fiance here on a Tuesday night for a late night birthday dinner. The meal was delicious and the scotch list impressive but the noise from the bar, which was packed for that late on a Tuesday night, carried into the dining room and really took away from the ambiance. Our waiter was absolutely outstanding. Overall, we'd definitely go back, just during off-peak hours (once we can figure out what those are...).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and what a scotch menu
    yummyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had never heard of this place but reviews looked promising. Also had no idea what Scottish food would be like. We were very pleasantly surprised and delighted with the food, ambiance, and service. Everything was delicious! The book of scotches was impressive. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I would have given it 5 stars but it got so loud, to the point where we couldn't hear anything the other person was saying. Need a bit of sound abatement. Otherwise the menu and scotch flights were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place was teaming with a young, loud crowd. The menu was limited although novel. My red wine came ice cold. Good place to come with friends for the bar scene but you will have to shout the whole time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable & Refreshing
    KFOXVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Oh man, I had a cocktail called the Spectator, it came with a small side of popcorn and it was magical. the popcorn was a cute touch, and actually enhanced the flavors in the drink! We had a 1/2 dozen oysters that were so succulent and briny- and FRESH. Then, we kept a simple main for dinner, a Kale Salad with Grilled Haloumi & topped with a Fried Egg... KALE SALAD has NO business being THAT DELICIOUS. As I type this I find myself wishing I was eating it again. DELICIOUS MOUTH-WATERING INSANITY. They really cram you in there, though, it is very noisy and a bit impossible to have a private conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 194 reviews are from the Highlands reviews archive.
  • Oh, the ricotta!
    MarahnewVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Started with the whipped ricotta with honey and crispy ham (almost like bacon, ridiculously delicious). Fabulous mussels. Would come here often if I lived in the neighborhood, even if just for drinks and that heavenly appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great British gastropub
    msbnyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Highlands was a great experience. Inventive cocktails, some classic ones with a twist. Food was fabulous. My codfish was cooked perfectly. My husband LOVED the beef Wellington. Our guests had the pork chop and the bangers & mash. We also tried the whiskey bread and the Scotch egg. Both were very good appetizers. Loved the fact that the whiskey bread came piping hot to the table. And the service was friendly and attentive. We will surely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A West Village dinner
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Kudos to the chef. When the waiter told me how a chicken dish was prepared, I decided I didn't want it. He spoke to the chef who made it exactly the way I liked it! In fact it was quite different from the one on the menu. Now that's excellent service! It was quiet when we got there but by the time we left we could barely hear each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not for intimate conversation
    nigeltuf11VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Extremely loud. Great service. But this is all about the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mimiVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Delicious food (pork chops and beef Wellington); good drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in NYC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I know most people have only been to the bar here, but please please try grabbing a bite. Their food is amazing and the service is awesome. I feel guilty eating here so often, but it never lets me down and I'm always to happy afterward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    ZQ517
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Party of 3 on a Saturday, this place was great. We showed up a bit early for our reservations and they accommodated us, no problem. We weren't hurried along and pushed out the door as in some other places so we actually were able to sit and talk and enjoy the place. The food was good and service was tops, they even have "the whisky book" which we took full advantage of. If you like ginger beer beer try Crabbies, all around just a great outing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time having Scottish food!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I initially wanted to go out here for drinks because I saw Highlands featured on Thrillist because of their Scotch selection, but decided to bring a date here too. We loved the food (didn't realize some Scottish food was Indian inspired, due to some dishes here having curry and Indian spices) and loved the drinks. We went on a Friday night and things were a little busy, so the waitstaff might've been spread a little thin since they weren't as attentive as we'd liked. After dinner we took in a couple of the Scotches they had, from the Highlands region of course, and enjoyed those too. Next time would like to come here and just take in the drinks and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not just for Scotsh
    SotoVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I originally went here for the scotch and was surprised to find the food was also very good. We had a really fragrant kedergee (sp?) liberally dressed with indian spices, a terrific warm kale and vegetable salad with an egg and (excuse me...) haggis, which I hear was wonderful. Also, get ready to order one whiskey bread for each of you. Even if you start with just one, you'll order the rest, so just get on with it. As for the scotch choices, they were amazing. We sampled six between us. I was disappointed that they didn't have the Balviene 21 port wood finish (on the menu but apparently others were ahead of me) and had to fall back to the Glenfiddich 21. Poor me... Great service and ambiance. I'm going back!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot with
    JDMarshall
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like Scottish food and this
    Rocketman
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winner all around
    Smacky919
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great drinks amazing food cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, a definite go to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aye!
    Scoting
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything we ordered was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hootman Hebrides
    Bellarmino
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely go again!
    ShaShaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scotchy scotch scotch, I <3 scotch
    thephoenix612
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and whisky selection
    AMJA22
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whisky and Food
    SeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.