Highlands

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Highlands is a contemporary Scottish Bar + Restaurant, located in the heart of the West Village. 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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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The beef Wellington was good, as was The Godfather cocktail. Everything else was sub-par. We also ordered the pork belly and burrata appetizers, the potatoes and asparagus sides, and the sazerac, catholic guilt, and krankie cocktails - all nothing special. We also felt the service was off.

If you go, the beef Wellington won’t disappoint, and stick to the scotch menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but a little noisy

JT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here in Friday night meeting a large group. I had a reservation for two but the group organizer did not make a reservation. They had sat 8 and then managed to seat 9 of us on my reservation for two. The waiter was a saint. The food was a good value as well and also very good.

AT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wasn't sure what to expect, other than a West Village version of "Scottish cuisine" and single malts. But it was great. Service was friendly and informal but also competent and attentive. Pork belly pate, scotch egg, haggis -- all were delicious. Incredible single malt collection and themed tasting flights. Totally enjoyable.

C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the experience. The music was a reasonable volume, the place is on a beautiful street, and the restaurant was cozy and well kept. The wait staff were phenomenal and the food was unique. I went for a Sunday brunch at 11:45am with one other person and we were so pleased. Highly recommended.

H
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, warm, Nouvelle Scots place in the West Village. Nice chef, nice twists on Scots classics like kedgeree and scotch eggs. Fresh ingredients, inviting space...lovely overall. Great brunch menu, too.

CR
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting from Boston and picked Highlands on the good reviews, the ability to make a reservation for 6, location, and my love of Scotland. We all LOVED the food, especially the mushroom and crab toasts, and the beef Wellington. The sticky toffee dessert was also great. Loved how it was decorated inside too. We’re not in NYC often but glad we found this place for a Saturday night!

NR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scotch egg and beef wellington were amazing, best food we ate in New York! There was a problem with the order machine so our dessert order was accidentally missed, but they took the drinks off the bill as a way of an apology. Servers were very friendly, and orders taken and food brought quickly. Would highly recommend Highlands

MC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken with. asparagus and artichoke hearts. Chicken is delicious when cooked to perfection and it was. There was a buttery sauce for the vegetables which was excellent. In our group of four one had trout and the other had beef Wellington. No complaints. This was a reunion of old friends and the low noise level made it easy for visiting. This was my first time to eat Scotch eggs and they were nothing special.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a good evening. Not enough wait staff. Food was good but I had heard it was really good

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went for brunch and used a $39 brunch voucher. The ambiance was intimate. I’m not sure if the side with the bar was reserved for a party, but they crammed everyone in a small dinning area. So close you can hear the many conversations going on around you. Not that it mattered because the waitress is on point, friendly and made sure we got our worth in unlimited drinks. They also allow you to switch between a variety of strong drinks. The lamb burger was delicious and the dipping sauce made it even better. I would definitely recommend this place.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff. Wonderful food. Wonderful whisky!

O
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

I’ve been here before and I like it for dinner but the brunch was disappointing. Food was way too salty. I also couldn’t get the Internet to work which annoyed me. The place was rather empty for the entire time we were there so I guess it’s not that popular for brunch. Prices are high.

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks as always. Quiet evening this time around with many people out of town for the long weekend.

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not really solace for fine dining. Happy Hour made it very noisy. Doubt I’ll be back. Friendly service, though.

DR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on every level!!! This is the place where you bring your besties, out of town family and friends and your dates with a relaxed, classy yet not stuffy kinda vibe! The Beef Wellington is to die for, the cocktails are the best in NYC and the service is WAY above par! The staff go above and beyond to make your visit feel special. Loveeee Highlands!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, the dinner was great. We ordered the crab meat and prawn toast (which was amazing), the beef Wellington (also excellent), and the caulilini (which was the best part of the meal). Service was great! The only problem was the size of the table - as it was a little small.

Definitely coming back here in our next trip to the city.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best fish and chips I have had in NYC. Sausage Roll was fab. Sticky Toffee Pudding was the closest to what I could have at home in Scotland. Overall we loved the Highlands. Service was tiny bit slow between courses.

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The cheese platter, the Scottish eggs were to die for and the Wellington was great ( I would like it without the broth better but I know better for next time).
Our waiter was very nice and attentive without being overwhelming. Will definitely come back

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, I have for years. Finally tried the brunch and it was just as good! Michael our bartender was fantastic and the drinks were delicious! Looking forward to going back!!

MC
London
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I really love this spot for brunch or a nice meal but booked after 8pm and it feels like a totally different place closer to a club than place for a cozy Scottish meal. I know we’ll never get real haggis in the US so I don’t expect that but the dish, while very tasty, could be made and presented in a way that’s a much more interesting. Fish and chips batter a little soggy.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was attentive and friendly. We had an early dinner 6-7:30 so it was quiet for dinner conversation. I had the mushroom toasts for an appetizer and shared the burratta cheese app too. Both were excellent well balanced flavors. Also had the quinoa salad. Very good. The decor is great. The only downside was it was more expensive than I thought it would be.

d
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is so noisy when you enter that I thought about turning around and leaving. However the room we sat in wasn't bad. I thought the menu was a little limited for my diet. But the food was good. It's very cozy and the service was good. I would not return however if you like a cozy noisy place with a limited menu I think you will like it here.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch food and lovely service in a chilled atmosphere. Love the Scottish touches!!

AW
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting NYC from Iowa. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The cocktails were fresh and tasty. The waitress and attentive and friendly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch! Very creative, yet healthy menu and delicious cocktails. The mule was one of the best I have had and same for the lamb burger.

MD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Haggis. Overall very good food. Nice place. Will return next Tartan day. Cheers.

PA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A quality menu with a strong variety of options. Great drinks list and cocktails. The food is authentic enough, but a more traditional arrangement would have been nice. Space is a bit tight at the tables. Better for brunch or drinks than for a full meal.

a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was really loud and packed in the bar area when we got there, but still found a little room to stand and have a drink before going to the table. Ordered scotch egg to split as an appetizer and bangers and mash special for entree. Both were incredibly good! Good portion size. Also tried the whiskey flight, and the waiter was really knowledgeable on each one and provided solid background. As someone who’s spent a lot of time in Scotland it was really nice to eat food and drink whiskey that reminded me of it! My only complaint is how packed the bar area was.

AL
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Heard that the beef wellington was good, so we decided to try it since we were traveling to New York soon. Definitely recommend the beef wellington and any other lamb dishes. The prices was also very reasonable.

MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My "go-to" for a night in the Village - well worth the "commute" from the UES. Great happy hour deals, incredibly charming and accommodating staff, hearty food, and...did I mention WHISKY?

PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please note: the noise level was high the evening we were there due to a special event in the bar, normally it would have been quieter.
The food at Highlands was excellent, as was the service. I appreciate going to a place were the staff knows the menus - drinks and food, and are able to make suggestions and explain the differences between those suggestions. Speaking of menus, the Scotch book there is a wonder to behold. I would definitely recommend.

A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Valentine's Day; I couldn't believe there was a table available. The ambiance is as warm, elegant, and comforting as the food. I've been meaning to try it for a year, and had a brilliant time.

GG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was the best. It was a very special birthday dinner!

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So cozy! Great food and cocktails! Love having a taste of Scotland in the west village!

i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We liked the crumpets for Brunch but disappointed in the Eggs Benedict with "Smoked Scottish Trout". It seemed it was smoked salmon and nothing distinguishable. Also, it was not very warm and made it less appetizing. I will give it another chance for dinner next time or a different brunch item as I do like the coziness of the establishment and did like the "Baked Eggs" dish on another occasion.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highlands was fantastic! The cocktails were superb and food divine. I loved the ambiance and quaint but posh feel. Service was great, but paced a bit slow for my liking (super minor issue, not major). I would definitely recommend this place.

S
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Waitress was super sweet and the Whisky choices were mind boggling!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. We ordered the breakfast pie, the eggs Benedict with fresh sea trout, the burger & the delicious mini beef wellington bites. Everything was exceptional. The waitress was lovely & very friendly. We'll definitely be back.

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