Highlands

4.6
481 reviews
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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
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
50 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.

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

Not PLAIN traditional Scottish food, which is actually what I'd gone looking for, but we ended up happy with our food anyway. For example, fancier ingredients than the plainest typical white and black puddings you'd get from a store in Scotland, and there was definitely a chef's touch. Got some great help in choosing a whisky to start my meal with, based on vague parameters I gave to our server! I'll be back.

IA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our fourth year of attending the Burns Supper. So much fun!

TK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time there. Food is consistently great and we love the atmosphere. It’s a great place for a special date night. Only downside is a relatively limited menu and the prices are a bit high. But overall, for the quality of the experience it’s worth it!

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took a group of people at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday night. The place was near empty when we arrived but jumping by 7:00. We were there for scotch, and Highlands did not disappoint. Both the waiter and the waiter were very knowledgeable regarding the scotch menu and the recommended flights. I had the bone marrow and a scotch egg - both were noteworthy and fresh tasting. My only limited gripe was we were nicely kicked out of our table at 7:15 (seating is limited). I had Europeans with me, who seemed dumbfounded by this development. In any event, the ambience is well done - stags heads on the wall and tartan cloth on the chairs. This will likely become my go to scottish place in NYC, which is drowning in mediocre to downright godaweful "irish pubs."

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

We arrived early for our reservations as our friends had theater tickets and were seated immediately. The service was excellent from the cocktails to the main entrees. I had lamb with the marrow and the others all ordered Beef Wellington. Excellent meal, enjoyed by all. I loved the ambiance as well, cozy, not overstated. This is one highland lassie that will return.

DA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting & ambiance of the restaurant were perfect for a New Year’s Eve dinner. The staff were friendly & efficient and the food was delicious!

A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took our 28 yo niece and party of 10 for her birthday to Highlands for Saturday night festive dinner. i had called in advance and they agreed to accommodate our large party (even though space is quite small - several small tables pushed together, worked fine). It's a loud place, but fun, and the food is British Isles - more comfort food than foodie destination but quite good nonetheless. Claim to fame of the place is obviously the Scotch, but the wine list, though short, was nicely selected, reasonably priced, and our group put back several bottles of Sonoma Cutrer and an interesting Spanish Priorat. A fine time had by all.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter was surly and unfriendly. It took forever to get a drink— and we were one of only two tables in the dining room. Ordered chicken that was tasteless and dry. The hostess embarrassed me to death by reappearing at our table several times asking me if I was ‘sure’ I had a reservation. I finally got rid of her by showing her the confirmation from open table on my phone. Very unfriendly place. Awful food, bad service. One of the worst dining experiences I’ve had living in New York City 40 years. These people truly don’t like their jobs and don’t enjoy serving you. Stay away!!

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible. The burger and wellington was absolutely phenomenal. The bar on the other side is a bit loud but once you make a reservation, the dining area is the perfect noise level. I highly recommend this place for a nice date or for the beginning of a special evening with a partner or friend.

MI
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our party of four, including a Scot, couldn't have been happier with the cocktails and the food. "Scottish cuisine" is not an oxymoron, as you will discover if you heat here.

j
Savannah
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though our reservation got messed up, we were seated almost immediately on a busy weekend night. Our waiter was entertaining, and the food and service was outstanding! Very memorable!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love them :) keep coming back! the beef wellington is amazing! keep it forever!

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