In the News: Harold’s Is No Longer a “Meat and Three”

••• A long article in the New York Times looks into the development of Governors Island. Despite what I’m sure are good intentions, it seems inevitable that the island will end up being less interesting than it is now. If you’ve never been, I strongly urge you to go before it gets turned into anything like the rendering above. It’s open through the end of the month.

••• Missed this from a week and a half ago: J. Crew’s sister brand Madewell is opening a store at Brookfield Place. It’s in the more accessible half of the complex, where Diane Von Furstenberg was. —Commercial Observer

••• More on the Bronx Museum of the Arts’s plans for 80 White, first mentioned here. —Wall Street Journal

••• The history of Collect Pond. —Broadsheet

••• Starting Monday, “Chef Harold Moore is ditching the Southern component of his namesake restaurant Harold’s Meat + Three [at the Arlo hotel, at Renwick and Canal] to focus on healthier, seasonal fare found at the typical American bistro […] The re-tooled venue will offer a wide-ranging, all-day menu focused on lighter fare, including soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, pasta, and an assortment of ‘protein-forward entrees.'” —Eater



  1. I don’t know, I’ve seen the Harold space go through at least three iterations and it’s never been right. Hot dogs on the menu is not the answer for this space, and how is that healthy BTW?

    • Hello Mrs M,

      This will be the first time we have made any changes to our concept since the opening in 2016.
      As for our menu please allow me to explain in a bit more detail on how we are moving away from the southern charm of comfort food on our menu which consisted of much more protein rich dishes and sides. To adding much more lighter fair and seasonal options that you would not have been on our menu before. Yes we have kept a couple of our top sellers on the menu for our loyal customers to be able to keep their favorites while giving a variety of new and different options that will appeal to all.

      We would love for to come in and try our new Menu. Also we have a great new cocktail and wine program that I am sure you would love.


      • I am sorry but I must correct you Mr Guerra. The menus and strategy at Harold’s has changed at least 3X. I understand you have hired Keith to consult with your restaurant and bar concept. I am not a consultant, just a customer, and I can tell you the reason why you don’t see me as a repeat customer: the decor and the ever changing staff. It’s not the food or drinks that need changing.

  2. Nice catch on the great Governors Island article. Agree with your reaction, although it might turn out alright. The one proposal that sounds horrendous is the notion of a convention center. I loved that a redlight district was once proposed – New York Dolls could have built a mega-branch!

  3. The biggest threat to parks is development. Governor’s Island is no exception to this.

  4. Governors Island Trust proposals are immensely out of proportion! Not sure a 316 foot tower (30 floors plus the 16 foot rise in the pedestal for resiliency) is required but its in the plan… No offense intended to NJ but the renderings of Governors Island remind me of getting off the ferry in Paulus Hook or Port Imperial. There is no contextual relevance to Governors Island. In 2015 the Gov’t said that they wanted Govermor’s Island to be developed as a public venue for exploration and discovery…the privatization of the land with office towers does not seem in line with any of those goals…and why are tall glass tower designs again?