Harlem’s Mountain Bird Returns With a Rich, Meaty Menu

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At the original location, the Underground Gourmet praised the ostrich crostini, and it’s back.

Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, Harlem’s Mountain Bird was forced to close in June of 2014 because of landlord issues. (What else?) Fortunately, the small restaurant, operated by husband-and-wife team Keiko and Kenichi Tajima, is reopening at East Harlem’s Tastings Social on September 1.

The fowl-centric, French-meets-Japanese-meets-American menu includes dishes like gizzard confit, a turkey burger topped with foie gras and truffle-mornay sauce, chicken schnitzel, and an extra-rich shrimp mac-and-cheese with lobster-bisque cream sauce. Better yet: No item exceeds $30, and most are under $20. You can also look forward to the launch of brunch on September 13, which will include intense offerings like French toast with chicken sausage. But first, take a look at a few of the dinner dishes:


Tasty Bite-Size Sampler: cock’s combs cutlet, heart à la bourguignonne, truffle-wing ball, liver mousse.
Photo: Melissa Hom


Foie Gras Dumpling Consommé with chicken soup.
Photo: Melissa Hom


Mountain Bird Cassoulet with duck leg-and-gizzard confit, chicken sausage, carrot, onion, and white beans.
Photo: Melissa Hom


Sticky Toffee Fig Cake.
Photo: Melissa Hom


The space seats 31.
Photo: Melissa Hom

Mountain Bird, 251 East 110th Street, (212) 281-5752

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