Maison Harlem – French Savoir-Faire


I had the pleasure of dining at Maison Harlem this weekend.  It’s easily a top 5 local favorite.  The crowd is hip. The food is delicious, plentiful and well priced. The staff is nice, attentive and knowledgeable.  I loved the fact that I was able to speak to the staff and the the owner in both French or English as the mood dictated.  This was my third visit to Maison and each time Samuel Thiam (one of the owners and the evening’s host) has greeted us graciously. We were accompanied by a large group including visiting friends from out of town.  We enjoyed a variety of appetizers, dinner and desert.  See their full menu here MAISON.  I recommend the seasonal oysters, steak tartare, french onion soup or the fried calamari for starters.  For entrees the wild mushroom risotto with grilled seafood is very good.  My friend ordered it and said that this is what she came back for.  The grilled new york shell steak is delicious with either red wine or peppercorn sauce.  Other popular dishes that stood out were the grilled salmon, the duck leg confit and the daurade sauce vierge (royal dorade fish with sauce vierge, grilled asparagus & new potatoes).  Ask for their specials and deserts.  We loved the creme brûlée and lava cake.

MAISON HARLEM Wild Mushroom Risotto
MAISON HARLEM Daurade Sauce Vierge

I’m told from friends that the burgers are excellent but I’ve not been their for brunch or lunch yet.  I was happy to see that on the lunch menu they offer croque monsieur which is a childhood favorite of mine.

Maison takes reservations (recommended) for parties of four and higher.  Each time I have been there the bar has been crowded – whether it be middle of the week or on the weekend.  This is impressive and shows that by word of mouth and reputation Maison Harlem is a success.

MAISON HARLEM les toilettes

341 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10027
(212) 222-9224

Author: HarlemGuy

10 thoughts on “Maison Harlem – French Savoir-Faire

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    By NormaJean

    We love Maison Harlem however we were disappointed when we were told the kitchen was closed at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 17th.

    My husband and I visited with my in-laws on Sunday and we were told by the waitress and the host that they had many more people than they expected for brunch and had run out of food!

    They apologized many times and told us that the kitchen would reopen for dinner at 5pm.

    We ended up heading back down to Lido where we had a great meal. We are planning on going back next week to Maison Harlem and hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy another delicious meal there since we love the place!

  2. Awh Dawn… It was GREAT to see you! I need to go back to Maison Harlem again soon and try the steak and also just enjoy that bar scene! It was hoppin’

  3. I had the most wonderful experience at Maison Harlem! It was a big life moment for me that I will never forget. I love the atmosphere, the food and I agree with Harlem House that the white burgundy is really beautiful!!!

  4. This is a beautiful place!!!! The food and the decor both. I’ve only been once and I can’t wait to go back.

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