Shelter Island chefs to open Manhattan restaurant

A rendering of the future Harwood on Hudson in Manhattan. (Courtesy photo)

The owners of the ever-popular Vine Street Café on Shelter Island are opening a new restaurant, Harwood on Hudson, in the West Village.

Husband-wife team Terry Harwood and Lisa Murphy Harwood — who also own Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton — are launching their third restaurant next month in the city. Harwood on Hudson will focus on refined farm-to-table fare, which the owners are known for at their current East End establishments.

While the menu is still being finalized, fans of Vine Street Café will see updates on favorite dishes like the crispy calamari salad and the classic Bolognese. The dishes are an accumulation of techniques Terry garnered from his upbringing in the south and travels to Italy, France and Japan. Lisa, a trained pastry chef, will also be bringing classic American favorites to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Lisa describes the new venture as “a mix of Vine Street Café and Union Square Café,” the longstanding Manhattan eatery where the Harwoods met nearly two decades ago while working there as chefs. The Harwoods have no plans to shutter the existing restaurants, saying the new venture is an opportunity to continue to expand their staff and culinary philosophy off the Island.

“We have a growing restaurant family,” she said. “We love supporting them and this space really spoke to us.”

The design was a hands-on process for the Harwoods and business partners Kim Nguyen and Bill Block. The 75-seat restaurant incorporates rustic touches that harken to the North Fork.

The bar and restaurant strikes a mix of cozy and polished with barnwood floors and vintage brass fixtures. A color palette of deep blue, green, maroon, gold and cream play off one another for a chic vibe representative of the West Village neighborhood.

The Harwoods — who opened Vine Street in 2003 and Cove Hollow in 2017 — also recently launched Bottlehouse, a line of locally sourced chutneys, pickles, sauces and more. All of the products are made by hand and in small batches on Shelter Island.

Harwood on Hudson is expected to open in May at 430 Hudson Street in Manhattan.