Meyer Davis helped translate Richie’s love of traditional English restaurant design and contemporary art into an eclectic New York dining space that is comfortable and stylish. The striking interior, with a sultry blue and gray color palette, is a blend of Hollywood glamour and indulgent mischief, including eye-catching highlights such as:A grand marble oyster bar complete with a mirrored back bar that features an exquisite hand-painted aquatic scene.
A conservatory room flooded with natural light and bordered by an interior wall of cascading ivy, perfect for intimate gatherings and private parties.
Contemporary art installations in the parlor and bar areas, including an original Andy Warhol.
Original stained glass windows and dramatic chandeliers adorn the main dining room, all of which date back to the 1930s when actress Marion Davies used the space for personal entertaining (the building was a gift to her from William Randolph Hearst).
Notar Hospitality, founded by Richie Notar, launches with the opening of Harlow.
New York City is home to some of the hottest restaurants, hotels and nightlife in the world and no one knows that better than Richie Notar. The Queens native started his career in the hospitality industry as a “busboy” at Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell‘s Studio 54. After working as a chef in some of the city’s top restaurants, he opened the very first group of “boutique hotels” for Morgan’s Hotel Group, and eventually served as the General Manager of the original Nobu — and only two years later, became the company’s Managing Partner for the past 19 years.
Notar recently partnered with Jim Pallotta, Jon Krasner and Michael Barrett to create Harlow, a full-service restaurant, parlor and café in midtown Manhattan. Located at 56th and Park, the European-inspired restaurant features a grand oyster bar, an interior wall of ivy in a conservatory that is flooded with natural light and contemporary art installations. The main dining room retains the original stained glass windows and chandeliers from the 1930’s, when actress Marion Davies used the space for personal entertaining.
Richie Notar has overseen the opening of nineteen Nobu restaurants world wide. As a partner in Nobu restaurants, Richie Notar has distinguished himself in the hospitality industry by establishing and maintaining relationships with his clientele and giving them a quality experience at every Nobu they visit. His success in the industry has earned him the respect and loyalty of these clients who include some of the wealthiest and most famous people in the world. Notar’s relationships with VIP’s and celebrities nation-wide are crucial to the popularity of Nobu and his skills allow the establishments to function effortlessly. Notar has spent his career mentoring the next generation of Nobu staffers. He hand picked the General Managers at every Nobu restaurant to ensure that the level of ser- vice is consistent. Notar’s clients trust him for this and have followed him to every enterprise he has undertaken. Richie’s phone rings constantly with requests from his clients across the globe. His relationships consistently earn Nobu restaurants profile in publications such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, Crain’s New York Business, New York Post’s Page Six, NewYork Magazine and Town and Country, among others.
Richie Notar was chosen in 1994 by Nobu Matsuhisa, Executive Chef and actor Robert De Niro to serve as opening General Manager of the original Nobu when it first opened in August, 1994.
Richie started his career in the hospitality industry as a busboy at Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell’s Studio 54 in its heyday where he eventually became Rubell’s right hand man. It was here that Notar learned the nuances of serving a celebrity clientele.
Notar experienced the kitchen side of the business as a chef, working in several restaurants and hotels in New York City including the Intercontinental, Mayflower, La Colonna, and several catering ventures. He then assisted Steve Rubell in the opening of the Morgan’s Hotel, serving as room service manager. Richie also consulted on the opening of the Paramount Hotel and was manager at 44 Restaurant in The Royalton Hotel.
Richie lives in New York City with his wife Jane & their children, Tennyson and Harlow.
“I’ve been doing Nobu for 19 years and we all know it’s fantastic, but I’m getting to the second part of my life, and sometimes I want to be able to do things that don’t involve chopsticks and soy sauce”