Harlan Restaurant Group is led by Stephen Lewandowski and a team of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience spanning the globe.

Stephen Lewandowski / Managing Partner

Stephen’s experience reflects training in all aspects of the culinary world – corporate, conventional, fine dining, and off premise, to name a few. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he became the Sous Chef at Manhattan’s Abby restaurant. He continued to polish his craft at Gotham Bar & Grill and then at Fantino in the Ritz Carlton. Stephen stayed with Ritz Carlton for several years, cooking in various cities across the US. In 1999, he was named executive sous chef for the Peabody Orlando, where he oversaw all five restaurants for the 1000-room hotel. He joined Tribeca Grill in 2000 and was promoted to executive chef in 2003. Stephen has traveled throughout the world with Regent Seven Seas as a celebrated guest chef. His cooking and dining experience abroad influence his food throughout the brands he creates.

Michael Sobelman / Culinary Director

Executive Chef Michael Sobelman realized that being a chef was his calling after one week on the hot line at a high volume pre-theather NYC restaurant. From there he spent time training and doing seasonal work in Rhode Island, preparing food in a classic French kitchen. He eventually made his way to downtown New York City at Drew Nieporent’s Tribeca Grill, where his skills were refined under the instruction of Don Pintabona and Stephen Lewandowski.

Michael continued with Tribeca and worked with Drew on his new projects such as Taste of NFL, Taste of Tribeca and the Tribeca Film Festival. He left the Grill and opened The Acela Club at Citifield Stadium. In 2012, Michael reconnected with Chef Owner Stephen Lewandowski to successfully open his first restaurant Harlan Social in Stamford, CT followed by Harlan Publick in South Norwalk, CT. Today Michael runs culinary operations, creating new menu items, ensuring quality and teaching the next generation of chefs the trade.

Chris Messina / Beverage Director & Sommelier

Chris Messina had a passion for food at a very young age and began working in restaurants when he was 16yrs old. He traveled extensively around Europe, cooking and studying while he attended culinary school in New York City, and immediately landed a job in the kitchen of world-renowned chef, Jean-George Vongerichten, at his flagship restaurant “Jean-George” after he graduated.

A year later Chris decided to continue pursuing his passion, but move into the dining room to learn how to manage and operate restaurants. He got a job working for James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Drew Nieporent at the Tribeca Grill where he first met Executive Chef Stephen Lewandowski and Chef de Cuisine Michael Sobelman

Chris went through a vigorous management in training program while passing the American Sommelier Association course to become a certified Sommelier at the same time. In 2009 Drew Nieporent teamed with Aramark at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets to open Acela Club Restaurant. Chris took the position of restaurant manager at the stadium while managing at Tribeca Grill during the baseball off-season. By 2012 he transitioned completely over to Aramark at Citi Field and within 2 years was promoted to Director of Premium Services, where he was responsible for all premium amenities in the stadium, including 2 restaurants, 4 bars, in-seat service, VIP concessions and the owners suites. Chris and Stephen maintained a relationship through the years and he joined the Harlan team in 2015.

Restaurant Team

Kamal Rose

Executive Chef / Publick

Chris Bateman

Executive Chef / Brasserie

Randall Obach

Sous Chef

Stacey Enlund

Sous Chef

Jay Stasko

Assistant Manager / Social

Contact

info@harlanrestaurants.com
Tel. 203.883.8000