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.

Restaurant Team

Kamal Rose

Executive Chef

Chris Bateman

Executive Chef

Randall Obach

Executive Sous Chef

Jay Stasko

General Manager


Tel. 203.883.8000