We recently had a lovely evening in Harlem at Cheri, the latest in what feels like a steady parade of new French eateries staking a claim to Harlem.
Cheri has a wonderful feel, a cross between a cozy intimate restaurant, someone’s brownstone home and French bistro.
The staff is incredibly friendly, and you can often find Cheri’s owner Alain Eoche’s there, as he lives above the restaurant, which means customers have his undivided attention.
The space is beautiful and offers a variety of special experience as you walk in. Artwork is everywhere, both interesting, visually appealing and intelligent.
The staff is very friendly, attentive, and speak both French and English.
The food is tasty, plentiful and well priced.
The location is second to none and will only get better over time.
We really loved our visit and look forward to our next visit.
231 Lenox Avenue
One of our favorite restaurants is Thai Market. They are adjacent to Harlem and deliver into Harlem. They are reliable, courteous, quick, well priced, and the food is always great, always consistent in taste, quality and quantity. I realized just how much I like them (and just how bad the conditions are in Harlem tonight) when I called and they told me they could not deliver to my area (which includes Restaurant Row) because it is too slippery. Which I totally understand.
If you have not tried this place, please do. It’s great.
What other cuisines would you like to see in Harlem?
I finally had a chance to dine at Barawine in Harlem one chilly quiet weekday evening. I had an incredible experience.
Barawine is located in the space formerly occupied by Harlem’s first and short-lived caviar bar. The venue is beautifully laid out and visually stunning. I loved what felt like three different spaces each with unique feel and charm. The display of wine bottles is particularly beautiful. We were greeted by friendly attentive staff, all of whom spoke French. The owner greeted us warmly and identified recommended dishes all of which I tried. My dishes pictured below were warm and savory, the portions filling, and the prices right.
The wine selected by the owner was terrific. The Spicy Corn and Poblano Cheese Soup was silky smooth and just spicy enough. Every bite of the The Branzino Provencal was as flavorful and as unique as the last – truly delicious.
What I particularly like about this corner of Harlem, this particular Harlem restaurant row as it were, is that there is a decidedly french feel to it with newcomer Cheri up the block and across the street (stay tuned for our review of Cheri) and Chez Lucienne adjacent to Red Rooster up the block on the same side of the Street where Barawine is located. I love the French influence in Harlem, being of French-Canadian and Haitian descent.
Barawine Harlem is located on 200 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of 120th Street.
200 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
+1 646 756 4154
Also available via Seamless and Opentable.
We stopped by HFB on Thursday to try the fried chicken after hearing the buzz about it and we were so happy we did. Wow!.. and I’m not kidding.
The chicken was D-licious. Moist, tasty and crispy but not greasy. It was accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and green beans that snap when you bite into them. Luckily, we managed to score one of the last servings. I had it with my favorite happy hour drink there, the Watermelon Martini which I like on the rocks.
All I could say during my meal to my husband was, ” I’m in heaven”. So see you there next Thursday as I can’t wait to go back for more! =)
Harlem Food Bar
2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd
bet 113th & 114th Streets