Category: Restaurant Reviews

May 16th, 2015 by HarlemGuy

 

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President Bill Clinton kicks-off #HarlemEatUP festival, which is now well in progress, with a great opening speech.

A little bit of rain came through but it has passed and we are ready to eat some good food and try some great wine in this packed crowd!

Good to see Bill Clinton back in Harlem where he use to have an office on 125th street for many years.

Enjoy the festival!

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April 1st, 2015 by harlemcondolife
 Inside Streetbird Rotisserie.

 

Marcus Samuelson’s follow-up to Red Rooster called Streetbird opens on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard to an enthusiastic crowd.  This latest addition to the area we first dubbed as Harlem Restaurant Row ups the ante to this incredible Harlem location.

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Stay tuned for our review of Streetbird Rotisserie in our HarlemRestaurantRowReviews section.  This restaurant is sure to be an instant success.   Welcome!

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February 16th, 2015 by HarlemGuy

Cheri Harlem

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.

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Chéri
231 Lenox Avenue
212-662-4374
cheriharlem.com

 

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February 2nd, 2015 by HarlemGuy

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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?

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December 15th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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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.

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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.

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Barawine Harlem is located on 200 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of 120th Street.

ADDRESS
200 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

PHONE NUMBER
+1 646 756 4154

EMAIL
info@barawine.com

Also available via Seamless and Opentable.

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November 3rd, 2014 by HarlemMom

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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
212-222-9570

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October 14th, 2014 by HarlemMom

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My husband, daughter and I recently ate dinner at Boulevard Bistro and enjoyed it a lot.  We had a booth table which was comfortable and the decor and service were great.  There was a large party next to us who also had a baby and they were served rather quickly as we were too.

My husband had the organic fried chicken which is served with smoked turkey collards and southern potato salad.  I had the turkey meatloaf topped with wild mushroom and visalia onion gravy, with parmesan mashed potatoes and vegetables.  We topped off our meal with the German cake which was also delicious.

We plan on going back soon for their brunch which we are hearing good things about.

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If you haven’t tried BLVD Bistro in Harlem yet, we recommend it.  Four stars on Yelp and a cozy inviting interior easily help make BLVD a charming addition to Harlem.  Stay tuned for our part-two review on Boulevard Bistro.

Southern & Soul,  American

Boulevard Bistro
239 Lenox Avenue (122nd Street)
New York, NY 10027
Phone:(212)678-6200

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October 14th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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RICHARD PARSONS’ THE CECIL NAMED 2014 BEST RESTAURANT IN AMERICA BY ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

First Time a Harlem, NY Restaurant Awarded​ This Title

On Tuesday evening Esquire Magazine will unveil the winners of their first annual American Food & Drink Awards at The Cecil in Harlem, NY.

THE CECIL will be named the ​2014 ​Best New Restaurant in America.

THE CECIL, created by New York businessman Richard Parsons and noted restaurateur and chef Alexander Smalls, is New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie.

Inspired by the travels, exploration and study of the African Diaspora its goal is to connect communities through food, comfort and hospitality.  Afro / Asian / American cuisine is a fusion of the best of what each of those distinct food cultures has to offer.

It traces the global migration of African-descendant people through the influence of African spices, textures and cooking techniques on traditional American, Latin and Asian dishes.

Guided by this concept, Executive Chef Smalls and Chef de CuisineJoseph “JJ” Johnson have conspired to create unique plates that combine the familiar with the unexpected.

Location: 210 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10026

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August 7th, 2014 by HarlemMom

flat topI recently went to Flat Top with my brother and daughter and we enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it so much that I went back the following week with my husband and daughter.

The first time I shared the mussles as an appetizer and had the shrimp appetizer as an entrée with a side of broccoli rabe. My brother had the chicken dish which he said was the best meal he’s had in sometime. We shared the semi-sweet chocolate mousse for dessert which was yummy.

The following time I shared the burrata caprese salad which was delicious. I had the chicken dish which was exquisite. All were delicious but my favorite was the chicken dish and the bread pudding which I had for dessert and split with my husband. He by the way, also had the chicken dish.

Flat Top is a bistro that has been open for a little over a year now on Amsterdam Avenue. It is charming inside and what I also like about it is that it is not super crowded.

Can’t wait to go back and try some other tasty dishes!

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July 8th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Spice it up this month with SUMMER SIZZLES ON LENOX – Sidewalk Cafe Crawl  in Harlem!  This is a great way to preview many restaurants you have been wanting to visit.  Check out Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Chéri  Harlem, Chez Lucienne, Corner Sociel, Cove Lounge, Harlem Shake, La Bodega 47, Lenox Saphire, Red Rooster Harlem, Settepani and Sylvia’s Restaurant all participating in this special event.   Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

2-for-1 advance tickets are available now at $10.00.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

#LENOXSIZZLES

@xperienceharlem

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