Category Archives: Restaurants

Spend New Year’s Eve 2015 in Harlem!

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No need to leave Harlem for NYE 2015,  celebrate at your favorite watering hole, restaurant or club in Harlem!  Last year almost every spot up and down Frederick Douglass Blvd (Harlem Restaurant Row), Lenox Ave and everything in-between held festive celebrations uptown.

Support your local businesses and neighborhood restaurants and bring in the new year with neighbors and friends.  Last year was very successful if it is any indication of how busy this year will be, so make sure to call and make a reservation ahead of time.  We have highlighted each venus website below for your convenience.  It is not too early to plan New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.

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Here are several places we recommend from past New Year’s Eve:

Red Rooster (DJ)
Ginny’s Supper Club (live music)
The Cecil (DJ)
Minton’s Harlem (jazz)
Maison Harlem (DJ)
Melbas (DJ)
Silvana (DJ) (live music)
Shrine Bar/Restaurant (DJ) (live music)
Billies Black (DJ) (live music)
Cedric Bistro 
Harlem Shake (DJ)
Harlem Food Bar
The 5 and Diamond
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Harlem Tavern (DJ) (Sports Bar)
The Park 112 (DJ)
La Bodega 47 Social Club (DJ)
67 Orange Street
Barawine
Ricardo’s Steak House (Dj)
Bier International (DJ) (live music)
Cove Lounge (DJ)
Corner Social (DJ)
Vinateria
Camaradas El Barrio  (DJ) (live music)
Cheri

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Review: Barawine Harlem – Great space and food

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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.

Harlem Review – Harlem Food Bar – Fried Chicken

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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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Harlem Condo Life Review – Boulevard Bistro (BLVD)

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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.

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