March 5th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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Harlem Food Bar

Monday through Sunday just pick a night for freshly prepared food (MENU- a word from the chef) and a popular bar scene.  For those of us living here in Harlem we already know Harlem Food Bar has become quite the trendy spot.  I have to say whether I go there on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or on a weekend night, I always meet new and interesting people.  It draws a wide spectrum of Harlem’s crowd in a comfortable setting.  Like the fact that last night a customer stopped in for dinner and beer on the way home to 149th street, and a couple having drinks at the bar were from Third Avenue in East Harlem.  It is a very friendly environment for a quick bite or long evening of drinks and dinner.  Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity having a casual dinner or a film crew filming at this Harlem hot spot.

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Harlem Food Bar

Spring, Summer and Fall you can always look forward to the outside dining which Harlem Food Bar and across the street neighbor Bier International have set up nicely.

NOTE: Customers can now call ahead for Pick-up Orders.  Call 212-222-9570 to place your order.  If you haven’t tried their turkey or veggie burger I highly recommend it.  Best turkey burger in Harlem.

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October 30th, 2012 by harlemhouse

 

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The Gateway Tower

The Gateway Tower on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 113th and 114th Street was hit by the hard hurricane winds of Sandy and their green awning collapsed.  A couple of the unit owners and doormen of the building secured it down during the storm with rope so that it wouldn’t get damaged or hurt any passers by.  Right next door to The Gateway is Harlem Food Bar and Frederick Cafe Bistro which the awning runs along as well.

We are told there was roof damage from hurricane sandy to a couple of the penthouse terraces and metal siding at the Gateway Tower as well.   I’m sure many other building here in Harlem have damages from the storm.  Hopefully no major collapses and damages came from the 90 mph winds.

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October 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

67 Orange Street is offering their prix fixe menu until October 15, 2012.  We have only four more nights to enjoy their spectacular (and dubbed as Harlem’s finest) signature cocktails along with an appetizer and entree at a discount price of $30.12.  They are offering their prix fix menu between the hours of 6:00 to 10:00PM.  See the list below  for details on the cocktails, appetizers and Entrees offered on the prix fixe.

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October 6th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Like in München Bier International will be celebrating their third OctoBIERfest weekend with live music, pig roast, lederhosen and obviously tons of bier.

It’s always a party at Bier but this weekend has started off and will continue to be extra fun.

Swing by and have a bier, or two, or…..

Happy Oktoberfest to all of our friends at Bier International from Harlem Condo Life.

*For more information on Bier International Bier Review.

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October 6th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Stop by Harlem Food Bar from 5 – 8pm any night through October 15th for Harlem Restaurant Week’s Oktoberfest.  They are offering a prix fixe menu for $20.12

*Also check out HFB’s Happy Tuesday’s Hosted by Jamar Dunn every Tuesday night,  More info here.

HFB is located on Frederick Douglass Blvd. (between 113 & 114 Street)

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October 2nd, 2012 by harlemhouse

Stop by Harlem Food Bar on Frederick Douglass Boulevard for Happy Tuesdays and get your drink on!

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July 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse

The just recently opened Harlem Food Bar, owned by Scott Siler and Ernesto Gonzalez is already making a mark for itself on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s “Restaurant Row” in Harlem.  Not surprising  after the two different experiences I have had there so far.

Harlem Food Bar’s welcoming atmosphere and fun, hip, unpretentious vibe is attracting a wide variety of Harlemites.  On a warm summer night it almost feels like a cool Miami or LA spot with the doors wide open expanding outside to the sidewalk seating.  The music is just the right level, not too loud but enough to hear it in the background while talking with friends.  The decor I think is perfect for this space.  A beautiful mural expands across the entire back wall.  Tastefully done but casual at the same time.  Both times I was there the crowd’s appearance felt similar dress code wise.  You feel comfortable here either wearing casual gear or dressed up for fun.

I was impressed by all of the staff who seemed genuinely interested in the opinion of those dinning and drinking there and asking if they liked the food and cocktails.  Very important for a new place here in Harlem or anywhere to get feedback so that they can improve or work out any of the kinks.

The outdoor seating really adds to the charm.  The day I took this photo it was 98 degrees in NYC so understandably not as crowded as an average temperature day.  It is nice to have another option on Frederick Douglass Boulevard with outdoor seating.  My only objection  is  that it feels as though it needs a few more plants or dividers to separate the seating area from the sidewalk.  That being said they just opened and could  still be in the finishing process.

The cocktails and shared plates get a big plus.  Shown here are the Pineapple Mojito and the Mangopolitan.  Very nice.  The combination of pineapple, rum, mint and lime are delicious and refreshing especially on a hot night.  A great selection here of house drinks with some creative titles such as the last drink on the menu “The Wicked Bitch.”

The shared plates are great for sitting around the bar if you are just there for the drinks and atmosphere.  The chicken wings were tasty with a homemade buffalo sauce.  The hummus is made fresh daily and comes with pita chips.  It was not my personal favorite but my friend loved the hummus.  The mac & cheese squares are a popular starter and quite a few people were ordering them.  Great coupled with a cocktail of choice.  The bartender Jeremy pictured above will help you decide on a cocktail or the shared plates and is a pleasant and friendly addition  to the place.

For dinner my friend had the steak and really enjoyed it.  It was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection.  I had the bacon and cheddar cheeseburger with fries.  It was pretty much perfect and I would order it again.  Actually I look forward to having it again soon.  I noticed as I looked around there were two different tables with solo diners, both were having the burger and fries.  A good sign for die-hard burger lovers.  I was also pleased to learn they use grass-fed beef, organic chicken and homemade sauces.

Melbas, Bier International, The 5 and Diamond, 67 Orange and now Harlem Food Bar all seem to share a similar recipe for success.  They all offer a great atmosphere and are smaller in scale.  Intimate yet inviting.

Welcome to the neighborhood Harlem Food Bar.  I look forward to coming back again soon.

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Harlem Food Bar

2100 Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.)

Between 113th and 114th Streets

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April 22nd, 2012 by harlemhouse

After speaking with Oujmane Keita, one of the owners of Bier International this past week, he informed us of this weeks upcoming “German Beer Week” Celebrating the 496th Anniversary of the “Reinheitsgebot” German Purity Law. Bier International will be celebrating German Beer Week in New York City, April 23 through the 30th.  Saturday night (April 21st) was packed this past weekend.  I’m sure the crowds will continue in celebrating the 496th Anniversary of the “Reinheitsgebot” German Purity Law this week.

We will keep you posted on what you can look forward to staring tomorrow Monday the 23rd each day of German Beer Week.  See one of our previous reviews of  Bier International.

See you there!

Bier International
2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd (W.113th St)
New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-0944

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December 10th, 2011 by harlemhouse

Looks like a new Wine Bar will be coming to Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  Through the grapevine we have been told that the empty retail space between 113th and 114th in the Gateway Towers will soon be home to another Wine Bar.

More news on this as it develops.

And don’t forget two of our other great existing spots on FDB for good wine.. Nectar Wine Bar and 67 Orange.

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September 27th, 2010 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

This place is a goldmine! Owners Chris Pollok and Oujmane Keita have delivered to our Harlem neighborhood a new watering hole that since day one has hit the ground running.  You may have been following our updates

on bier international 6 months prior to it’s opening (thanks to HCL’s HarlemGal) and how we have been highly anticipating this place.  We are excited that it is now open and already a new hot spot in the neighborhood.  Very diverse clientele from the after work suit and tie crowd to casual shorts and flip flops  just stopping by for a cold beer.  During the day  you get families with kids along with a solid Saturday & Sunday brunch crowd.  The brunch menu  has Crab Cakes Benedict for $12, Buttermilk Pancakes with assorted berries for $7, and a Norwegian Smoked Salmon Omelet for $10 just to name a few.  Many evenings it is already overcrowded with its front wall of open windows allowing people to spill into the sidewalk.  Very inviting and welcoming atmosphere.  I walk by it every night on my way home and have yet to see it uncrowded.  Not only can you get a large assortment of imported beers on tap (or by bottle) but they also provide a minimal selection of nice wines for the non beer drinkers in the house.

When they first opened, 5 weeks ago, the food started off with a minimal selection.  It has now expanded to a full menu of small entrees and a healthy variety of appetizers thanks to Chef Adriano.  The food is very reasonably priced between $7 to $12.  Each plate has a beer suggestion to pair it with.  Very smart move as I noticed looking around at all the tables and the bar that almost everyone was eating something.   They have a nice cheese platter that you can tailor to a selection of cheeses you like.  The also have an excellent Quacamole and Chips appetizer.  I highly recommend the sliced Brauts with Sauerkraut served without bread.  Goes nicely along with a couple of cold ones.  Also very good is their Wild Mushroom Quesadilla.  It’s priced very reasonably but the group I was with all agreed they should offer two sizes.  A small size for one or two to share, and a larger size that several people could share.  This was the tables favorite with the group I was with.  The Steak Burgers are also great.  Very hearty and come with french fries.  They also have Shaved Parmesan and Truffle hand-cut Fries which are quite tasty.  Also noteworthy the Catfish Tacos and the Fig & Pig (porchetta) Salad.  The Fig & Pig Salad is only available during Oktobierfest.  See full dinner menu.  The Bier Steak Burger along with a couple other new items have been added to the menu.

This place has a great vibe and is already thriving.  Everytime I’ve gone so far both of the owners have been present, very involved and mingling with the customers.  This is a sure recipe to a successful establishment.  The staff are equally as welcoming and friendly.

Bier International is the new kid on the block and as far as popularity goes, just pop in and see for yourself.

Enjoy Oktoberfest from September 18 – October 3.  Bier International

2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (at 113th St.)

New York, NY 10026

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