May 20th, 2015 by Native New Yorker

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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 2nd, 2014 by Native New Yorker

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TONI SENECAL

I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem.  I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful schomburgpast and its vibrant present.  I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood.  The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were

apolloparticularly interesting,  It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake..  I had not previously seen this show, make my cakewhich is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan.  You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.

 

 

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November 1st, 2013 by Native New Yorker
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By NativeNewYorker

You’ve probably noticed it when you go across 116th Street – the colorful  entrance is hard to miss.  But if you’ve never gone inside, you are missing one of Harlem’s more unique experiences.  Stepping through the whimsical entrance is like making a quick visit to west Africa.  In addition to a wide selection of

Photo by HarlemCondoLife

Photo by HarlemCondoLife

traditional African garb and the inevitable T-shirts,  the merchants offer beautiful handmade jewelry, original craft items like dolls and small sculptures, and an array of natural skincare products.  For the music lover with ecclectic tastes, you can also find CDs of contemporary African music.  The prices are pretty reasonable but if you don’t like the price, feel free to bargain – the merchants seem to enjoy it.

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“Malcom Shabazz ~ Harlem’s Market” is located on the southern side of West 116th  Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The market is open year round,  9am to 5 pm,  7 days a week.

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June 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Slivana Dining and Lounge area

Last weekend we visited the newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row  Silvana’s, located on 116th Street just off FDB on the South West corner.  Their opening party was last Friday night and it was packed!  We waited to go the following night Saturday, June 22nd so we could spend more time speaking with the owners, general manager and the servers.  The Bi-level concept has a nice affect with the globally infused boutique and general space area upstairs and the doorman at the foot of the stairs leading you downstairs towards the restaurant / lounge / bar / entertainment space.
IMG_1350 Upstairs you can find their Cafe Boutique with novelty gifts, albums (which you can also play on an old record player) and various coffee and tea’s.  Downstairs as you enter the space directly in front there is a stage for DJ’s and performances.  The tables and bar are to the right of the space leading back towards the lounge / dining space (shown above) with beautiful authentic low tray-tables and long cushioned benches.  Very nicely done with dimmed decorative wall sconces framing the space.  I’ve been there twice since they’ve opened.  The first time I  sat by the DJ at a table, the second time with a group of friends in the back lounge area.  Both spaces are very comfortable.  I’d recommend the front area by DJ and bar if you are planning on having a large sit-down dinner.  The Falafel, Shawarma and Egglplant dishes are all very good.  The Falafel and Egglpant dishes are served on a bed of hummus with fresh Pita bread.  The Shawarma comes with 3 small salads which you can decide from the menu to go along with the meat dishes.  We also had baklava for desert which was good,  though it was a little on the dry side.  In the past I’ve had it more moist in a pastry form smothered in honey but there are all different variationsIMG_1445 IMG_1367 of this popular Middle Eastern desert.  This was also their second night of business and it takes at least a couple weeks with any new restaurant to work out small kinks. The atmosphere, the vibe, the music, the servers, the general manager all were great!  I was back a second time a couple nights ago with friends and we sat in the back lounge area and had drinks and appetizers.  The also offer a nice wine selection.  The DJ was pumping a variety of tracks including some great world music.  It was a nice sized crowd of people who seemed to be having a great time.  This is already a hot corner on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard with Harlem Tavern right across the street.  This is an ideal location for a place like this.  The owners of Silvana (Sivan and Abdel) who alreadyIMG_1452 IMG_1360 have two successful businesses in Harlem The Shrine and Yatenga French Bistro (see our previous review) I believe will be equally as successful with their latest venture.  With this newest addition to the neighborhood we now have Israeli, Italian, African, Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Soul Food, French, Spanish, Ethiopian, German, Caribbean and American Comfort Food all on Harlem Restaurant Row.  What will come next I wonder?  A nice Thai or Peruvian restaurant would be great.  In the meantime Harlemites have plenty of choices from west to east and south to north in Harlem.   Silvana is a welcome addition.

Food: Israeli, Middle Eastern
Atmosphere: Multi-cultural, Trendy
Music: DJ, Live Bands

SILVANA (Israeli/Middle Eastern)
300 West 116th Street (at FDB)
New York, NY 10026

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June 25th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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We came across this Mega Fruit Stand on the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 116th facing Harlem Tavern late Saturday night. A group of us friends leaving tavern bought fresh fruit for juicing, for breakfast and for the week.

Huge variety and quantity. Good prices. Friendly service.

Would love to see them add a juicer and payment via Square. We hope that this stand stays throughout the summer with late hours.

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June 20th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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(UPDATE: We did go there this weekend. Our review coming soon!)

A few weeks back we stopped by Slivana’s and visited with the owners who were hard at work but gave us a tour of their new place.   Sivan and her husband Abdel are opening their third Harlem business “Silvana” Friday, June 21st.  On Friday the downstairs only will be open for their Opening party.  Saturday both the upstairs and downstairs will be open for business.

They also own the successful and one of my personal favorite music spots, The Shrine as well as the popular French bistro and bar Yatenga which are both located further uptown on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Sivan was explaining that they wanted to bring a similar type of place to lower Harlem but with Israeli cuisine on the menu.  Located just off the corner on 116th Street and FDB directly across from Harlem Tavern they couldn’t have chosen a better location.

Downstairs will have a restaurant, bar, performance stage, DJ set up and tables.  A very cool cozy vibe and pretty spacious from what I could see under construction.  This will be a nice addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They plan to have live music every night followed by a DJ and late night Hookah.  Upstairs will feature accessories from around the world such as tea, coffee and a variety of other things including home goods.  Sivan was hinting that eventually they may have an outdoor area (patio) in the back as well which would be very cool, but first they just want to open and get things up and running.

I predict Silvana’s will be equally as successful as the Shrine for the customers who frequent Harlem Tavern and the various other locations that offer live music.  What will set Silvana apart is they will provide  live music every night in addition to Israeli food which will make them truly unique for all of us Harlemites to enjoy.  A few of us from HarlemCondoLife are going this weekend to try it out so stay tuned for a follow up review.

Silvana
300 W. 116th Street (at FDB/ 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
(646)692-4935

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November 21st, 2012 by harlemhouse

Need help selecting a wine for Thanksgiving?

The Winery has identified many good to great wines for the Thanksgiving Day table. Just look for the ‘Saluting Turkey’ on pre-selected wines in the store. Don’t forget the JUMBO SAVINGS offered by purchasing a Sommelier Value Pack, an assortment of 12 premium red Read more of this article »

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November 12th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

NEW YORK, N.Y. – On November 14, 2012, My Image Studios (MIST Harlem) will host a special screening of scenes from Sweet Dreams, the newly released documentary film by siblings Lisa and Rob Fruchtman. Sweet Dreams documents the story of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first Hutu and Tutsi female drumming troupe, which also founded Inzozi Nziza, the only locally-owned ice cream shop in Rwanda.

Founders of the award-winning Brooklyn based, organic ice cream business, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas played a major role in Inozoz Nziz. The duo made numerous trips to Rwanda to train, prepare and mentor the women on how to make ice cream and run a business. Their story is an integral part of the movie.A similar project involving coffee from Rwanda has recently been founded by Grace Hightower De Niro. Her new coffee brand, Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, is being launched in select Whole Foods later this month. These Rwandan coffees are sourced exclusively from small farmers utilizing fair trade practices.

Complimentary samples of Blue Marble ice cream and a new brand of coffee that is sourced entirely from Rwanda, called Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda, will be available for screening attendees.

Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at www.charged.fm/sweetdreams .

WHO:
  • Sweet Dreams film producers/directors Lisa Fruchtman (Academy Award winning film editor for Right Stuff, and nominee for The Godfather III and Apocalypse Now) and Rob Fruchtman (three time Emmy Award winner, including one for directing HBO’s Sister Helen)
  • Drummers from Rwanda Drum troupe Ingoma Nshya accompanied by New York City-based all femaile drummers Akalande
  • Shay Wafer, Executive Director, 651 Arts
  • Roland Laird, CEO, MIST Harlem/My Image Studios LLC
WHAT:
Exclusive screening of scenes from Sweet Dreams, with a special performance from Rwanda Drum troupe, Ingoma Nshya.

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:00PM

WHERE: 
MIST Harlem
40 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10026

About MIST Harlem:
MIST (for “My Image Studios”) Harlem, is a $21M, 20,000 sq. ft. cultural entertainment center opening for daily business in late-November. MIST features a 130-seat restaurant (Harvist) and three (3) performance spaces presenting the best in film, live music, spoken word, comedy and more—performed by top established and emerging black & Latino artists from around the world. MIST Harlem is completely minority-owned, and resides in the Kalahari: the 250-unit, award-winning, LEED Gold-certified condo.

About My Image Studios LLC

Located in the Kalahari Condominiums on 116th Street near Lenox Avenue, MIST Harlem will host a 130 seat restaurant and three intimate theaters that will present the best film, live music, spoken word, comedy and plays from Black and Latino culture throughout the world.

Event will include live African drumming by Rwandan troupe Ingoma Nshya, Blue Marble ice cream and a new brand of coffee that is sourced entirely from Rwanda, called Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda

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October 30th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

If your liquor cabinet is empty by now The Winery will be open today Tuesday, October 30th post Hurricane Sandy, from 3PM to 9PM.  However, no delivery service today.

Be sure to check out some of there up and coming wine tastings below for Friday and Saturday.

Free Wine Tasting Schedule:   Italian Experience 
The Wines of Northern Italy    

Friday, November 2nd, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Jennifer from Jan D’Amore Imports will join The Winery to pour The Winery’s selection from the northern region of Italy. The primary focus will be on Veneto, home of Valpolicella and Amarone della Vapolicella, decadence in a bottle.

The Wines of Italy

Saturday, November 3rd, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tuscany is king in central Italy but don’t sleep on the red wines of Basilicata in the south or the crisp, aromatic white wines of Friuli in the north. Come by The Winery for an opportunity to really get a taste of the many facets of Italian wines.

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