June 21st, 2012 by harlemhouse
Live in Harlem? Love Harlem? Then you need to be here…TONIGHT!
Get involved.
Help Clyde make our Harlem better!

Live in Harlem? Love Harlem? Then you need to be here… TONIGHT! Get involved. Help Clyde make our Harlem Better.

Stop by Bleu Violin tonight June 21, 2012 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM to celebrate with Clyde Williams‘ NY Times and NY Daily News Endorsement for District 13 NY. Meet Clyde, the campaign team and volunteers as they prepare to push towards June 26th.

Bleu Violin is located at 1400 Fifth Avenue at 116th Street. There will be a DJ and Open Bar for the first hour 6PM – 7PM.

Get your vote on! Lets get involved!

See you tonight.

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May 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Looking for something to do in Harlem this Cinco De Mayo?  Check out Harlem Tavern Saturday May 5th for Cinco De Mayo Patio Fest Party!

There will be live music by The Polka Brothers from 4 til 7PM followed by DJ from 8 til 2AM.

This will also mark the official opening of the Beer Garden.  The weather forecast for Saturday looks good… sunny skies and in the 70’s.  Lift a glass in honor of your Mexican Heritage or friends from Mexico and come out and celebrate!

* Cinco De Mayo (fifth of May) a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

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August 18th, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

Harlem Tavern

By Icare4Harlem

I didn’t go to Harlem Tavern on the opening night as it was just too packed.  After passing by on several occasions, I finally ventured in to enjoy a mid-afternoon lunch.  Well, I couldn’t have picked a better time as the service was great and my meal was cooked to perfection.  When I spoke with the server, it appears that the restaurant has made numerous changes since it opened in early July.  With a condensed menu, the kitchen is now able to concentrate on maintaining consistency and will gradually introduce new dishes.

Restaurants in this neighborhood seem to come and go. Those that remain open have accomplished a challenging task—accommodating the varying palates in this blended community.  My outdoor dining experience with Harlem Tavern was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to returning to an expanded menu.

Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY

212-866-4500

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July 10th, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

Rodriguez Shoe Repair

By Icare4Harlem

As I waited for the bus on Lenox Ave. and 116th St., I realized there was one more errand to complete for an upcoming trip.  I had just about given up on getting a shoulder strap shortened, when a small shoe repair store sandwiched between two larger buildings came into focus.  I had been at the bus stop several times before but never noticed the store.  So I darted across the street, entered the tiny establishment, and made my request.  Knowing that my flight was in a couple of hours, I didn’t think the job could be completed with such short notice.  To my surprise and delight the owner, Mr. Rodriguez, immediately had his assistant address the task.  True to the posted sign, “Fast Service While You Wait” the alteration was completed with excellent results and I was on my way to board the next M116 bus.

Mr. Rodriguez

There are still many small businesses in Harlem that are able to provide wonderful goods and services.  I will continue to support these independent merchants to maintain the diversity in this rapidly changing neighborhood.

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Rodriguez Shoe Repair

102 W. 116th St. & Lenox Ave.

New York, NY

212-222-3819

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July 3rd, 2011 by HarlemGuy

 

By HarlemGuy                                                                                                                                       I continue to be surprised by the pace of development in Harlem, in particular on what is now well-known as the Gold Coast / Restaurant Row.   Which is why this new construction sprouting on what is now the remaining half of the Garden of Love at 116th between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Morningside Avenue – and directly across the street from Harlem Tavern, caught my eye.

What new manner of residential or commercial  enterprise will appear here we can only imagine.

We would love to hear from you if you know anything.

 

 

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July 3rd, 2011 by HarlemGuy

 

By HarlemGuy                                                                                                                                       I continue to be surprised by the pace of development in Harlem, in particular on what is now well-known as the Gold Coast / Restaurant Row.   Which is why this new construction sprouting on what is now the remaining half of the Garden of Love at 116th between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Morningside Avenue – and directly across the street from Harlem Tavern, caught my eye.

What new manner of residential or commercial  enterprise will appear here we can only imagine.

We would love to hear from you if you know anything.

 

 

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April 17th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By Austin2Harlem
I was running errands today (April 17th) and look what I saw!!! I think this sign says it all! Let’s hope they really mean it regarding the June opening date! That would be a perfect time to open the place since temperatures should be just right! Stay tuned Harlemites!

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March 12th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By Austin2Harlem
On Friday, I witnessed a hopeful sign of warmer weather to come…the return of the fruit vendor and ice cream truck together!

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March 8th, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

Makana Restaurant

By Icare4Harlem

Some folks might wonder what’s a Hawaiian/Japanese restaurant doing in East Harlem?  As Harlem becomes more diversified, why not?  I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners of Makana Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ, Dave Chan.  He certainly exuded the Aloha Spirit that I enjoyed when I lived in Hawaii.

Dave Chan, Co-Owner

My expectations were a little guarded as I attempted to imagine just how this modest eatery would introduce island food to the locals.  Well, I think Dave, hit the spot.  Realizing that you have to bridge the gap, his menu reflects a variety of Sushi and Sashimi items, Bento Boxes, Lunch Plates, Noodle Soups, and appetizers such as Ahi Poke and Spam Musubi.  Yes, I said, Spam.  Anyone who has traveled to Hawaii knows that Spam is everywhere.

I decided to try one of my favorite dishes, BBQ Beef Short Ribs.  It came with “1 scoop rice,” salad, the ribs, and macaroni salad.

BBQ Beef Short Ribs

The ribs were a slightly different take from the ones in Hawaii but equally as flavorful.  I was eager to see how the mac salad was going to be served as it’s traditionally a little macaroni with tons of mayonnaise.  Would this heart attack inducing ingredient appear on my plate?  I was pleased to see that they used discretion and reduced the amount of whipped oil.  As I glanced over to another table, a party of 5 appeared to have enjoyed their meal since the Chicken Katsu and Island Curry Chicken Bento Boxes were left empty.

The majority of Makana’s sales are takeout or delivery but there are a few tables and a small counter for eating in.  Located just off of 116th St. and 1st Avenue, Dave sees his restaurant as serving the established population and new residents.  His close proximity to the East River Plaza which houses Costco, Target, Old Navy, and many more stores, has already increased his delivery service.

Island Scenes

With an eye on expanding to other locations in Harlem, this restaurant is a great introduction to Hawaiian food.  Bring on the Furikake Chicken, Haupia Chocolate Pie, and Malasadas!

Makana Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ

2245 1st Ave. (Bet. 115 & 116 St.)

New York, NY 10029

212-966-3534 or 212-966-3609

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October 10th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
This past week my fellow blogger, NativeNewYorker, told you about the Harlem Harvest Festival and Fresh Food Summit taking place on October 9. Did you check it out? We did and enjoyed the event very much! The vegetable and pumpkin stands were hit – in my view. And Harlem Park to Park and Harlem 4 Center for Change did an outstanding job putting this event together. A big thank you to them for organizing the Harlem Harvest Festival. We look forward to attending next Fall!

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