April 19th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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Vinateria

It was a warm welcome at Vinateria in Harlem on opening night.  I showed up early with friends and there were a few people there but by an hour later the place was full with a lot of activity and all the tables were occupied.  The layout offers dinning tables to the left and the wine bar to the right.

As you can see the final execution of the interior came out nicely.  And quite a difference from the very first interior photos that we posted last week.  Above is a picture of the lovely owner (Yvette) with her father (both are residents of Harlem) in front of the beautiful custom made entrance doors.  They were the first two people that I met when I walked in and it started the evening off with a welcoming vibe.

I only had drinks on opening night but plan on going back for dinner soon.  I can say that I was impressed with the wine selection and presentation.  Open etched glass school house pendants illuminate the distressed metal bar which I thought was an effective look.  It’s informal rustic with a bit of modern chic when you take in the whole decor.  Almost a Mediterranean, European feel to it.  Antoinette who was helping us at the bar, was inviting and very informative with her recommendations.   A few of the wines that I would recommend are…

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Gaba do Xil at Vinateria

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“Arcese – White Wine” with Antoinette at Vinateria

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Jelu Malbec Rose at Vinateria

I would suggest that you have a conversation about the wine before choosing one as this really made a difference for me and my experience.

I look forward to writing part two to this review after dinning at Vinateria very soon.  I spoke with Yvette briefly about the menu and she did mention that it was Italian based with a global, mediterranean flair.  Sounds good to me.  First impressions I’d say this place was very well thought out and if opening night was any indication it was well received and the neighborhood seemed to approve.

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Vinateriia

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Vinateria

Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St.)
New York, New York 10026
212-662-8462

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March 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like very soon and hopefully any day now Vinateria will be opening their door to New York in Harlem.  After speaking with one of the owners recently about what we can expect from them, it remains pretty much the same as what we posted a few months back (see previous post) Vinateria Coming Along In Harlem.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.

The concept behind Vinateria is expected to be a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.  Sounds good to me.  A corner location for a new restaurant is always a plus , Melba’s, Lido, Chocolàt, Maison Harlem and now soon Vinateria. Stay tuned for our menu review and opening announcements coming soon.

Find them on their Facebook page for updates and additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

Vinateria Harlem
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York

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August 2nd, 2012 by harlemhouse

Looking for something to do tonight?  Swing by Billie’s Black for their August Afterwork Affair (see flyer below) Thursday, August 2nd at 6PM – Midnight.  Music by DJ Breeze, No Cover  and $5 Happy Hour from 4 – 7PM!

Also the CEO/Founder of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, Precious Williams will be hosting a meetup.  So come out tonight after work and enjoy the great weather and Happy Housr drinks with great “gourmet soul.”

Billie’s Black
271 West 119th Street
(Bet. Frederick Douglass & St. Nicholas Ave.)
212.280.2248

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August 16th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

L’ouveture de Harlem’s Cedric’s Restaurant était une nuit à se rappeler (an unforgetable evening).  Cedric opens with a bang!  The who’s who of Harlem popped in Monday evening to welcome Harlem’s  newest addition.  The crowd included local residents and business owners, curious visitors from other parts of the city, and celebrities including Chris Noth of Law & Order, Mr. Big of Sex and the City.

Chris Noth with Cedric

The friendly General Manager Dard Coaxum and the attentive staff were all doing their best to maneuver the crowds.  I was with two friends and we all had a great experience.  I first wrote about Cedric’s for HarlemCondoLife back in June, Cedric Harlem, and I am impressed with their finished product.

We spoke with Cedric and we asked what brought him to Harlem.  He expressed his passion for Harlem and its people and that he wanted to open something in the neighborhood where he lives.

Grilled Salmon

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce

Sauteed Seabass

In terms of the food the portions were substantial and the dishes magnifique.  I had the Fois Gras appetizer and the Grilled Salmon   which comes with Ratatouille (I requested a substitution for mashed potatoes which was gladly met) and it was perfectly cooked and a generous serving.  I recommend it and would have it again.  My friend had the Foie Gras Ravioli and the Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce and Gratin Dauphinois.  Absolutely delicious.   My second friend enjoyed the Red Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and the Sauteed Seabass with White Rice and Provencale Sauce.   Popular dishes at the surrounding tables were the Fish and Chips and also the Mussels which smelled incredible.   Cedric has a variety of five choices for those of you who enjoy Mussels.   You can have them prepared with white wine and shallots, Tomato and Garlic, Old Fashioned Mustard and Cream or Ginger Lemon Grass.

I loved the service and the attentiveness of Cedric, his business partner Fabian, the manager and our lovely waitress. This kind of service coupled with perfect food will go a long way to ensuring success.

Fabian, Cedric & Dard

My only suggestion is that they start taking reservations.  They will definitely need to for the future as I predict demand for seats will exceed supply. The space is not huge, I believe around 40 tables, but feels big with the tall ceilings and the tasteful decor.   Many successful restaurants in Harlem and Manhattan are about this size.  People will wait and make reservations.  A great example is Melba’s.  It is always crowded and has stood the test of time.

The music was fantastic.  Stevie Wonder played continuously through our dinner.  The bar was full and I enjoyed catching up with friends and meeting some great new people.  It was a full house by 7PM and lines of people waiting outside.

It was only the first night, but if atmosphere and crowd satisfaction prevails, Cedric will be a success.  Congratulations and bon appetit Harlem.


Cedric French Bistro and Bar
185 St. Nicholas Ave
212-866-7766


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July 19th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
It won’t be long now.  Good things come to those who wait.  The highly anticipated Cedric Bistro which resides in the old “Mojo” space on 119th Street and St. Nicholas is barreling along with construction for a summer grand opening.  An inside source at Cedric tells us that it could be as soon as early next month.  See my previous post

Originally it was scheduled to open in June but like everything else around here from condominiums to restaurants, construction delays are pushing things back.  Not too much longer now though.
We will be following their progress closely and bringing you exclusive first hand information as it develops.
Stay tuned.
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June 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
Another  Mom and Pops shop in Harlem that has been one of my favorites for years is Island Spice and Southern Cuisine.  I like supporting our local businesses that have been around and doing well for a long time.  Island Spice is no exception.  No thrills here – just modest decor, small quarters and good inexpensive food.

Any given afternoon if you stop by to eat for lunch you will see locals lined up ordering food to go.  Certain items are cooked to order and other dishes are buffet style that you select to your liking with sides.  The entree comes with rice and peas (or just rice) and two side dishes.  A common lunch is the stewed chicken entree with rice and peas with sides of plantains and collard greens.  This very filling and tasty entree comes out to a mere $6 for the small order.  Medium entree with two sides is $8.50.  Some of the dishes and entrees that I recommend are the Fish and Chips, Jerk Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Ox Tail, Curry Shrimp, Pepper Steak or just a couple authentic Jamaican Beef Patties with a bottle of Ting.

I love spots like this. It is one of the type businesses that makes Harlem great.

Here you can enjoy great authentic Jamaican and southern cuisine and feel good about supporting a small local business.
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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine
1980 7th Ave / at 119th St
(212) 865-3300

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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.

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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.

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June 16th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                      Please check out Billie’s Black Five Years of Serving “Gourmet Soul” in Harlem.  They will mark this important milestone with the following Fifth Anniversary Week Events all to be held at Billie’s Black.

Tuesday, June 21 – Outdoor karaoke & Special Live Performance featuring Benita Charles & Friends, 5pm

Wednesday, June 22 – Salute To Harlem Women Business Owners: “Five Years of Success: A Collective Achievement”

Thursday, June 23 – VIP Customer Appreciation Night

Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 – “Billie’s Black All Star Jam Parts 1. And 2.”  Red Carpet Arrivals 6pm, Performances 8pm – Featuring over 20 Billie’s Black  “alumni” performers including Kevin Anthony, Nakia Henry, Vivian Sessoms, Mika and many others.  Hosted by vocal powerhouse Lorenda Robinson and Def Poetry Jam spoken-word artist ‘ButtaFly Soul”.

(Check out flyer below for more information)

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June 16th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                      Please check out Billie’s Black Five Years of Serving “Gourmet Soul” in Harlem.  They will mark this important milestone with the following Fifth Anniversary Week Events all to be held at Billie’s Black.

Tuesday, June 21 – Outdoor karaoke & Special Live Performance featuring Benita Charles & Friends, 5pm

Wednesday, June 22 – Salute To Harlem Women Business Owners: “Five Years of Success: A Collective Achievement”

Thursday, June 23 – VIP Customer Appreciation Night

Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 – “Billie’s Black All Star Jam Parts 1. And 2.”  Red Carpet Arrivals 6pm, Performances 8pm – Featuring over 20 Billie’s Black  “alumni” performers including Kevin Anthony, Nakia Henry, Vivian Sessoms, Mika and many others.  Hosted by vocal powerhouse Lorenda Robinson and Def Poetry Jam spoken-word artist ‘ButtaFly Soul”.

(Check out flyer below for more information)

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