June 27th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Southern Crispy Yard Bird with Honey Cayenne Sauce

Harlem Condo Life had the pleasure of  joining the owner of Chocolàt, Leon Ellis and their new Executive Chef, Joseph Guitierrez, along with fellow bloggers for a VIP Tasting at Chocolàt Restaurant Lounge in Harlem this week.

Joseph Guitierrez previous talents include The Coffee Shop, where he worked as Executive Sous Chef, a stint as Chef de Cuisine at Luna Park and Rockin’ River Ranch in Sedona, Arizona where he opened a bed and breakfast.  Chef Joseph and Leon Ellis were kind enough to allow us to sample items from the new menu.

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Short Rib Empanadas

If you are not already familiar with Chocolàt they are located on Harlem Restaurant Row in a large windowed corner space nicely situated on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 120th Street.  The warm mocha and creme colored dining room has a very loft-like airy feel both spacious and inviting.  This 120-seat room is a great space for group get-togethers as it can easily accommodate large parties.  In addition they have a cool private dining (VIP room) which is available for reservation upon request.

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Joseph Guittierez and Leon Ellis

Leon Ellis who opened his first business MOCA Lounge in 2003, has proven his staying power as he now owns three successful businesses in Harlem all of which happen to be located on FDB.  Chocolat Restaurant Lounge, which I would describe as an upscale dining destination has had many celebrities visit such as Tina Fey, Sherri Shepherd, Victor Cruz, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover and Angela Bassett just to name a few.

It was a very hot and humid night this past Tuesday in Harlem and I was immediately pleased with the cool air conditioned room and the inviting bar.  The new Chef introduced himself to everyone and then proceeded to bring out the new items.  Those of us dining for this event all had our specific favorites.  First I’d like to mention that everything was delicious and the group of us dining all seemed pleasantly surprised with the items.  One of the entrees, The Southern Crispy Yard Bird was a favorite with the group.  However, my favorite chicken dish was the Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas and Sweet Plantains.  VERY spicy, I loved it.

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Jerk Chicken (spicy)

Another stand out entree for me was the Grilled Scottish Salmon with Sautéed Kale and Mango Coulis.  Delicious, healthy, lite and refreshing for a warm summer night.  All of the appetizers were tasty.  My favorites were the Shrimp and Watermelon Salad and the Short Rib Empanadas.  The shrimp with the crumbled goat cheese, basil and lemon vinaigrette over the watermelon really did it for me.  A nice summery blend of flavors.  As a meat lover I could have had several of the empanadas but restrained to just having one.  Flavorful and well executed.  The desserts we sampled were the Jamaican Black Cake a la Mode and Pastellas with Guava and Queso.  Depending on what you are in the mood for I would recommend either one.  But I thought that the Pastellas with Guava and Queso served warm were amazing.  The perfectly baked pastry with the warmed quava filling is a new favorite of mine.  A fellow diner said that the Jamaican Black Cake was her favorite item of the night.  I suggest that you visit Chocolàt and decide for yourself.

Please read more on Joseph Gutierrez (Executive Chef) below and view the new menu at Chocolàt in Harlem.

Chocolàt offers Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Service Monday through Sunday.

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Famous Sesame Calamari Salad

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Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Satay

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Dessert – Pastellas with Guava and Queso (served warm) Delicious!

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CHOCOLÀT
2217-23 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(Corner of 120th Street)
Harlem NY 10026
(212) 222-4545

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May 23rd, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Things seem to be coming along for the opening of Barawine neighborhood restaurant on the bright sunny corner of Lenox Ave Malcolm X Boulevard and 120th Street.  After leaving the opening of Harlem Shake the other day, we walked 4 blocks down on Lenox to check on the progress of Barawine.  Nicely situated on the north east corner of the avenue next to the charming Settepani restaurant.   This will add to this section of Lenox Avenue where further up there are a cluster of restaurants Sylvia’s, Les Ambassades, Corner Social, Red Rooster, Cove Lounge, Chez Lucienne and the new Harlem Shake.

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The signage which use to read coming soon Winter 2013 now says Spring 2013.  I predict soon it will read Summer 2013 as they appear to be a few weeks away from their opening day.  Word on the street (and from one of the workman who will remain nameless) said they were waiting on their liquer license and clearance for outdoor seating.  We are hopeful for this new addition to the neighborhood in Harlem.  Stay tuned for further information and their official opening date.

Barawine
200 Lenox Avenue Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027

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September 2nd, 2012 by harlemhouse

Delicious Pizza at Bad Horse with fresh ingredients and a variety of salads.  The pizza pictured here – Hot Italian Sausage and Garlic with fresh Basil.  Yum!

Bad Horse 212-749-1258
2222 Frederick Douglass Boulevard @120th
Check out their online menu…
www.badhorsepizza.com

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April 15th, 2012 by harlemhouse

After Midnight!

If you are looking for something to do today in Harlem let us recommend After Midnight – King’s Powerful Rebuke of the Vietnam War. It is a dramatic presentation highlighting two pivotal moments in the life and ministry of Dr. King…The March on Washington in 1963 and his powerful sermon in 1967 at The Riverside Church where he opposed the war in Vietnam. Today at The Riverside Church there will be two show times for this event, 4:30PM – 6:30PM and 7PM – 9PM. Please see below for further information and details.

After Midnight – King’s Powerful Rebuke of the Vietnam War

Featuring: Michael Green as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Conceived and staged by Michael Green

“Forty five years ago Martin Luther King Jr. became the first high profile figure to publicly denounce the war in Vietnam…one year later he was assassinated… but not silenced! Lets remember the King many try hard to forget.”

Riverside Church

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February 2nd, 2012 by HarlemGuy

New York, NY – February 1, 2012 – Halstead Property Development Marketing today announced that 5thon the Park, a new, full-service residential high rise on Upper Fifth Avenue, signed a total of 41 contracts throughout 2011, the most out of any new development property in Harlem.

Halstead Property Development Marketing represented seven of the top 10 new developments with the most contracts signed in Harlem in 2011, including runner-up 88 Morningside with 38; followed by 2280 FDB with 31 and PS90 with 30. Gateway Towers, Windows on 123 and Parkside Flats made up the final three with 17, 13 and 12 signed contracts respectively.

“This data reflects the value many buyers see in 5th on the Park,” said Stephen G. Kliegerman, president of Halstead Property Development Marketing. “With the combination of a first rate sales team and thedevelopment’s intelligent design, luxurious amenities and prime location, we expect to maintain a brisk sales pace in 2012.”

Located at 1485 Fifth Avenue, 5th on the Park is a 28-story shimmering glass tower on the corner of 120th Street directly across from historic Mount Morris Park. The remaining units consist of spacious studios, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, many with private outdoor space, ranging in size from 568 to 2,386 square feet and in price from $395,000 to $1,725,000. Immediate occupancy is available for purchasers.

5th on the Park provides residents with the pinnacle of amenities, including a state-of-the art gym and a 55-foot indoor, heated lap pool, which have an adjacent outdoor terrace and sun deck overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. For further relaxation and entertainment, there is an additional outdoor common terrace, entertaining areas and resident lounge with catering kitchen, as well as a children’s playroom. The development also provides a 24-hour concierge service, on-site, elevator-accessed valet parking and bicycle storage.

Homes at 5th on the Park combine striking interiors with the finest materials to provide a harmonious living space.  Each pet-friendly residence features five-inch engineered cherry wood floors; 9’ to 10’ 6’’ ceilings; floor-to-ceiling double-paned windows; a washer and dryer in each unit; custom designed closets; and central air conditioning.

Italian designer kitchens are purpose-built for everything from everyday meals to entertaining with style.The chef-inspired spaces feature:  GE Monogram and KitchenAid stainless steel appliances; absolute black granite countertops and flooring; European cherry wood cabinets with frosted glass accents; task lighting; under-counter stainless sinks; sleek Kohler fixtures; bar-style counters; and distinct dining areas. Baths are highlighted by: honed cream-colored marble floors and walls; soaking tubs; and glass-enclosed showers.

The top 10 properties with the most signed contracts in Harlem in 2011 are: 5th on the Park at 1485 Fifth Avenue with 41; 88 Morningside at 88 Morningside Avenue with 38; 2280 FDB at 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard with 31; PS90 at 220 West 148th Street with 30; Apex at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard with 23; Pascal at 333 East 109th Street with 22; Embelesar 118 at 152 East 118th Street with 19; Gateway Towers at 2098 Frederick Douglass Boulevard with 17; Windows on 123 at 117 West 123rdStreet with 13; and Parkside Flats at 362 St. Nicholas Avenue with 12 signed contracts.

For floor plans or information regarding listings, please visit: http://www.halsteadpdm.com or http://www.5thonthepark.com/.  To make an appointment, please call: (212) 348-5353

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September 3rd, 2011 by tharealharlemista

by ThaRealHarlemista

Apologies for the low quality photo, but last night, the new CBS TV police show, The 2-2, was filming on corner of 120th St and Lenox. The cop drama, produced by A list actor/director Robert DeNiro, focuses on six rookies balancing their personal lives with their work on the streets of Manhattan and stars Leelee Sobieski, Adam Goldberg and Terry Kinney.

Did anyone else see it?

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