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CHOCOLÀT’S Sneak Peek Of New Menu – Harlem

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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

Barawine Restaurant Soon To Open in Harlem

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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

Bad Horse Pizza – Is Great Pizza In Harlem

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

After Midnight – At The Riverside Church Today

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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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