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.
It’s mid week and you’re wondering what you should do for fun on a Thursday? We were asking ourselves that same question recently. We solved it with one simple idea: Let’s go bowling! And that we did! We headed to Harlem Lanes located at 2116 7th Avenue (between 125th and 126th Street) on a Thursday night recently and had a blast!
There are a ton of things to do in Harlem, however we wanted something different, yet playful. Harlem Lanes was the perfect solution. It is a two level, 24 lane bowling alley and entertainment complex with a bar and cafe.
For a couple of hours, we bowled two games at $6 dollars each. Our shoe rental was $5 bucks a piece. Drinks were around $10 and very tasty I might add. They put whip cream on their piña coladas. Yum.
While at Harlem Lanes, we laughed, danced a little to the music being played from the jukebox-at least I did, made fun of our bowling skills and at times watched the other people in the lanes close by who were great at bowling. One cannot help but stare at those who seem to get a strike at every turn. It’s a natural tendency…right? Then you ask yourself, why can’t I do that?
We did all this for very little and had a great time! Plus we walked home from there. We did not have to trek back uptown! However, we stress going on a week night. There were plenty of lanes available, limited crowds; and not much of a wait for drinks.
So if you want to do something fun, different and close to home on a week night, check out the first bowling alley to open in Harlem since the eighties. Harlem Lanes is the perfect to do during the week!
2116 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10027-4411