A friend to our blog from Douglas Elliman recently brought to our attention that a Harlem prewar condominium near Central Park North will be the home to a new much needed orthodontics practice. “Central Park North Orthodontics” has leased the 2,570-squarefoot space located at 1851 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (between 112th and 113th Streets) and is set to move in on July 1, 2014.
This will be a nice addition and much needed business for the Harlem community and they should be able to quickly build a loyal patient base.
The highly anticipated Cecil opens today with a frenzy of social media flying in as fast as they possibly can just to experience what all the buzz is about. We here at Harlem Condo Life are among the enthusiastic media, and look forward to our first time experience with Cecil. We have high hopes for this old meets new establishment and newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row. They have our attention with small plates such as “Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, with Piri Piri Sauce” (above ) and “Spicy Crispy Ginger Squid with Okra and Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce.” Or a shared bowl for two of Afro / Asian / American Gumbo (Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, and Crabmeat)
Take a peek at Cecil’s menu (below) with a scrumptious assortment by – Chefs Alexander Smalls – Restauranteur, and Joseph “JJ” Johnson – Chef de Cuisine.
The Cecil MENU. Here is a photo they sent us of their sticky buns. I don’t know about dinner, but I am ready for these sticky buns right now! They also were recently written up in the Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal. Both The Cecil and Minton’s were mentioned in Huff Post BLACK VOICES and one dish in particular that stood out to us was the “Black Benne Seed Ahi Tuna.” Looks delicious.
So let’s get our forks and knives ready, and go experience the new CECIL together. I’m up for the adventure and ready to dig in. See you all there!
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262
The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun. Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week. I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and Promotions. We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem. There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception. It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior. I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse. Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue. Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months. It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU. Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute. The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas. My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings. You cannot go wrong with that combo. Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good. But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)