I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem. I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful past and its vibrant present. I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood. The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were
particularly interesting, It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake.. I had not previously seen this show, which is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan. You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.
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New York’s official marketing and tourism organization NYC and Company‘s latest “Neighborhood X Neighborhood” unveiled its latest campaign on Wednesday highlighting Harlem and Washington Heights , including a multipage article on Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance and a Destination:Harlem page that includes hotspots both legendary and new alike, including the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center, Aloft Harlem, Sylvia’s , Amy Ruth’s, Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, Bier International , Billie’s Black, and the Studio Museum.
“The Harlem and Washington Heights communities have rich cultural legacies that continue to thrive,” said Deputy Cultural Affairs Commissioner Margaret Morton. “From the iconic stages at the Apollo Theater and Harlem Stage, to the rich collections of the Cloisters and Studio Museum, arts organizations in these neighborhoods provide extraordinary opportunities for visitors and residents to engage with a wide range of unique cultural activities.”
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Happy Easter Harlem from all of us here at HarlemCondoLife. With Easter being such an important holiday for many of us here in Harlem (and around the globe) we hope you have a healthy and happy Easter with your family, friends and loved ones. And take a little time to reflect and give thanks. Be grateful for today and every day and for those less fortunate than you, send some extra love their way. For those of you also going to church this morning, where are you having your Easter Sunday lunch/dinner? Get ready Harlem, it is going to be a busy and blessed day!
Thank you to all of our loyal readers and followers here at Harlem Condo Life after all these years. We are happy and grateful to be able to help contribute our little part to the Harlem community at large. We will continue to keep our blog and content positive, enjoyable and informative. The original founders of HarlemCondoLife, HarlemCondoLife.com, @HarlemHCL are all still here (minus one) and we are HarlemGuy, NativeNewYorker, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem. We are grateful to our guest bloggers who add various posts, breaking news and their own perspective and views on issues whenever they are able to help us out. As we say in our Bio, “We remain a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events with our community and around the globe. Harlem is universal. It is an identity known throughout the world.” We are happy and blessed to be part of Harlem.
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I first noticed this trend when visiting Amy Ruth’s when I first moved to Harlem. Then a few years ago as Harlem Tavern settled into the neighborhood. And now more recently with several nabe newbies – hip local watering hole Harlem Food Bar and the elegant and tasty Jado Sushi.
The concept of extending the indoors to the out-of-doors in a modest or spectacular yet always tasteful and utilitarian manner is on point in Harlem!
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Jado Sushi Harlem
With the new wave of diverse restaurants opening in Harlem it seems there is no need to go below 110th Street anymore. All you need is right here. Jado Sushi the latest addition to Harlem’s Restaurant Row is no exception. We posted earlier about Jado’s opening night (see post) and wrote that we have been enthusiastic for it to open since hearing from owner Nobu Otsu last year. Well it was well worth the wait.
Last Wednesday night at 7PM when two other bloggers from HarlemCondoLife, a neighborhood friend and myself arrived at Jado it was a full house. We waited at the bar for our reservation and tried a couple of their Delectable Cocktails. I recommend the Gin Cuke, the Ginger Whiskey or for a vodka drink with fresh berries on the sweeter side the Kurenai. They also have a Mojito drink. You can see all the choices and their entire future menu here online menu.
Nobu greeted us graciously and apologized that there might be a little wait. We really didn’t wait that long for our table considering how long you may have to wait at a trendy downtown restaurant. The place is nicely layed out and as I had mentioned in an earlier post the decor is elegant and sophisticated. However, it is not stuffy at all. My friend said it was tastefully done very much like The Winery which is another business in Harlem that Nobu runs. As you walk in the bar area is to the right and to the left are two and four top tables grouped together. As you continue to walk through in the back there are decorative booths on the right side and a sushi bar that was very crowded on the left. Very smart design and multifunctional without feeling crowded. Each of the four areas inviting in their own way.
The dinning experience was everything I had hoped it to be. We ordered a lot of food so I won’t describe everything only the small plates, sushi and main dishes. First of all last Monday, July 9th, was the soft opening and this is Nobu’s sample menu. Their will be more dishes to choose from and more classics after the Grand Opening which will happen in a week or two. When I asked Nobu what he recommended from the sampler menu he said “Everything on this menu is good. They are all my favorite dishes” and after eating there I would have to agree. All the guests at my table joked saying lets come back again tomorrow night. It was that good.
Jado Sushi Bar
We were greeted by Juan at the door who asked us to wait at the bar and that our table would be ready shortly. He was very busy yet polite and pleasant. We waited about 15 minutes at the bar with drinks and commented at how crowded it was. Nobu was extremely friendly and very hands on with the service, refilling water glasses at tables and doing his best to accommodate the crowd. It almost seemed he was surpassed that it was this crowded. He told us it has been busy like this since day one. Of course this is good for any business and people would rather wait a few extra minutes than to sit in an empty restaurant.
We were seated at a comfortable booth near the back by the Sushi Bar. We ordered a sample of small plates and sushi. We ordered the soy calamari $6, lettuce Wrap Shrimp $7, Spice Rubbed Ribs $9, Panko Fried Oyster $7 and the Crunchy California Roll $8. They had already run out of the calamari so we switched to the Jado Chicken $6. This turned out to be one of my favorites but honestly everything was good and the combination of flavors together were delicious. I would have preferred to try a bit more sushi but we had big meat eaters at the table. It felt very authentic while dinning and looking over at the active Sushi Bar. I was thinking after a long days work in the future it will be nice to come solo and sit at the sushi bar for a healthy dinner. Very inviting.
Back to the food. We then ordered four entrée’s two orders of the Miso Black Cod $18 (delicious!) the Almond Salmon $18 and the Chicken Teriyaki $15. I loved the Chicken Teriyaki and it was a large plate of food. One complaint I had heard through the grapevine was that the portions are small. I felt they were proportionality sized with the price. The only other negative, which turned out not to be a negative, was that my friends Salmon dish she felt was too salty. The waitress sent Nobu over and he replaced it immediately and explained the seasoning might have been over salted. She had the Salmon Sushi and said it was delicious. Nobu was very gracious and hospitable about the situation and my friend was happy. Everything we had here was good. It had a five-star rating on Yelp last week. The Tuna Steak and Braised Pork looked very popular as well though we did not try it. As Nobu had said, he hand-picked all of his favorites for the soft opening menu so you really can’t go wrong here.
I went in with two enthusiastic friends and one skeptical friend about sushi and did not know if they would like it. Not only did my friend like it but she has already gone back there with her husband. I thought it was interesting she had mentioned her husband and her had dinner at the recently opened HarlemFoodBar the night before and last night at Jadu Sushi and how great it is to have so many different choices now in Harlem for eating out. With Bier International, Melbas, Les Ambassades, 67 Orange, Chocolat, Amy Ruths, Harlem Tavern, The Five & Diamond, Red Rooster, Corner Social, Zoma, Native Restaurant, Billie’s Black, Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar, Bad Horse Pizza, Cedrics, Harlem Food Bar, The L Lounge, Sylvias just to name a few, you have such a variety in cuisine and could go out every night to a different place and have a great experience.
So if you like Sushi or if you are unfamiliar and want to try something different here in Harlem I highly recommend Jado Sushi. Nobu is already running a succesful business here in Harlem on 116th Street The Winery and has learned a thing or two about customer service, quality and what the neighborhood needs. I am happy to see Jado Sushi well received. I experienced nothing but curious people walking in and smiling faces walking out.
Tempura Ice Cream
Just one last note you have to try this desert Tempura Ice Cream $7. It was delicious and my newest sweet tooth craving.
The official Grand Opening will be in about two weeks. I recommend you make a reservation before you go.
2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, New York 10026
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A variety of local favorites were recently featured on the Harlem Edition of Man vs Food Nation on the Travel Channel.
The most recent episode featured Amy Ruth’s, Rack & Soul and East Harlem’s venue La Fonda Boricua – click here to view.
Previous episodes feature venerable favorites like Sylvias – featured below.
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If you’re not on Flipboard, Taptu or Pulse on your Ipad, get there soon. I am finding a load of information about Harlem on these app tools, such as Gadling, which has a profile of Harlem up on their site. Gadling is an AOL travel blog.
In their profile on Harlem, they list different things to do than The Boston Globe or The Financial Times. They tell their readers to check out places in Harlem, such as the Jazz Museum, Hip Hop Culture Center, Patsy’s in Spanish Harlem, WYZ Bar at the Aloft Hotel and more. Check out the complete story yourself by clicking here!
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Not too long ago, Harlem was profiled in The Financial Times, the UK-based publication. Now The Boston Globe takes its turn and profiles our community in its travel section this past weekend (June 5). Jessica Allen, the reporter, spends two days in Harlem along with her husband and discovers “Harlem makes a visitor feel and taste its forward movement.”
The article highlights various experiences from listening to jazz, to eating at Amy Ruth’s and to drinking at some of our unique establishments, such as 67 Orange and bier international. However, the most notable items in this article are not necessarily about places, but crafted words about Harlem. Allen states “perhaps no other area in New York so eagerly honors its history as Harlem.” She points to our famously named streets, such as Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Furthermore, Allen goes on to say “despite the interest in what came before, these days Harlem seems utterly future-oriented.”
We couldn’t agree more with The Boston Globe! And to Jessica Allen and her husband, come back and see us (Harlem) again now!
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I read the news in Crain’s, a New York business publication, announcing that Slyvia’s Restaurant, Harlem’s touristy soul food hangout and a political platform for wanna be candidates, will be offering home delivery in February. That is great news and a positive development for locals according to Slyvia’s peers in Read more of this article »
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Amy Ruth's at 116th & Lenox Avenue
According to Crain’s New York, Amy Ruth’s, Harlem’s famous eatery at 116th Street and Lenox Avenue, will not be opening a second location as initially planned in Brooklyn, but will move forward with their plans to expand their flagship space in Harlem. Amy Ruth’s “is currently expanding its 116th Street location to incorporate 1200 square feet of ground floor space at the building next door.”
The expansion is great news for Harlemites who have experienced their delicious food and at the same time long lines with tons of tourists. Let’s all agree, Amy Ruth’s is notorious for long lines. They even have the famous red rope to go along with it. However, their food is down right good and one that all should experience whether you live in Harlem or visiting New York City. All-in-all, we wish Amy Ruth’s much continued success.
HarlemCondoLife blogged about their eating experience back in November. Click here to read more.
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