I recently had lunch at Kichenette Uptown in Harlem with my husband and 9 week old daughter and loved it. Granted it was a week day so we did not have to wait but the food was as good as always and definitely worth the wait had there been a line.
I had the Tuna Melt with cheddar and tomato on a homemade English muffin which was delicious. My husband had the Turkey Rueben served on rye with coleslaw which was just as delicious. Their hot sandwiches are served with a choice of garlic fries, coleslaw, a field green salad or mashed butternut squash.
We love Kitchenette because besides having delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and milkshakes they are very kid friendly. They have Kids’ Birthday Parties where children can decorate their own cupcakes, cookies or make ice cream sundaes. Makes me wish I was a kid again!
See their MENU.
1272 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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I had just finished a light meal and was waiting at a bus stop, thinking, “Maybe I should have ordered dessert.” As I turned around to peruse the surrounding area, right before my eyes was an image of a cake above a Mission Statement. My curiosity (and craving) lured me into Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company. Yes, my wishes had come true.
Mini cakes, cupcakes, dessert cups, tarts, and more were within reach. Showing great restraint, I postponed placing an order, as I was quite interested in the concept behind the goodies.
Anna, the manager, enthusiastically explained that the owner, Andrea Travaglia, operates another shop in Miami that successfully employs individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Andrea’s Mission Statement emphasizes awareness, understanding, and compassion for those diagnosed with ASD. However, her efforts go beyond general education as noted by Andrea’s objective to create jobs and employ adults with ASD. She matches each person’s skill level with an appropriate job.
Lee and Marie’s NYC location just opened last Monday in East Harlem. Named after two grandmother’s, there are two full-time bakers and several staff members. Along with the mini assortments, the company produces full-sized desserts and operates a catering business for all occasions.
The upbeat atmosphere exemplifies the words posted above the kitchen doorway, “Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.”
Be sure to check out this new business and support a worthy cause. You won’t be disappointed.
Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company
451 East 116th St. & Pleasant Ave.
New York, NY 10129
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credit: Levain Bakery
By HarlemGuy One of my favorite pastimes while traveling is looking for references to Harlem.
So I was pleasantly surprised to see the following roadside sign while driving back from a recent trip to Amaganset in the Hamptons.
Curious, I ran in to confirm what I suspected. As many of you may know we have a Levain Bakery right here in Harlem’s Gold Coast / Restaurant row, on the West Side of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 116th and 117th. A few steps away from Harlem Tavern, Lido, and a few blocks away from Melba’s, Society, Five & Diamond, Bier International and Zoma, to name just a few.
That being said I took the opportunity to stop by, spend a moment with one of the owners and the staff who were of course suitably dressed. I particularly loved the Harlem 10026 T-shirt!
I love that we have a little piece of the Hamptons in Harlem. Better yet, I love that there’s a little bit of Harlem in the Hamptons.
This is made all the sweeter (no pun intended) when you consider that Levain bakery is also one of Oprah’s favorites.
And of course my favorite cookie is what else but Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.
Of which I promptly purchased several.
In Harlem, of course (smile).
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CREPES ON COLUMBUS
This is becoming one of my favorite new breakfast and lunch spots near to lower Harlem. Though just on the outer skirts of what is considered the official Harlem line, they do deliver to lower Fredrick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. area. Actually I just confirmed with the informative and likable Manager/Owner Steve that they do in fact deliver from Lennox Ave to Riverside up to around 120th/ 121st street. Keep in mind they get very busy (especially on weekends) so depending on the day it may take longer for your order to arrive.
The food is very good, fresh and a nice alterntive to the greasy spoon diner. Though nothing against the greasy food diner experience. The one I frequently go to for the basic breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast is “Tom’s Restaurant” located on 112th St. and Broadway. But you can’t have that everyday. Crepes on Columbus has a tantalizing diversity of choices for your taste buds. Everything tastes good!
Starting with my favorite which lately I have been ordering for breakfast quite frequently is the “Oeuf Columbus” Poached eggs on a goat cheese potato cake with ratatouille and a baquette on the side. Delicious!
I usually add their homemade apple turnover or a chocolate or almond croissant to my order. Ok it’s not the discount $6.50 dollar breakfast at the diner joint. But for what you are getting and the quality and preparation of the food it is fairly reasonable. The Ouef Columbus is priced at $9.75 with a baguette on the side. The croissants are priced at $2.oo and the turnovers are $2.25.
Also very good are the sandwiches. I have ordered the Cubana (slightly altered from the Cubano which is traditionally a cuban sandwich) and the Prosciutto & fresh mozzarella sandwich. Both very good. All sandwiches are served with organic mesclun salad on the side.
But don’t forget about the Crepes! After all it is in the title so you already know they are going to be good. Too many choices to choose from or you can create one on your own. From breakfast crepes, sandwich crepes to dessert crepes they are all freshly prepared and incredible. But check out the menu for yourself and see what looks good to you at www.crepesoncolumbus.com.
Enjoy and Bon Appetit!
CREPES ON COLUMBUS
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According to today’s article in The Wall Street Journal, one’s palate can go global in Harlem at Les Ambassades, located at 2200 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Or should the article state going glocal, not global? For those of us who have lived in Harlem for several years, or longer, know that Les Ambassades is an international hangout that offers fabulous breads, pastries and authentic West African dishes. Our favorites are the Steak au Poivre, Salad Nicoise, and their homemade single-size Creme Brulee. We’ve also gone in for a cup of coffee to go and the java of the day is much better than that other place right across the street.
Posted in business, Food, Harlem, Restaurant Reviews, Restaurants Tagged with: 2200 Frederick Douglass Blvd, bakery, Harlem, Hgl5, Les Ambassades, Restaurant, The Wall Street Journal, West Africa
Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem has been featured in the media among various publications, but now Alvin Lee Smalls and his bakery at 283 West 118th Street are the subject of social media and small business. A graduate student at the CUNY School of Journalism interviewed several individuals, including HarlemCondoLife.com, about the events that occurred back in May 2010 when Lee Lee’s almost closed and asked “what made the boutique Harlem bakery reopen? Was it Social Media?” Smalls answers those questions here!
Posted in business, Community, Food, Harlem, History Tagged with: 283 West 118th Street, Alvin Lee Smalls, bakery, CUNY, Harlem, Lee Lee's Baked Goods, small business, social media
For the past twelve years, every birthday party, every baby shower, every graduation, every celebration means a visit to this extraordinary bakery. I’ve run into friends and co-workers who live way downtown who come up to Harlem just to visit Make My Cake. Once you’ve tasted one of their sweet creations, you’ll see why people from all over the city make the trip. I used to go to the original store on 110th street – before the building was torn down to build the incongruous high rise that now towers over Central Park North. Sad as I was to see it close, I really like the 116th Street location, which is run by Aliyyah Baylor, daughter of JoAnn Baylor who founded the business and manages the 139th Street store. You can sit and have coffee and a treat or take out anything from a single slice to an enormous layer cake. The staff is friendly and not only are the cakes delicious, they are beautifully decorated and they will customize them any way you want. A few years ago, my daughter designed her own cake and Make My Cake perfectly reproduced, with vibrantly colored icings, the custom graphic she designed on her computer – and for a very reasonable price. If you’ve never been, do yourself a favor and stop by. Try their award winning red velvet cake (based on the recipe JoAnn’s mother, “Ma Smith”, brought with her from Mississippi more than 60 years ago) or one of their scrumptious cupcakes. According to their website, residents and local groups are welcome to utilize the 116th location for children’s activities, and small community and business meetings.
Make My Cake
121 St. Nicholas Ave (at 116th St.) 2360 Adam C. Powell Blvd (at 139th St.)
T. 212 932.0833 F. 212 932.3198 T 212 234.2344 F. 212 324.2327
Posted in Restaurant Reviews Tagged with: 116th Street, bakery, cupcakes, Food, Harlem, Make My Cake, south harlem