March 5th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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Harlem Food Bar

Monday through Sunday just pick a night for freshly prepared food (MENU- a word from the chef) and a popular bar scene.  For those of us living here in Harlem we already know Harlem Food Bar has become quite the trendy spot.  I have to say whether I go there on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or on a weekend night, I always meet new and interesting people.  It draws a wide spectrum of Harlem’s crowd in a comfortable setting.  Like the fact that last night a customer stopped in for dinner and beer on the way home to 149th street, and a couple having drinks at the bar were from Third Avenue in East Harlem.  It is a very friendly environment for a quick bite or long evening of drinks and dinner.  Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity having a casual dinner or a film crew filming at this Harlem hot spot.

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Harlem Food Bar

Spring, Summer and Fall you can always look forward to the outside dining which Harlem Food Bar and across the street neighbor Bier International have set up nicely.

NOTE: Customers can now call ahead for Pick-up Orders.  Call 212-222-9570 to place your order.  If you haven’t tried their turkey or veggie burger I highly recommend it.  Best turkey burger in Harlem.

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December 31st, 2012 by harlemhouse
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New Years Eve Party at CORNER SOCIAL

What are we doing New Years Eve Harlem?  First off, there is no need to go downtown to celebrate, because our Harlem neighborhoods have everything you need right here!  Call in advance to make a reservation with your favorite place and find out EXACT details as Harlem is going to be busy tonight!

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LIDO HARLEM NYE DINNER AND PARTY

One of the  first restaurant bars to reach out to us was Lido on Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  Call and make a reservation.  They will be bringing in the New Year with a special dinner menu and drinks.

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JADO SUSHI HARLEM

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67 ORANGE STREET NYE PARTY!

More Harlem Hot Spots to consider are Corner Social (ad above), L Lounge (was told they will have a DJ spinning), The 5 and Diamond (listed below), 67 Orange Street (make a reservation space limited), Bier International, Cove Lounge, Ricardos, Billie’s Black, Cedric Bistro (Dinner is sold out but come in after 11pm to have drinks and fun), Harlem Tavern, Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club.  New kids on the block Jado Sushi, Harlem Food Bar, and Maison Harlem are all three great suggestions as well.

It might be a difficult night to “bar hop” as many of the places listed  are reservations only for New Years Eve.  But make the rounds and try your luck if you do not have a reservation.  It’s not too late with many of these places to make your reservation though today. I know we have left many places out.  If we have, call and make sure they are open and celebrating tonight.  I believe Melbas is closed tonight for NYE but will be open for New Years Day.  Perfect hangover food!

2013 is going to be a great year I can just feel it!  So let’s get it started off right by bringing in the New Year TONIGHT IN HARLEM!!!

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Celebrate New Years Eve at The 5 and Diamond Restaurant!

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MAISON HARLEM CELEBRATES NYE!

(The 5 and Diamond dinner starts at 5pm and their inaugural NYE celebration kicks off at 10pm!  Try out new kids on the block Maison’s delicious food and drinks (above) and welcome them to the neighborhood.)

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RICARDO STEAK HOUSE NYE GOLD PARTY

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December 8th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

Aloft Harlem

Condé Nast Traveller selected and reviewed the hippest bars, eateries and unique places in Harlem this week.

Did your favorite spot make the list? Find out which after-hours bars, chic restaurants, hotels and quirky shops are on their list here.

(Aloft Harlem, Harlem Tavern, 67 Orange Street, The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, Red Rooster, bier international, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Jado Sushi, Chez Lucienne, Harlem Food Bar, Levain Bakery, Apollo Theater, Corner Social, Vault, Demolition Depoton 125th Street, Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, Marjorie Eliot, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Lenox Coffee, Astor Row, Maysles Cinema, Hotel Theresa…)
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December 3rd, 2012 by harlemhouse

This Sunday, December 9, Santa is coming to Bier International!

Recently I stopped by Bier International with friends for drinks and had a great talk with Ousmane Keita, co-owner of Bier International. We discussed many things about the Harlem community and businesses sprouting up here and there on FDB and the surrounding neighborhood. With a cadence of its own, Bier International is no exception to the reviving energy in Harlem. Since opening day they have hit the ground running and were the first (or one of the first) places to offer sidewalk seating. They always have something going on at Bier International whether it is celebrating the holidays, presenting various musicians or their famous Oktoberfest which they call OktoBIERfest. This is a proper celebration in full spirit and tradition right down to a slowly roasted pig in front of the restaurant. December 2nd they hosted an afternoon performance by violinist Eliano Braz, who will be appearing again in the near future. They also have various DJ’s including DJ Ouaga spinning music from around the world, check their events calendar.
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November 5th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Tomorrow is the big day.  The voting booths will be open early in the morning so make sure you vote before work, lunchtime, during your break or after work.

Here are a few suggestions in Harlem where you can watch the Presidential Election Results roll in.  Click on the links below to find out what each restaurant has planned.  I know many of them, including Lido, Melbas and Red Rooster will be serving specialty cocktails and patriotic drink specials.

Red Rooster

Remember to Vote tomorrow!!!  Then when the evening comes around it’s time to eat, drink and celebrate!

Red Rooster, Melba’sLido, Sylvia’s Lounge, Corner Social, The 5 and Diamond, Harlem Tavern, Creole Restaurant and Music Supper Club, Harlem Food Bar, Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant, 67 Orange Street, Chocolat Restaurant Lounge, Bier International

Corner Social

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October 15th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Stop the DJ, pause your iPod and for 2 hours Oct 16 at 9pm watch the second Presidential Debate.  If you are looking for a place, Harlem Food Bar will be one of several showing the debate Tuesday at 9PM here in Harlem.  For 2 hours CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in this Town Hall style format.

For the first debate I was in Miami and asked a buddy/DJ friend of mine “what bar/lounge is the best place to watch the debate here in South Beach?” he said “Why? nowhere”  He was right we ended up at our hotel lounge which was lacking quite a bit of… shall we say flavor and was mostly routing for… shall we say the other guy.  Needless to say it is great to be back in NYC and specifically Harlem and have as many options as we do to view the debates.  Thanks to places like Harlem Food Bar, Lido’s, The 5 and DiamondCorner Social and other Harlem businesses that help to keep us informed and send the message that this Presidential Election is  an important one for Harlem and for our Country’s future.

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October 6th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Like in München Bier International will be celebrating their third OctoBIERfest weekend with live music, pig roast, lederhosen and obviously tons of bier.

It’s always a party at Bier but this weekend has started off and will continue to be extra fun.

Swing by and have a bier, or two, or…..

Happy Oktoberfest to all of our friends at Bier International from Harlem Condo Life.

*For more information on Bier International Bier Review.

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September 30th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Oktoberfest is back!  And for those living in Harlem the Post reports that Bier International and Harlem Tavern are the best places in Harlem to experience the fun.  Image

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August 6th, 2012 by harlemhouse

NYC The Official Guide nycgo.com

For those of you who may have missed this, here is a great write up on many of the new restaurants,  lounges and bars that have opened here in Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Lenox Avenue and other Streets.  In reading this review Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance by David Kaufman you really see the variation of choices and how many options we now have.  Just to name a few (and ones that we have also written about and reviewed) are Cove Lounge, Corner Social, Bier International, Harlem Tavern, Harlem Food Bar, Jado Sushi, Cedric Bistro and Bad Horse Pizza.

As we have said before Harlem is a Hot Spot and has everything you need. There is really no need to go below 110th Street anymore all of your needs can be found right here in Harlem.

Support your local Harlem restaurants and businesses and continue to help them to grow and get the recognition that they deserve in articles like this.

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July 17th, 2012 by harlemhouse

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.

Jado Sushi

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.

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Crunchy California

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.

Chicken Teriyaki

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.

Jado Sushi
2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, New York 10026
212-866-2118

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