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The Park 112 in Harlem (Review)

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We recently visited The Park 112 for dinner on a Wednesday night in December.  The Park is conveniently located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 112th Street (Harlem Restaurant Row) sandwiched in-beween 67 Orange and the 5 and Diamond Restaurants.  Great atmosphere.  Its large open multi optional space provides many different seating options.  The attractive long raised center communal table sets the mood for potential large get togethers or a table for two sitting across from one another.  There are two additional raised tables separate from the communal table near the back.  Along the south wall comfortable leather banquettes run the full length of the place with 2 and 4 top seating.  The opposite (north) wall is a long attractive bar scene that was festive and full of life when we arrived.  We will definitely be back for drinks in the near future.

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We arrived early and there were only a few tables but by 9 pm the restaurant was comfortably full.  They have a great section in the way back that would be an ideal VIP area or place for a private party with high grand tufted leather banquettes (see photos of interior below).

The speciality cocktails are delicious.  I recommend The Park 112 – sparkling wine, pavan orange blossom liqueur, crop meyer lemon vodka & pomegranate in a champagne flute glass.  Also The Frederick Douglass – bullet bourbon, chili passion fruit puree, rimmed with chili sugar.  WARNING it is hot!  I enjoyed the extra heat but another person in my group found it too hot.  They also have a Self-Serve Wine Machine.  A unique exploration of respectable wines through self-service enomatic machines.  This allows the patron to enjoy tastes, half glasses and full pours of a continually rotating list of favorite vintages.   Definitely a unique concept and cool addition for Harlem restaurant row.

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Lewis Tucker and Chef Kingsley John

We spoke extensively with owner Lewis Tucker and chef Kingsley John who were both enthusiastic and accommodating with information about the Park 112 finally opening.  Lewis Tucker who has lived in Harlem, Westchester and the Bronx for years, was the president of Sean Combs Enterprises and he ran Bad Boy Records. Tucker’s list of credentials are too long to list and include being a co-founder of Essential Sports.  No stranger to the scene, he explained he wanted to bring a downtown vibe uptown and literally picked this location and designed it with this purpose in mind.  In addition to the large interior space, there will be an outdoor private patio in the back once the nice weather rolls around in late Spring.  We saw the raw fenced in space and were surprised by how large it was.  This has the potential to be very trendy for the summer months ahead and unique to this area.  We have a lot of sidewalk seating now in the neighborhood for the summer months – Harlem Food Bar, Vinateria, Harlem Tavern, Harlem Shake, The Corner Social, Jado Sushi, etc., but no private outdoor patio options with the excepotion of Ricardos in East Harlem and one or two other spots.

The menu is multifaceted.  Globally inspired small and large plates I would describe as American /Global Fusion/Caribbean with several options for every budget.  We ordered before we met chef Kingsley John and after speaking with him we were all left wanting to come back to try recommendations that we hadn’t ordered.  Chef John, a native of the West Indies, has worked in the kitchen under Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit and is passionate about the small and large plates he has created.  I’m not a big soup fan  but was encouraged to try the carrot ginger soup.  It was so good.  We also enjoyed the duck lettuce wraps, lobster spring rolls, teriyaki lollipops and crispy prawns.  Next time I’d like to try the smoked sea scallops and fried oysters which looked tasty at the table next to ours.  The butterflied branzino with head on (large plate) was delicious!  Priced at $28 but worth the coin.  We also had the spiced crusted rack of lamb and the park 112 steak frittes rib eye.  The fries with the steak were decoratively sculptured side by side forming a sort of circular cup-like design.  A+ for presentation.  There is something for everyone here on the menu.  After speaking with Kingsley, we discussed our next visit and how we’d like to focus exclusively on all the Caribbean dishes.

Great desserts.  I could have one of their chocolate mousses (pictured below) every day.  We sampled several desserts together including the lava cake but I ultimatley stopped sharing the mousse and claimed it as mine.  I need it again soon.  They are now also open for Sunday Brunch.  Visit their menu for all small plates, large plates and brunch items.  Another great addition to the neighborhood.  Stop in and check out the Park 112 for yourself.

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* Large space
* Good bar scene
* American New/Global Fusion/Caribbean
* Downtown chic meets uptown vibe
* Private outdoor dining (Spring 2014)
* Great service
* Friendly atmosphere

The Park 112
2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
(646) 524-6610

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Celebrity Sighting In Harlem…

Tim Bagley, a Harlem regular as of late, was spotted with friends at Harlem hot spots Chez Lucienne and Red Rooster.

Tim currently stars opposite Lisa Kudrow, as “Richard Pratt” on Showtime’s “Web Therapy.” Look for him in the NBC pilot episode of “Grimm.” Many know him from his roles as “Harold Krenshaw” on “Monk,” and “Larry” on “Will and Grace.” Other television highlights include “$#*! My Dad Says,” “Shameless,” “Love Bites,” “Hot In Cleveland,”  “Southland,” “Desperate Housewives “Pushing Daisies,” “Wanda Does It,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”  Film highlights include the Judd Apatow movie, “This Is 40,” “The Space Between,” with Melissa Leo, “Knocked Up,” “Employee of the Month,” “Operation Endgame,” “Finding Bliss,” “Mask,” “Accepted,” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

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Beyonce Visits Harlem Yet Again

By HarlemGuy@HarlemCondoLife.com   |   For those of you still wondering if Harlem is where it’s at, TMZ reports that Beyonce paid Harlem yet another surprise visit at Target where she unexpectedly appeared at an event for the Boys & Girls Club and led an impromptu dance party.

Priceless.

Target roles out the red carpet in Spanish Harlem in honor of their first Manhattan store

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

The new Target located in Spanish Harlem-and scheduled to officially open on July 25-had their red carpet premiere on Tuesday, July 20 with celebrities, industry insiders and major players from the Harlem community in attendance. Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden, and Albert Maysles all attended and they live right here in Harlem. Que rico!

Psst….if you were not there, no worries. HarlemCondoLife has the chisme on the entire fiesta! Escuchanos! Here is the HCL scoop on Target’s big party July 20 held at East River Plaza, which is at 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue!

  • Ok, not only is Tyson Beckford gorgeous on the outside, its internal as well. Tyson took picture after picture with adoring fans for close to an hour. Can we clone him?
  • Our very own Harlemite Marcus Samuelsson catched up with friend  and fellow Harlemite Albert Maysles during his dish demonstration in the P-Fresh section. They both live in Harlem cause they know we are a super cool community.
  • The busiest canine on the planet took time out for pictures. Bullseye the Target dog posed politely for pictures with event revelers. The line was so long it looked like folks waiting in line to enter The Apollo Theater!
  • Models Ubah Hassan and Hollis Wakeema posing for fan photos while they compared bathing suit selections from the Target Harlem Designer collections. Samuelsson’s model wife was present as well. Too much beauty and is always constant at Harlem places like Zoma on Frederick Douglass Blvd.
  • Isabel and Rubin Toledo having a hard time deciding on which bag from their Target collection to purchase. I love handbags. Need I say more…must get one soon!
  • Makeup guru and Target design partner Sonia Kashuk shopping with her family and adding Target Harlem Designer goods and toys to her cart. I buy Kashuk’s perfume and make-up brushes all the time. Now, it will be so much easier to get!

Looking forward to shopping at Target. Want to know what the store looks like inside? Stay tuned.