March 27th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Come pamper yourself, NEW DATE APRIL 5th, 2014 in Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 117th and 118th Street for the “Harlem Food Truck Rally”.  Starting at 11:00 am to 5:00 pm!  See below for information on all the various food trucks, some of the best in the city along with some new ones that have now joined in!  Also there will be arts and crafts activities for kids.

See you there!

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HarlemFoodTruckRally

Just adjust the dates below (February 15th) to April, Saturday 5th

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December 11th, 2013 by HarlemMom
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Bier International in Harlem

By HarlemMom –
I had brunch this past weekend at Bier International in Harlem.  The food was excellent as always.  I had the scrambled eggs with hummus, pita wedges and a green salad.  My husband had his favorite, the Portuguese Linguica and Scrambled Eggs Fajitas.  His was served with guacamole and baby organic greens as well.  This place never misses on food, however this time the service was lacking and we reflected it in our tip.  This has been one of our favorite places in Harlem since they opened, so this is why we were surprised by our server.  Unfortunately, the owners Ousmane Keita and Chris Pollok were not there this day.  One or both of them are usually there and two of the nicest guys in Harlem.

This being said, our waitress gave us menus but took a while to come by to take our order and it was not because she was busy.  We placed our order which included a juice for my husband.  My coffee came but we had to call her over and remind her about the juice which had been at the service area for some time.  We saw a table of 5 near us that had menus but they got up and left due to her lack of service.  Besides great food Bier International is in my opinion the best kid friendly place on the boulevard.  This might have to do with the fact that both Chris and Ousmane have kids of their own.  The food is consistently good and normally so is the service.  This is why I wanted to share my experience.

We look forward to many more great meals there with our infant daughter.

(Every Friday night, from 8 p.m. until.., DJ Ouaga spinning world beats.  See Bier International’s  website below for “December Events” and Menu.)

Bier International

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November 26th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Many weeks ago rectangular openings filled with dirt but level to the ground appeared dotting the cement sidewalks lining Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th avenue).  See our previous post A Million Trees coming to Frederick Douglass Boulevard in South Harlem?

These plots have now been filled with wonderful new trees, the variety of which I am uncertain.  This will be nice in the summer months especially for the restaurants which have outdoor seating.

We find this very exciting and something to look forward to this spring.

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If you have any information to share drop us a line!

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November 22nd, 2013 by HarlemMom

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By HarlemMom-
My husband, daughter and I recently had lunch at Frederick Café Bistro located at 2104 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and enjoyed it very much.  I had the lentil soup and the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Panini. My husband had the chicken soup and the Ham and Cheese Croissant.  The service was attentive and the place has a nice casual vibe.  My daughter was in a stroller and they accommodated it. We will be back to enjoy some more delicious food and to try out their brunch.

Please check out their website for their full menu and more information.

Frederick Café Bistro 

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October 10th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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“Happiness in Harlem” as written on Lido’s website is an honest statement for Italian Food lovers.  We have dined here many times since they have opened and consistently the food has been great.  After taking friends their the other night  we took a few photos of our dinner that we wanted to share and spoke with Susannah Koteen, the owner of Lido.  We complimented Susannah that we appreciate the welcoming vibe and reliable service that you can always  expect when visiting Lido.  They have loyal diners who return regularly no doubt because of the service and their food.

A born and raised Harlemite friend who recently just moved out of the area, insisted while visiting last week that we eat at Lido as he missed their cuisine. I hadn’t been in several months and was happy to go.

For the appetizers we had Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella, Aged Prosciutto di Parma, and an assortment of other starters which are easily shareable.

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For dinner we had the Baked Halibut, Chamoula Marinade, Red Pepper Rouille over Asparagus, Parmesan, Basil Risotto (mouthwatering good!), the Ricotta Ravioli, Charred Eggplant, with Orange Mint and Almonds, and the special of the day Under a Brick Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Very flavorful and filling.  We would also recommend their Grass-fed Organic Strip Steak or the Gnocchi with Truffle Butter and Sage which is rich and cooked just to the right texture.

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For desert we sampled a couple things but I recommend the Sunday below if you really want to treat yourself….

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Make sure to ask for their daily specials.  I try and have something new each time if I can resist ordering the Halibut with Risotto but I usually cave in and get the Halibut.  It’s just one of those perfect meals that have you coming back for more.

They have a very lively and popular bar scene as well, for those who just want to swing by for a drink and appetizer with a friend or to meet new friends. Lido’s also host many events throughout the year from viewing political debates, gayborhood mixers for LGBT community, and featured wine dinners, which they will be having again real soon in the near future.

Lido
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(on the corner of 117th Street)
New York, NY 10026
(646) 490-8575

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September 18th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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There is going to be another wine and dinner pairing at Lido this coming Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30 pm.  Customers and clients have been loving these special events that Lido have been hosting lately.  We wanted to let our readers know here at HCL about this event and to help get the word out for those wine lovers and foodies who may not be aware of Lido’s wine and dinner gatherings.

Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30-9:30 pm, Lido will be offering a five course wine tasting dinner. Wine educator and sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith will take guests through the wines and help them learn more about pairing tips, grapes, differences in growing practices and more, all in an intimate and relaxed setting. Wobensmith has been teaching wine classes for over 7 years.  Her passion began after visiting Italy and tasting wines throughout the countryside. Wobensmith earned her Sommelier Certificate with the Sommelier Society of America. The price is $105 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please call for reservations at: #646-490-8575 or #917-733-9413, as space will be limited.
Lido, located at 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 117th Street.  LidoHarlem.com

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September 18th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Walking through the neighborhood the other day on my way to work I noticed a local Harlem Cafe featuring African fare is closed.  Located at 2115 Frederick  Douglass Blvd.,”Cafe 2115″ tucked in-between Maharaja Palace and the Laundromat  has always been brightly lit with a flow of customers. I’ve only eaten their a few times in the couple plus years they have been opened. Here is a link to the not-so-positive Yelp reviews.   I dialed the telephone number and it is disconnected.  Papers are now up on the windows and work is in progress…

Cafe 2115 & Juice Bar on FDB

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August 31st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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After the huge success of Harlem Tavern on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Central Harlem, the owners have opened their latest location Heights Tavern in Washington Heights.  We have been waiting with anticipation for their new location to open and it finally did this past Thursday.  HarlemCondoLife will stop by and visit soon and look forward to checking it out with a review.  If it is anything like their Harlem Restaurant Row location on FDB they should do great.  Washington Heights has a lot of buzz lately and is a neighborhood to keep an eye on with recent businesses that have opened as well as restaurants coming soon.

Check out HEIGHTS TAVERN at 3910 Broadway in Washington Heights telephone #(619)501-3455.  Stay tuned for our follow up post and review.

For more information visit their website at Heights Tavern.

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August 25th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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The finalists are in and it’s going down!  Monday, August 26th at Harlem Tavern hosted by Bevy Smith with music by DJ Stormin’ Norman.  Uptown Battle of Bars VIP Showdown will start at 6 pm to 10 pm at Harlem Tavern.  Harlem Tavern is located in the heart of Harlem’s Restaurant Row at 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 116th Street.  Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy tickets.  

See yesterdays article in The Daily News 12 barkeeps vying for supremacy in Uptown Battle of the Bars…and all have a shot!  Pictures in this post are originally from the Daily News.

See our previous post  Uptown Battle Of The Bars Competition.

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July 20th, 2013 by harlemhouse

SAVANN OUTSIDE

We were asked recently to write a blog post about Savann and now after having dinner there two different times we thought we’d share our experience.  The first time we went it wasn’t very crowded as they had just opened and were still waiting on their liquor license and getting the word out.  The second visit the restaurant was busy and they were happy to let us know they have their liquor license.  It is great that they now have a full bar.  On a weekend night after a full work week the fist thing most customers want to order when they sit down is a cocktail.  I think this will really entice people to visit Savann and experience their cuisine.  The food was very good.  It was definitely different than anything else that we have here on Restaurant Row in Harlem.  We found the price point to be a bit steep, but depending on what you order you can regulate your expenses. They already have a 4 and a half star rating on Yelp.  Pretty impressive for a just newly opened restaurant.

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Wilted Baby Spinach Salad

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Stand outs here for us were the wilted Baby Spinach Salad with goat cheese (see menu) and the Shepherd Salad which is a classic Turkish salad which you find in most Mediterranean restaurants.  I couldn’t help comparing many of the dishes to Turkuaz Restaurant on Broadway and 100th Street.  However, they are totally different from each other but not in a bad way just each individually unique.  From the bread to their wide variety in entrees.  Definitely a nice addition to Harlem.

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We have tried the Crispy Grilled Half A Duck, Stuffed Pork Loin, Oven-Roasted Boneless Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak and the Pan Seared Salmon.  They are also vegetarian friendly with a Vegetable Strudel and Penne with Vegetables along with several vegetarian appetizers incuding Baked Portobello Mushroom and Mint Zucchini Pancakes and Beets and Spinach salads.  Of the entrees we enjoyed the Skirt Steak, Salmon and Stuffed Pork the most.  The Stuffed Pork is incredible stuffed with sun-dried tomato, sage. pine nuts; sweet potato puree, sauteed endive, prune-apricot sauce.  The combination of flavors are mouth watering and this dish is moderately priced at $18.  The Chicken was good with skin nicely crisped and seasoned, however it says boneless on the menu and mine wasn’t boneless, priced at $16.   The Grilled Skirt Steak comes sliced with tasty sides though not a huge portion it’s seasoned very well and priced at $19.  The Grilled Half A Duck is good, a healthy sized portion at $24.  They also have a Grilled Lamb Sirloin at $24.

S. Turkish Coffee Creme Brulee

For deserts they have a wide variety to select from.  The Chocolate Cake with ice cream, Baklava and Turkish Coffee Creme Brulee are the stand out choices in our opinion.  The Turkish Creme Brulee was very unique and flavorful.  A perfect ending to a gourmet Mediterranean dinner.

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Savann has a Delivery Menu and are doing very well with their home deliveries.  You can have a quality gourmet dinner delivered right to your home.  They are now serving Brunch on the weekends 11 am – 5 pm.   They are open 7 days a week Monday – Sunday for dinner 5 pm – 11 pm.  In the near future they plan on opening for lunch.

Welcome to the neighborhood Savann!

Savann (Mediterranean Restaurant)
2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
212-222-7990
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