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Review: Barawine Harlem – Great space and food

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I finally had a chance to dine at Barawine in Harlem one chilly quiet weekday evening.  I had an incredible experience.

Barawine is located in the space formerly occupied by Harlem’s first and short-lived caviar bar.   The venue is beautifully laid out and visually stunning.  I loved what felt like three different spaces each with unique feel and charm.  The display of wine bottles is particularly beautiful.  We were greeted by friendly attentive staff, all of whom spoke French.  The owner greeted us warmly and identified recommended dishes all of which I tried.  My dishes pictured below were warm and savory, the portions filling, and the prices right.

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The wine selected by the owner was terrific.  The Spicy Corn and Poblano Cheese Soup was silky smooth and just spicy enough.  Every bite of the The Branzino Provencal was as flavorful and as unique as the last – truly delicious.

What I particularly like about this corner of Harlem, this particular Harlem restaurant row as it were, is that there is a decidedly french feel to it with newcomer Cheri up the block and across the street (stay tuned for our review of Cheri) and Chez Lucienne adjacent to Red Rooster up the block on the same side of the Street where Barawine is located.  I love the French influence in Harlem, being of French-Canadian and Haitian descent.

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Barawine Harlem is located on 200 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of 120th Street.

ADDRESS
200 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

PHONE NUMBER
+1 646 756 4154

EMAIL
info@barawine.com

Also available via Seamless and Opentable.

Maison Harlem – French Savoir-Faire

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I had the pleasure of dining at Maison Harlem this weekend.  It’s easily a top 5 local favorite.  The crowd is hip. The food is delicious, plentiful and well priced. The staff is nice, attentive and knowledgeable.  I loved the fact that I was able to speak to the staff and the the owner in both French or English as the mood dictated.  This was my third visit to Maison and each time Samuel Thiam (one of the owners and the evening’s host) has greeted us graciously. We were accompanied by a large group including visiting friends from out of town.  We enjoyed a variety of appetizers, dinner and desert.  See their full menu here MAISON.  I recommend the seasonal oysters, steak tartare, french onion soup or the fried calamari for starters.  For entrees the wild mushroom risotto with grilled seafood is very good.  My friend ordered it and said that this is what she came back for.  The grilled new york shell steak is delicious with either red wine or peppercorn sauce.  Other popular dishes that stood out were the grilled salmon, the duck leg confit and the daurade sauce vierge (royal dorade fish with sauce vierge, grilled asparagus & new potatoes).  Ask for their specials and deserts.  We loved the creme brûlée and lava cake.

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MAISON HARLEM Wild Mushroom Risotto

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MAISON HARLEM Daurade Sauce Vierge

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MAISON HARLEM

I’m told from friends that the burgers are excellent but I’ve not been their for brunch or lunch yet.  I was happy to see that on the lunch menu they offer croque monsieur which is a childhood favorite of mine.

Maison takes reservations (recommended) for parties of four and higher.  Each time I have been there the bar has been crowded – whether it be middle of the week or on the weekend.  This is impressive and shows that by word of mouth and reputation Maison Harlem is a success.

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MAISON HARLEM les toilettes

MAISON HARLEM
341 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10027
(212) 222-9224

CEDRIC – Update! Good Things Come To Those Who Wait.

By HarlemHouse
It won’t be long now.  Good things come to those who wait.  The highly anticipated Cedric Bistro which resides in the old “Mojo” space on 119th Street and St. Nicholas is barreling along with construction for a summer grand opening.  An inside source at Cedric tells us that it could be as soon as early next month.  See my previous post

Originally it was scheduled to open in June but like everything else around here from condominiums to restaurants, construction delays are pushing things back.  Not too much longer now though.
We will be following their progress closely and bringing you exclusive first hand information as it develops.
Stay tuned.
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Great Progress At Harlem's New Cedric Restaurant

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.