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.
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.
341 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10027
Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant is open on Lenox Avenue and they are having a celebration tonight from 6PM to Midnight! This location on Lenox Ave is real hot right now with the famous Sylvia’s and newer restaurants like Red Rooster and Corner Social all within a two block radius.
Tonight will be the first of many celebrations at Les Ambassades including their grand reopening in a couple weeks. Hopefully on August 24th but we were informed by our source that it is still in the planning stages.
Come and join the fun tonight with DJ Breeze DJing. See you there! (See info below)
Multi-Rhythmic Mix (Vol.II) On this collection you will hear a variety of artists and styles of music across the the globe… English, African, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Chillout, House, Electronic, Soul, Dubstep and Jazz. Carefully selected, compiled and mixed by RhythmDB.
Nero – 2808 (Intro)
DJ Click – Guadalquivir (feat. Valentina Casula)
Thievery Corporation – Where It All Starts
Variety Lab – I Can’t Help Thinking About You
Zahed Sultan – I Want Her But I Don’t Want Her
Shonky – Le Velour
Bliss – Dunia (Visti & Meyland Remix)
Mayra Andrade & Trio Mocoto – Berimbau
Robert Elias – Tanto, Tanto
Gregory Porter – 1960 What? (Peas Remix)
DJ Cam – Swim (Blackjoy Remix)
Maya Jane Coles – Little One
Sven Van Hees – Leaving
RhythmDB ft. Mike Harvey – Out Of The Blue (Freedomsound Mix)
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.