March 3rd, 2013 by HarlemGuy
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MAISON HARLEM

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

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August 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse
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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)
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We are Open and Ready to Celebrate!!
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Come Celebrate President Obama’s Birthday
 
@ Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant
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341 Lenox Avenue @ 127th Street
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
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6pm – Midnight
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Music Provided by:  DJ Breeze
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December 22nd, 2011 by harlemhouse

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.


Playlist

  1. Nero – 2808 (Intro)
  2. DJ Click – Guadalquivir (feat. Valentina Casula)
  3. Thievery Corporation – Where It All Starts
  4. Variety Lab – I Can’t Help Thinking About You
  5. Zahed Sultan – I Want Her But I Don’t Want Her
  6. Shonky – Le Velour
  7. Bliss – Dunia (Visti & Meyland Remix)
  8. Mayra Andrade & Trio Mocoto – Berimbau
  9. Robert Elias – Tanto, Tanto
  10. Gregory Porter – 1960 What? (Peas Remix)
  11. DJ Cam – Swim (Blackjoy Remix)
  12. Maya Jane Coles – Little One
  13. Sven Van Hees – Leaving
  14. RhythmDB ft. Mike Harvey – Out Of The Blue (Freedomsound Mix)
  15. Julien Jabre – Swimming Places
  16. Human Life – In It Together (Original mix)
  17. Estroe – Driven (Distortion Remix)
  18. Elon & Vincenzo – Yarra Valley (Reprise)
  19. Second Date – Young, Beatiful Etc.
  20. Kaskade – Let Me Go (Original & Ice Mix)
  21. Thievery Corporation – Safar (The Journey)
  22. Nero – Innocence
  23. Grace Jones & Brigitte Fontaine – La caravane
  24. Deadmau5 – Aural Psynapse (Radio Edit)

Cover Art by Herve’

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July 19th, 2011 by harlemhouse

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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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

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.

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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

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.

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June 11th, 2011 by harlemhouse

A new follow up Podcast to “SCOTB” Vol. I  Summer Cocktails On The Beach (Vol. II) is now available on iTunes.

This podcast is the perfect mix for you to share a bottle of wine with friends, or head to the water’s edge with your headphones and enjoy the sunset. On this mix you will hear relaxing Jazz, Chillout, World, R&B, Brazilian, French, Spanish, Electronic and Downtempo tracks blended together to keep you in that perfect summertime vibe.

Mixed specifically for one of those perfect summer afternoons or evenings to sit back, relax and enjoy…

Download on iTunes Summer Cocktails On The Beach (Vol. II)

Stream from Podbean 

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May 25th, 2011 by harlemhouse

Oeuf Columbus

CREPES ON COLUMBUS

By HarlemHouse
This is becoming one of my favorite new breakfast and lunch spots near to lower Harlem.  Though just on the outer skirts of what is considered the official Harlem line, they do deliver to lower Fredrick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. area.   Actually I just confirmed with the informative and likable Manager/Owner Steve that they do in fact deliver from Lennox Ave to Riverside up to around 120th/ 121st street.  Keep in mind they get very busy (especially on weekends) so depending on the day it may take longer for your order to arrive.

The food is very good, fresh and a nice alterntive to the greasy spoon diner.  Though nothing against the greasy food diner experience.  The one I frequently go to for the basic breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast is “Tom’s Restaurant” located on 112th St. and Broadway.  But you can’t have that everyday.   Crepes on Columbus has a tantalizing diversity of choices for your taste buds.  Everything tastes good!

Starting with my favorite which lately I have been ordering for breakfast quite frequently is the “Oeuf Columbus” Poached eggs on a goat cheese potato cake with ratatouille and a baquette on the side.  Delicious!

I usually add their homemade apple turnover or a chocolate or almond croissant to my order.  Ok it’s not the discount $6.50 dollar breakfast at the diner joint.  But for what you are getting and the quality and preparation of the food it is fairly reasonable.  The Ouef Columbus is priced at $9.75  with a baguette on the side.  The croissants are priced at $2.oo and the turnovers are $2.25.

Also very good are the sandwiches.  I have ordered the Cubana (slightly altered from the Cubano which is traditionally a cuban sandwich) and the Prosciutto & fresh mozzarella sandwich.  Both very good.  All sandwiches are served with organic mesclun salad on the side.

But don’t forget about the Crepes!  After all it is in the title so you already know they are going to be good.  Too many choices to choose from or you can create one on your own.  From breakfast crepes, sandwich crepes to dessert crepes they are all freshly prepared and incredible.  But check out the menu for yourself and see what looks good to you at www.crepesoncolumbus.com.

Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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CREPES ON COLUMBUS

#(212) 222-0259

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February 2nd, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

New Podcast by RhythmDB for HCL.

Come in out of the snow and relax with a new podcast MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 1) by RhythmDB.  With a variety of World, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Spanish, African, French & Electronic music , this collection will bring you 80 minutes of aural satisfaction.  It might be stormy outside but inside there’s a warm vibe with eclectic songs compiled and mixed by RhythmDB… for you to enjoy.

On MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 1) you will hear music by… Jimpster, Donati, Bliss & Lisbeth Scott, N*Grandjean (Jazzbox Remix), Urban Myth Club (7th Avenue Zero Hours Mix), Faith Evans & Keyshia Cole, Gabin, K-OS, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ricardo Eberspacher, Blank & Jones, Omar Bashir, Teena Marie, Razzoof & Zeb (Red Sea Mix), Henrik Schwartz & Amampondo (Dixon’s Stripped Down Remix), Kiki Navarro & C.B, and Bliss (Global Expansion Mix)

Available for download on itunes or streaming on podbean.

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July 22nd, 2010 by harlemhouse

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