Several Harlemites have $20.11 posted on their Facebook or WeHarlem pages and it’s not a reminder of the current year. It’s locals reminding us through social networks that it is restaurant and retail month right here in Harlem. From April 15 to May 15, select local businesses are offering special deals. If you’re wondering who is participating, see the complete list below.
Last year, I went to Chez Lucienne and enjoyed the meal and deal very much. I wonder where I should dine this year for this occasion?
And a big thanks to Harlem Park to Park, who is once again leading this effort to promote all the wonderful retail businesses we have right here in Harlem.
67 ORANGE STREET 2082 Eighth Avenue
BIER INTERNATIONAL 2099 Eighth Avenue
CHEZ LUCIENNE 308 Lenox Avenue
CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT 2223 Eighth Avenue
GRAN PIATTO D’ORO 1429 Fifth Avenue
LIDO HARLEM 2168 Eighth Avenue
MOCA LOUNGE 2210 Eighth Avenue
NATIVE RESTAURANT 101 W. 118th Street
NECTAR WINE BAR 2235 Eighth Avenue
RED ROOSTER HARLEM 310 Lenox Avenue
RISTORANTE SETTEPANI 196 Lenox Avenue
SOCIETY COFFEE 2104 Eighth Avenue
SYLVIA’S RESTAURANT 328 Lenox Avenue
BIKRAM YOGA EAST HARLEM 4 E. 116th Street
FRANZ JAMES FLORAL BOUTIQUE 2114 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO ATELIER 2292 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO BOUTIQUE 2276 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM VINTAGE 2235 Eighth Avenue
LEVAIN BAKERY 2167 Eighth Avenue
MODSQUAD CYCLES 2119 Eighth Avenue
For me, this is a day filled with joy, with pride and with hope.I’ll be watching the swearing in of our 44th president with my aunt, a lively octogenarian who has lived in Harlem for the last fifty years, who remembers the “No Coloreds” signs in stores on 125th Street and who wept tears of joy the night Barack Obama was elected; and my daughter, a bright young woman who will be graduating from one of America’s best universities this spring, who never experienced segregation but who knows well its living legacy; who has experienced special scrutiny from security guards, indifference from shop clerks; hostility from police officers and marginalization by majority students because of the color of her skin; who wants to believe in change but has already been taught to doubt her ability to make change
happen. I will be with them when I watch Barrack Obama take the oath of office as Michelle Obama and their two young daughters, so like my own two girls at that age, stand beside him.It is hard to overstate what this inauguration will mean to us all and yet we all expect so much more of this man. The night he was elected President, he said to the jubilant crowd in Chicago: “This is your victory.”If we fail to help him achieve the change he has promised, it will be our failure. Each of us must do our part to help him overcome the tremendous obstacles we are facing. If we can’t find a way to come together to solve the enormous problems that face us – health care, education, the economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; then the failure will not be his, it will be ours.As we revel in the excitement and triumph of this day, let’s also reflect on what each of us is prepared to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Great Italian Restaurant opened 2 months ago in the hood: Gran Piatto d’Oro.
The atmoshpere is relaxing and inviting, the service is top notch, and most importantly, the food is delicious! It is not as inexpensive as you would hope it to be, which is the only bad thing I can say about it. However, once you experience an evening dining there, you will feel that the price is worth it. I highly recommend their appetizer and entree specials but the standards, Sophia Loren Chicken Dish and Seafood Risotto, are also very tasty. The staff are eager to please and the opera music and sometimes live Pianist make for a very relaxing and comfortable dining experience.
Gran Piatto d’Oro
Located at 1429 Fifth Avenue (between 116th & 117th St.)
212 722 2161