January 13th, 2014 by tharealharlemista

FUEL READY TO GO

Walking on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 123rd yesterday, we noticed that the butcher paper is off the windows of Fuel and it seems almost ready to go.  We can’t wait to try it!

Custom Fuel Pizza
2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, N.Y.
646-524-5636
(Opening January 27th in NYC)
Website Custom Fuel Pizza

*More info see our previous posts Fuel for the Neighborhood – Harlem

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Custom FUEL Interior

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July 24th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Ricardo Steak House doesn’t need help from a blog to bring them any business, but a reader of HarlemCondoLife asked us recently why we have never reviewed Ricardo’s?  Since then I’ve been trying to go back there to take some photos and see if it was as good as I had remembered.  Living in West Harlem I don’t get over to East Harlem as much as I’d like too. So this past weekend we headed over with another blogger from DestinationHarlemTV and had dinner on Saturday night.  It was as good as I had remembered if not even maybe a little better. This is not a place for your parents and your kids, this is a place for us.  The people are loud, the music is loud and the food is excellent!  The atmosphere on a weekend night you can expect people out in front waiting for a table to free up. It’s normally not too bad of a wait if you come early.  There is a nice bar area as you walk towards a large dinning area which spills out onto a great covered porch area with additional seating.  A really nice touch is that the porch is open all year long.  If you are not the type of person that likes a party, this is not the place for you.  If you are looking for a party with your steak, this is your place.  Music is pumping, the hostesses are very attractive and friendly, the servers are really efficient and the steaks in my opinion are one of the best in Harlem.  You feel well taken care of which is pretty spectacular considering all the chaos that the staff seem to manage with an experienced ease.  If you are coming up from downtown Manhattan it is worth the trip.  If you are coming over from West Harlem or down from Upper Harlem, you won’t be disappointed.  Wardrobe is a little of everything (it was a very hot summer night the night we were there) some were dressed casually in shorts (including one of my friends) but the majority of the crowd were dressed to impress.  Especially the Ladies.

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To begin with you will start with a basket of Garlic Bread which they are somewhat famous for.  Toasted served warm and would be very easy to fill up on before your dinner. I’d recommend the Sauteed Garlic Shrimp with mixed greens appetizer, very refreshing in an herb white wine sauce.  They have a real nice variety and selection of appetizers to choose from (see MENU) but also listen to their specials of the day.  For dinner one of my friends had the Skirt Steak with Grilled Shrimp, Mashed Potatoes and String Beans which he liked a lot. Big cut of steak too. I also recommend the Filet Mignon which was cooked and seasoned perfectly and a large cut (8 oz) of steak. This comes with roasted Red Bliss Potatoes and Garlic Spinach.  The red potato side was one of the best I’d ever had.  I normally like mashed and was considering the plantains which I’d had once before  but I would definitely get the red bliss again when I go back.  My other friend had the Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes and Juicy Basil Tomato Wedges.  I’d like to order this next time but might add a side of sweet plantains.  There are a lot of other options if you are not a steak lover from Fish N’ Chicks to Pastas.

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The vibe is very much a neighborhood and regulars crowd who continue to come back for the good service and great food.  Reminded me of all the other places I like in East Harlem that we need to blog more about here at HarlemCondoLife.  If you haven’t yet experienced Ricardo Steak House I definitely would recommend it.  I can’t wait to go back.  I recommend for dinner to eat in the main dinning room or the porch area.  Be prepared to wait a little bit but it goes quickly.  Just order a sangria or mojito at the bar and enjoy people watching and the music by the DJ.  Or you can wait outside in front until your name is called.  We waited no longer than 15 minutes and sat in the main room.

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Atmosphere: Fun, loud, festive
Food: Excellent steak, flavorful, reasonably priced
Music: Great, hiphop, classics, spanish, house
Crowd: Attractive, youngish, neighborhood, mixed
Location: On 2nd Ave between 110th & 111th Street

Ricardo Steak House in East Harlem, NY

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July 24th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Harlem Welcomes 2647, A New American Fusion Concept Bar, Lounge and Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard which will open August 3rd, 2013.

2647 Harlem Bar, Lounge & Restaurant features 11 high definition televisions as well as an 80-inch HD flat screen serving as a centerpiece directly behind the 1,000 square foot main bar. With ample room for large groups, 2647 will incorporate an 800 square foot lounge area, a separate 1,000 square foot VIP room for private events and bottle service, and an open-air 400 square foot outdoor patio.

The Grand Opening of 2647 will be Saturday, August 3rd at 9pm, with a registered media event and soft opening on August 1st.  If you are interested in attending the registered media event contact info2647harlem.com.   Considering how crowded Harlem Tavern is nightly on Frederick Douglass & 116th Street, 2647 Harlem should also do well higher up on the Boulevard on 141 Street.  Looking forward to checking it out soon.

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2647 Harlem
2647 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, New York 10030

(301) 520-5555

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July 9th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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We stopped by the first night of Jadore Jado Sunday’s at Jado Sushi this past weekend.  It was a nice sized crowd for this new weekly LGBT party.  We arrived with friends around 9:30 pm but unfortunately had to leave early.  HarlemCondoLife looks forward to stopping by again sometime soon.

Nobu (the owner of Jado and The Winery in Harlem) was making the rounds and was a gracious host.  The DJ was good and spinning great paradise garage style feel good soulful house.

Jadore Jado Sundays

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July 1st, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Their website is not quite launched thepark112.com but things are looking ambitious for The Park 112 the last couple of days after taking this new photo of their interior.  We haven’t posted much about this “coming soon” business on FDB/8th Ave but we have been following the postings of our fellow bloggers and the media.  According to Harlem Bespoke and others, The Park 112 was originally set to open in Spring of 2013.  As this photo (above) shows the paper is now removed from the windows and finishing touches are looking more advanced.  We will continue to monitor their progress and keep you posted on opening dates as soon as we find out more.  With neighbors like Zoma, 67 Orange Street & The 5 and Diamond this new Champagne Bar & Restaurant will be in great company on Harlem Restaurant Row.

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June 20th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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(UPDATE: We did go there this weekend. Our review coming soon!)

A few weeks back we stopped by Slivana’s and visited with the owners who were hard at work but gave us a tour of their new place.   Sivan and her husband Abdel are opening their third Harlem business “Silvana” Friday, June 21st.  On Friday the downstairs only will be open for their Opening party.  Saturday both the upstairs and downstairs will be open for business.

They also own the successful and one of my personal favorite music spots, The Shrine as well as the popular French bistro and bar Yatenga which are both located further uptown on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Sivan was explaining that they wanted to bring a similar type of place to lower Harlem but with Israeli cuisine on the menu.  Located just off the corner on 116th Street and FDB directly across from Harlem Tavern they couldn’t have chosen a better location.

Downstairs will have a restaurant, bar, performance stage, DJ set up and tables.  A very cool cozy vibe and pretty spacious from what I could see under construction.  This will be a nice addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They plan to have live music every night followed by a DJ and late night Hookah.  Upstairs will feature accessories from around the world such as tea, coffee and a variety of other things including home goods.  Sivan was hinting that eventually they may have an outdoor area (patio) in the back as well which would be very cool, but first they just want to open and get things up and running.

I predict Silvana’s will be equally as successful as the Shrine for the customers who frequent Harlem Tavern and the various other locations that offer live music.  What will set Silvana apart is they will provide  live music every night in addition to Israeli food which will make them truly unique for all of us Harlemites to enjoy.  A few of us from HarlemCondoLife are going this weekend to try it out so stay tuned for a follow up review.

Silvana
300 W. 116th Street (at FDB/ 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
(646)692-4935

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June 11th, 2013 by tharealharlemista

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The change of venue didn’t deter the crowds at the first Sundae Sermon of the 2013 season…in fact there were more good people grooving to good music than ever.

On a gorgeous sunny Sunday, St Nicholas Park resounded with pumping dance beats spun by legendary dj’s Louie Vega, Kevin Hedge and, of course, Stormin’ Norman himself.  Folks swaying, kids playing, everyone meeting and greeting–Sundae Sermon is truly a Harlem classic. See you at the next one!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34CI-auoT8&feature=youtu.be

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May 14th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Wall of Fame

We finally have a good diner on Lenox in Harlem.  This afternoon we attended the soft opening at Harlem Shake and enjoyed exactly what you would expect, shakes and burgers.  Very pleasantly pleased by the retro fifties decor (by Dennis Decker) right down to the order-and-pick-up diner style format.  The official opening will be held in 2 days on Thursday, May 16th.  They are waiting on their license for outdoor seating as well which will expand the diner for the summer months.

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The shakes are delicious!  We recommend the Red Velvet Shake.  Our favorite burger of the three that we sampled was the “Hot Mess” spicy, messy and everything good.  The fries were good.  Nice and piping hot, skin on the potato and just the right amount of salt.

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We predict many future busy nights here as they are set in the perfect location on the South/West corner of 124th street and Lenox Avenue.

They have added some very cool touches such as the Wall of Fame (above) which consists of a large collage of celebrities from Bill Clinton to Cassandra Wilson who have autographed their head shots on the wall.  We predict this will soon become a Harlem Hot Spot for local Harlemites as well as tour busses and the Sunday brunch crowd passing through and taking pictures of Harlem Shake.  While we were there, already a group of kids came in and asked if they could take a picture inside the place.  With it’s retro vibe, even though it is brand new we had the feeling that it had been there for years.  Also they serve wine and beer for those that want drinks with their fries.  The music playing was a little hip hop, a touch of rap and some R&B and great soul classics.  Perfect.

Thank you Jelena, for your hospitality today.  Congratulations to the whole crew and welcome to the neighborhood!

Fantastic design by Dennis Decker.   Well done.

*They will be open from 11am to 11pm weekdays and weekends they will be open until 2am.

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Vintage jet magazine covers drape the bathroom walls. Fantastic!

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Harlem Shake
harlemshakenyc.com
follow on twitter @HarlemShakeNYC

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April 30th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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The highly anticipated Vinateria was well worth the wait.  We enjoyed dinner there on a very crowded Saturday night a week ago.  We sat at the bar for a quick 15 minutes and visited with Antoinette (the lovely bartender mentioned in our previous post) until our table was ready.  A lot of familiar faces in Harlem were there curious to check out Vinateria’s first Saturday night.  We did not notice many people eating dinner at first, only having drinks.  But we arrived around 9:30 pm and our delightful server Ashley explained more people were having dinner earlier and that we arrived more towards the second shift.  After we sat down a large table of 10 sat next to us who all ordered dinner as well as many others.  I definitely recommend that you try their food along with their wine selection.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.  Actually I was thrilled!  As we wrote about Vinateria back in December the owner (Yvette) teamed up with Gabriela and Gustavo Lopez who have worked at many downtown hotspots (see our previous post) in the past.  Gustavo developed the menu and Gabriela developed their wine and beverage program.

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The menu (above) is a great compilment to the wine and beverages.  We enjoyed the simplicity of it though it was a little limited with dinner options.  That being said, what we had we loved.  They have divided the menu up by small, medium and large along with a cheese & charcuterie section and desserts.  It is very resonably priced.  Espeically the Large section entrees which are not huge portions but priced accordingly.  A perfectly cooked NY strip steak (below) at $20 that my friends enjoyed.

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I was very pleased with their sauteed striped bass at $18 (above) with sides of mustard greens and mashed potatoes.  The bass was beautifully cooked with a nice crisp skin.  Very flavorful and well executed.  The hand-cut beef tartare (below) with cornichon, capers and fried quail egg… wow!  I was fighting my friends off with my fork, unsuccessfully.  It was perfect.  I highly recommend it.  They have a homemade spaghetti with fava beans in a tomato sauce that looked very good and a nice vegetarian option.  We also started with a selection of various cheeses which set the dinner off to nice start especially with the wines recomended by Gabriela.  We tried the Ostatu (a rose) and the Lurra and a Carmenere.  Wine lovers and connoisseurs will be happy here.  You are in good hands.  Whether you choose to sit in the wine bar area of Vinateria or the restaurant side, after being there twice I can say both sections are comfortable and enjoyable.  Please see part one of our review Harlem Welcomes Vinateria On Their Opening Night from last week with more wine recommendations and additional information.  I think for the wine, food, atmosphere, customer service, location and  how well run this place is by the owner (Yvette), along with the unbeatable team of Gabriella and Gustavo that Vinateria will leave customers wanting to come back for more.  A very welcome addition to Harlem.

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(above) Freshly grown Herbs in a window planter at Vinateria to help Gustavo flavor the food prepared in the kitchen.

Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
(212)662-8462

They will have a website and twitter account soon but you can follow them now on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

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April 29th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun.  Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week.  I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and  Promotions.  We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem.  There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception.  It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior.  I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse.  Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue.  Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months.  It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU.  Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute.  The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas.  My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand  marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings.  You cannot go wrong with that combo.  Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good.  But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)

*Stay tuned as HarlemCondoLife will continue to keep you posted with events at the Shrine.

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Classic album covers cover the ceiling of Shrine

Shrine Bar Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030
(212) 690-7807

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