April 19th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Happy Friday Harlem!!!  Are you are in the mood for a good scene and even better music?   Swing by Red Rooster tonight from 8pm – 1am and enjoy one of the coolest night spots in NY with one of the best masters of the turntables DJ Stormin’ Norman!

Drinks and socializing to the fullest with the best soul, classics, hip hop, house, funk, latin and dancehall music around.

Red Rooster at 301 Lenox Avenue at 125th Street
Harlem, NY 10027
212-792-9001

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March 15th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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HarlemCondoLife is honoured to be featured in AMNewYork’s excellent two full-page spread on South Harlem (SoHa).  The piece by reporter Lisa Fraser appeared on 3/14 in AMNewYork’s paper and digital editions.

The piece is well written and provides a great deal of history and current reference information about  this little corner of the village of Harlem.   Including  real estate, transportation, education, shopping, eating, the arts, the parks, the people and “the buzz”.

Below is one of several quotes:

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The article makes clear that this slice of Harlem continues to mature from when we  first coined it Harlem’s Restaurant Row into something even more special.  A place that we – the current writers for HarlemCondoLife.com,  all of whom are original founders as well – call “home”.

We want to thank AMNewYork’s Lisa Fraser for reaching out to us a few weeks back and including HarlemCondoLife.com in the research for her article.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to see more press coverage featuring HarlemCondoLife.com, including the New York Times.

Herve’ Jean-Baptiste a.k.a HarlemGuy | Current writer for and an original founder of  HarlemCondoLife.com.

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March 14th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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They’re back!!!  Hip Hop Saves Lives / WAN-LUV  informed us that the Brown Rice Family are returning to Red Rooster in Harlem.  If you want to check out this winning band of the “WNYC Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs” they will be performing Tuesday, March 19, at 8pm at Red Rooster in Harlem.

WAN-LUV is an Afro-Caribbean event series produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives, Negus World, Cocody Productions and Okai Musik.

Brown Rice Family are a world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Check out their sound here – available on iTunes.

Previous post and Bio – WAN-LUV – Brown Rice Family Bio

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March 9th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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With an extra hour of daylight this weekend we have more time to have fun!  Head over to The 5 and Diamond for Saturdays and Sunday Brunch.

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March 5th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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Harlem Food Bar

Monday through Sunday just pick a night for freshly prepared food (MENU- a word from the chef) and a popular bar scene.  For those of us living here in Harlem we already know Harlem Food Bar has become quite the trendy spot.  I have to say whether I go there on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or on a weekend night, I always meet new and interesting people.  It draws a wide spectrum of Harlem’s crowd in a comfortable setting.  Like the fact that last night a customer stopped in for dinner and beer on the way home to 149th street, and a couple having drinks at the bar were from Third Avenue in East Harlem.  It is a very friendly environment for a quick bite or long evening of drinks and dinner.  Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity having a casual dinner or a film crew filming at this Harlem hot spot.

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Spring, Summer and Fall you can always look forward to the outside dining which Harlem Food Bar and across the street neighbor Bier International have set up nicely.

NOTE: Customers can now call ahead for Pick-up Orders.  Call 212-222-9570 to place your order.  If you haven’t tried their turkey or veggie burger I highly recommend it.  Best turkey burger in Harlem.

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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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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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March 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like very soon and hopefully any day now Vinateria will be opening their door to New York in Harlem.  After speaking with one of the owners recently about what we can expect from them, it remains pretty much the same as what we posted a few months back (see previous post) Vinateria Coming Along In Harlem.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.

The concept behind Vinateria is expected to be a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.  Sounds good to me.  A corner location for a new restaurant is always a plus , Melba’s, Lido, Chocolàt, Maison Harlem and now soon Vinateria. Stay tuned for our menu review and opening announcements coming soon.

Find them on their Facebook page for updates and additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

Vinateria Harlem
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York

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February 18th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

Slave: Escaping The Chains of Freedom (Volume 1)


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February 7th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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A friend to our blog let us know that an episode of “Selling New York” will air tonight on the HGTV channel with many Harlem businesses represented.

From what I am told, you can expect to see on this particular episode the very popular 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Cedric French Bistro located on 119th Street, and Harlem’s famous Make my Cake on 116th Street.

Here is a clip from an episode of SELLING NEW YORK.

Already a fan of HGTV’s “Selling New York”, “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International” we are especially looking forward to seeing “our Harlem” represented on this new episode of Selling New York.  FYI, this is the third time Harlem has been represented on Selling New York.  We here at HarlemCondoLife are not at all surprised to see more attention coming to Harlem.

Make sure to tune in tonight  to “Selling New York” on HGTV at 6:30pm.

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February 4th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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WAN-LUV at RED ROOSTER in Harlem featuring BROWN RICE FAMILY this Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  They will be performing from 8:00pm until 11:00pm.

WAN-LUV is an Afro-Caribbean event series produced by HIP HOP SAVES LIVES, NEGUS WOLRD, COCODY PRODUCTIONS and OKAI MUSIK.

Brown Rice Family is today’s freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural flow of things.  BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dance hall, afro-beat, jazz stylings, rock, brazilian, Latin, and funk.

See you there!

Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave., at West 125th, New York, New York 10027
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