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.
(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.
300 W. 116th Street (at FDB/ 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
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!
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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.
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.
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.