(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
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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…
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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.
Her eyes follow you
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.
Vintage jet magazine covers drape the bathroom walls. Fantastic!
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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.
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.
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.
(above) Freshly grown Herbs in a window planter at Vinateria to help Gustavo flavor the food prepared in the kitchen.
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
They will have a website and twitter account soon but you can follow them now on Facebook.
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