October 14th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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RICHARD PARSONS’ THE CECIL NAMED 2014 BEST RESTAURANT IN AMERICA BY ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

First Time a Harlem, NY Restaurant Awarded​ This Title

On Tuesday evening Esquire Magazine will unveil the winners of their first annual American Food & Drink Awards at The Cecil in Harlem, NY.

THE CECIL will be named the ​2014 ​Best New Restaurant in America.

THE CECIL, created by New York businessman Richard Parsons and noted restaurateur and chef Alexander Smalls, is New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie.

Inspired by the travels, exploration and study of the African Diaspora its goal is to connect communities through food, comfort and hospitality.  Afro / Asian / American cuisine is a fusion of the best of what each of those distinct food cultures has to offer.

It traces the global migration of African-descendant people through the influence of African spices, textures and cooking techniques on traditional American, Latin and Asian dishes.

Guided by this concept, Executive Chef Smalls and Chef de CuisineJoseph “JJ” Johnson have conspired to create unique plates that combine the familiar with the unexpected.

Location: 210 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10026

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August 7th, 2014 by HarlemMom

flat topI recently went to Flat Top with my brother and daughter and we enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it so much that I went back the following week with my husband and daughter.

The first time I shared the mussles as an appetizer and had the shrimp appetizer as an entrée with a side of broccoli rabe. My brother had the chicken dish which he said was the best meal he’s had in sometime. We shared the semi-sweet chocolate mousse for dessert which was yummy.

The following time I shared the burrata caprese salad which was delicious. I had the chicken dish which was exquisite. All were delicious but my favorite was the chicken dish and the bread pudding which I had for dessert and split with my husband. He by the way, also had the chicken dish.

Flat Top is a bistro that has been open for a little over a year now on Amsterdam Avenue. It is charming inside and what I also like about it is that it is not super crowded.

Can’t wait to go back and try some other tasty dishes!

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July 21st, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Summer Sizzles on Lenox (#SummerSizzles) is rescheduled for Tuesday, July 22 tomorrow night.  Buy your advance tickets before midnight tonight, 2-for-1 for discounted price.  Tickets are $10 at the door for one.

Buy here Summer Sizzles on Lenox

See below for menus:

A. Barawine 200 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: tomato mozzarella bruschetta, mini tuna tartar wakame, cheese and charcuterie sampler; DRINK: Select wines $5

B. Blvd Bistro 239 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: fried Natchez okra, short rib taco, turkey slider;
DRINK $5: select wine, beer and spiked sweet tea

C. Chéri 231 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: mini zucchini stuffed w/ratatouille, goat cheese & vichyssoise;
DRINK $5: Sangria

D. Chez Lucienne 308 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: assorted pass hors d’oeuvres
DRINK $5: well drinks, wine and beers

E. Corner Social 321 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: Hawaiian chicken skewers, veggie rolls, summer chickpeas and cucumber salad;
DRINK $5: Carver Melon Hendricks cocktail

F. Cove Lounge 325 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: fried truffle mac and cheese ball, island wings, spiced fries;
DRINK $5: select beers, Carver Punch, Hendricks Gin cocktail

G. Harlem Shake 100 W 124th St
EAT $5: Sizzlin’ Sonoran Dog, Classic Harlem Happiness (Harlem Classic burger with cheese), Summer Jam milkshake (Summer peach with peach pieces), Fly Fry combo (Chicken Strips, ½ Fries, Honey Mustard Dip), Sweetie Pie Combo (Sweet Potato Pie, Coffee);
DRINK $5: Cheap White and Cheap Red wine glass, Lil Sumtin’ for Beer Lovers (Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ or Sugar Hill Pint)

H. Lenox Saphire 341 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: Fataya ,Nems ,Yassa Poulet , Dibi Lamb; DRINK $5: select beer, wine and saphire shot

I. LaBodega 47 161 Lenox Avenue (bracelet pick up)
EAT $5: chicken tacos, veggie spring rolls, curry chicken bowl, steak bowl;
DRINK $5: Hendricks punch, Rum chocolate-tini punch, National rum day punch

J. Red Rooster Harlem 310 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: ‘Red Deviled’ Eggs;
DRINK $5: Lenox Lightening

K. Settepani 196 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: Eggplant rolls with tomatoes and mozzarella, Salmon cured with Hendricks with cucumbers served on endives, Lamb sliders with caramelIzed onions and sesame; Dessert: Carver-licious sorbet with Hendricks Gin;
DRINK $5: Italiano – Hendricks martini with red bell pepper and basil, white sangria

L. Sylvia’s Restaurant 328 Lenox Ave
EAT $5: Mac and Cheese Bites, Assorted Wings Sampler, Collard Green Spring Roll

Carver Federal Savings Bank 75 W 125th St (bracelet pick up)

Specials are subject to availability and to change without notice. Visit the participating restaurants for more details and additional specials.

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July 8th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Spice it up this month with SUMMER SIZZLES ON LENOX – Sidewalk Cafe Crawl  in Harlem!  This is a great way to preview many restaurants you have been wanting to visit.  Check out Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Chéri  Harlem, Chez Lucienne, Corner Sociel, Cove Lounge, Harlem Shake, La Bodega 47, Lenox Saphire, Red Rooster Harlem, Settepani and Sylvia’s Restaurant all participating in this special event.   Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

2-for-1 advance tickets are available now at $10.00.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

#LENOXSIZZLES

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June 26th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

Other changes include a new partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Goldman Sachs.

MORE DETAILS BELOW

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A Festival Grows in Harlem: The 3rd Annual Harlem Arts Fest Kicks Off June 27th NEW YORK, NY – The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

The heart of the festival will remain in Marcus Garvey Park with a record 41 artists showcasing their work during the festival on the main stage in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, at the second stage near the northwest entrance of the park, and displaying their visual artwork on the HAF Gallery Walk. “The Harlem Arts Festival is becoming an annual destination for not only local residents, but for people from all over the city,” said Neal Ludevig, executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival. “It’s been amazing to watch the festival and the HAF family grow exponentially year after year.”

What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival program has expanded to a three-day event with the addition of an opening night party for the community and artists at MIST Harlem. Three up-and-coming artists will perform on the MIST stage, followed by a dance party with DJ Raydar;

• In a new collaboration, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Harlem Arts Festival will present a culminating celebration of their Jazz for Young People on Tour: Let Freedom Swing program on the main stage of the festival this year;

• The festival has partnered with Harlem Eats to host the Harlem Food Truck Rally at Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th; • Festival sponsors this year include: Whole Foods, JetBlue, Healthfirst, Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Herban Farmer’s Market, and KIND Healthy Snacks;

• KIND will work with a Harlem-based florist to erect a “KIND Wall” of flowers to encourage people to commit random acts of kindness at the festival; -next page- Page 1 of 2Page 2 of 22 What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival received a grant from Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks, a global volunteer initiative that allows GS employees to take a day off to volunteer with local nonprofits. Goldman Sachs is providing 50 volunteers for the festival;

• And lastly, the festival will introduce a HAF Card that gives every visitor a chance to win prizes that include downloadable digital prints and songs by festival artists, HAF apparel and tote bags and free flights from JetBlue.

Festival attendees can get their HAF card stamped at each performance and activity area for a chance to win. Visit HarlemArtsFestival.com for the full festival schedule and list of performers and follow @HarlemArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram or you can follow the #HAF2014 hashtag for live updates leading up to- and during the festival weekend.

About The Harlem Arts Festival:

The Harlem Arts Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that presents a free annual multi- disciplinary event that showcases local performers and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. The festival aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts- related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family.

This project is part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the Spring and Summer months.

This year’s festival will take place from June 27th through June 29th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues.

To learn more about the festival visit harlemartsfestival.com. 

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June 26th, 2014 by harlemhouse

Watch World Cup Soccer at the 5 and Diamond on Harlem restaurant row with $5 Specials ~ Asian Wings / 5 and D Mac & Cheese / Meatballs / Cheese Fries / Margarita’s / Sangria and their International Gamer Drink Special !

The 5 and Diamond are open from 11:30 am until ….
2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. NY, NY 10026
(917) 860-4444

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June 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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Harlem Students Face Off in Teen Battle Chef Competition

Twelve Harlem students who have mastered an eight-week culinary program will put their cooking skills to the test when they face off in Teen Battle Chef Live.

Teen Battle Chef Live is the culmination of an intensive program aimed at preventing obesity and diabetes. Students from Democracy Prep, a Harlem charter school, and The Harlem Dream Center, an afterschool program, will show off the techniques they learned that are needed to prepare delicious and nutritious food through healthy cooking. Two teams of students will complete a designated recipe that reflects the healthy, multi-ethnic meals and sophisticated culinary techniques they learned during the program.

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver opening remarks, with Chef Alexander Smalls, Food Network personality Ellie Krieger and Izabela Wojcik, Director of House Programming of the James Beard Foundation serving as judges.

The event is sponsored by EmblemHealth and the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 12, 2014

6 p.m. | Reception

7 – 8 p.m. | Competition

WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Langston Hughes Auditorium

515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY

(NW corner of West 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard) 

About The Metro-Manhattan Chapter, of the Links, Inc.

The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated established in the Harlem community in 1988, is a proud addition to a National organization established in 1946.  The Chapter’s express mission is to serve the Greater Harlem community.  The chapter’s hard work has established a reputation at the local and national level for effective programming through its signature Young Achiever’s program and other equally impactful initiatives that have impacted Harlem institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and countless men, women and children in Harlem and around the world.

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April 26th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Daniel Asbury Mixon from Harlem, New York City is an American jazz Pianist.
Currently you can hear him at the newly revised and highly sought upon Jazz Supper Club Minton’s in Harlem.
A prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and Internationally, Daniel Asbury Mixon was born on August 19, 1949 in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a musical household he was influenced by his mother and grandparents beginning his early artistic expression at the age of 3. He studied and performed as a tap dancer at the Ruth Williams Dance Studio and even then was known as “The Show Stopper.” Danny attended the High School of Performing Arts with dance as his major.

During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theatre with his grandfather Danny was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided that he would like to be a pianist and he never once looked back.

In May of 2004 Danny was one of the first musicians to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in a series entitled “Harlem Speaks,” which resulted in an invitation to the White House for Black Music Month on June 22nd.

Danny’s greatest joy is performing, composing, and arranging for his own group “The Danny Mixon Trio or Quartet,” Danny is currently the Musical Director at Minton’s.

This kind of talent doesn’t grow on trees.  Danny Mixon and all of the jazz musicians at Minton’s are what makes Harlem so great.  If you have not yet visited Minton’s Supper Club in Harlem, and you are a lover of good food and REAL JAZZ, we highly recommend it.   See our previous write up on Minton’s Supper Club, Harlem’s Opening Night at Minton’s

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The Danny Mixon Trio Live at Showman’s Jazz Organ Club

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April 25th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Experience: Harlem invite you to The third annual Food & Drink Boulevard summer kick-off.  It will be held on Frederick Douglass Blvd from W. 111th – W. 123rd Streets.  Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door or 2 tickets for the price of one in advance at www.fdb.eventbrite.com

This event is always a blast and a perfect way to enjoy the nice weather while mingling with friends and meeting new ones.  See the restaurants and businesses that will be featured this year.  See you there!

The List:
5 & Diamond,
67 Orange Street,
Bier International,
Cedric,
Chocolat,
Harlem Food Bar,
Harlem Tavern,
Jade,
Levain Bakery,
Lido,
Melba’s,
Moca,
The Park 112,
Savann,
Silvana,
Vinateria,
The Winery

Presented by Spring Bank.

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April 19th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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On Easter Sunday, April 20th at 2:00pm, the “burger & milkshake joint” in the heart of Harlem will be partnering  with Susie Q, local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, prizes and good food.

Harlem Shake has a full-day of celebrations planned: ·

2:30-3:30PM – Line dancing with Susie Q as the leader·

3:30-4:00PM – Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under with prizes!·

4:00PM – Best colored egg winner announcement.

Starting March 17th, each in-store purchase by a guest with a child will receive an egg coloring sheet. Children can color in their own creative design and drop it in a box to be entered into a contest for the best colored egg. One creative child will win a $50 gift card to Harlem Shake, and two runners up will win a $25 gift card. The restaurant will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday.

Try the Funny Bunny, a hazelnut chocolate shake with a chocolate Easter bunny hidden inside, or the Kool Peeps, a pistachio flavored shake topped with Peeps candy.

Signature items from the regular menu like specialty burgers, fries and shakes will also be available for purchase.

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