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

@xperienceharlem

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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 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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April 14th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

Harlem Restaurant Row Goes Mobile

HarlemCondoLife is happy to see that “Harlem Restaurant Row” (the phrase, the concept, the place) is  maintstream, as friend to our publication Michael Feeney reinforces in his latest piece in the Daily News.

After several delays earlier this year, food trucks arrived on Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  It was a huge success.  Which translates into more trucks coming soon – starting May 10th.

We love a good food truck.  Our one hope is that Harlem businesses will broaden their brand and their reach by setting up and/or bringing their own food trucks to the party.  See our previous post Harlem Food Truck Rally.

Welcome one.  Welcome all.  Welcome food trucks to Harlem Restaurant Row.      See the full NY Daily News article below.

Harlem’s Restaurant Row to offer food trucks and vendors starting May 10 – NY Daily News.

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February 25th, 2014 by harlemhouse

FUEL-READY-TO-GO

Since we first posted about this new pizza joint coming to Harlem back in early December 2013 before the name was even confirmed, we have been promising opening dates. Well it is official Custom FUEL Pizza will open their doors Wednesday, February 26th see our previous review(s) below and on Harlem Restaurant Row.

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Let’s hope the pizza is good and the service is friendly and efficient. Looking forward to stopping in this week to check it out for ourselves and you can be sure that we will blog about our experience.

With 1 Forno, Bad Horse pizza, and further East Patsy’s in Harlem, we have great pizza options in west, central and east Harlem.  Who needs to go below 110th Street anymore for pizza!

Custom Fuel Pizza
2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, N.Y.
646-524-5636
customfuelpizza.com

(Our Previous Posts…)

FUEL Harlem looks ready to open

Fuel for the Neighborhood – Harlem (December 9)

New Pizzeria in Harlem – Word on the street… FUEL? (December 7)

 

 

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February 18th, 2014 by HarlemMom

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We ate at The Park 112 last Wednesday and cannot say enough good things about it.  We were impressed with the menu, drinks, service and ambiance. To start with the place is nicely lit has a nice size bar, great drinks and the music was good too.  For drinks I had the Park 112 and my husband The Upper Manhattan. For the appetizer I had the Jerk Lollipops and followed them with the Red Snapper tacos. Both were delicious. My husband started with the carrot and coconut soup and then had the chicken roll. He enjoyed both of them a lot. While we were there we were  asked a couple of times by different staff members if all was well. We met the manager at the end and he was very nice too. We had a very enjoyable meal and time at The Park 112 and we welcome great food and service to Harlem Restaurant Row! We wish you much success as it is well deserved.

The Park 112
Address: 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Phone:(646) 524-6610

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February 15th, 2014 by Herve Jean-Baptiste

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We stopped by La Bodega 47 Social Club this week in Harlem the night of the pouring rain/snow storm and were pleasantly surprised and relieved when we walked through the red velvet drapes into the welcoming, warm space.  Due to weather, and the fact that La Bodega are still in their soft opening until early March, there were just a few patrons at the bar.  However, owner Brian Washington- Palmer along with Harlem Park to Park’s Nikoa Evans Hendricks arrived shortly afterwards.  And we were happy to speak with Brian about what to expect of La Bodega.

We sampled several tasty rum-based drinks which warmed us up nicely.   That warmth was further reinforced by the decor which was dark, cozy, inviting as well as visually interesting.  The old school floating lamps added a fun and unique touch to the atmosphere.  We had hoped to sample the food, but the kitchen will open during the official opening period which is expected in March (for details see the Press Release below).  Many of the planned dishes sound tasty.

To top it all off, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about and interested in the neighborhood.

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Just below is a photo of the back wall in La Bodega which looks like a shelf full of stacked produce which you would find in any local Bodega.  Or is it?  You will have to stop in to see for yourself.

Big thumbs up to the fun and innovative chic and kitsch design.

La Bodega 47 Social Club 161 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-4700
Hours 5:00 pm to 3:00 am

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PRESS RELEASE

LA BODEGA 47 SOCIAL CLUB TO OPEN IN HARLEM

The Newest Venture from Uptown Restaurant and Nightlife Impresario
Brian Washington- Palmer

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Brian Washington-Palmer

Harlem, NY – January 22, 2014 — Harlem’s nightlife will go up another notch next month with the opening of its newest bar and late night eatery, La Bodega 47 Social Club. Brian Washington-Palmer, the uptown nightlife and restaurant pioneer and owner of such acclaimed hotspots as Bleu Evolution, the Monkey Room, No Parking and Native, will open the upscale bar and lounge on the corner of 118th and Lenox, adding to Harlem’s ever-expanding entertainment scene and to Lenox Avenue’s growing nightlife venues.

The Latin- and Carribean-inspired La Bodega is a rum craft mixology concept that will feature cocktails skillfully created with a well-curated global collection of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinadad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York. It will open initially with drinks only, but eventually include a Latin infused menu from Palmer-Washington, a chef who was at the helm of the kitchens in all of his previous ventures.

La Bodega’s design and concept is based on the beloved New York City institution of the bodega, the “corner store” used for smaller grocery items, a gathering place, and an opportunity to satisfy a craving — salty, sweet or of the alcohol variety. The social club is a continuation of a conversation that began with Washington-Palmer’s journey as a NY nightlife and restaurant impresario, from his Lower Eastside days, to his many Washington Heights ventures, to Harlem’s Native and now La Bodega. It is lounge and a social meeting place with an eclectic, multicultural groove that will finally give Harlem a go-to bar that is as conceptual and upscale as it is welcoming and neighborly.

The bodega influence is carried throughout the project, from the exterior, echoing the look and feel of a traditional bodega, with bright awnings and creative lighting, to interior design elements that also include references to the bodega motif coupled with a neutral palette of warm tones against design elements of wood, metal, glass, lucite and ecological materials like cork.

Washington-Palmer designed the overall space and concept and the vision is executed by designer William Rohlfing, a scenic and interior design specialist with clients like Steven Miesel, 40 Acres and a Mule, BET, Universal Pictures, Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, and Victorias Secret, among others. Central to the design is the bar that creates a cohesive feeling to the room for maximum opportunities for interaction. Dramatic lighting along with a customized playlist of Latin, House, World and other global-themed lounge music round off the atmosphere for a cool and eclectic vibe.

Hours of operation: 5 pm to 3 am M-Sun

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