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New Fall Menu for Babbalucci!

If you haven’t yet experienced babbalucci’s new fall menu, I highly suggest you run there immediately and get in on their delicious Italian dishes.  Great vibe, lovely cocktails, and a fantastic happy hour!
Aperitivo at babbalucci – Happy Hour Italian Style
Weekdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
Free appetizers with purchase of cocktail, wine, or beer.
babbalucci Italian Kitchen & Wood Burning Oven
New Fall Menus, Aperitivo & Bottomless Brunch
babbalucci’s Fall dinner menu created by Chef Andrew LoPresto offers new signature antipasti, insalate,
pastas, entrees and pizza.
Steamed Mussels
(pancetta, garlic, cherry tomatoes, scallions, celery)
Pan Fried Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Steamed Mussels
(butternut squash, apple, ricotta salata, cider & honey vinaigrette)
Mezzi Rigatoni
(pancetta, cauliflower, butternut squash, mascarpone)
Squid Ink Tagliolini
(prawns, clams, mussels, calamari, tomato sauce)
Pan Fried Porgy
(roasted endive, cous cous)
Lamb Osso Buco
(braised lamb shank, baby carrots, mashed potatoes)
Pan Fried Porgy
Signature Pizza:
(tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari)
(tomato sauce, burrata, parmesan, speck, balsamic reduction)
(smoked mozzarella, sausage, broccoli rabe)
(tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmigiana, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic)
Breads baked in house, including the rolls
for their signature lunch sandwiches:
Sicilian Tuna & Goat Cheese
Italian Classic
(salami, ham, prosciutto, provolone, tomato, banana peppers, oil, vinegar)
(mozzarella, tomato, arugula, olive oil)
Boozy Weekend Brunch
11:00am – 4:00pm
With purchase from the a la carte menu:
– receive one complimentary mimosa, sangria or bellini
– Bottles & Brunch: specials on Prosecco served with
a variety of cordials & fresh fruit purees
– Make it a Bottomless Brunch (15. pp ++)
 unlimited sangria or mimosas until 4pm

Grilled Brunch Seafood Platter

shrimp, calamari, salmon, clams, salsa verde
Sweet & Salty Brunch Pizza
speck, pear, gorgonzola, parmesan, drizzled balsamic
Aperitivo at babbalucci – Happy Hour Italian Style
Weekdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
Free appetizers with purchase of cocktail, wine, or beer.
Much like happy hour in America, aperitivo is a social cocktail gathering everyday between work and dinner. Instead of discounting drinks, Italian bars raise their prices and offer “buffet” style appetizers.
House crafted cocktails have been created by
award-winning mixologist & Campari Ambassador
Enzo Cangemi and Earlecia Richelle Gibb.
Lenox Up
Signatures include:
Cubana Mami
(Bulldog Gin, Cynar, lemon juice, homemade Mami marmalade, chocolate bitters)
Spiced Apple Sour
(Crown Royal Apple Whiskey, housemade ginger cordial,
lemon juice, egg white, cinnamon)
Lenox Up
(Grappa Nardini, Peach Combier, lemon juice,
homemage ginger marmalade, rosemary, splash of beer)
Country Tea #1
(Mizu Shochu, Vov, espresso coffee, chamomile syrup)
Spiced Apple Sour
Complete menus here.
331 Lenox Avenue
(b/w 126 & 127 Streets)
Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner, Sun-Wed 4:00pm-11:00pm/Thurs-Sat til 12:00am
Aperitivo, Mon-Fri 6:00pm-8:00pm
Weekend Brunch, 11:00am-4:00pm
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Marcus Samuelsson Streetbird Lands on Harlem Restaurant Row

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 Inside Streetbird Rotisserie.


Marcus Samuelson’s follow-up to Red Rooster called Streetbird opens on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard to an enthusiastic crowd.  This latest addition to the area we first dubbed as Harlem Restaurant Row ups the ante to this incredible Harlem location.


Stay tuned for our review of Streetbird Rotisserie in our HarlemRestaurantRowReviews section.  This restaurant is sure to be an instant success.   Welcome!

Spend New Year’s Eve 2015 in Harlem!


No need to leave Harlem for NYE 2015,  celebrate at your favorite watering hole, restaurant or club in Harlem!  Last year almost every spot up and down Frederick Douglass Blvd (Harlem Restaurant Row), Lenox Ave and everything in-between held festive celebrations uptown.

Support your local businesses and neighborhood restaurants and bring in the new year with neighbors and friends.  Last year was very successful if it is any indication of how busy this year will be, so make sure to call and make a reservation ahead of time.  We have highlighted each venus website below for your convenience.  It is not too early to plan New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.


Here are several places we recommend from past New Year’s Eve:

Red Rooster (DJ)
Ginny’s Supper Club (live music)
The Cecil (DJ)
Minton’s Harlem (jazz)
Maison Harlem (DJ)
Melbas (DJ)
Silvana (DJ) (live music)
Shrine Bar/Restaurant (DJ) (live music)
Billies Black (DJ) (live music)
Cedric Bistro 
Harlem Shake (DJ)
Harlem Food Bar
The 5 and Diamond
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Harlem Tavern (DJ) (Sports Bar)
The Park 112 (DJ)
La Bodega 47 Social Club (DJ)
67 Orange Street
Ricardo’s Steak House (Dj)
Bier International (DJ) (live music)
Cove Lounge (DJ)
Corner Social (DJ)
Camaradas El Barrio  (DJ) (live music)


Review: Barawine Harlem – Great space and food

Barawine photoshopped

I finally had a chance to dine at Barawine in Harlem one chilly quiet weekday evening.  I had an incredible experience.

Barawine is located in the space formerly occupied by Harlem’s first and short-lived caviar bar.   The venue is beautifully laid out and visually stunning.  I loved what felt like three different spaces each with unique feel and charm.  The display of wine bottles is particularly beautiful.  We were greeted by friendly attentive staff, all of whom spoke French.  The owner greeted us warmly and identified recommended dishes all of which I tried.  My dishes pictured below were warm and savory, the portions filling, and the prices right.

bara WINE photshop

The wine selected by the owner was terrific.  The Spicy Corn and Poblano Cheese Soup was silky smooth and just spicy enough.  Every bite of the The Branzino Provencal was as flavorful and as unique as the last – truly delicious.

What I particularly like about this corner of Harlem, this particular Harlem restaurant row as it were, is that there is a decidedly french feel to it with newcomer Cheri up the block and across the street (stay tuned for our review of Cheri) and Chez Lucienne adjacent to Red Rooster up the block on the same side of the Street where Barawine is located.  I love the French influence in Harlem, being of French-Canadian and Haitian descent.


Barawine Harlem is located on 200 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of 120th Street.

200 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

+1 646 756 4154


Also available via Seamless and Opentable.