September 18th, 2015 by INtoHarlem

Amanda Cropped

Amanda Mobley is her name, and she’s the 2015 winner of the Miss Harlem Shake competition. One of Harlem’s own, she was born here and mentors children.  She’s an interior designer, event producer and print model.  Ms. Mobley has generously chosen Harlem’s Church of the  Master, Adopt a School program to receive her $1,000 donation.

No stranger to beauty competitions, Ms. Mobley competed in the Miss New York USA pageant.  She chooses to live by example and encourages the young people she mentors to pursue their passion.

Ms. Mobley expressed her gratitude for having been voted the winner: I’m so honored to give back to an organization and community that has given so much to me.  This experience resonates so deeply for me as I’ve grown up here and experienced Harlem’s rich culture and participated in and was able to benefit from programs that I am now able to give back to.

Harlem Shake, located on 124th at Lenox Ave.,  holds the yearly competition for a woman who embodies their brand and represents the culture of the Harlem community.  Each winner is given the opportunity to choose an organization to receive a generous donation from Harlem Shakes.

Congratulations, Amanda Mobley!  We’ll look for you this Sunday, September 20th on the Harlem Shake float in the African American Day Parade!


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December 15th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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.

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