September 13th, 2012 by harlemhouse

YouTube’s SPACEStv channel (NYT) features a new episode of “Take Me Home”– an ‘ambush makeover’ show hosted by MadTV and frequent guest of Chelsea Lately, Arden Myrin.  In this newest episode, Arden gets to experience firsthand the up-and-coming Harlem Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd. neighborhood when she is given a tour of a penthouse-like condo by a Harlem father and his baby daughter.  The home features a huge living area to accommodate for baby Fiona’s toys, a spacious home office, and a balcony overlooking the famous Sylvia’s restaurant.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/EHYe2_5j8uk

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September 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

SWEET SPOT FESTIVAL will be held in Jackie Robinson Park featuring music by:  D-NICE, MAX GLAZER & Other surprise guests.  This is a FREE family event in Harlem with Food Vendors, Vintage Market, Picnic Tables, Kids Activities and More powered by GIANT STEP.  Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 2 – 7PM Located at 145th Street & Bradhurst Avenue in the Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell.

Sweetspotfestival.com

Don’t forget to join the free Jet Blue raffle.  Lucky winners will get a chance to win a pair of tickets to any where in the world that Jet Blue flies.

See you there!

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August 19th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Sundae Sermon is back this coming Sunday August 26th at 2 – 7pm.  We are very happy to hear that it will be held in Morningside Park at it’s usual location.  This Sunday will feature DJ MKL, DJ Tommy Bones, DJ Des Uno alongside DJ Stormin’ Norman.  Located on Morningside Drive (upper level) and 114th Street Harlem, New York.  Just look for the large crowd listening and dancing to great soulful house, classics and afroBeats… you’ll find it.

Bring a picnic basket and your family your friends or come by yourself, this event is for everyone.  Last Sundae Sermon in July was very crowded and I assume this one will be to, so if you want to set up a spot on the lawn come early.

Sundae Sermon July 2012

Hope to see you all there.  A big shout out to Stormin’ Norman and his ongoing efforts to make this #1 family afternoon party happen for our Harlem community.  Let’s all go celebrate!

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August 17th, 2012 by harlemhouse

I stopped by Harlem Food Bar today and talked with Ernesto, one of the owners of HFB, about their new large awning which had just been installed.  Now you can enjoy eating outside comfortably in the shade under their new awning.  This will also be handy when  the occasional lite rain storm passes by.

Looks really nice and draws your attention even more to Harlem Food Bar.  As you can see it is already being put to use.

Please check out our write up of Harlem Food Bar and if you haven’t been there yet stop by and check it out!

Harlem Food Bar
HarlemCondoLife

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August 13th, 2012 by harlemhouse

HARLEM GOSPEL REMIXED

Finally after several months we are happy to present a new Podcast to you from Harlem Condo Life.   Compiled by HarlemHouse on this mix you will hear primarily female vocalists of Gospel and Inspirational R&B such as The Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Ann Nesby, Cece Winans and Tramaine Hawkins just to name a few.  This mix is a celebration of life and hopefully will inspire you, whatever your faith or spirituality is, to give thanks and let the music take your worries away.  Remember Gospel music is not just for Sunday you can enjoy it everyday of the week.  So put your headphones on at your desk at work, or on your morning subway ride or crank it up in your car… and get your spirit on!  HARLEM GOSPEL REMIXED

PODCAST now available on iTunes and Podbean Harlem Gospel Remixed
*Please also check out albums and singles available for sale by all of these various talented artists on iTunes.  You can find them all listed under Music – Christian & Gospel category.

Playlist
Commissioned & The Clark Sisters – Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
Twinkie Clark – Endow Me (Live Mix)
Kerri Chandler – Black Joy (Kerri Chandler Remix)
Melba Moore – My Heart Belongs to You (Distant Remix)
Cece Winans – Test of Time
Vanessa Bell Armstrong – Seasons
Vanessa Bell Armstrong – Til the Victory’s Won (Edit Mix)
Kelly Price – And You Don’t Stop
Dorinda Clark-Cole – Welcome
Dorinda Clark-Cole – This Is It
The Clark Sisters – Blessing and Highly Favored
Ann Nesby – Tonight’s the Night (Royal Garden Remix)
Karen Clark Sheard – Sometimes
Twinkie Clark – The Anointing
The Clark Sisters – Livin’ (Live Mix)
Tramaine Hawkins – Fall Down Spirit of Love (Extended Mix)

*To download more PODCASTS on HarlemCondoLife’s iTunes page click here HARLEMCONDOLIFE 

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August 7th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Now you can enjoy Cafe Amrita indoors and outdoors.  A friend of HarlemCondoLife let us know that Cafe Amrita now has outdoor seating.  They have been steadily doing good business now for many years and their additional seating looks great.

Conveniently located 0n 110th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard right by the subway stop, Amrita is a great spot to have a coffee solo or a beer with a friend.  We often have our Blog meetings there as they also have wi-fi.  Please see our review by Austin2Harlem from a couple years back of Cafe Amrita.

Cafe Amrita
301 11oth Street
New York, NY 10026
#212-222-0683

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July 17th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Jado Sushi Harlem

With the new wave of diverse restaurants opening in Harlem it seems there is no need to go below 110th Street anymore.  All you need is right here.   Jado Sushi the latest addition to Harlem’s Restaurant Row is no exception.  We posted earlier about Jado’s opening night (see post) and wrote that we have been enthusiastic for it to open since hearing from owner Nobu Otsu last year.  Well it was well worth the wait.

Jado Sushi

Last Wednesday night at 7PM when two other bloggers from HarlemCondoLife, a neighborhood friend and myself arrived at Jado it was a full house.  We waited at the bar for our reservation and tried a couple of their Delectable Cocktails.  I recommend the Gin Cuke, the Ginger Whiskey or for a vodka drink with fresh berries on the sweeter side the Kurenai.  They also have a Mojito drink.  You can see all the choices and their entire future menu here online menu.

Nobu greeted us graciously and apologized that there might be a little wait.  We really didn’t wait that long for our table considering how long you may have to wait at a trendy downtown restaurant.  The place is nicely layed out and as I had mentioned in an earlier post the decor is elegant and sophisticated.  However, it is not stuffy at all.  My friend said it was tastefully done very much like The Winery which is another business in Harlem that Nobu runs.  As you walk in the bar area is to the right and to the left are two and four top tables grouped together.  As you continue to walk through in the back there are decorative booths on the right side and a sushi bar that was very crowded on the left.  Very smart design and multifunctional without feeling crowded.  Each of the four areas inviting in their own way.

The dinning experience was everything I had hoped it to be.  We ordered a lot of food so I won’t describe everything only the small plates, sushi and main dishes.  First of all last Monday, July 9th, was the soft opening and this is Nobu’s sample menu.  Their will be more dishes to choose from and more classics after the Grand Opening which will happen in a week or two.  When I asked Nobu what he recommended from the sampler menu he said “Everything on this menu is good.  They are all my favorite dishes” and after eating there I would have to agree.  All the guests at my table joked saying lets come back again tomorrow night.  It was that good.

Jado Chicken

Crunchy California

Jado Sushi Bar

We were greeted by Juan at the door who asked us to wait at the bar and that our table would be ready shortly.  He was very busy yet polite and pleasant.  We waited about 15 minutes at the bar with drinks and commented at how crowded it was.  Nobu was extremely friendly and very hands on with the service, refilling water glasses at tables and doing his best to accommodate the crowd.  It almost seemed he was surpassed that it was this crowded.  He told us it has been busy like this since day one.  Of course this is good for any business and people would rather wait a few extra minutes than to sit in an empty restaurant.

We were seated at a comfortable booth near the back by the Sushi Bar.  We ordered a sample of small plates and sushi.    We ordered the soy calamari $6, lettuce Wrap Shrimp $7, Spice Rubbed Ribs $9, Panko Fried Oyster $7 and the Crunchy California Roll $8.  They had already run out of the calamari so we switched to the Jado Chicken $6.  This turned out to be one of my favorites but honestly everything was good and the combination of flavors together were delicious.  I would have preferred to try a bit more sushi but we had big meat eaters at the table.  It felt very authentic while dinning and looking over at the active Sushi Bar.    I was thinking after a long days work in the future it will be nice to come solo and sit at the sushi bar for a healthy dinner.  Very inviting.

Chicken Teriyaki

Back to the food.  We then ordered four entrée’s two orders of the Miso Black Cod $18 (delicious!) the Almond Salmon $18 and the Chicken Teriyaki $15.  I loved the Chicken Teriyaki and it was a large plate of food.   One complaint I had heard through the grapevine was that the portions are small.  I felt they were proportionality sized with the price.  The only other negative, which turned out not to be a negative, was that my friends Salmon dish she felt was too salty.  The waitress sent Nobu over and he replaced it immediately and explained the seasoning might have been over salted.  She had the Salmon Sushi and said it was delicious.  Nobu was very gracious and hospitable about the situation and my friend was happy.  Everything we had here was good.  It had a five-star rating on Yelp last week.  The Tuna Steak and Braised Pork looked very popular as well though we did not try it.  As Nobu had said, he hand-picked all of his favorites  for the soft opening menu so you really can’t go wrong here.

I went in with two enthusiastic friends and one skeptical friend about sushi and did not know if they would like it.  Not only did my friend like it but she has already gone back there with her husband.  I thought it was interesting she had mentioned her husband and her had dinner at the recently opened HarlemFoodBar the night before and last night at Jadu Sushi and how great it is to have so many different choices now in Harlem for eating out.  With Bier International, Melbas, Les Ambassades, 67 Orange, Chocolat, Amy Ruths, Harlem Tavern, The Five & Diamond, Red Rooster, Corner Social, Zoma, Native Restaurant, Billie’s Black, Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar, Bad Horse Pizza, Cedrics, Harlem Food Bar, The L Lounge, Sylvias just to name a few,  you have such a variety in cuisine and could go out every night to a different place and have a great experience.

So if you like Sushi or if you are unfamiliar and want to try something different here in Harlem I highly recommend Jado Sushi.  Nobu is already running a succesful business here in Harlem on 116th Street  The Winery and has learned a thing or two about customer service, quality and what the neighborhood needs.  I  am happy to see Jado Sushi well received.  I experienced nothing but curious people walking in and smiling faces walking out.

Tempura Ice Cream

Just one last note you have to try this desert Tempura Ice Cream $7.  It was delicious and my newest sweet tooth craving.

The official Grand Opening will be in about two weeks.  I recommend you make a reservation before you go.

Jado Sushi
2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, New York 10026
212-866-2118

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July 13th, 2012 by HarlemGuy
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July 10th, 2012 by harlemhouse

The time has come!!!  Another Sundae Sermon finally approaches this Sunday July 15th from 2 – 7pm in Morningside Park.  Alongside DJ Stormin’ Norman this Sunday will be the one and only DJ Spinna.  If that isn’t enough the event will be hosted by Bevy Smith and the cast of FELA! which returns to Broadway July 9, 2012.

Sundae Sermon is Good Music For Good People.  Come by this Sunday and see what you’ve been missing or come back to what you already know.  Bring your kids, the family, a date, your parents, girlfriend, husband, neighbor… whatever this party is for everyone who likes music that makes you feel good.  Sundae Sermon Harlem’s number one outdoor party!

See you there…

DJ Spinna

DJ Stormin’ Norman

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July 9th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Jado Sushi

Jado Sushi is open tonight to the public.  Tonight is what owner Nobu Otsu is calling their soft opening where you will be able to sample selected items from the full menu which will be coming soon.  The grand opening will be in a couple of weeks.

Nobu is also owner of “The Winery” located on 116th Street just off Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  We have been looking forward to the opening of Jado Sushi since we heard about it first hand from Nobu at the end of last year.  The interior has a sophisticated and elegant feel to it and extends further back than you would think by looking at the front of the restaurant.   HarlemCondoLife will be bringing you much more on the newest restaurant on Harlem’s Restaurant Row in the days to come.  Stay tuned…

Welcome to the neighborhood Jado Sushi!

Jado Sushi

(212) 866-2118
2118 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10026

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