Do you love Melba’s as much as we do? Then you will get to love more of Melba’s soon. The famed restaurant featuring what Melba herself describes as “america’s comfort food” is expanding next door.
The much anticipated expansion has started. The crew has been working feverishly. The expansion will be ready late this/early next year.
We are so excited that more people will be able to enjoy the amazing flavors and experiences that Melba has consistently delivered over these many years. See our previous Melba’s Review.
300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026
Phone: (212) 864-7777
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“Happiness in Harlem” as written on Lido’s website is an honest statement for Italian Food lovers. We have dined here many times since they have opened and consistently the food has been great. After taking friends their the other night we took a few photos of our dinner that we wanted to share and spoke with Susannah Koteen, the owner of Lido. We complimented Susannah that we appreciate the welcoming vibe and reliable service that you can always expect when visiting Lido. They have loyal diners who return regularly no doubt because of the service and their food.
A born and raised Harlemite friend who recently just moved out of the area, insisted while visiting last week that we eat at Lido as he missed their cuisine. I hadn’t been in several months and was happy to go.
For the appetizers we had Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella, Aged Prosciutto di Parma, and an assortment of other starters which are easily shareable.
For dinner we had the Baked Halibut, Chamoula Marinade, Red Pepper Rouille over Asparagus, Parmesan, Basil Risotto (mouthwatering good!), the Ricotta Ravioli, Charred Eggplant, with Orange Mint and Almonds, and the special of the day Under a Brick Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Very flavorful and filling. We would also recommend their Grass-fed Organic Strip Steak or the Gnocchi with Truffle Butter and Sage which is rich and cooked just to the right texture.
For desert we sampled a couple things but I recommend the Sunday below if you really want to treat yourself….
Make sure to ask for their daily specials. I try and have something new each time if I can resist ordering the Halibut with Risotto but I usually cave in and get the Halibut. It’s just one of those perfect meals that have you coming back for more.
They have a very lively and popular bar scene as well, for those who just want to swing by for a drink and appetizer with a friend or to meet new friends. Lido’s also host many events throughout the year from viewing political debates, gayborhood mixers for LGBT community, and featured wine dinners, which they will be having again real soon in the near future.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(on the corner of 117th Street)
New York, NY 10026
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Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, Piri Piri Sauce.
The highly anticipated Cecil opens today with a frenzy of social media flying in as fast as they possibly can just to experience what all the buzz is about. We here at Harlem Condo Life are among the enthusiastic media, and look forward to our first time experience with Cecil. We have high hopes for this old meets new establishment and newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row. They have our attention with small plates such as “Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, with Piri Piri Sauce” (above ) and “Spicy Crispy Ginger Squid with Okra and Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce.” Or a shared bowl for two of Afro / Asian / American Gumbo (Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, and Crabmeat)
Take a peek at Cecil’s menu (below) with a scrumptious assortment by – Chefs Alexander Smalls – Restauranteur, and Joseph “JJ” Johnson – Chef de Cuisine.
The Cecil MENU. Here is a photo they sent us of their sticky buns. I don’t know about dinner, but I am ready for these sticky buns right now! They also were recently written up in the Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal. Both The Cecil and Minton’s were mentioned in Huff Post BLACK VOICES and one dish in particular that stood out to us was the “Black Benne Seed Ahi Tuna.” Looks delicious.
photo by Lucy Schaeffer for Huff Post
So let’s get our forks and knives ready, and go experience the new CECIL together. I’m up for the adventure and ready to dig in. See you all there!
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262
The Cecil New Restaurant in Harlem
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These new long awaited restaurants will take Harlem up several notches this fall. Cecil is opening in September and Minton’s Jazz Club will open in October. Minton’s as many may remember goes way way back to the 30′s in Harlem. It has been restored and updated and definitely will play a part in bringing Harlem back! We have been waiting for both of these for a long time and are very happy that they are just weeks away from opening. We will be there for both Grand openings and look forward to this addition to classic Harlem.
In the meantime you can follow both on facebook and twitter (see below). Stay tuned for upcoming dates and more information.
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