A Gay-borhood Mixer at Lido’s Monday, December 9th from 9 pm to Midnight. Stop by and get your Holiday cheer on! See below for all the details.
I recently dined at Isola Restaurant located at 994 Columbus Avenue (108/109th streets) and it was great! Sicilian born Sebastiano Cappitta relocated it from the Upper West Side and the restaurant is large and has outdoor seating.
Isola has a wood-fire brick oven where they cook fabulous home-made pastas and pizza. We had a margherita thin-crust pizza to begin with along with the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella appetizer and the fried calamari which the waitress recommended. Normally, I am not a fried calamari fan but it was fresh and delicious. For dinner I had the Parpadelle Ai Funghi Porcini and Truffle pasta (which is now my favorite dish there) and the rest of my party had the Fettuccine alla Bolognese, the Ravioli with spinach and ricotta, the Lasagna al forno and the chicken dish. All were home made pastas and were yummy! We topped it off with 2 delicious desserts. One was a chocolate molten dessert and the other a crepe with bananas and nutella.
They have a full bar and a great wine selection. The service was excellent, the prices reasonable, and the manager was visible and stopped by our table. I heard they have a great brunch I look forward to stopping by for it.
Isola on Columbus
994 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025
“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
There is going to be another wine and dinner pairing at Lido this coming Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30 pm. Customers and clients have been loving these special events that Lido have been hosting lately. We wanted to let our readers know here at HCL about this event and to help get the word out for those wine lovers and foodies who may not be aware of Lido’s wine and dinner gatherings.