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La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem (New)

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We stopped by La Bodega 47 Social Club this week in Harlem the night of the pouring rain/snow storm and were pleasantly surprised and relieved when we walked through the red velvet drapes into the welcoming, warm space.  Due to weather, and the fact that La Bodega are still in their soft opening until early March, there were just a few patrons at the bar.  However, owner Brian Washington- Palmer along with Harlem Park to Park’s Nikoa Evans Hendricks arrived shortly afterwards.  And we were happy to speak with Brian about what to expect of La Bodega.

We sampled several tasty rum-based drinks which warmed us up nicely.   That warmth was further reinforced by the decor which was dark, cozy, inviting as well as visually interesting.  The old school floating lamps added a fun and unique touch to the atmosphere.  We had hoped to sample the food, but the kitchen will open during the official opening period which is expected in March (for details see the Press Release below).  Many of the planned dishes sound tasty.

To top it all off, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about and interested in the neighborhood.

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Just below is a photo of the back wall in La Bodega which looks like a shelf full of stacked produce which you would find in any local Bodega.  Or is it?  You will have to stop in to see for yourself.

Big thumbs up to the fun and innovative chic and kitsch design.

La Bodega 47 Social Club 161 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-4700
Hours 5:00 pm to 3:00 am

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PRESS RELEASE

LA BODEGA 47 SOCIAL CLUB TO OPEN IN HARLEM

The Newest Venture from Uptown Restaurant and Nightlife Impresario
Brian Washington- Palmer

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Brian Washington-Palmer

Harlem, NY – January 22, 2014 — Harlem’s nightlife will go up another notch next month with the opening of its newest bar and late night eatery, La Bodega 47 Social Club. Brian Washington-Palmer, the uptown nightlife and restaurant pioneer and owner of such acclaimed hotspots as Bleu Evolution, the Monkey Room, No Parking and Native, will open the upscale bar and lounge on the corner of 118th and Lenox, adding to Harlem’s ever-expanding entertainment scene and to Lenox Avenue’s growing nightlife venues.

The Latin- and Carribean-inspired La Bodega is a rum craft mixology concept that will feature cocktails skillfully created with a well-curated global collection of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinadad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York. It will open initially with drinks only, but eventually include a Latin infused menu from Palmer-Washington, a chef who was at the helm of the kitchens in all of his previous ventures.

La Bodega’s design and concept is based on the beloved New York City institution of the bodega, the “corner store” used for smaller grocery items, a gathering place, and an opportunity to satisfy a craving — salty, sweet or of the alcohol variety. The social club is a continuation of a conversation that began with Washington-Palmer’s journey as a NY nightlife and restaurant impresario, from his Lower Eastside days, to his many Washington Heights ventures, to Harlem’s Native and now La Bodega. It is lounge and a social meeting place with an eclectic, multicultural groove that will finally give Harlem a go-to bar that is as conceptual and upscale as it is welcoming and neighborly.

The bodega influence is carried throughout the project, from the exterior, echoing the look and feel of a traditional bodega, with bright awnings and creative lighting, to interior design elements that also include references to the bodega motif coupled with a neutral palette of warm tones against design elements of wood, metal, glass, lucite and ecological materials like cork.

Washington-Palmer designed the overall space and concept and the vision is executed by designer William Rohlfing, a scenic and interior design specialist with clients like Steven Miesel, 40 Acres and a Mule, BET, Universal Pictures, Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, and Victorias Secret, among others. Central to the design is the bar that creates a cohesive feeling to the room for maximum opportunities for interaction. Dramatic lighting along with a customized playlist of Latin, House, World and other global-themed lounge music round off the atmosphere for a cool and eclectic vibe.

Hours of operation: 5 pm to 3 am M-Sun

Soft Launch Tonight at La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem

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La Bodega 47 Social Club is having their soft opening tonight Tuesday, February 11th, at 5 pm.  It is open to the public – with limited menu and cocktails for the next two weeks as they settle in.

This location was previously the popular Native a neighborhood favorite which owner Brian Washington-Palmer decided to revamp into more of cocktail lounge. (see Jeff C Mays recent post on La Bodega for DNAinfo New York).  La Bodega 47 Social Club will have a special menu of cocktails using 47 rums from all over the world.  The “Harlem Roundhouse Punch” cocktail made with Due-North rum will be one of many selections to choose from.  Who doesn’t like a good rum drink!  Not a lot of info yet on the appetizers other than they are Latin-themed: “lobster corn dogs with spicy mustard and Portuguese fat rice, short rib chili nachos and heirloom tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons to name a few.

Stop in and check it out!

La Bodega 47 Social Club
161 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10026
(212) 280-4700
5:00 pm – 3:00 am

La Bodega 47 Social Club

La Bodega 47 Social Club

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey feels the electricity of small business in Harlem

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Jack Dorsey (co-founder and co-creator of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company), connects with entrepreneurs with businesses based in Harlem, in this fascinating interview.

Featured businesses include Harlem Skin Clinic and Astor Row Cafe.

This interview follows Dorsey’s recent appearance at the Apollo, courtesy of Square’s “Let’s Talk” series, which we first posted about on December 13th 2013.

Says Dorsey about Harlem:  “There’s an electricity in the air.  It’s one of the reasons we chose Harlem for this event.”

“Toni On New York” up in Harlem

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TONI SENECAL

I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem.  I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful schomburgpast and its vibrant present.  I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood.  The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were

apolloparticularly interesting,  It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake..  I had not previously seen this show, make my cakewhich is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan.  You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.