Much of Central Harlem‘s new restaurant excitement spotlights Frederick Douglass Boulevard, but beautiful and historic Lenox Avenue has also become quite a culinary epicenter. And this Tuesday night, eight restaurants on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue will prove that as they serve up local cuisine as part of the “Summer Sizzles On Lenox,” a block party-style event .
“We’ve got some of the widest sidewalks in the city, we’ve got gorgeous architecture, we have a thriving commercial corridor now. It really has become a place to see and be seen,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, an organizer from the group Harlem Park To Park.
Come out and sample the food, drinks, music and hospitality of the other restaurant row. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Endowment Foundation, which is named after the founder of Sylvia’s and her husband.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To pre-order tickets, visit summersizzles.eventbrite.com, or buy them the night of the event for $10 at Federal Carver Bank at 75 West 125th Street or Native Restaurant at 161 Lenox Avenue. Bon appetite!
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Most of Harlem was spared from the worst of Hurricane Sandy, but still there was evidence of the effects here. Happily many local businesses and restaurants were open and people were out in droves ready to support them.
Central Park was still closed and even from the perimeter, it was obvious many trees were felled. Please be careful walking on that side.
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A reader of HarlemCondoLife informed us about a new 100,000 square-foot development that will be opening at 301-303 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The four story building will include a DSW discount shoe store, Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant and Blink Fitness expected to be finished in 2013. With a Red Lobster opening up next to the Apollo Theater we will soon have two new seafood restaurants on 125th Street.
We recently wrote about the plans for a Whole Foods to be one of many new businesses coming into the development to be built in the vacant lot on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. With the landmark Apollo Theater and all of the traffic that it brings from all over the city I imagine this will only increase this busy 125th Street area. WIth the heavily trafficked restaurants on Lenox Avenue, Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, Corner Social and the newly opened Les Ambassades there are plenty of great restaurants to eat at after an afternoon of shopping. Also Cedric Bistro and Billie’s Black on 119th Street and too many restaurants to list on Frederick Douglass Boulevard which is now referred to as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.
Harlem’s 125th Street is a dynamic retail neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants and a tremendous amount of foot traffic surrounding the area. With subway lines on both Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the amount of retail space, community residents and colleges in the surrounding area it is not surprising that Harlem is starting to attract more chain retailers.
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We have just received the promotional flyer and official news for the GRAN RE-OPENING of Les Ambassades Bar & Grill. The celebration will be held on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 7PM – 10PM. This is an opportunity for other businesses, restaurants, bar/lounges and residents to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Over the past few weeks they have had Saturday night gatherings with DJ Breeze reintroducing the newly renovated Les Ambassades to the community. The two events that we blogged about of Ambassades have been well attended with an enthusiastic crowd and great vibe.
The customers of the already successful Patisserie des Amassades on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s restaurant row will certainly want to try out Ambassades new location on Lenox. It will cater more to the bar & restaurant crowd which frequent Red Rooster, Corner Social, Chez Lucienne and other hotspots in this area of Harlem.
Please see our previous write up on Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant Now Open and make sure to check out their Grand Opening.
Hope to see you there!
Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant
341 Lenox Avenue (at 127th Street)
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UPTOWN Saturday Nights at Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant.
Every Saturday from 7 PM – Midnight with music by: DJ BREEZE
Food will be served until closing. Stop in and check it out.
Stay tuned for their Grand Opening which will be announced soon!
341 LENOX AVENUE (127TH STREET)
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Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant is open on Lenox Avenue and they are having a celebration tonight from 6PM to Midnight! This location on Lenox Ave is real hot right now with the famous Sylvia’s and newer restaurants like Red Rooster and Corner Social all within a two block radius.
Tonight will be the first of many celebrations at Les Ambassades including their grand reopening in a couple weeks. Hopefully on August 24th but we were informed by our source that it is still in the planning stages.
Come and join the fun tonight with DJ Breeze DJing. See you there! (See info below)
We are Open and Ready to Celebrate!!
Come Celebrate President Obama’s Birthday
@ Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant
341 Lenox Avenue @ 127th Street
Saturday, August 4, 2012
6pm – Midnight
Music Provided by: DJ Breeze
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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.
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 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.
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.
2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, New York 10026
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We stopped by yesterday (May 21) to check out the new and second location for Les Ambassades at 341 Lenox Avenue. The place is nice and spacious. It is much bigger than their first location in Harlem.
When you enter there is the take out counter to the right, which features crepes, smoothies, milkshakes, select hot food, pastries and breads, soft drinks and ice cream-all to go! If you want to sit down and eat, walk further in. There you will find a complete buffet of West African cuisine. The menu is included in the slideshow, which like their Frederick Douglass Blvd location is moderately priced. The different ideas we found on the menu are the crepes, smoothies and milkshakes. Most of the other items on the menu appeared identical to its FDB menu.
To visit Ambassades Buffet at 341 Lenox Ave, take the 2/3 subway train to 125th! See you there!
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We were eating recently at Les Ambassades in Harlem and could not help but notice the signs on each eating table that said “coming soon, new location at 341 Lenox Ave.” It looks like Les Ambassades is still moving forward with it’s plans to open up another/second location in Harlem and wants it’s customers to know! Good for them! This new location would be right next to Maysles Cinema according to Google Maps. As for the timing of when this new place will open, it is still unknown. Has anyone heard anything? As always, time will tell!
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