August 6th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Top bars and bartenders uptown compete from August 12th – 21th.

Presented by HARLEM PARK TO PARK and sponsored by RIAZUL TEQUILA.

Final showdown event on August 26th from 6 pm – 10 pm, when the winner will be announced. DJ Stormin’ Norman of SUNDAE SERMON will provide the music, and the one and only Bevy Smith will be the celebrity judge.

THE RUNDOWN:

1. 35+ bars from West Harlem, East Harlem, Central Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood each feature an original cocktail August 12th through August 21st.

2. Visit participating bars to sample original cocktails. Discounted price of $8 for cocktail on Monday, August 12th and Monday, August 19th.

3. Vote online at Instagram @UptownBattle until August 21st for your favorite bar to advance to the Showdown Finale event.

4. Bartenders from the top 3 bars with highest votes from each neighborhood will advance to the Finale/Showdown event on August 26th to compete for title of BEST UPTOWN BARTENDER.

5. Purchase tickets for admission to VIP Showdown event featuring industry/celebrity judges and celebrity dj, discounted drink/appetizer specials and original cocktail samples.

Tickets: $35 in advance
$40 at the door

Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy your tickets today!

PARTICIPATING BARS:

WEST HARLEM

9A NYC Kitchen & Lounge
Covo Trattoria
Harlem Public
The Grange Bar & Eatery

CENTRAL HARLEM

67 Orange Street
Bleu Violin
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Corner Social
Cove Lounge
Harlem Food Bar
Harlem Tavern
Lido Harlem
Melba’s Restaurant
Moca Lounge
Red Rooster Harlem
Ristorante Settepani
Shrine
Silvana
Sylvia’s Restaurant
WXYZ Bar/Aloft Harlem Hotel
Ya Tenga French Bistro

EAST HARLEM

Camaradas El Barrio
Harley’s Smokeshack
Prime One 16

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD

Coogan’s
Dyckman Bar
La Marina
Mamajuana Café
Mama Sushi
No Parking
Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
Uptown Social

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November 24th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Harlem Pop-Up

We had the pleasure of attending Harlem Pop-Up green market on 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard last month. Local and regional vendors shared and sold a variety of fresh produce, prepared foods and drinks at New York City’s first night time Farmers Market.

Everyone mingled while Live Music (an excellent jazz band) played throughout the night (See VIDEO below). The evening was successful as evidenced by the strong turn out and by the fact that vendors were pretty much out of everything by 8:30 pm.
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October 20th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Blue Moscow Mule (Blue Donkey)

I don’t know if you are as revved up as we are for the 3rd and final Presidential Debate but if you are swing by LIDO in Harlem.  This Monday, October 22nd they will show the Debate at 9pm keeping in the spirit of things with Patriotic Drink Specials!  

Come out and celebrate.  Lets’ make it a night to remember!

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October 15th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Stop the DJ, pause your iPod and for 2 hours Oct 16 at 9pm watch the second Presidential Debate.  If you are looking for a place, Harlem Food Bar will be one of several showing the debate Tuesday at 9PM here in Harlem.  For 2 hours CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in this Town Hall style format.

For the first debate I was in Miami and asked a buddy/DJ friend of mine “what bar/lounge is the best place to watch the debate here in South Beach?” he said “Why? nowhere”  He was right we ended up at our hotel lounge which was lacking quite a bit of… shall we say flavor and was mostly routing for… shall we say the other guy.  Needless to say it is great to be back in NYC and specifically Harlem and have as many options as we do to view the debates.  Thanks to places like Harlem Food Bar, Lido’s, The 5 and DiamondCorner Social and other Harlem businesses that help to keep us informed and send the message that this Presidential Election is  an important one for Harlem and for our Country’s future.

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October 11th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Watch the Vice Presidential Debate at Lido with Red and Blue Specialty Cocktails @ 9pm in Harlem tonight!  Thursday, October 11.

Lido scores exceptionally in Zagats! Read full review here.

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October 9th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Just a reminder… As we had posted last week Harlem Pop-Up… is happening this Thursday night, October 11,  from 4:00pm – 9:00pm .  This will be New York City’s first night time Farmers Market!  Fresh local fruits and vegetables, cheeses, breads, wines & baked goods along with live music.

You can also expect prepared foods from Harlem Tavern, Lido and The 5 & Diamond Restaurants.

Harlem Pop-Up will be held at The Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market.  Located at the corner of 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Stop by anytime after work (staring at 4:00pm) and pick up your night-time shopping list or delicious prepared foods from favored restaurants on Harlem’s Restaurant Row at this unique and first ever event.

SEE YOU THERE!

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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 29th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

 

By HarlemGuy
Lido restaurant of which we’ve often blogged recently announced some changes that we are sure you will like.

  • The sidewalk cafe is officially open
  • They are open Mondays
  • Monday through Friday, they have a $14 prix fix lunch with free wifi and complimentary iced coffee or tea
  • They are open for Brunch Saturdays and Sundays with $10 bottomless mimosas
  • They have a happy hour every day from 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • They are open for dinner 7 days a week

Thank you Lido for sharing the news with us.

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April 8th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life


By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
I stopped by Lido at 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd last night to grab a bite to eat and see what’s the latest with the Italian eatery. There are a few new things happening and coming up.

20110407-105831.jpgFirst, Lido started a happy hours recently. It runs from Tuesday-Friday, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. The special is half price beer and wine. My understanding is that you can partake in happy hour at the bar or at a table if you’re having an early dinner.

Next, Lido will be opening for lunch starting April 14th. Stay tune for the lunch menu. Their working on it now and hope to share it soon. A Spring menu for dinner will soon follow

And Lido has become a part of the Harlem Park to Park family. They will be participating in the upcoming retail and restaurant month featuring a $20.11 dinner menu. That starts April 15th – May 15th, Tuesday – Friday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

So there you have it. Lots of options to check out Lido Restaurant on the corner of 117th and FDB!
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