December 17th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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No need to leave Harlem for NYE 2015,  celebrate at your favorite watering hole, restaurant or club in Harlem!  Last year almost every spot up and down Frederick Douglass Blvd (Harlem Restaurant Row), Lenox Ave and everything in-between held festive celebrations uptown.

Support your local businesses and neighborhood restaurants and bring in the new year with neighbors and friends.  Last year was very successful if it is any indication of how busy this year will be, so make sure to call and make a reservation ahead of time.  We have highlighted each venus website below for your convenience.  It is not too early to plan New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.

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Here are several places we recommend from past New Year’s Eve:

Red Rooster (DJ)
Ginny’s Supper Club (live music)
The Cecil (DJ)
Minton’s Harlem (jazz)
Maison Harlem (DJ)
Melbas (DJ)
Silvana (DJ) (live music)
Shrine Bar/Restaurant (DJ) (live music)
Billies Black (DJ) (live music)
Cedric Bistro 
Harlem Shake (DJ)
Harlem Food Bar
The 5 and Diamond
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Harlem Tavern (DJ) (Sports Bar)
The Park 112 (DJ)
La Bodega 47 Social Club (DJ)
67 Orange Street
Barawine
Ricardo’s Steak House (Dj)
Bier International (DJ) (live music)
Cove Lounge (DJ)
Corner Social (DJ)
Vinateria
Camaradas El Barrio  (DJ) (live music)
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July 17th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Ring The Alarm!!! Your favorite sound is playin!!

Celebrate all things Caribbean at The Sweet Spot Festival

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 2nd

Pack your picnic blanket, cooler & solo cups & join us for Jamaican Indepen-DANCE

Featuring music by resident Herbert Holler & NYC Champion Sound RICE &PEAS: DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez & Micro Don

The Sweet Spot Pop-Up Market returns with an array of food, vintage and craft vendors.

Performance by Nardo Ranks
Free Dance Hall Moves session by Tanisha Scott
Plus Free kids art workshops by The Laundromat Project

This celebration of life is made possible by LMCC, & Presented by Summer on the Hudson in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy #SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP

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December 6th, 2013 by HarlemMom

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An Evening with Rachel Brown, Thursday, December 12th, 8:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m., $10.00
Rachel Brown is a self-taught artist, born and raised in New York City with Ethiopian and Bermudian heritage. She plays with a band of African and Caribbean musicians, making for a worldly sound that fuses hip-hop, pop, and island. The recent Harvard graduate is a regular performer on the NYC nightlife scene where her audiences have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, Beyonce, John Stamos, Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, and she has opened for numerous acts, including Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke and John Legend. Upon releasing her EP, Building Castles, Brown has caught the attention of many, including Wyclef Jean, Jaden Smith, Perez Hilton and Glamour.

Tickets cost $10.00, and are available here (8:00 p.m.) and here (10:00 p.m.)
Tickets without a dinner reservation are standing room only. To make a dinner reservation during the show, call Ginny’s Supper Club at 212-421-3821.

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Ginny’s Supper Club
310 Lenox Avenue (at 125th St)
Harlem, NY 10027

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August 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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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.

Cecil Facebook
Cecil Twitter
Minton’s Facebook
Minton’s Twitter

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July 10th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Live at Red Rooster tonight Wednesday, July 10th come see ZING EXPERIENCE  from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  If you are unfamiliar check out a few of their songs on Youtube below.  “If you know your history, you know who you are and where you are going.”  – Zing Experience

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June 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Slivana Dining and Lounge area

Last weekend we visited the newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row  Silvana’s, located on 116th Street just off FDB on the South West corner.  Their opening party was last Friday night and it was packed!  We waited to go the following night Saturday, June 22nd so we could spend more time speaking with the owners, general manager and the servers.  The Bi-level concept has a nice affect with the globally infused boutique and general space area upstairs and the doorman at the foot of the stairs leading you downstairs towards the restaurant / lounge / bar / entertainment space.
IMG_1350 Upstairs you can find their Cafe Boutique with novelty gifts, albums (which you can also play on an old record player) and various coffee and tea’s.  Downstairs as you enter the space directly in front there is a stage for DJ’s and performances.  The tables and bar are to the right of the space leading back towards the lounge / dining space (shown above) with beautiful authentic low tray-tables and long cushioned benches.  Very nicely done with dimmed decorative wall sconces framing the space.  I’ve been there twice since they’ve opened.  The first time I  sat by the DJ at a table, the second time with a group of friends in the back lounge area.  Both spaces are very comfortable.  I’d recommend the front area by DJ and bar if you are planning on having a large sit-down dinner.  The Falafel, Shawarma and Egglplant dishes are all very good.  The Falafel and Egglpant dishes are served on a bed of hummus with fresh Pita bread.  The Shawarma comes with 3 small salads which you can decide from the menu to go along with the meat dishes.  We also had baklava for desert which was good,  though it was a little on the dry side.  In the past I’ve had it more moist in a pastry form smothered in honey but there are all different variationsIMG_1445 IMG_1367 of this popular Middle Eastern desert.  This was also their second night of business and it takes at least a couple weeks with any new restaurant to work out small kinks. The atmosphere, the vibe, the music, the servers, the general manager all were great!  I was back a second time a couple nights ago with friends and we sat in the back lounge area and had drinks and appetizers.  The also offer a nice wine selection.  The DJ was pumping a variety of tracks including some great world music.  It was a nice sized crowd of people who seemed to be having a great time.  This is already a hot corner on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard with Harlem Tavern right across the street.  This is an ideal location for a place like this.  The owners of Silvana (Sivan and Abdel) who alreadyIMG_1452 IMG_1360 have two successful businesses in Harlem The Shrine and Yatenga French Bistro (see our previous review) I believe will be equally as successful with their latest venture.  With this newest addition to the neighborhood we now have Israeli, Italian, African, Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Soul Food, French, Spanish, Ethiopian, German, Caribbean and American Comfort Food all on Harlem Restaurant Row.  What will come next I wonder?  A nice Thai or Peruvian restaurant would be great.  In the meantime Harlemites have plenty of choices from west to east and south to north in Harlem.   Silvana is a welcome addition.

Food: Israeli, Middle Eastern
Atmosphere: Multi-cultural, Trendy
Music: DJ, Live Bands

SILVANA (Israeli/Middle Eastern)
300 West 116th Street (at FDB)
New York, NY 10026

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June 20th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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(UPDATE: We did go there this weekend. Our review coming soon!)

A few weeks back we stopped by Slivana’s and visited with the owners who were hard at work but gave us a tour of their new place.   Sivan and her husband Abdel are opening their third Harlem business “Silvana” Friday, June 21st.  On Friday the downstairs only will be open for their Opening party.  Saturday both the upstairs and downstairs will be open for business.

They also own the successful and one of my personal favorite music spots, The Shrine as well as the popular French bistro and bar Yatenga which are both located further uptown on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Sivan was explaining that they wanted to bring a similar type of place to lower Harlem but with Israeli cuisine on the menu.  Located just off the corner on 116th Street and FDB directly across from Harlem Tavern they couldn’t have chosen a better location.

Downstairs will have a restaurant, bar, performance stage, DJ set up and tables.  A very cool cozy vibe and pretty spacious from what I could see under construction.  This will be a nice addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They plan to have live music every night followed by a DJ and late night Hookah.  Upstairs will feature accessories from around the world such as tea, coffee and a variety of other things including home goods.  Sivan was hinting that eventually they may have an outdoor area (patio) in the back as well which would be very cool, but first they just want to open and get things up and running.

I predict Silvana’s will be equally as successful as the Shrine for the customers who frequent Harlem Tavern and the various other locations that offer live music.  What will set Silvana apart is they will provide  live music every night in addition to Israeli food which will make them truly unique for all of us Harlemites to enjoy.  A few of us from HarlemCondoLife are going this weekend to try it out so stay tuned for a follow up review.

Silvana
300 W. 116th Street (at FDB/ 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
(646)692-4935

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May 31st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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It’s a nice warm night in Harlem.  Stop by The 5 and Diamond on Frederick Douglass Boulevard for great food and Live Music!

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May 31st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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You don’t want to miss this!  The 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival Sunday, June 9th in Harlem.  This Free Live Music event comes at the perfect time now that the warm summer weather has finally arrived.

This year the festival will start at 12 noon and and go until 7pm.  Live performances by Maria Davis Presents, AZAR Traveling Roots, Soul’D Out NYC, The Gecko Brothas, Jomion & the Uklos and Crucial Bridge and the I-Nity Band. Traveling around the world with Native North African Music, Soul, Hip Hop, Music from Benin and Reggae.

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The Mafrika Music Festival will be in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, 120th Street & 5th Avenue.  Come early and save a spot!  There will be food provided by Yatenga Bistro & Bar.

The “After Party” will be held at one of our favorite music spots The Shrine.

(The Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. #212-690-7807)

Shrine Bar Restaurant World Music Venue in Harlem

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October 18th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

IN THE SPIRIT

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant presentsKERSTEN STEVENS & Friends
“ACOUSTIC SOUL-SET”Tonight, October 18, 2012 7:30pm

$45 Pre-Fixe Menu with a Champagne Toast
David Martinez, Executive Chef
Featuring the Signature “In the Spirit” Cocktail
RSVP A MUST! Reserve now  646-684-4662

Back by popular demand!  Tonight Kersten will be performing acoustic style, featuring David Rosenthal on guitar, Steve Kroon on percussion and Miriam Sullivan on bass.

About Kersten Stevens

Kersten has opened for President Obama, Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, and performed with world-renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter. A three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner and a three-time “Showtime at the Apollo” champion, she currently serves as the on-camera personality and social media correspondent for Amateur Night at the Apollo.

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