February 15th, 2014 by Herve Jean-Baptiste

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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

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February 11th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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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

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March 11th, 2013 by harlemhouse

 

Nights In Harlem (Lounge Mix)


RhythmDB’s latest mix for HCL is sure to be a favorite for the grown and sexy crowd.  Bringing it downtempo this podcast will take you on a soulful journey with chillout grooves, jazz, neo-soul, brazilian, hiphop, world, remixes & mellow house grooves.  To download or stream “Nights In Harlem” (Lounge Mix) click on the following links below…

Download free (via iTunes) |   Play on-line now (via Podbean)

See Playlist below

PLAYLIST-

Nickodemus– (intro fade) Sun People mixed with DJ Sun– Ten

Nina Simone– My Man’s Gone Now (Dj Wally Remix)

DJ Sun– Marks On The Keys

Incognito– Everybody Loves the Sunshine mixed with Roy Ayers– Everybody Loves the Sunshine (9th Wonder Remix)

Billie Holiday- Trav’lin All Alone (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix)

Blue Six– We Used to Rock

Cesaria Evora– Quem bo e (Who Are You)

J.Period & Nneka– Mind Vs. Heart

Marcio Faraco– No Casa Do Seu

Ursula Rucker– Anyouknowhat? (Original Mix)

The Game f./Pharrell & Justin Timberlake– Ain’t No Doubt About It

Malcolm McLaren– Un Coche de Agua Negra

Raul Paz– Buena Suerte

Fat Freddy’s Drop– The Raft

Samantha James– Find a Way

Vikter Duplaix– Electric Love (Jneiro Jarel Remix)

U.Rucker– Obama Interlude #2

Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson– God Bless the Child

Billie Holiday– All Of Me (Live Version)

Sunshine Jones– If You Wouldn’t Mond (Tiger Stripes Remix)

Audiofly– 1999

Kindred the Family Soul– House of Love (AC’s Dub Mix)

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August 11th, 2012 by harlemhouse


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!

LES AMBASSADES
341 LENOX AVENUE (127TH STREET)
(212) 866-9700

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September 16th, 2010 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

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Check out this podcast by RhythmDB with cool soothing chillout and world music blended together with atmospheric house. Multi-Rhythmic Mix(Harlem Beauty)never gets off track from it’s relaxing journey.  One of my favorite podcasts to date by RhythmDB and HCL hopes that it will be one of yours too.  A must have for your Fall Music Library Collection.  On this mix you’ll hear songs from Samantha James, DJ Lounge Del Mar, Si*Se, Nitin Sawhney, Lisa Shaw, Summer of Space, Kaskade, Blue Six, Late Night Alumni, Jody Wisternoff, Orlando Vaughan, Chuck Love, Noel, Eyereel Allstars and more…

FREE DOWNLOAD complimentary from HarlemCondoLife available now on iTunes.

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February 19th, 2010 by harlemhouse

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Questan’s, which just opened last summer… is jumpin! Finally dined there last Monday night and had a great time.  There is more going on than meets the eye if you are just walking by the front of the place.  As you come in on your right there is a takeout section. Since they are conveniently opened until 2 and 3am throughout the week this is good to have. See Express menu they have a large Seafood selection for takeout.  Through the main entrance after walking down a short hall you approach tables on the left, a very large full bar on the right and a DJ booth elevated on the back wall.  There is a live DJ every night.  The bar has two flat screen TV’s overhead.  Great if a game is on and you want to watch it muted while listening to tunes and talking with friends.  It was a little chaotic the night I was there which is a good thing for a Monday night.  The weekends must get packed.  We sat at the corner table and had drinks and dinner.  Good drinks and generously poured.  You could easily just go there to chill at the bar with an appetizer or two if all the tables are full.  To begin with we enjoyed the Jalapeno Cornbread.  Then for starters had the Fried Calamari, Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls & the Lobster Bisque soup.  All were good but the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls were phenomenal.  Dinner was very good.  Only two of us had entrees the Grilled Shrimp with Spinach & the Broiled Scallops with Homemade French Fries.  Both the Shrimp and Scallops were fresh and delicious and the Homemade French Fries were perfect.  Its a very large menu to choose from especially considering the size of the space. Im heading back again to try something different next week.  Doris Wade (Dee), the owner, wasn’t there the night I was but the charming Mekkie, (bartender/hostess/waitress) waited on us and the service was excellent.  DJ Huggie was spinning a great selection of HipHop and R&B keeping the vibe good.  it’s one of those spots that when your finished eating dinner you want to stay longer and just hang out.  Good crowd, good food, good music and good drinks.  Dee mentioned to me that she is working out a House Music night for either Thursday or Sunday nights in the near future.  Stay tuned I’ll keep you posted when it’s definite.

Im happy to see how successful Questan’s is.  The front of the Restaurant says “Live, love & laugh” with a message like that how can you not be successful. Definitely left me wanting to go back for more.  Another great addition to Harlem.

Take advantage of “Eat Shop Play HARLEM this month for Restaurant & Retail.  Questan’s is one of the Restaurants included on this list which offers a Prix Fixe menu for $20.10 from February 15, 2010 – March 15, 2010.  *Questan’s also delivers.

QUESTAN’S

2113 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Between 114th & 115th

New York, NY 10026

212-300-4399

Hours open Mon-Wed 11AM-2AM, Thurs-Sat 11AM-3AM, Sun 11Am-10PM

See our previous link-

http://harlemcondolife.com/2009/08/15/questans-is-officially-open/

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February 19th, 2010 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

Questan’s, which just opened last summer… is jumpin! Finally dined there last Monday night and had a great time.  There is more going on than meets the eye if you are just walking by the front of the place.  As you come in on your right there is a takeout section. Since they are conveniently opened until 2 and 3am throughout the week this is good to have. See Express menu they have a large Seafood selection for takeout.  Through the main entrance after walking down a short hall you approach tables on the left, a very large full bar on the right and a DJ booth elevated on the back wall.  There is a live DJ every night.  The bar has two flat screen TV’s overhead.  Great if a game is on and you want to watch it muted while listening to tunes and talking with friends.  It was a little chaotic the night I was there which is a good thing for a Monday night.  The weekends must get packed.  We sat at the corner table and had drinks and dinner.  Good drinks and generously poured.  You could easily just go there to chill at the bar with an appetizer or two if all the tables are full.  To begin with we enjoyed the Jalapeno Cornbread.  Then for starters had the Fried Calamari, Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls & the Lobster Bisque soup.  All were good but the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls were phenomenal.  Dinner was very good.  Only two of us had entrees the Grilled Shrimp with Spinach & the Broiled Scallops with Homemade French Fries.  Both the Shrimp and Scallops were fresh and delicious and the Homemade French Fries were perfect.  Its a very large menu to choose from especially considering the size of the space. Im heading back again to try something different next week.  Doris Wade (Dee), the owner, wasn’t there the night I was but the charming Mekkie, (bartender/hostess/waitress) waited on us and the service was excellent.  DJ Huggie was spinning a great selection of HipHop and R&B keeping the vibe good.  it’s one of those spots that when your finished eating dinner you want to stay longer and just hang out.  Good crowd, good food, good music and good drinks.  Dee mentioned to me that she is working out a House Music night for either Thursday or Sunday nights in the near future.  Stay tuned I’ll keep you posted when it’s definite.

Im happy to see how successful Questan’s is.  The front of the Restaurant says “Live, love & laugh” with a message like that how can you not be successful. Definitely left me wanting to go back for more.  Another great addition to Harlem.

Take advantage of “Eat Shop Play HARLEM this month for Restaurant & Retail.  Questan’s is one of the Restaurants included on this list which offers a Prix Fixe menu for $20.10 from February 15, 2010 – March 15, 2010.  *Questan’s also delivers.

QUESTAN’S

2113 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Between 114th & 115th

New York, NY 10026

212-300-4399

Hours open Mon-Wed 11AM-2AM, Thurs-Sat 11AM-3AM, Sun 11Am-10PM

See our previous link-

http://harlemcondolife.com/2009/08/15/questans-is-officially-open/

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April 15th, 2009 by harlemhouse
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MOJO by HarlemHouse

“At last” opening only two weeks ago Mojo Lounge already seems to have a steady crowd. I went on what I thought would be an empty Tuesday night for dinner and the restaurant was full with a bar crowd as well.

The decor is inviting with a blend of Moroccan flavor to it. The restaurant seats more then you would think by looking at it from the outside. Very comfortable nice atmosphere and extremely friendly efficient waitstaff. The owner “Moun” is personable and welcoming greeting various tables and making you feel at home. Also there is a nice sized “L” shaped bar along the back wall which doesn’t interfere with the dinning area and is very inviting.

I found the menu refreshing and unique for Harlem’s growing diversity of new spots popping up like weeds.

For appetizers I would recommend the Dates wrapped in bacon definitely a unique starter. Also they have a delicious range of Salads generously proportioned for an entree or shared by two. My favorite appetizer was the Grits with shiitaki mushrooms. Think outside the box, it’s not just a breakfast food. Delicious!

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For Entrees I recommend the Grilled Salmon very tender nicely prepared with grapefruit slices and other unique spices. Also highly recommended are the Lamb chops with fries. Seems to be one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. Everyone at my table was eating the fries that came with the lamb. Nothing necessarily unique about them other then that they were perfectly executed and dangerously addictive.

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As for drinks, since they have only been open 2 weeks and I am picky about my cocktails, I’ll go easy on the criticism as I am sure they are growing day by day with helpful tips. The night I was there the bar service was a little slow. The mojitos were delicious once they came, however they had very little rum. Agreed by everyone at my table. They have a menu of specialty drinks that looked very good and maybe those are poured with a heavier hand. The bar is very comfortable and as I was finishing dinner I noticed it seemed to be drawing a growing crowd.

I think with Mojo’s great location, inviting atmosphere, impressive menu, and attractive crowd, it will be an instant hit in the growing scene of Harlemites.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying out more of the menu and giving the bartender a second chance on the mojitos.

Hopefully you will be fortunate to be there on a night that Adriana is working as she will instantly raise your spirits into a good mood and give you no doubt that you have picked the right place to wine and dine.

This restaurant/bar I predict will only continue to get more popular as we enthusiastically approach warmer weather and the need for great new places to relax, enjoy and fulfill our summer nights with.

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New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-1924
www.mojo-harlem.com

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