November 26th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Many weeks ago rectangular openings filled with dirt but level to the ground appeared dotting the cement sidewalks lining Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th avenue).  See our previous post A Million Trees coming to Frederick Douglass Boulevard in South Harlem?

These plots have now been filled with wonderful new trees, the variety of which I am uncertain.  This will be nice in the summer months especially for the restaurants which have outdoor seating.

We find this very exciting and something to look forward to this spring.

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September 18th, 2013 by HarlemGuy


Walking through the neighborhood the other day on my way to work I noticed a local Harlem Cafe featuring African fare is closed.  Located at 2115 Frederick  Douglass Blvd.,”Cafe 2115″ tucked in-between Maharaja Palace and the Laundromat  has always been brightly lit with a flow of customers. I’ve only eaten their a few times in the couple plus years they have been opened. Here is a link to the not-so-positive Yelp reviews.   I dialed the telephone number and it is disconnected.  Papers are now up on the windows and work is in progress…

Cafe 2115 & Juice Bar on FDB

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May 30th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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I had the pleasure of being “customer # 1” at the Grand Opening of Maharaja Palace, which is located in South Harlem (SOHA) between 114th and 115th streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which (twitter @HarlemHCL) originally coined  “Harlem’s Gold Coast” and “Harlem Restaurant Row”.

It started with a friendly message from Bashar the owner inviting us to attend as their guest for the evening’s grand opening.  I love Indian food and had been waiting in anticipation for the Palace’s arrival.

I was greeted by the owner and the staff.   They went out of their way to make me feel at home.

This is their second location, the first being on the East Side.  The decor is simple and reminded me of my travels through Asia.  The space is wired for sound and music will be available soon.  The space is air conditioned as well.

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The menu is extensive.  So I focussed on items that I love.

I started my meal with a Mango Lassi which was the perfect balance of tastes.

Maharaja Palace via HarlemCondoLife (twitter: @HarlemHCL)

I then had the Vegetable Samosas as an appetizer.  I usually have these with my meal.  This time I had them as an appetizer.  They were great.  Crispy on the outside.  Tender, flavorful and spicy (but not too much) on the inside.  The owner mentioned that the recipe dates back to his time in school in college in his home country, where they ate samosas and drank lassis.

Maharaja Palace via HarlemCondoLife (twitter: @HarlemHCL)

I followed that up with the Tandori mixed grill which had a selection of meats and seafood prepared in a variety of ways and cooked in their Tandor oven.  Along with rice and Onion Naan.  Delicious,  plentiful and well priced.  There was so much food that I asked for a “doggy bag” so I could savor the rest of my meal later. 

Maharaja Palace via HarlemCondoLife (twitter: @HarlemHCL) Maharaja Palace via HarlemCondoLife (twitter: @HarlemHCL)

As I dined a steady stream of customers came in to take a seat, pick up takeout or grab a menu.  Each one was greeted enthusiastically by the owner.  And a steady stream of deliveries poured out into the neighborhood.  In fact, they will be debuting their menu on the Seamless home delivery service this week.  They are open for lunch with great specials.  And have early evening dinner specials.

As I was ready to leave, my waiter Richard for the evening said that they were honored to have had me as their “customer # 1”.   I was honoured.  I thanked them and left the restaurant happy to have ushered in this welcome addition to the neighborhood, and looking forward to my next meal at (or from) Majarajah Palace.

2113 Frederick Douglass Blvd (between 114th & 115th St)
New York, NY 10026
(212) 222-8934

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May 15th, 2013 by harlemcondolife


We first blogged a month ago about a new Indian restaurant coming to FDB in Harlem.  The owner reached out to us yesterday and it appears they will be opening as soon as the week of May 29th.  Next week!  Exact day yet to be determined depending on the completion of their construction, but they are hoping for Wednesday.

Maharaja Palace also located on the East Side on Madison Avenue, will offer a large selection of classic Indian dishes.  For all of you vegetarians out there they also offer a large selection of vegetarian dishes.  Reasonably priced for the standards with the priciest items on the menu their Tandori specialties which is normally the case with Indian restaurants.  Here is a peek at their Tandori Specialties
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They are located in the old Questans space on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (westside of the ave.) between 114th and 115th Streets.  With Jado Sushi across the street, Melbas on the adjacent corner, Frederick Bistro Cafe, Harlem Food Bar and Bier International less than a block away, Maharaja Palace will now add a much needed Indian restaurant into the mix.  Stay tuned for more information, photos and our new menu review from next week after their grand opening.

NOTE: They will start their home delivery service the day of opening, scheduled for May 29th.

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Maharaja Palace
2113 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, Ny 10026
(212) 222-8934

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