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Review: HarlemCondoLife – The Park 112 – 5 Stars

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We ate at The Park 112 last Wednesday and cannot say enough good things about it.  We were impressed with the menu, drinks, service and ambiance. To start with the place is nicely lit has a nice size bar, great drinks and the music was good too.  For drinks I had the Park 112 and my husband The Upper Manhattan. For the appetizer I had the Jerk Lollipops and followed them with the Red Snapper tacos. Both were delicious. My husband started with the carrot and coconut soup and then had the chicken roll. He enjoyed both of them a lot. While we were there we were  asked a couple of times by different staff members if all was well. We met the manager at the end and he was very nice too. We had a very enjoyable meal and time at The Park 112 and we welcome great food and service to Harlem Restaurant Row! We wish you much success as it is well deserved.

The Park 112
Address: 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Phone:(646) 524-6610

La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem (New)

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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

Harlem Condo Life – “About Us” UPDATE

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About Us

Harlem Condo Life is your gateway to Harlem.
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We are a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events since 2007.  Some of us still living in the same building together since the beginning of our partnership, and two newcomers have joined our blog – both native New Yorkers/Harlemites.  We hope this is what gives us an honest and objective view on the topics in which we post and tweet about with our different opinions and insight as a group effort.
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We at Harlem Condo Life will continue to keep you posted on Restaurants, Real Estate, Retail, Music, Clubs, Bar/Lounges, Architecture, Current Events, History, Design, Politics, Sports and Entertainment about Harlem and around the globe.
Harlem is universal.  It is an identity known throughout the world.
Thank you to our readers and loyal followers all these years since our humble beginning.  We hope to continue to build and make your visit to our Blog informative, inspirational and fun!
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(Updated 2013)

Corner Social to Open in Harlem 5/17/12

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On May 17th, Corner Social  will open its doors, its sidewalk cafe and its arms to this vibrant community, offering an effortlessly inviting place to dine and drink while absorbing the area’s pulsing future and storied past. The bar and restaurant had a soft open this Spring with modified hours and a modified menu. The Corner Social, which wraps the entire northwest corner of 126th Street and Lenox Avenue, is the vision of social-life entrepreneur and local owner Anahi Angelone. It’s exactly the kind of place she’d dream up: part local tavern, part after-party, part exclusive club where everyone is a welcomed member. It’s where old friends meet up for dinner and new ones are made around the communal table. It’s exactly where you want to start the evening for dinner and drinks, or spend an entire prime time gabbing over great food, or end up after for a midnight snack.

Running the length of its interior space is a 20-foot bar that feels like home, if home had 40+ brands of bottled beer, an 18-tap brass beer box, an enticing specialty cocktail list and a beat. It’s hard not to feel like you are celebrating something here- even if that something is just a Tuesday night in New York City. The history is here in the reclaimed subway tiles, punched tin ceilings and century-old wood, but today’s Harlem lets this bar’s style and vibe shine through. It’s a cool that knows better than to try too hard, yet manages to get it oh so right.

Behind the voices hums what could be New York’s best background music, punctuated by the celebratory ping of glasses clinking together and a chorus of variations on “yum,” and “aaah,” as they tuck into plates that taste even better than they look.

Think pork belly practically melting in your mouth, or semolina crusted branzino – first the crunch, then the sweet soft center, then share. Or think bar favorites with a twist like Cheeseburger Spring Rolls and local “Hot Bread Kitchen” Nachos sourced from La Marqueta in East Harlem. Come back for brunch and you’ll find Cornflake crusted French toast stuffed with banana and mascarpone, topped with maple crème fraiche. Executive Chef, Jonathan Romans has already spread his own particular Pixie dust around some of New York City’s most exciting restaurant audiences and projects, from Tribeca Grill and the Essex House’s Southgate, to the creation and building of Ze Café. Of course it’s all fresh, seasonal and is even sourced from local partners that serve the community.

All this among stylish tweed banquette seating and earthy interior that practically begs you to relax and have fun. Accents of soft amber light flicker from sconces and pendants, framing diners to the outside world through gorgeous glass and wood expansive doors. On cooler days, the steel wrapped fireplace – the centerpiece of the interior space – offers an extra layer of warmth while groups of friends perch at long communal tables facing flat screen TVs. In warmer weather, the sidewalk cafe is a sublime people-watching venue with full kitchen and bar menus.