October 14th, 2014 by HarlemMom

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My husband, daughter and I recently ate dinner at Boulevard Bistro and enjoyed it a lot.  We had a booth table which was comfortable and the decor and service were great.  There was a large party next to us who also had a baby and they were served rather quickly as we were too.

My husband had the organic fried chicken which is served with smoked turkey collards and southern potato salad.  I had the turkey meatloaf topped with wild mushroom and visalia onion gravy, with parmesan mashed potatoes and vegetables.  We topped off our meal with the German cake which was also delicious.

We plan on going back soon for their brunch which we are hearing good things about.

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If you haven’t tried BLVD Bistro in Harlem yet, we recommend it.  Four stars on Yelp and a cozy inviting interior easily help make BLVD a charming addition to Harlem.  Stay tuned for our part-two review on Boulevard Bistro.

Southern & Soul,  American

Boulevard Bistro
239 Lenox Avenue (122nd Street)
New York, NY 10027
Phone:(212)678-6200

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March 22nd, 2014 by harlemhouse

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With the recent trend of vegan restaurants opening coast to coast from New York to LA, it was only a matter of time before Harlem was next on the list.  Seasoned Vegan Harlem’s first full service vegan restaurant is now opened for business.  Seasoned Vegan is a family business owned by mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener specializing in gourmet vegan food.  They give typical Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and American dishes a vegan, home cooked, soulful twist.

Vegan cooking has become sort of an art form for certain chefs.  If the largely successful “Blossom” located on the Upper West Side is any indication of things to come, we will be seeing more and more vegan restaurants.  When I first dined at Blossom with my sister who has been a vegan for 10  years, I was skeptical.  After trying it I was blown away at how surprisingly flavorful and good it was.

Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan write on their website “The food you love, veganized”.  Great slogan!  I am anxious to try this new place out to see for myself.  For those who may not be aware of what vegan food is, check out this brief write up about it: What is VEGAN.  As I mentioned earlier one of my sisters is a vegan and before that was a vegetarian so I have been privileged to some pretty good homemade meals over the years.  Along with plenty of gentle lecturing on why I should not eat bacon or steak, dairy etc., or any animal products for that matter.  Even though I haven’t changed my ways yet, I understand and admire the vegan way and applaud it.  You do not have to be a vegan to eat and enjoy vegan food.  It is for everyone and I will say that you feel so healthy after having a good vegan dinner.

By the looks of Seasoned Vegans dishes and desserts I imagine they will draw a nice crowd of loyal customers as well as curious new ones.  I am looking forward to visiting them for dinner very soon.  We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and specialized selection of restaurants and businesses here in Harlem.

Welcome to the neighborhood Seasoned Vegan!

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55 St. Nicholas Avenue
Harlem, NY 10026
(212)222-0092

 

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March 21st, 2014 by harlemhouse

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DJ Saturdays at The Cecil in Harlem are making Saturday afternoons extra fun. Who doesn’t want a little beat with their bite!  Relax and shake off the week’s worries to the beats of the World, Jazz and Soul music, spun by various DJ’s.

This Saturday March 22 DJ Stormin’ Norman will be spinning from  2- 6pm.  Next Saturday March 29 DJ Center will be spinning from 2 – 6pm.  Check out the DJ schedule below and enjoy great music and food and people at The Cecil in Harlem!

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The Cecil
210 West 118th Street Harlem NY
(212)866-1262
THECECILHARLEM.COM

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December 9th, 2013 by tharealharlemista

In a followup to our earlier post, the exciting new pizza place replacing the convenient but sometimes mediocre Pizzeria 123 is called Fuel (custom pizza•salads) and according to their website, the vintage gasoline station-themed cafe seems to be the first New York outpost of a North Carolina (and Washington DC) chain, although according to their website the originators are from New York:

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The online menu seems to have quite a few pizza, sandwich, salad and wing choices. Hopefully this will be another solid and inexpensive dining choice in the neighborhood. Welcome to the neighborhood Custom Fuel Pizza.

See our previous post Word On The Street (Fuel) in Harlem

Fuel – Menu & website
http://www.fuelpizza.com/

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December 8th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like Harlem will be getting a new pizzeria in the same location on Harlem Restaurant Row where “Pizzeria 123” was.  Our source tells Harlem Condo Life that construction is underway and word on the street is that it will be called “Fuel”.  Sounds good.

Now with 1 Forno (great pizza and priced well on 116th Street), Bad Horse Pizza (on the pricier side but delicious) and this new place, we will have a lot of options.  As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many Pizza spots!!

Stay tuned… for more information on Custom Fuel Pizza in Harlem.

*Location: Old pizza place, on 123 rd st was Pizzeria 123. (review)

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August 31st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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After the huge success of Harlem Tavern on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Central Harlem, the owners have opened their latest location Heights Tavern in Washington Heights.  We have been waiting with anticipation for their new location to open and it finally did this past Thursday.  HarlemCondoLife will stop by and visit soon and look forward to checking it out with a review.  If it is anything like their Harlem Restaurant Row location on FDB they should do great.  Washington Heights has a lot of buzz lately and is a neighborhood to keep an eye on with recent businesses that have opened as well as restaurants coming soon.

Check out HEIGHTS TAVERN at 3910 Broadway in Washington Heights telephone #(619)501-3455.  Stay tuned for our follow up post and review.

For more information visit their website at Heights Tavern.

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July 24th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Harlem Welcomes 2647, A New American Fusion Concept Bar, Lounge and Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard which will open August 3rd, 2013.

2647 Harlem Bar, Lounge & Restaurant features 11 high definition televisions as well as an 80-inch HD flat screen serving as a centerpiece directly behind the 1,000 square foot main bar. With ample room for large groups, 2647 will incorporate an 800 square foot lounge area, a separate 1,000 square foot VIP room for private events and bottle service, and an open-air 400 square foot outdoor patio.

The Grand Opening of 2647 will be Saturday, August 3rd at 9pm, with a registered media event and soft opening on August 1st.  If you are interested in attending the registered media event contact info2647harlem.com.   Considering how crowded Harlem Tavern is nightly on Frederick Douglass & 116th Street, 2647 Harlem should also do well higher up on the Boulevard on 141 Street.  Looking forward to checking it out soon.

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2647 Harlem
2647 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, New York 10030

(301) 520-5555

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June 11th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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A reminder that the Grand Opening of Harlem Shake is this Thursday June 13th, 7-1o pm.
Classic, Soul, House & Afro Beats provided by Dj Stormin’ Norman

Celebrate the new Harlem Hot Spot Harlem Shake.  Note: This event is invite only between the hours of 7-10 pm.

Harlem Shake
100 W 124th Street (corner of Lenox Ave)
New York, NY 10027

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May 23rd, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Things seem to be coming along for the opening of Barawine neighborhood restaurant on the bright sunny corner of Lenox Ave Malcolm X Boulevard and 120th Street.  After leaving the opening of Harlem Shake the other day, we walked 4 blocks down on Lenox to check on the progress of Barawine.  Nicely situated on the north east corner of the avenue next to the charming Settepani restaurant.   This will add to this section of Lenox Avenue where further up there are a cluster of restaurants Sylvia’s, Les Ambassades, Corner Social, Red Rooster, Cove Lounge, Chez Lucienne and the new Harlem Shake.

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The signage which use to read coming soon Winter 2013 now says Spring 2013.  I predict soon it will read Summer 2013 as they appear to be a few weeks away from their opening day.  Word on the street (and from one of the workman who will remain nameless) said they were waiting on their liquer license and clearance for outdoor seating.  We are hopeful for this new addition to the neighborhood in Harlem.  Stay tuned for further information and their official opening date.

Barawine
200 Lenox Avenue Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027

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May 14th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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We finally have a good diner on Lenox in Harlem.  This afternoon we attended the soft opening at Harlem Shake and enjoyed exactly what you would expect, shakes and burgers.  Very pleasantly pleased by the retro fifties decor (by Dennis Decker) right down to the order-and-pick-up diner style format.  The official opening will be held in 2 days on Thursday, May 16th.  They are waiting on their license for outdoor seating as well which will expand the diner for the summer months.

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The shakes are delicious!  We recommend the Red Velvet Shake.  Our favorite burger of the three that we sampled was the “Hot Mess” spicy, messy and everything good.  The fries were good.  Nice and piping hot, skin on the potato and just the right amount of salt.

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We predict many future busy nights here as they are set in the perfect location on the South/West corner of 124th street and Lenox Avenue.

They have added some very cool touches such as the Wall of Fame (above) which consists of a large collage of celebrities from Bill Clinton to Cassandra Wilson who have autographed their head shots on the wall.  We predict this will soon become a Harlem Hot Spot for local Harlemites as well as tour busses and the Sunday brunch crowd passing through and taking pictures of Harlem Shake.  While we were there, already a group of kids came in and asked if they could take a picture inside the place.  With it’s retro vibe, even though it is brand new we had the feeling that it had been there for years.  Also they serve wine and beer for those that want drinks with their fries.  The music playing was a little hip hop, a touch of rap and some R&B and great soul classics.  Perfect.

Thank you Jelena, for your hospitality today.  Congratulations to the whole crew and welcome to the neighborhood!

Fantastic design by Dennis Decker.   Well done.

*They will be open from 11am to 11pm weekdays and weekends they will be open until 2am.

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Vintage jet magazine covers drape the bathroom walls. Fantastic!

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Harlem Shake
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