Who can figure out where this building is located in Harlem?
*The Architecture of Harlem, New York
Last night was the Grand Opening of Jado Sushi in Harlem and it was an enjoyable night and a great crowd. It has actually already been open for two weeks now but the Grand Opening makes it official.
This early evening cocktail party included a variety of delicious Hors d’oeuvres and selected sushi along with wine and prosecco. They have an extensive wine menu here at Jadu Sushi which comes to no surprise as Nobu Otsu also owns The Winery just up the street.
At one point it felt like the who’s who of Harlem. Melba Wlison, owner of Melbas, Londel Davis, owner of Londel’s Supper Club and The L Lounge, Lia Sanfilippo, one of the owners of The Five and Diamond, Henock Kejela, owner of Zoma, Ernesto Gonzalez, one of the owners of Harlem Food Bar and Clarence Cooper the general manager for over 30 years (now retired) at Sylvia’s, were just a few of the guests showing their support and welcoming Jado Sushi to the neighborhood. It was also nice to meet bloggers I had never met before for the first time and people in the Harlem media.
With good company, mellow jazz music playing, great wine and delicious appetizers you cannot go wrong. Stop by and check out Jado Sushi for yourself. With their full menu now available you have even more to choose from.
Welcome Jado Sushi and congratulations. If the crowds are any indication diners have been waiting for a sushi restaurant like this to come to the neighborhood and are happy that you are here.
*Click here to see their location and our Review of Jado Sushi.
With the new wave of diverse restaurants opening in Harlem it seems there is no need to go below 110th Street anymore. All you need is right here. Jado Sushi the latest addition to Harlem’s Restaurant Row is no exception. We posted earlier about Jado’s opening night (see post) and wrote that we have been enthusiastic for it to open since hearing from owner Nobu Otsu last year. Well it was well worth the wait.
Last Wednesday night at 7PM when two other bloggers from HarlemCondoLife, a neighborhood friend and myself arrived at Jado it was a full house. We waited at the bar for our reservation and tried a couple of their Delectable Cocktails. I recommend the Gin Cuke, the Ginger Whiskey or for a vodka drink with fresh berries on the sweeter side the Kurenai. They also have a Mojito drink. You can see all the choices and their entire future menu here online menu.
Nobu greeted us graciously and apologized that there might be a little wait. We really didn’t wait that long for our table considering how long you may have to wait at a trendy downtown restaurant. The place is nicely layed out and as I had mentioned in an earlier post the decor is elegant and sophisticated. However, it is not stuffy at all. My friend said it was tastefully done very much like The Winery which is another business in Harlem that Nobu runs. As you walk in the bar area is to the right and to the left are two and four top tables grouped together. As you continue to walk through in the back there are decorative booths on the right side and a sushi bar that was very crowded on the left. Very smart design and multifunctional without feeling crowded. Each of the four areas inviting in their own way.
The dinning experience was everything I had hoped it to be. We ordered a lot of food so I won’t describe everything only the small plates, sushi and main dishes. First of all last Monday, July 9th, was the soft opening and this is Nobu’s sample menu. Their will be more dishes to choose from and more classics after the Grand Opening which will happen in a week or two. When I asked Nobu what he recommended from the sampler menu he said “Everything on this menu is good. They are all my favorite dishes” and after eating there I would have to agree. All the guests at my table joked saying lets come back again tomorrow night. It was that good.
We were greeted by Juan at the door who asked us to wait at the bar and that our table would be ready shortly. He was very busy yet polite and pleasant. We waited about 15 minutes at the bar with drinks and commented at how crowded it was. Nobu was extremely friendly and very hands on with the service, refilling water glasses at tables and doing his best to accommodate the crowd. It almost seemed he was surpassed that it was this crowded. He told us it has been busy like this since day one. Of course this is good for any business and people would rather wait a few extra minutes than to sit in an empty restaurant.
We were seated at a comfortable booth near the back by the Sushi Bar. We ordered a sample of small plates and sushi. We ordered the soy calamari $6, lettuce Wrap Shrimp $7, Spice Rubbed Ribs $9, Panko Fried Oyster $7 and the Crunchy California Roll $8. They had already run out of the calamari so we switched to the Jado Chicken $6. This turned out to be one of my favorites but honestly everything was good and the combination of flavors together were delicious. I would have preferred to try a bit more sushi but we had big meat eaters at the table. It felt very authentic while dinning and looking over at the active Sushi Bar. I was thinking after a long days work in the future it will be nice to come solo and sit at the sushi bar for a healthy dinner. Very inviting.
Back to the food. We then ordered four entrée’s two orders of the Miso Black Cod $18 (delicious!) the Almond Salmon $18 and the Chicken Teriyaki $15. I loved the Chicken Teriyaki and it was a large plate of food. One complaint I had heard through the grapevine was that the portions are small. I felt they were proportionality sized with the price. The only other negative, which turned out not to be a negative, was that my friends Salmon dish she felt was too salty. The waitress sent Nobu over and he replaced it immediately and explained the seasoning might have been over salted. She had the Salmon Sushi and said it was delicious. Nobu was very gracious and hospitable about the situation and my friend was happy. Everything we had here was good. It had a five-star rating on Yelp last week. The Tuna Steak and Braised Pork looked very popular as well though we did not try it. As Nobu had said, he hand-picked all of his favorites for the soft opening menu so you really can’t go wrong here.
I went in with two enthusiastic friends and one skeptical friend about sushi and did not know if they would like it. Not only did my friend like it but she has already gone back there with her husband. I thought it was interesting she had mentioned her husband and her had dinner at the recently opened HarlemFoodBar the night before and last night at Jadu Sushi and how great it is to have so many different choices now in Harlem for eating out. With Bier International, Melbas, Les Ambassades, 67 Orange, Chocolat, Amy Ruths, Harlem Tavern, The Five & Diamond, Red Rooster, Corner Social, Zoma, Native Restaurant, Billie’s Black, Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar, Bad Horse Pizza, Cedrics, Harlem Food Bar, The L Lounge, Sylvias just to name a few, you have such a variety in cuisine and could go out every night to a different place and have a great experience.
So if you like Sushi or if you are unfamiliar and want to try something different here in Harlem I highly recommend Jado Sushi. Nobu is already running a succesful business here in Harlem on 116th Street The Winery and has learned a thing or two about customer service, quality and what the neighborhood needs. I am happy to see Jado Sushi well received. I experienced nothing but curious people walking in and smiling faces walking out.
Just one last note you have to try this desert Tempura Ice Cream $7. It was delicious and my newest sweet tooth craving.
The official Grand Opening will be in about two weeks. I recommend you make a reservation before you go.
2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, New York 10026
The just recently opened Harlem Food Bar, owned by Scott Siler and Ernesto Gonzalez is already making a mark for itself on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s “Restaurant Row” in Harlem. Not surprising after the two different experiences I have had there so far.
Harlem Food Bar’s welcoming atmosphere and fun, hip, unpretentious vibe is attracting a wide variety of Harlemites. On a warm summer night it almost feels like a cool Miami or LA spot with the doors wide open expanding outside to the sidewalk seating. The music is just the right level, not too loud but enough to hear it in the background while talking with friends. The decor I think is perfect for this space. A beautiful mural expands across the entire back wall. Tastefully done but casual at the same time. Both times I was there the crowd’s appearance felt similar dress code wise. You feel comfortable here either wearing casual gear or dressed up for fun.
I was impressed by all of the staff who seemed genuinely interested in the opinion of those dinning and drinking there and asking if they liked the food and cocktails. Very important for a new place here in Harlem or anywhere to get feedback so that they can improve or work out any of the kinks.
The outdoor seating really adds to the charm. The day I took this photo it was 98 degrees in NYC so understandably not as crowded as an average temperature day. It is nice to have another option on Frederick Douglass Boulevard with outdoor seating. My only objection is that it feels as though it needs a few more plants or dividers to separate the seating area from the sidewalk. That being said they just opened and could still be in the finishing process.
The cocktails and shared plates get a big plus. Shown here are the Pineapple Mojito and the Mangopolitan. Very nice. The combination of pineapple, rum, mint and lime are delicious and refreshing especially on a hot night. A great selection here of house drinks with some creative titles such as the last drink on the menu “The Wicked Bitch.”
The shared plates are great for sitting around the bar if you are just there for the drinks and atmosphere. The chicken wings were tasty with a homemade buffalo sauce. The hummus is made fresh daily and comes with pita chips. It was not my personal favorite but my friend loved the hummus. The mac & cheese squares are a popular starter and quite a few people were ordering them. Great coupled with a cocktail of choice. The bartender Jeremy pictured above will help you decide on a cocktail or the shared plates and is a pleasant and friendly addition to the place.
For dinner my friend had the steak and really enjoyed it. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. I had the bacon and cheddar cheeseburger with fries. It was pretty much perfect and I would order it again. Actually I look forward to having it again soon. I noticed as I looked around there were two different tables with solo diners, both were having the burger and fries. A good sign for die-hard burger lovers. I was also pleased to learn they use grass-fed beef, organic chicken and homemade sauces.
Melbas, Bier International, The 5 and Diamond, 67 Orange and now Harlem Food Bar all seem to share a similar recipe for success. They all offer a great atmosphere and are smaller in scale. Intimate yet inviting.
Welcome to the neighborhood Harlem Food Bar. I look forward to coming back again soon.
Harlem Food Bar
2100 Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.)
Between 113th and 114th Streets