August 16th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

L’ouveture de Harlem’s Cedric’s Restaurant était une nuit à se rappeler (an unforgetable evening).  Cedric opens with a bang!  The who’s who of Harlem popped in Monday evening to welcome Harlem’s  newest addition.  The crowd included local residents and business owners, curious visitors from other parts of the city, and celebrities including Chris Noth of Law & Order, Mr. Big of Sex and the City.

Chris Noth with Cedric

The friendly General Manager Dard Coaxum and the attentive staff were all doing their best to maneuver the crowds.  I was with two friends and we all had a great experience.  I first wrote about Cedric’s for HarlemCondoLife back in June, Cedric Harlem, and I am impressed with their finished product.

We spoke with Cedric and we asked what brought him to Harlem.  He expressed his passion for Harlem and its people and that he wanted to open something in the neighborhood where he lives.

Grilled Salmon

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce

Sauteed Seabass

In terms of the food the portions were substantial and the dishes magnifique.  I had the Fois Gras appetizer and the Grilled Salmon   which comes with Ratatouille (I requested a substitution for mashed potatoes which was gladly met) and it was perfectly cooked and a generous serving.  I recommend it and would have it again.  My friend had the Foie Gras Ravioli and the Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce and Gratin Dauphinois.  Absolutely delicious.   My second friend enjoyed the Red Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and the Sauteed Seabass with White Rice and Provencale Sauce.   Popular dishes at the surrounding tables were the Fish and Chips and also the Mussels which smelled incredible.   Cedric has a variety of five choices for those of you who enjoy Mussels.   You can have them prepared with white wine and shallots, Tomato and Garlic, Old Fashioned Mustard and Cream or Ginger Lemon Grass.

I loved the service and the attentiveness of Cedric, his business partner Fabian, the manager and our lovely waitress. This kind of service coupled with perfect food will go a long way to ensuring success.

Fabian, Cedric & Dard

My only suggestion is that they start taking reservations.  They will definitely need to for the future as I predict demand for seats will exceed supply. The space is not huge, I believe around 40 tables, but feels big with the tall ceilings and the tasteful decor.   Many successful restaurants in Harlem and Manhattan are about this size.  People will wait and make reservations.  A great example is Melba’s.  It is always crowded and has stood the test of time.

The music was fantastic.  Stevie Wonder played continuously through our dinner.  The bar was full and I enjoyed catching up with friends and meeting some great new people.  It was a full house by 7PM and lines of people waiting outside.

It was only the first night, but if atmosphere and crowd satisfaction prevails, Cedric will be a success.  Congratulations and bon appetit Harlem.


Cedric French Bistro and Bar
185 St. Nicholas Ave
212-866-7766


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August 13th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

Another hot and soulful mix for you.  For all you Jill Scott, Mary J Blige, Eric Benet, Andy Caldwell, Ledisi, Blue Six , Sade and Beyonce fans this one is for you.  Keepin’ It Soul (Vol. 1) is the first in a series of mixes that will be coming in the next several months. This one gets it right from start to finish, from commercial R&B songs to underground jazzy vibey downbeats.

Free download of Keepin’ It Soul (Vol. 1) available now on iTunes.  Or to stream click here.

Enjoy! From HarlemHouse


PLAYLIST –

1) King Kooba – Bad Beat
2) Jill Scott – Le BOOM Vent Suite (Edit)
3) Thievery Corporation – Web of Deception
4) Chris Brown –  She Ain’t You (Instrumental Dub)
5) Mint Condition – Ease The Pain
6) Mary J. Blige – Someone To Love Me
7) Eric Benet – Better and Better
8) Jill Scott &  Anthony Hamilton – So In Love (re-edit)
9) Andy Caldwell – Southern Plumperz
10) Ledisi – Shine
11) Mark Oakland – Live Forever
12) Beyonce feat. Andre 3000 – Party
13) Me’Shell Ndegeocello – Fellowship
14) Jaheim – Ain’t Leavin Without You (Remix)
15) Eddie Levert & Eric Benet – Paid
16) Blue Six – Bittersweet
17) Groove Cocktail – Deep Touch
18) Tommy Largo – It’s the Beat
19) R. Kelly – Love Letter (Reworked Mix)
20) Sade – Nothing Can Come Between Us

Also, coming soon a new House mix “HarlemGetzDeep” by RhythmDB which will be available through several Blogs or as always on itunes.

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July 19th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
It won’t be long now.  Good things come to those who wait.  The highly anticipated Cedric Bistro which resides in the old “Mojo” space on 119th Street and St. Nicholas is barreling along with construction for a summer grand opening.  An inside source at Cedric tells us that it could be as soon as early next month.  See my previous post

Originally it was scheduled to open in June but like everything else around here from condominiums to restaurants, construction delays are pushing things back.  Not too much longer now though.
We will be following their progress closely and bringing you exclusive first hand information as it develops.
Stay tuned.
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June 30th, 2011 by harlemhouse

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Check out this podcast 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.  

A must have for your Music Library Collection.  On this mix you’ll hear songs fromSamantha James, DJ Lounge Del Mar, Si*Se, Nitin Sawhney, Lisa Shaw, Summer of Space, Kaskade, Blue Six, Late Night Alumni, Jody Wisternoff, Kerri Chandler, Orlando Vaughan, Chuck Love, Noel, Eyereel Allstars and more…

FREE DOWNLOAD complimentary from HarlemCondoLife available now on iTunes.

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June 24th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
GOOD MUSIC FOR GOOD PEOPLE  Sundae Sermon THIS SUNDAY June 26 with DJ Louie Vega, DJ Kevin Hedge and DJ Stormin’ Norman.  If you missed it last year you do not want to miss Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge this year.  Looks like it is going to be good weather wise and you know the beats will be on!  Here is a glimpse of last years event… Sundae Sermon with Vega & Hedge.  Great music, great crowd.  Following this event will be an afterparty held at Red Rooster from 8 – 1AM.

So grab a friend or loved one and head over to Morningside Park this Sunday afternoon at 3:00PM on 114th and Morningside drive.

See you all there!

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June 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
Another  Mom and Pops shop in Harlem that has been one of my favorites for years is Island Spice and Southern Cuisine.  I like supporting our local businesses that have been around and doing well for a long time.  Island Spice is no exception.  No thrills here – just modest decor, small quarters and good inexpensive food.

Any given afternoon if you stop by to eat for lunch you will see locals lined up ordering food to go.  Certain items are cooked to order and other dishes are buffet style that you select to your liking with sides.  The entree comes with rice and peas (or just rice) and two side dishes.  A common lunch is the stewed chicken entree with rice and peas with sides of plantains and collard greens.  This very filling and tasty entree comes out to a mere $6 for the small order.  Medium entree with two sides is $8.50.  Some of the dishes and entrees that I recommend are the Fish and Chips, Jerk Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Ox Tail, Curry Shrimp, Pepper Steak or just a couple authentic Jamaican Beef Patties with a bottle of Ting.

I love spots like this. It is one of the type businesses that makes Harlem great.

Here you can enjoy great authentic Jamaican and southern cuisine and feel good about supporting a small local business.
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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine
1980 7th Ave / at 119th St
(212) 865-3300

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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.

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June 21st, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.

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June 14th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
Reposting HarlemHouse Vol. I (Be Inspired Mix) to get you ready for summer with soulful inspirational house vocals for that feel good party vibe ! ! !

On this mix… RhythmDB is bringing you true authentic deep spiritual funky house tracks and grooves that will bring you up & take you there.  This mix is in keeping with the spirit of the Sundae Sermon’s in Morningside Park, recently reviewed here by HarlemHouse..  Harlem NYC Summer Sundays / Sundae Sermon in Morningside Park

On HarlemHouse Vol.I (Be Inspired Mix) Compiled and mixed by RhythmDB for HCL you will hear:  Ann Nesby, Jasper Street Co., Kerri Chandler, Byron Stingily, Frankie Knuckles, Grant Nelson, Studio Apartment, Yasmeen Sulieman, Julie McKnight, Louie Vega, Manoo & Francois A., Kathy Brown, Peven Everett, DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz, Soul Theory, Unity and more…

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FREE DOWNLOAD complimentary from HarlemCondoLife available now on iTunes.

Harlem House Vol.I (Be Inspired Mix)

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

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June 14th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
Reposting HarlemHouse Vol. I (Be Inspired Mix) to get you ready for summer with soulful inspirational house vocals for that feel good party vibe ! ! !

On this mix… RhythmDB is bringing you true authentic deep spiritual funky house tracks and grooves that will bring you up & take you there.  This mix is in keeping with the spirit of the Sundae Sermon’s in Morningside Park, recently reviewed here by HarlemHouse..  Harlem NYC Summer Sundays / Sundae Sermon in Morningside Park

On HarlemHouse Vol.I (Be Inspired Mix) Compiled and mixed by RhythmDB for HCL you will hear:  Ann Nesby, Jasper Street Co., Kerri Chandler, Byron Stingily, Frankie Knuckles, Grant Nelson, Studio Apartment, Yasmeen Sulieman, Julie McKnight, Louie Vega, Manoo & Francois A., Kathy Brown, Peven Everett, DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz, Soul Theory, Unity and more…

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FREE DOWNLOAD complimentary from HarlemCondoLife available now on iTunes.

Harlem House Vol.I (Be Inspired Mix)

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

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