Questans, (see HarlemHouse’s previous review), our beloved music- infused seafood restaurant and bar, is undergoing a transformation.
I stopped by today and learned that Questans is transforming into a seafood store where not only can you get fresh seafood to cook at home, but also seafood cooked to order.
This is a welcome addition to Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Questan’s is located on one of the hottest blocks in Harlem, next to Bier International, Society Cafe, Melbas, Harlem Tavern, the soon to be Londels and butcher shop (both at the Livmor) just to name a few.
We welcome the new addition!
Have you ever wanted to check out several drinking and eating establishments in Harlem in one night but never had the time? You’ve read about Harlem’s booming restaurant row on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in various publications and wondered what’s it like? Well, now you have the opportunity to see and experience several fine dining establishments all in one night at Experience: Harlem Bar & Restaurant Crawl taking place the evening of October 28 from 6 PM to 10 PM. Experience: Harlem, one of the early pioneers in promoting all things positive about Harlem, has rounded up some of Harlem’s best restaurant and drinking places for this event. They are: Mojo, 5 & Diamond, Melba’s, Questan’s, 67 Orange, and more! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.
“Did it up” in Harlem. The restaurant and nightlife scene was PACKED last Friday night in Harlem.
I started at MOJO’S for dinner and drinks with friends. It was very crowded and I had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Kiki Shepard, longtime co-host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” who was sitting at the table next to me. I talked with owner, Moon, for a long time as well. Did you know that he sells his own brand of wine? Pick one up if you’re a red wine lover. Its very good. Also learned that they have live music on Monday nights and this Spring/Summer they will open the windows in the front with outdoor tables and in addition will have DJ’s some of the nights.
After dinner headed to NECTAR to say hello to one of the owner’s Eric. Also very full. Then walked by SEVENTEEN B but didn’t go in. Nice crowd but swung by QUESTAN’S instead to say hello to Dee, the owner. She has to charge a cover now it gets so crowded (almost too crowded) on Friday & Saturday nights. The music was pumpin’ and it was so packed you could barely move. Might need a bigger space soon. She has a very loyal local neighborhood crowd. Sunday nights at Questan’s DJ’s play House Music now. HipHop all other nights.
After that we all headed over to 67 ORANGE to say hello to Karl, the owner. There we closed out the night with wings and 2 orders of pepper popcorn while listening to a diverse mix of all different kinds of music.
So go and support our local businesses next time you want to have a fun night out. There are many many other good night spots as well… but this was only one night. Next time!
HarlemHouse will be out of town for a month traveling for work but will resume blogging again in April. In the meantime, enjoy a new Podcast/Mix “SpanishHarlemMix” by RhythmDB.
Questan’s, which just opened last summer… is jumpin! Finally dined there last Monday night and had a great time. There is more going on than meets the eye if you are just walking by the front of the place. As you come in on your right there is a takeout section. Since they are conveniently opened until 2 and 3am throughout the week this is good to have. See Express menu they have a large Seafood selection for takeout. Through the main entrance after walking down a short hall you approach tables on the left, a very large full bar on the right and a DJ booth elevated on the back wall. There is a live DJ every night. The bar has two flat screen TV’s overhead. Great if a game is on and you want to watch it muted while listening to tunes and talking with friends. It was a little chaotic the night I was there which is a good thing for a Monday night. The weekends must get packed. We sat at the corner table and had drinks and dinner. Good drinks and generously poured. You could easily just go there to chill at the bar with an appetizer or two if all the tables are full. To begin with we enjoyed the Jalapeno Cornbread. Then for starters had the Fried Calamari, Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls & the Lobster Bisque soup. All were good but the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls were phenomenal. Dinner was very good. Only two of us had entrees the Grilled Shrimp with Spinach & the Broiled Scallops with Homemade French Fries. Both the Shrimp and Scallops were fresh and delicious and the Homemade French Fries were perfect. Its a very large menu to choose from especially considering the size of the space. Im heading back again to try something different next week. Doris Wade (Dee), the owner, wasn’t there the night I was but the charming Mekkie, (bartender/hostess/waitress) waited on us and the service was excellent. DJ Huggie was spinning a great selection of HipHop and R&B keeping the vibe good. it’s one of those spots that when your finished eating dinner you want to stay longer and just hang out. Good crowd, good food, good music and good drinks. Dee mentioned to me that she is working out a House Music night for either Thursday or Sunday nights in the near future. Stay tuned I’ll keep you posted when it’s definite.
Im happy to see how successful Questan’s is. The front of the Restaurant says “Live, love & laugh” with a message like that how can you not be successful. Definitely left me wanting to go back for more. Another great addition to Harlem.
Take advantage of “Eat Shop Play HARLEM this month for Restaurant & Retail. Questan’s is one of the Restaurants included on this list which offers a Prix Fixe menu for $20.10 from February 15, 2010 – March 15, 2010. *Questan’s also delivers.
2113 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Between 114th & 115th
New York, NY 10026
Hours open Mon-Wed 11AM-2AM, Thurs-Sat 11AM-3AM, Sun 11Am-10PM
See our previous link-