October 10th, 2012 by harlemhouse

You’re invited…

THE HARLEM PEARL – 4 DAY DETOX

The Harlem Pearl’s Opening Dinner and Lecture

Join us for the launch of The Lyn-Genet Plan’s The Harlem Pearl

Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm – Lecture and dinner

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant

2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

(located between 112th and 113th Streets)

$45 for a 4-course tasting menu

Lyn-Genet will be giving a lecture on The Plan and we will be serving food from The Plan cookbook.  Attendees who wish to purchase the 4 Day Detox from The Harlem Pearl will also receive free 4 days of free nutritional support with a Plan nutritionist!
This is for return and new clients so please spread the word to YOUR friends and family!  Space is limited, please RSVP to maggie@lyngenet.com.
 
  

*Previous Post about The Harlem Pearl on HarlemCondoLife.

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September 14th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Jado Sushi Harlem

Since our first couple visits and reviews of Jado Sushi, we recently went back and were pleased to see that they now offer an impressive assortment of choices on their full menu.  Almost too many choices to decide between.  In addition to everything that was on the sampler pre-grand opening menu they now offer a large selection of classic dishes as well as many interesting new ones.

We spoke with the owner Nobu, and he said the middle of August had slowed down a little bit with business but they are now busy again and seem to be getting positive reviews.  We went on a Tuesday night and it was a good size crowd and the sushi bar in the back was full.  Jado is a great place for the “singles crowd” here in Harlem, who want to swing by for a solo dinner on their way home from work.  A friend to our blog says that he enjoys sitting at the Sushi bar after work located in the back once a week.  Quick, easy, satisfying, healthy and you might even meet someone!

Please see our review of Jado Sushi In Harlem.

Favorite selections from those of us here at HarlemCondoLife:  The glazed short ribs, fried oysters and the jado chicken Small Plate starters.  The sushi medley or the  jado sushi and sashimi ensemble, a great introduction to their sushi.  The miso marinated black cod, bok choi.  One of the best black cod dishes in the city.  Their Fiji green tea to cleanse the palate.  If you have any room left for desert the tempura ice cream.  A must try.

Jado Sushi Harlem

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August 7th, 2012 by harlemhouse

IN THE SPIRIT

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant PresentsKERSTEN STEVENS
Jazz and Gospel Violinist
Thursday August 16, 2012 7:30pm$45 Pre-Fixe Menu w/ Champagne Toast
David Martinez, Executive Chef
Featuring the Signature “In the Spirit” Cocktail
Reserve now  646-684-4662

About Kersten Stevens

There’s a sound, a musical spiritedness, that transcends the boundaries of contemporary music and transforms the listener from the inside out. Kersten Stevens is a uniquely dedicated artist whose fusion of jazz and gospel discovers this powerful balance between art and sensibility.

Anointed, electrifying and passionate, Kersten has opened for President Barack Obama, the legendary Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, and performed with world-renowned jazz violinist and her mentor Regina Carter. Kersten is a graduate from Yale University with a BA in Music and African American Studies. A three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner and a three-time “Showtime at the Apollo” champion, she currently serves the Apollo Theater as the on-camera personality and social media correspondent for Amateur Night at the Apollo.

Thursday, August 16 Kersten unveils cuts from her forthcoming album INSPIRE ME in the intimate, culinary setting of Harlem’s 5 and Diamond Restaurant.


About The 5 and Diamond Restaurant

Part of Manhattan’s culinary world has rooted itself in one of the most cutting edge neighborhoods in NYC—Harlem. The 5 and Diamond Restaurant is located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, referred to as the new “Restaurant Row” by the New York Times.

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant offers refined contemporary American fare and genuine Harlem hospitality. Chef David Martinez prepares food with passion — combining fresh seasonal ingredients and bold flavors with a refined presentation. He is committed to local, organic produce and is inspired by his culinary experience here and in Europe. The 5 and Diamond Restaurant is upscale casual with large windows, sexy lighting, vibrant floral arrangements and soft jazzy music in the background. It is an easy place to drop in at any time. Dine alone at the intimate bar, or enjoy a drink or meal while watching your favorite sports event. Come with friends and family to celebrate, or have a romantic dinner for two. Just remember to leave enough room for the decadent desserts, all made in-house.

 

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August 7th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Now you can enjoy Cafe Amrita indoors and outdoors.  A friend of HarlemCondoLife let us know that Cafe Amrita now has outdoor seating.  They have been steadily doing good business now for many years and their additional seating looks great.

Conveniently located 0n 110th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard right by the subway stop, Amrita is a great spot to have a coffee solo or a beer with a friend.  We often have our Blog meetings there as they also have wi-fi.  Please see our review by Austin2Harlem from a couple years back of Cafe Amrita.

Cafe Amrita
301 11oth Street
New York, NY 10026
#212-222-0683

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July 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse

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.

HFB – HARLEM FOOD BAR

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Harlem Food Bar

2100 Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.)

Between 113th and 114th Streets

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May 25th, 2011 by harlemhouse

Oeuf Columbus

CREPES ON COLUMBUS

By HarlemHouse
This is becoming one of my favorite new breakfast and lunch spots near to lower Harlem.  Though just on the outer skirts of what is considered the official Harlem line, they do deliver to lower Fredrick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. area.   Actually I just confirmed with the informative and likable Manager/Owner Steve that they do in fact deliver from Lennox Ave to Riverside up to around 120th/ 121st street.  Keep in mind they get very busy (especially on weekends) so depending on the day it may take longer for your order to arrive.

The food is very good, fresh and a nice alterntive to the greasy spoon diner.  Though nothing against the greasy food diner experience.  The one I frequently go to for the basic breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast is “Tom’s Restaurant” located on 112th St. and Broadway.  But you can’t have that everyday.   Crepes on Columbus has a tantalizing diversity of choices for your taste buds.  Everything tastes good!

Starting with my favorite which lately I have been ordering for breakfast quite frequently is the “Oeuf Columbus” Poached eggs on a goat cheese potato cake with ratatouille and a baquette on the side.  Delicious!

I usually add their homemade apple turnover or a chocolate or almond croissant to my order.  Ok it’s not the discount $6.50 dollar breakfast at the diner joint.  But for what you are getting and the quality and preparation of the food it is fairly reasonable.  The Ouef Columbus is priced at $9.75  with a baguette on the side.  The croissants are priced at $2.oo and the turnovers are $2.25.

Also very good are the sandwiches.  I have ordered the Cubana (slightly altered from the Cubano which is traditionally a cuban sandwich) and the Prosciutto & fresh mozzarella sandwich.  Both very good.  All sandwiches are served with organic mesclun salad on the side.

But don’t forget about the Crepes!  After all it is in the title so you already know they are going to be good.  Too many choices to choose from or you can create one on your own.  From breakfast crepes, sandwich crepes to dessert crepes they are all freshly prepared and incredible.  But check out the menu for yourself and see what looks good to you at www.crepesoncolumbus.com.

Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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CREPES ON COLUMBUS

#(212) 222-0259

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