Harlem Resident and CNN Anchor Don Lemon enjoyed an evening out the other night with friends at Cedric’s on Harlem Restaurant Row. As Don has mentioned on his show, the popular prime-time weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, he lives in Harlem and enjoys living here very much. We here at Harlem Condo Life can understand why and believe Harlem to be one of the best neighborhood communities in New York and the surrounding Boroughs. Thanks Don Lemon for following us on twitter @HarlemHCLand we wish you continued success on CNN. Keep up the great work!
I had the pleasure of dining at Maison Harlem this weekend. It’s easily a top 5 local favorite. The crowd is hip. The food is delicious, plentiful and well priced. The staff is nice, attentive and knowledgeable. I loved the fact that I was able to speak to the staff and the the owner in both French or English as the mood dictated. This was my third visit to Maison and each time Samuel Thiam (one of the owners and the evening’s host) has greeted us graciously. We were accompanied by a large group including visiting friends from out of town. We enjoyed a variety of appetizers, dinner and desert. See their full menu here MAISON. I recommend the seasonal oysters, steak tartare, french onion soup or the fried calamari for starters. For entrees the wild mushroom risotto with grilled seafood is very good. My friend ordered it and said that this is what she came back for. The grilled new york shell steak is delicious with either red wine or peppercorn sauce. Other popular dishes that stood out were the grilled salmon, the duck leg confit and the daurade sauce vierge (royal dorade fish with sauce vierge, grilled asparagus & new potatoes). Ask for their specials and deserts. We loved the creme brûlée and lava cake.
I’m told from friends that the burgers are excellent but I’ve not been their for brunch or lunch yet. I was happy to see that on the lunch menu they offer croque monsieur which is a childhood favorite of mine.
Maison takes reservations (recommended) for parties of four and higher. Each time I have been there the bar has been crowded – whether it be middle of the week or on the weekend. This is impressive and shows that by word of mouth and reputation Maison Harlem is a success.
341 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10027
FOOD, WINE AND FAMILY FUN ABOUND AT THE HARLEM HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harlem Park To Park Presents Its Third Annual Harlem Harvest Festival
With Activities And Events For the Whole Family
September 29, 2012 – Harlem, NY – Whether you’re a foodie, a yoga enthusiast, aspiring dancer or family looking for fun activities to keep the little ones busy, you can find it at this year’s Harlem Harvest Festival. Harlem Park to Park, a community improvement association in Central Harlem, the hub for New York City’s premiere dining, shopping and nightlife destinations north of 110th street, will present its third annual Harlem Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 4pm. The event will take place in A. Phillip Randolph Square at St. Nicholas Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets, as the kick off event for Harlem Park to Park’s annual Oktoberfest.
The Harlem Harvest Festival, which drew more than 2,700 attendees last year, has grown even more this year with vendor participation including businesses from Central and East Harlem, as well as upstate farms and wineries. Bread Alone, Horman’s Pickles, Brooklyn Cured Sausage, Breezy Hill Farm, Knoll Crest Farm, Cider Hill Farm, Glebocki Farm, Thousand Island Winery, Community Markets, Cabot Cheese will all participate, along with performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem, live music from a salsa band, and great activities for the kids. Also featured is the annual cook-off event, this year featuring the “Battle of the Avenues” pitting Lenox Avenue restaurants, Sylvia’s and Corner Social and for Frederick Douglas Blvd., 67 Orange and Harlem Tavern. The restaurants will square off on omelets and entrées.
“The Festival has become a wonderful way to showcase the best of our amazing local businesses, not only to our neighbors, but also to the rest of the city as we invite everyone to travel uptown and experience first-hand one of New York City’s most exciting new shopping, dining, and nightlife destinations,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, Executive Director of Harlem Park to Park. The organization has played a crucial role in raising the level of visibility for the businesses in the community.
Harlem Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 6th from 1o am to 4 pm.
Adult yoga (bring mat), Children’s yoga, Face Painting, Sand Art, Live music, Cook off – Battle of the Lenox Ave chefs vs. FDB Ave chefs, Hula Hoop demo, African Dance and more!
10:00 am DJ
10:30 am Host
11:00 am Land Yoga class (Adult)
11:30 am Dj, Raffle
12:00 pm Adventures in Yogaland Children’s Yoga
12:30 pm Cook off – Battle of the Avenues: Lenox Avenue chefs vs Eighth Avenue chefs
1:10 pm Raffle
1:15 pm Salsa Band
2:00 pm Bikram Yoga East Harlem (Adult)
2:30 pm Hula Hoop demonstration
3:00 pm African Dance Performance/Kim Holmes
3:30 pm Live Music PerformanceOff Stage
10:30 am Pumpkin Carving by Master Carver Hugh McMahon
11:00 am Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen
11:30 am Pumpkin Art, Face Painting/Layla
12:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen
12:15 pm Raffle – 2 Carved Pumpkins
12:30 pm Face Painting/Patricia Anthony
1:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen
1:15 pm Raffle – $50 gift card from Whole Foods Market
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.
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.
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.
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.