May 5th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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For the second year in a row, top bars from across Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood to compete for Title of “Best Uptown Bartender”

Mixologists from 30 of New York City’s best uptown bars from Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood will try to wow bar goers between May 5th and 15th with delectable and original cocktails featuring sponsor spirit brands Hennessy V.S and Hendricks Gin.

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The Uptown Battle of the Bars is presented by Harlem Park to Park, a community improvement association in Central Harlem, and produced by Good Ice Marketing.

Participating bartenders will create signature original cocktails using their choice of ingredients, along with the featured spirits. Cocktails will be available to sample on Monday, May 5 and Monday, May 12th, between 6-10 pm at a special $8 discounted price. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote online from May 5 through the 15th at Instagram @UptownBattle for their favorite cocktail.

The bartenders from the top 12 bars with the highest votes will advance to compete for the title of Best Uptown Bartender at a showdown VIP finale event on May 19, from 6-10 pm, at Harlem Tavern on Frederick Douglas Blvd at 116th Street. At the final showdown, industry and celebrity judges, along with the audience, will taste creations by the mixologists featuring Hennessy V.S and Hendricks Gin.

The Showdown Finale includes 3 rounds of competition. In the first round the bartenders will have 10 minutes to create a cocktail using Hennessy V.S. For the second round, first round finalists will compete to create cocktails using Hendricks Gin. For the last round, the final 2 bartenders, with the assistance of fellow competitors, will use surprise secret ingredients — á la “Chopped” — to create original cocktails, using either of the 2 spirits for the winning title. Drinks will be judged on creativity, taste/complexity, originality and their crowd pleasing factor. Music will be provided by Dj Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon.

“Harlem’s nightlife and bar scene has developed tremendously in the complexity and originality of offerings and concepts. From rum-based craft cocktail bars, to craft brew beer gardens and speakeasies, we are able to offer comparable entertainment options to what one has downtown,” said Harlem Park to Park Executive Director, Nikoa Evans-Hendricks.

“We also have an opportunity to highlight the amazing beverage talent that these establishments are attracting throughout the uptown community,” added Karl Franz Williams, founder and CEO of Good Ice Marketing and owner of mixology bar 67 Orange Street. “Harlem and Washington Heights are not only attracting top restaurants, but both neighborhoods are also attracting and grooming amazing beverage talent. This competition will help generate some visibility for this talented group while providing some exciting entertainment for the neighborhood.”

Tickets to the Showdown finale on May 19, at Harlem Tavern cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchased at www.uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com. Admission includes discounted drink/appetizer specials and original cocktail samples. Harlem Tavern is located at 2153 Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 116th Street.

Event Rundown:

May 5 to 15: Bars from across Harlem and Washington Heights create signature cocktails available to the public for $8. The public can vote for favorite cocktail at Instagram @UptownBattle.

May 19: Top bartenders compete at Harlem Tavern for title of “Best Uptown Bartender.”

Participating Bars
5 and Diamond, 67 Orange Street, 9A Kitchen & Lounge, Billie’s Black, Cantina 1838, Cedric’s, Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge, Corner Social, Cove Lounge, Harlem Food Bar, Harlem Public, Harlem Tavern, Heights Tavern, La Bodega 47 Social Club, La Marina, Lido Harlem, Maison Harlem, Minton’s, Moca Lounge, Red Rooster Harlem, Settepani, Shrine World Music Venue, Silvana, Sylvia’s Restaurant, The Cecil, The Park 112 Restaurant & Lounge, Vinateria Restaurant & Bar, Ya Tenga

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August 15th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Harlem Park To Park Presents Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week!  Starting Thursday, August 15th, Today!  Look for Prix Fixe 3 course Menu Lunch $20,13 and dinner $30,13 from many of your favorite Harlem Hot Spots.  Also Retailers will have on sale select items from $10,13 to $30,13.  The discount menu and select retail items will continue all the way until August 31st.

So go out and enjoy Harlem and save a little dinero while supporting your community!  See full list and info at www.facebook.com/harlemparktopark and www.twitter.com/harlempark2park

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August 6th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Top bars and bartenders uptown compete from August 12th – 21th.

Presented by HARLEM PARK TO PARK and sponsored by RIAZUL TEQUILA.

Final showdown event on August 26th from 6 pm – 10 pm, when the winner will be announced. DJ Stormin’ Norman of SUNDAE SERMON will provide the music, and the one and only Bevy Smith will be the celebrity judge.

THE RUNDOWN:

1. 35+ bars from West Harlem, East Harlem, Central Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood each feature an original cocktail August 12th through August 21st.

2. Visit participating bars to sample original cocktails. Discounted price of $8 for cocktail on Monday, August 12th and Monday, August 19th.

3. Vote online at Instagram @UptownBattle until August 21st for your favorite bar to advance to the Showdown Finale event.

4. Bartenders from the top 3 bars with highest votes from each neighborhood will advance to the Finale/Showdown event on August 26th to compete for title of BEST UPTOWN BARTENDER.

5. Purchase tickets for admission to VIP Showdown event featuring industry/celebrity judges and celebrity dj, discounted drink/appetizer specials and original cocktail samples.

Tickets: $35 in advance
$40 at the door

Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy your tickets today!

PARTICIPATING BARS:

WEST HARLEM

9A NYC Kitchen & Lounge
Covo Trattoria
Harlem Public
The Grange Bar & Eatery

CENTRAL HARLEM

67 Orange Street
Bleu Violin
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Corner Social
Cove Lounge
Harlem Food Bar
Harlem Tavern
Lido Harlem
Melba’s Restaurant
Moca Lounge
Red Rooster Harlem
Ristorante Settepani
Shrine
Silvana
Sylvia’s Restaurant
WXYZ Bar/Aloft Harlem Hotel
Ya Tenga French Bistro

EAST HARLEM

Camaradas El Barrio
Harley’s Smokeshack
Prime One 16

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD

Coogan’s
Dyckman Bar
La Marina
Mamajuana Café
Mama Sushi
No Parking
Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
Uptown Social

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July 6th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Come Celebrate on Saturday July 20th with LAND YOGA for their second year celebration party!  Friends, family and the community are welcome to enjoy a day of festivities including food, drink, music, demos and photos at this popular business.

This event will be sponsored by Harlem Food Bar, Evelyn’s Kitchen, Harlem Pediatric Associates, Park North Physical Therapy, Silvana’s Restaurant, Destiny Sandwich and Juice Bar and Kirsten Palacios-State Farm Agent.

The afternoon  party begins at 2 pm until 4:30 pm.  Music will be by DJ Stormin Norman.  Sounds like a great day!

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*ALSO CHECK OUT THESE ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS AT LAND YOGA:  FUELING FOOD FOR FOURTEEN CHALLENGE and TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

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Train Your Brain is back by popular demand! After many requests, Train Your Brain workshop will be given once again on July14th from 2PM-4PM.

This workshop combines yoga philosophy with investigation of habit. Students will have a chance to investigate how the brain works and how they can be in charge of what information they are receiving. Learn how to train your brain by creating a clear mission and life path. In addition, Lara delves into the very popular “power of attraction” concept, divulging into its truths and clearing up its many misconceptions. Students leave with tools and techniques, such as basic meditation, that can be used beyond the workshop. Train Your Brain is great for anyone, yogi or non yogi, looking to goal set, make life changes, or just reignite their passions once again. After completion of this course, participants are invited to a private forum where Lara will continue the Train Your Brain discussion.

Register HERE!

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June 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Slivana Dining and Lounge area

Last weekend we visited the newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row  Silvana’s, located on 116th Street just off FDB on the South West corner.  Their opening party was last Friday night and it was packed!  We waited to go the following night Saturday, June 22nd so we could spend more time speaking with the owners, general manager and the servers.  The Bi-level concept has a nice affect with the globally infused boutique and general space area upstairs and the doorman at the foot of the stairs leading you downstairs towards the restaurant / lounge / bar / entertainment space.
IMG_1350 Upstairs you can find their Cafe Boutique with novelty gifts, albums (which you can also play on an old record player) and various coffee and tea’s.  Downstairs as you enter the space directly in front there is a stage for DJ’s and performances.  The tables and bar are to the right of the space leading back towards the lounge / dining space (shown above) with beautiful authentic low tray-tables and long cushioned benches.  Very nicely done with dimmed decorative wall sconces framing the space.  I’ve been there twice since they’ve opened.  The first time I  sat by the DJ at a table, the second time with a group of friends in the back lounge area.  Both spaces are very comfortable.  I’d recommend the front area by DJ and bar if you are planning on having a large sit-down dinner.  The Falafel, Shawarma and Egglplant dishes are all very good.  The Falafel and Egglpant dishes are served on a bed of hummus with fresh Pita bread.  The Shawarma comes with 3 small salads which you can decide from the menu to go along with the meat dishes.  We also had baklava for desert which was good,  though it was a little on the dry side.  In the past I’ve had it more moist in a pastry form smothered in honey but there are all different variationsIMG_1445 IMG_1367 of this popular Middle Eastern desert.  This was also their second night of business and it takes at least a couple weeks with any new restaurant to work out small kinks. The atmosphere, the vibe, the music, the servers, the general manager all were great!  I was back a second time a couple nights ago with friends and we sat in the back lounge area and had drinks and appetizers.  The also offer a nice wine selection.  The DJ was pumping a variety of tracks including some great world music.  It was a nice sized crowd of people who seemed to be having a great time.  This is already a hot corner on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard with Harlem Tavern right across the street.  This is an ideal location for a place like this.  The owners of Silvana (Sivan and Abdel) who alreadyIMG_1452 IMG_1360 have two successful businesses in Harlem The Shrine and Yatenga French Bistro (see our previous review) I believe will be equally as successful with their latest venture.  With this newest addition to the neighborhood we now have Israeli, Italian, African, Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Soul Food, French, Spanish, Ethiopian, German, Caribbean and American Comfort Food all on Harlem Restaurant Row.  What will come next I wonder?  A nice Thai or Peruvian restaurant would be great.  In the meantime Harlemites have plenty of choices from west to east and south to north in Harlem.   Silvana is a welcome addition.

Food: Israeli, Middle Eastern
Atmosphere: Multi-cultural, Trendy
Music: DJ, Live Bands

SILVANA (Israeli/Middle Eastern)
300 West 116th Street (at FDB)
New York, NY 10026

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June 20th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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(UPDATE: We did go there this weekend. Our review coming soon!)

A few weeks back we stopped by Slivana’s and visited with the owners who were hard at work but gave us a tour of their new place.   Sivan and her husband Abdel are opening their third Harlem business “Silvana” Friday, June 21st.  On Friday the downstairs only will be open for their Opening party.  Saturday both the upstairs and downstairs will be open for business.

They also own the successful and one of my personal favorite music spots, The Shrine as well as the popular French bistro and bar Yatenga which are both located further uptown on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Sivan was explaining that they wanted to bring a similar type of place to lower Harlem but with Israeli cuisine on the menu.  Located just off the corner on 116th Street and FDB directly across from Harlem Tavern they couldn’t have chosen a better location.

Downstairs will have a restaurant, bar, performance stage, DJ set up and tables.  A very cool cozy vibe and pretty spacious from what I could see under construction.  This will be a nice addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They plan to have live music every night followed by a DJ and late night Hookah.  Upstairs will feature accessories from around the world such as tea, coffee and a variety of other things including home goods.  Sivan was hinting that eventually they may have an outdoor area (patio) in the back as well which would be very cool, but first they just want to open and get things up and running.

I predict Silvana’s will be equally as successful as the Shrine for the customers who frequent Harlem Tavern and the various other locations that offer live music.  What will set Silvana apart is they will provide  live music every night in addition to Israeli food which will make them truly unique for all of us Harlemites to enjoy.  A few of us from HarlemCondoLife are going this weekend to try it out so stay tuned for a follow up review.

Silvana
300 W. 116th Street (at FDB/ 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
(646)692-4935

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