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Melba’s restaurant in Harlem is expanding!

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Do you love Melba’s as much as we do?  Then you will get to love more of Melba’s soon.  The famed restaurant featuring what Melba herself describes as “america’s comfort food” is expanding next door.

The much anticipated expansion has started.  The crew has been working feverishly.  The expansion will be ready late this/early next year.

We are so excited that more people will be able to enjoy the amazing flavors and experiences that Melba has consistently delivered over these many years.   See our previous Melba’s Review.

Melba’s
300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026
Phone: (212) 864-7777
http://melbasrestaurant.com/

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Billie’s Black Tonight! August Afterwork Affair

Looking for something to do tonight?  Swing by Billie’s Black for their August Afterwork Affair (see flyer below) Thursday, August 2nd at 6PM – Midnight.  Music by DJ Breeze, No Cover  and $5 Happy Hour from 4 – 7PM!

Also the CEO/Founder of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, Precious Williams will be hosting a meetup.  So come out tonight after work and enjoy the great weather and Happy Housr drinks with great “gourmet soul.”

Billie’s Black
271 West 119th Street
(Bet. Frederick Douglass & St. Nicholas Ave.)
212.280.2248

YES, CHEF Marcus Samuelsson’s new memoir is the centerpiece of the Harlem Community Day Celebration

The world famous chef  and Harlem resident Marcus Samuelsson will host a Harlem Community Day on Monday, June 25th in support of his forthcoming memoir, Yes, Chef.  In association with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the neighborhood-focused day will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (123rd Street and Mount Morris Park West) and is free to attend.

Marcus Samuelsson who travels the globe regularly is constantly involved with an activity or new event here in Harlem.  His critically acclaimed Red Rooster and newest success Ginny’s Supper Club (in which we recently raved about last weeks Jimmy Scott appearance) continue to enrich our community.  We never expect to run into Marcus himself at these events yet it seems miraculously he is always there with a smile to greet you!  This is why it does not surprise us that he has chosen Harlem to celebrate with him a day before his national release of his well anticipated Memoir.

YES, CHEF, which will be published on June 26th, describes Marcus’ love for Harlem and his gratitude towards this supportive community.  In recognition of this Marcus has chosen to launch Yes, Chef at Marcus Garvey Park a day before the book’s national release.  He will introduce the book with a fun-filled roster of activities and offerings that celebrate the residents, organizers and businesses of the neighborhood.

For a full list of events please visit Harlem Community Day.
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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine HARLEM

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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Click here to view their Menu.
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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine
1980 7th Ave / at 119th St
(212) 865-3300

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