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Seasoned Vegan – Harlem’s First Full Service Vegan Restaurant Now Open

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With the recent trend of vegan restaurants opening coast to coast from New York to LA, it was only a matter of time before Harlem was next on the list.  Seasoned Vegan Harlem’s first full service vegan restaurant is now opened for business.  Seasoned Vegan is a family business owned by mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener specializing in gourmet vegan food.  They give typical Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and American dishes a vegan, home cooked, soulful twist.

Vegan cooking has become sort of an art form for certain chefs.  If the largely successful “Blossom” located on the Upper West Side is any indication of things to come, we will be seeing more and more vegan restaurants.  When I first dined at Blossom with my sister who has been a vegan for 10  years, I was skeptical.  After trying it I was blown away at how surprisingly flavorful and good it was.

Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan write on their website “The food you love, veganized”.  Great slogan!  I am anxious to try this new place out to see for myself.  For those who may not be aware of what vegan food is, check out this brief write up about it: What is VEGAN.  As I mentioned earlier one of my sisters is a vegan and before that was a vegetarian so I have been privileged to some pretty good homemade meals over the years.  Along with plenty of gentle lecturing on why I should not eat bacon or steak, dairy etc., or any animal products for that matter.  Even though I haven’t changed my ways yet, I understand and admire the vegan way and applaud it.  You do not have to be a vegan to eat and enjoy vegan food.  It is for everyone and I will say that you feel so healthy after having a good vegan dinner.

By the looks of Seasoned Vegans dishes and desserts I imagine they will draw a nice crowd of loyal customers as well as curious new ones.  I am looking forward to visiting them for dinner very soon.  We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and specialized selection of restaurants and businesses here in Harlem.

Welcome to the neighborhood Seasoned Vegan!

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Seasoned Vegan MENU
55 St. Nicholas Avenue
Harlem, NY 10026
(212)222-0092

 

(NEW) Savann Mediterranean Restaurant in Harlem (Review)

SAVANN OUTSIDE

We were asked recently to write a blog post about Savann and now after having dinner there two different times we thought we’d share our experience.  The first time we went it wasn’t very crowded as they had just opened and were still waiting on their liquor license and getting the word out.  The second visit the restaurant was busy and they were happy to let us know they have their liquor license.  It is great that they now have a full bar.  On a weekend night after a full work week the fist thing most customers want to order when they sit down is a cocktail.  I think this will really entice people to visit Savann and experience their cuisine.  The food was very good.  It was definitely different than anything else that we have here on Restaurant Row in Harlem.  We found the price point to be a bit steep, but depending on what you order you can regulate your expenses. They already have a 4 and a half star rating on Yelp.  Pretty impressive for a just newly opened restaurant.

S. Warm Baby Spinach Salad

Wilted Baby Spinach Salad

S. Cheese Rolls

Fried Cheese Rolls

Stand outs here for us were the wilted Baby Spinach Salad with goat cheese (see menu) and the Shepherd Salad which is a classic Turkish salad which you find in most Mediterranean restaurants.  I couldn’t help comparing many of the dishes to Turkuaz Restaurant on Broadway and 100th Street.  However, they are totally different from each other but not in a bad way just each individually unique.  From the bread to their wide variety in entrees.  Definitely a nice addition to Harlem.

S. Lamb Sirloin S. Pan Seared Salmon S. pork loin

We have tried the Crispy Grilled Half A Duck, Stuffed Pork Loin, Oven-Roasted Boneless Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak and the Pan Seared Salmon.  They are also vegetarian friendly with a Vegetable Strudel and Penne with Vegetables along with several vegetarian appetizers incuding Baked Portobello Mushroom and Mint Zucchini Pancakes and Beets and Spinach salads.  Of the entrees we enjoyed the Skirt Steak, Salmon and Stuffed Pork the most.  The Stuffed Pork is incredible stuffed with sun-dried tomato, sage. pine nuts; sweet potato puree, sauteed endive, prune-apricot sauce.  The combination of flavors are mouth watering and this dish is moderately priced at $18.  The Chicken was good with skin nicely crisped and seasoned, however it says boneless on the menu and mine wasn’t boneless, priced at $16.   The Grilled Skirt Steak comes sliced with tasty sides though not a huge portion it’s seasoned very well and priced at $19.  The Grilled Half A Duck is good, a healthy sized portion at $24.  They also have a Grilled Lamb Sirloin at $24.

S. Turkish Coffee Creme Brulee

For deserts they have a wide variety to select from.  The Chocolate Cake with ice cream, Baklava and Turkish Coffee Creme Brulee are the stand out choices in our opinion.  The Turkish Creme Brulee was very unique and flavorful.  A perfect ending to a gourmet Mediterranean dinner.

S. Baklava

Savann has a Delivery Menu and are doing very well with their home deliveries.  You can have a quality gourmet dinner delivered right to your home.  They are now serving Brunch on the weekends 11 am – 5 pm.   They are open 7 days a week Monday – Sunday for dinner 5 pm – 11 pm.  In the near future they plan on opening for lunch.

Welcome to the neighborhood Savann!

Savann (Mediterranean Restaurant)
2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
212-222-7990
nycsavann.com

Russell Simmons and Trader Joe’s In Harlem

Grubstreet reports that the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network has approached Russell Simmons to launch an initiative to provide healthy food to New Yorkers living in the city’s food deserts.   The concept is to mimic Trader Joe’s business model and manufacture and sell it’s own products.  The plan calls for opening a food factory and a chain of stores in neighborhoods that include Central Harlem.   “We want cool, fun vegetarian stuff,” Simmons told the New York Daily News. “It’s an alternative to eating poison.” He’s about to start raising money through a crowdsourcing campaign on his website.

HARLEM / DELIVERY AND TAKE-OUT

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