More and more celebrities continue to flock to Harlem New York. Neil Patrick Harris Harlem days aren’t over—in fact, they’re just about to begin! Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka who recently purchased property in Harlem in 2013, “Officially” move to New York.
The Burtka-Harris family is trading sunny California for Harlem, NY. Neil told Us Weekly last year “Our plan is to reroute ourselves and have our kids start to go to school here. Neil is also starring in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
I hope that many of the new hot and hoppin restaurants located on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, Vinateria, Harlem Food Bar, The Cecil, Maison Harlem, Cedric Bistro, The 5 and Diamond, Melbas, Jado Sushi, The Park 112, and all the many other great spots throughout New York, will extend child friendly accommodations. Two places in particular that are very kid friendly in Harlem are Bier International on FDB and Harlem Shake NYC on Lenox Avenue.
See more info here, E News
If you want to avoid all the overcrowded downtown clubs with tourists and long lines, celebrate New Years Eve in Harlem! It is not too late for many of the best venus uptown to make reservations for tomorrow night. Here is a list of flyers for some great Harlem Hot Spot to consider. No reason to venture below 110th Street… bring in your 2014 New Years party uptown! Everything you need is right here with a large variety of great restaurants, bars and clubs.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Many many more great Harlem spots for NYE… HARLEM FOOD BAR, THE 5 AND DIAMOND, L LOUNGE, CEDRIC FRENCH BISTRO, BILLIES BLACK, JADO SUSHI, HARLEM TAVERN, HARLEM SHAKE , BIER INTERNATIONAL , RICARDOS, VINATERIA just to name a few. Drink responsibly, support your local businesses and HAVE A BLAST!
*See Harlem Condo Life’s “Restaurant Reviews” for HarlemRestarunatRow
Many weeks ago rectangular openings filled with dirt but level to the ground appeared dotting the cement sidewalks lining Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th avenue). See our previous post A Million Trees coming to Frederick Douglass Boulevard in South Harlem?
These plots have now been filled with wonderful new trees, the variety of which I am uncertain. This will be nice in the summer months especially for the restaurants which have outdoor seating.
We find this very exciting and something to look forward to this spring.
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The highly anticipated Vinateria was well worth the wait. We enjoyed dinner there on a very crowded Saturday night a week ago. We sat at the bar for a quick 15 minutes and visited with Antoinette (the lovely bartender mentioned in our previous post) until our table was ready. A lot of familiar faces in Harlem were there curious to check out Vinateria’s first Saturday night. We did not notice many people eating dinner at first, only having drinks. But we arrived around 9:30 pm and our delightful server Ashley explained more people were having dinner earlier and that we arrived more towards the second shift. After we sat down a large table of 10 sat next to us who all ordered dinner as well as many others. I definitely recommend that you try their food along with their wine selection. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Actually I was thrilled! As we wrote about Vinateria back in December the owner (Yvette) teamed up with Gabriela and Gustavo Lopez who have worked at many downtown hotspots (see our previous post) in the past. Gustavo developed the menu and Gabriela developed their wine and beverage program.
The menu (above) is a great compilment to the wine and beverages. We enjoyed the simplicity of it though it was a little limited with dinner options. That being said, what we had we loved. They have divided the menu up by small, medium and large along with a cheese & charcuterie section and desserts. It is very resonably priced. Espeically the Large section entrees which are not huge portions but priced accordingly. A perfectly cooked NY strip steak (below) at $20 that my friends enjoyed.
I was very pleased with their sauteed striped bass at $18 (above) with sides of mustard greens and mashed potatoes. The bass was beautifully cooked with a nice crisp skin. Very flavorful and well executed. The hand-cut beef tartare (below) with cornichon, capers and fried quail egg… wow! I was fighting my friends off with my fork, unsuccessfully. It was perfect. I highly recommend it. They have a homemade spaghetti with fava beans in a tomato sauce that looked very good and a nice vegetarian option. We also started with a selection of various cheeses which set the dinner off to nice start especially with the wines recomended by Gabriela. We tried the Ostatu (a rose) and the Lurra and a Carmenere. Wine lovers and connoisseurs will be happy here. You are in good hands. Whether you choose to sit in the wine bar area of Vinateria or the restaurant side, after being there twice I can say both sections are comfortable and enjoyable. Please see part one of our review Harlem Welcomes Vinateria On Their Opening Night from last week with more wine recommendations and additional information. I think for the wine, food, atmosphere, customer service, location and how well run this place is by the owner (Yvette), along with the unbeatable team of Gabriella and Gustavo that Vinateria will leave customers wanting to come back for more. A very welcome addition to Harlem.
(above) Freshly grown Herbs in a window planter at Vinateria to help Gustavo flavor the food prepared in the kitchen.
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
They will have a website and twitter account soon but you can follow them now on Facebook.