May 16th, 2015 by HarlemGuy

 

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President Bill Clinton kicks-off #HarlemEatUP festival, which is now well in progress, with a great opening speech.

A little bit of rain came through but it has passed and we are ready to eat some good food and try some great wine in this packed crowd!

Good to see Bill Clinton back in Harlem where he use to have an office on 125th street for many years.

Enjoy the festival!

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January 1st, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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Recently the New York Times featured a piece on the explosive growth of Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  It’s a great piece on what it was, what it is, and where it’s going.

Mentioned are many  events, people and places we at HarlemCondoLife.com (@HarlemHCL) have reported on over the years, including: Willie Kathryn Suggs, Harlem Tavern, VinateríaArtimus Construction, Millennium Dance Company, One Morningside Park, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Londel’s Supper Club, New York Sports Clubs gym, Starbucks, St. Nicholas Parks, MODSquad Cycles, Zoma, Jado Sushi, Lido, Bier International, Frederick Douglass Academy.

See more on the New York Times

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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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May 17th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Destination Harlem TV released it’s second episode today.

This second episode of Destination Harlem TV features highlights from the 2nd Annual “Food & Drink Boulevard” sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, Historian and Tour Guide Lavelle Porter, William Vargas on Camaradas El Bario and Lydia Patel with Marcia Sells from Columbia University Government and Community Affairs.

About:

Destination Harlem TV “showcases the wonderful people and places that make Harlem what it is today as well as the history that is shaping its future. Episodes will showcase several aspects of Harlem such as Dining, Nightlife, Interviews, History and Community.  Destination Harlem TV appeals to Harlem locals, New Yorker’s visiting for a meal or show, tourists on vacation (holiday) and those who are just interested and intrigued by Harlem life.”

– Destination Harlem TV

 

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April 30th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(above) Freshly grown Herbs in a window planter at Vinateria to help Gustavo flavor the food prepared in the kitchen.

Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
(212)662-8462

They will have a website and twitter account soon but you can follow them now on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

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April 19th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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Vinateria

It was a warm welcome at Vinateria in Harlem on opening night.  I showed up early with friends and there were a few people there but by an hour later the place was full with a lot of activity and all the tables were occupied.  The layout offers dinning tables to the left and the wine bar to the right.

As you can see the final execution of the interior came out nicely.  And quite a difference from the very first interior photos that we posted last week.  Above is a picture of the lovely owner (Yvette) with her father (both are residents of Harlem) in front of the beautiful custom made entrance doors.  They were the first two people that I met when I walked in and it started the evening off with a welcoming vibe.

I only had drinks on opening night but plan on going back for dinner soon.  I can say that I was impressed with the wine selection and presentation.  Open etched glass school house pendants illuminate the distressed metal bar which I thought was an effective look.  It’s informal rustic with a bit of modern chic when you take in the whole decor.  Almost a Mediterranean, European feel to it.  Antoinette who was helping us at the bar, was inviting and very informative with her recommendations.   A few of the wines that I would recommend are…

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Gaba do Xil at Vinateria

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“Arcese – White Wine” with Antoinette at Vinateria

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Jelu Malbec Rose at Vinateria

I would suggest that you have a conversation about the wine before choosing one as this really made a difference for me and my experience.

I look forward to writing part two to this review after dinning at Vinateria very soon.  I spoke with Yvette briefly about the menu and she did mention that it was Italian based with a global, mediterranean flair.  Sounds good to me.  First impressions I’d say this place was very well thought out and if opening night was any indication it was well received and the neighborhood seemed to approve.

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Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St.)
New York, New York 10026
212-662-8462

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March 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like very soon and hopefully any day now Vinateria will be opening their door to New York in Harlem.  After speaking with one of the owners recently about what we can expect from them, it remains pretty much the same as what we posted a few months back (see previous post) Vinateria Coming Along In Harlem.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.

The concept behind Vinateria is expected to be a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.  Sounds good to me.  A corner location for a new restaurant is always a plus , Melba’s, Lido, Chocolàt, Maison Harlem and now soon Vinateria. Stay tuned for our menu review and opening announcements coming soon.

Find them on their Facebook page for updates and additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

Vinateria Harlem
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York

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December 10th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

More improvements seem to be happening at the site of the new wine bar/kitchen Vinateria on 119th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Last week crews were spotted painting the building front black.

The proprietor, Mrs. Yvette Leeper-Bueno teamed up with Gabriela and Gustavo Lopez who worked at downtown hotspots Son Cubano, Boqueria, Lupa and Wallse, amongst others.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.  Apparently they looked for a year and a half for the right space in Harlem, and had a few different places under negotiation that fell through, including underneath the Gateway Towers. In this address, they have now expanded their concept from just a winebar to a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.

Their Facebook has been up since summertime but no new info. Other wine- oriented places like Nectar and Auberge Laurent haven’t fared so well in this area but perhaps now is the time. We can’t wait for this to open!

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