Babbalucci Italian Kitchen & Wood Burning Oven coming to Lenox Ave in Harlem, opening expected this month

Upper Lenox Avenue in Harlem is getting another dining option called Babbalucci Italian Kitchen & Wood Burning Oven. Babbalucci will bring a taste of Italian American cuisine that fuses old world with new world flavors to this part of Harlem aiming to provide a relaxed atmosphere and refined service for brunch, lunch and dinner, according to a news release.


The menu will include wood oven pizzas, rustic pastas and small plates from Chef/Owner Andrew LoPresto who will bake all bread in-house. Eager to become an active part of the community, the new restaurant plans to replete their kitchen with locally-sourced ingredients. 


Babbalucci plans to open this month at 331 Lenox Avenue between 126th and 127th Street. Phone (646) 918-6572.

  

The Taxman comes to Harlem’s restaurant row, Five and Diamond seized says sign

If you’re looking to dine at 5 and Diamond in Harlem tonight, forget about it! Orange is the new black (ie in creative reference to the color of the signs) for the windows at 5 and Diamond located on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 112th and 113th Street in Harlem. There’s several signs that say SEIZED due to the failure of paying taxes. 

The timing couldn’t be worse. Five and Diamond was slated to participate in Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem Eat Up, which is happening soon. 

Stay tuned. Maybe things will turn around for this establishment in time for Harlem Eat Up. Let’s hope for the best!

   
     

Blujeen in Harlem now open

According to their Facebook page, the restaurant owned by Lance Knowling called Blujeen is now open for business in Harlem. The Harlem restaurant row establishment is located at 2143 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115th and 116th Street!

Stop on by and tell us what you think of Blujeen.

   

 

Harlem Standard opening on 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd, aka Harlem’s restaurant row 

The business team behind Harlem Tavern, is expanding their presence in Harlem with a new place tentatively called Harlem Standard, a restaurant and bar at 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd. The space is under construction now and has the word Harlem spelled out in cool graffiti art. 

When you walk by the southeast corner of 115th Street and FDB, that’s where upcoming Harlem Standard will be. 

  

Marcus Samuelsson’s second Harlem restaurant Streetbird Rotisserie opens Thursday, here’s the menu 

If you haven’t heard yet, Streetbird Rotisserie, Marcus Samuelsson’s second Harlem restaurant on 116th Street and Frederick Douglass, will open this Thursday, according to his PR representation. Some mainstream outlets are reporting Friday as opening day. But it’s confirmed for Thursday, April 2.

This blog asked for a copy of the Streetbirdnyc  menu and price point. Take a look! Everything is reasonably priced at $11 bucks or less! Let us know what you think!

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Harlem Arts Festival Annual Gala April 2

Harlem Arts Festival will be holding its fourth annual gala on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at MIST Harlem on 116th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue. Dr. Brenda Greene, the Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature will receive the 2015 Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award at the annual gala.

Dr. Greene will be this year’s sole recipient of the Lynnette Velasco Community Impact award; which was first introduced at last year’s gala and awarded to Linda Walton of the Harlem Arts Alliance and the late musician and social activist Fred Ho.

This annual fundraising event is an opportunity for the organization to raise both money and awareness about the talent that will hit the festival’s stage in June and to support ongoing arts programming throughout the calendar year.

Gala attendees will receive the first announcement of 2015 HAF artists and will be treated to a festival preview performance by three 2015 artists: Samora Pinderhughes, Farrah Boule and Alia Kache.

Interested in attending the Harlem Arts Festival Gala, purchase tickets at www.harlemartsfestival.com/gala
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Spend Easter Sunday at Harlem Shake

No plans for Easter? How about stopping by Harlem Shake on Lenox Avenue and 124th Street? Harlem Shake is offering one of two specialty milkshakes: Funny Bunny (hazelnut chocolate) and Kool Peeps(pistachio). Also, customers will receive a 10 precent discount off their order if they come in their Easter clothes, i.e. dresses, suits and hats!

 

And starting now, customers who stop in with their families will receive an Easter egg coloring page with purchase. Young Harlem Shake fans (12 and under) are encouraged to get creative with their designs and submit their eggs to a coloring contest. Three winners will be chosen on Easter Sunday and their festive creations will be proudly displayed in the Harlem Shake windows, along with winning either a $50 or $25 gift card!


See you at Harlem Shake!

  

 

Easter Egg Hunt in Harlem March 28, Free

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Meet the Easter Bunny this weekend in Harlem! There is an Easter Egg Hunt planned this Saturday for kids 1-8 where fun games will be offered along with the opportunity to meet and have a photo with the Easter Bunny. To attend, a registration is required. See details below:
 
Place: P.S. 76 Gymnasium – 220 W. 121st Street
Cost: FREE
To Register: www.HarlemEggHunt.com
 
This event is sponsored by Renaissance Church, however there is nothing religious about the event. The goal is to serve families in the community.
 

Should West Harlem receive ferry service from NJ to NYC? District 7 Councilmember Mark Levine says Yes!

I commute to New Jersey from Harlem practically every day for the day job. When I saw the article titled, “Don’t overlook West Harlem for ferry service,” it caught my attention! Why? Because if I could get to NJ and back without having to trek all the way downtown, I’m so for it. It would probably shave off minutes to my commute and we all know minutes make a difference in commuting. Like most New Yorkers, I need and want to get home quick to my Harlem baby. (And no, I’m not buying a car to accomplish this or changing jobs!)

What do you think? Should West Harlem receive ferry service? Read the full article here.



Gazillionaire father to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus donates art collection to Harlem non-profit

An interview with TV news show 60 Minutes can either help or hurt you depending on how it goes. For the famous Harlem Children’s Zone, sitting down with 60 Minutes has paid off in a big way! Artnet.com reports that William Louis-Dreyfus, the billionaire businessman, art collector and father to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is donating his art collection to the Harlem Children’s Zone. Louis-Dreyfus has a collection estimated to be worth between $10 million and $50 million.

Louis-Dreyfus told a business publication that “he made the decision to donate the proceeds from his collection to the Harlem Children’s Zone after watching a segment about the non-profit on 60 Minutes.”

The Harlem Children’s Zone is a non‑profit organization for poverty‑stricken children and families.

  1. Read the full article here.