Category Archives: restaurant row

Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd., getting another coffee shop

New restaurants have been the trend on Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem for the last five to six years. Now it appears coffee shops are the next big thing. Another coffee/cafe shop is opening up on FDB between 114th and 115th Street on the east side of the block, according to a worker on site. Several workers are hammering away prepping the place for a cafe.

This will be the fourth coffee shop to open on Harlem’s restaurant row. Already in place are Silvana, Double Dutch, and Cafe Frederick. Oh…and there’s that big company on the same boulevard too. Stay tuned!

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Made in Brooklyn coffee offered at new Cafe Frederick in Harlem

Walked by the new Cafe Frederick on FDB and 114th this morning and what was outside? Free coffee! The Harlem parlor was giving out free cups of coffee for passerby’s to try. Cafe Frederick will be offering java made in Brooklyn. Stop by and try some. I certainly did!

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Sign says Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor, a new Harlem business on 114th Street and FDB

As this blog first reported, there is a new place opening on the corner of 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. It’s called Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor and signage is up in front of the place that’s located right across the street from Melba’s Restaurant. The owners are working every day in hopes of opening by the end of the month. Stay tuned…

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Frederick Cafe Bistro closes, new coffee shop to open and be named Cafe Frederick

There’s brown butcher paper covering the windows in Harlem of what was Frederick Cafe Bistro at 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Why? Because the place is currently being renovated as a new coffee shop. Frederick Cafe Bistro no longer exists. Yup. HarlemGal learned this recently. The owners of bier international, which owned Frederick Cafe Bistro, apparently sold their rights to the commercial space on the Northeast corner of 114th and FDB to new management. We don’t why they did this and we don’t know the name of the new management yet, however what we do know is that these new owners are currently renovating the space as a new coffee shop and it will be called Cafe Frederick.

This is the same space that housed Society Cafe and will now have its third business on this Harlem corner. As more information becomes available on Cafe Frederick, we will pass along.

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Vinatería Harlem named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in NYC by The Financial Times

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Congrats goes out to Vinatería in Harlem! They were recently named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in New York City by The Financial Times, an international London-based publication. The FT says Vinatería in Harlem “is a spot you can as easily drop into for a flatbread pizza or charcuterie as for a full meal of grilled octopus with rocket and a confit of pimento potatoes or the wonderful tagliatelle with pork ragù and black cabbage.”

Vinatería is located at 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 119th Street. For reservations, call 212-662-8462.

See full article here.

Custom Fuel Pizza is open to the public in Harlem


I went by Custom Fuel Pizza this afternoon since today is the day it opened in Harlem on 123rd and FDB. I ordered the classic pizza with wheat crust, sausage and garlic cheese. It was yummy.

The place looks great too. The interior is fun and very welcoming. And ordering pizza is…oh so simple. Just follow the five steps!

Custom Fuel Pizza is a nice addition to Harlem’s restaurant row. Go check the place out yourself and let us know what you think!

Custom Fuel Pizza Harlem
2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
646-524-5636

Custom Fuel Pizza moves opening date in Harlem to February 26

I walked by Custom Fuel Pizza yesterday, the new pizza joint that will be located at 123rd and Frederick Douglass Blvd., and there was a sign posted on their door that said opening date is now scheduled for February 26. The previous date was scheduled in late January.

The sign also noted there were employment opportunities still available and to inquire within.

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Double Dutch Espresso in Harlem now open on restaurant row

Lenox Coffee in Harlem announced this morning on Facebook that their “sister coffee-house” on Frederick Douglass Blvd is now open. It’s called Double Dutch. The previous name was Bearded Lady Espresso

Double Dutch Espresso is located on FDB between 118th and 119th Street. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

And congrats to the owners of Lenox
Coffee on their expansion in Harlem!

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DC-based Custom Fuel Pizza expands to Harlem, plans to open January 27

Custom Fuel Pizza, the Washington DC based pizza joint whose motto is “build your own fuel pizza,” is heading north to Harlem with their expansion plans. Custom Fuel has two places in DC already. Harlem will be its third at 123rd Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Custom Fuel plans on opening January 27 in Harlem. Stay tuned!

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What comes after opening Cantina in Harlem? Bungalow Burger and Lounge on Frederick Douglass Blvd, view menus here

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If you like the food, service and ambiance at Cantina in Harlem, then you may like the owner of Cantina’s next venture in Harlem? It’s called Bungalow Burger and Lounge and it’s located on 127th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. The new Harlem restaurant, which will offer burgers/sliders, shakes and a juice bar, opens this Thursday, January 9th and HarlemGal Inc has the menus below for your viewing. All items listed on the menus will be available this Thursday, according to the owner.

Bungalow Burger and Lounge is set up into three areas, counter, lounge and dining with the counter and dining located in the upper level and the lounge in the lower level. The counter menu opens at 11:30 am, lounge menu starts at 8 pm and the dining room menu starts at 4 pm.

So if you’re interested in checking out a new Harlem restaurant this week, stop by Bungalow Burger and Lounge on FDB and 127th this Thursday. But first, view the menus below so you can figure out what you want to order!
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