Category Archives: Harlem businesses

Harlem’s coffee scene continues North with ACP Coffee

I have lived in Harlem for close to 12 years now. I’ve seen an explosion in real estate, restaurants…and now coffee bars/cafes. I ventured past 125th Street recently to check out ACP Coffee, which opened this year on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd between 134th and 135th Street. I know there are a lot of coffee places in the City. Hear me out on why you should make a point to visit ACP Coffee.

First, most of our Harlem based coffee shops that have opened in the last five years more than likely get their beans from a local/roaster. Not a bad thing. ACP Coffee in Harlem has decided to go in a different direction and serve coffee from Coava Coffee Roasters and Counter Culture Coffee Roasters. Coava coffee roasters is from Portland, Oregon, currently using El Salvador La Esperanza.

Second, if you’re into the avocado toast craze ACP Coffee has it on the menu. Their avocado toast is made with sourdough organic bread. Yum.

And last, ACP coffee uses Battenkill Valley grass fed milk for all their coffee drinks. I don’t recall ever having my coffee served with grass fed milk until I visited ACP Coffee. It was absolutely yummy. This type of milk added sweetness and extra foam to my latte.

These are just a few reasons on why you should stop by ACP Coffee in Harlem. As I often say in my blog posts, “don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! and let me know what you think of the place.

ACP Coffee is located at 2286 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd in Harlem.

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Shop stylish kid essentials by Harlem resident, #blackfriday code offered here

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Back in 2012, I blogged about one of my favorite kid accessories store by Harlem resident Alex Gizela, who founded Cabbages & Kings. I had zero Harlem babies then and I loved her apparel on the spot. Two kids later, three scarves, two sets of leg warmers and four pairs of socks from Cabbages & Kings, I still adore all the items offered.

More importantly, my kids love the product…and all of the items are hand made by artisans that reside in Central Mexico and in the Andean Valleys of Peru and Bolivia. Most pieces are a collaborative effort between Cabbages & Kings and the artisans to create pieces based on the culture’s traditional patterns and design.

Check out the merchandise for yourself. And oh, did I tell you that Cabbages & Kings started their 2017 #blackfriday/holiday sale. For those that follow HarlemGal online, there is a 30 percent discount. Use code: HeyMama30. (Please note the code is for a limited time only)

Enjoy! And let the holiday season begin!

Karaoke Night in Harlem begins September 4th

Need additional plans in Harlem this holiday weekend? How about a little karaoke? Shrine World Music Venue, located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., has reopened its new Green Room downstairs and to kick off the opening they’re starting a KARAOKE NIGHT this coming Monday, Sept.. 4th, which will then occur on every Monday thereafter. Check it out if you can!

Ganache Coffee coming to Harlem restaurant row not Honeycomb Burgers

Burgers will not be cooking up in the space next to Chocolate Restaurant in Harlem. It will be Ganache Coffee! The signage is up in the commercial space between 119th and 120th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd.

I guess Leon Ellis, the owner of practically everything on that particular block, changed his mind and decided to focus on coffee products instead-at least that’s what the signs are indicating!

 

Whole Foods Market opening in Harlem July 21, 125th & Lenox Avenue 

My kids and I were at Harlem Eat Up today. While strolling around, literally in our Bugaboo, we learned today that Whole Foods Market is opening up their Harlem store July 21, 2017. The two nice gentlemen working their booth informed us when we asked. However, there was no need to ask. There was a sign to the left of them that announced the date! See pic below.

I wonder whose going to check out the new Whole Foods uptown when it opens? I’m curious to see if they plan on offering the same kind of merchandise/products as a downtown store. We will soon find out! 

The store will be located at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue! Right there by the 2/3 subway line!

Food and Drink Boulevard in Harlem happening May 10

2017 Food & Drink Blvd Promo Image for PressTomorrow, May 10 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance will hold its sixth annual Food & Drink Boulevard event along Harlem’s Restaurant Row.  This event invites local residents and visitors to explore restaurants and bars along the Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 112th to 124th Streets by reserving a wristband to receive $5.00 deals at 19 participating venues.

To assist patrons in navigating up and down Frederick Douglass Boulevard, FDBA is offering free pedicab service to wristband holders, and a mobile device-friendly map that shows where all 19 participating restaurants and bars are located, as well as each businesses’ $5.00 menu offerings.

To reserve a free wristband for the event, visit the FDBA website at http://www.fdballiance.org. On the night of the event, wristbands will also be available at Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of West 116th Street, and Angel of Harlem, 2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of West 122nd Street.

Farm-to-table restaurant opens in Harlem, Take the A train to Clay

img_1113Harlem villagers no longer have to turn to downtown to dine at a farm-to-table restaurant. Harlem dining patrons can now experience farm-to-table at Clay, located on the corner of 123rd Street and Manhattan Avenue.

What does farm-to-table mean? According to Clay Restaurant, it means “they source all of their produce, meats and fish from small, local suppliers. Nothing is mass-produced or served out of season. Wines and spirits also come from small producers, both seasoned veterans and ground-breaking upstarts alike, who care about their terrain and couple minimal intervention with maximum innovation.”

The New American restaurant opened up on the Harlem corner six weeks ago and is ready to serve locals (or anyone that walks in) with dinner and brunch on the weekends.

And if you’re curious as to where exactly Clay is sourcing, the list is posted on their website.

Bo’s Bagels in Harlem now open

Feeling hungry for a bagel after that big snowstorm? Harlemites do not have to go far now for that big, round fluffy pan any more. Bo’s Bagels, located on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd in Central Harlem, is now open for business. They have been open for about a week under a soft opening schedule, i.e. from 7 am to 1 pm. Stop by and grab a bagel and stay tuned for grand opening details.

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Is Melba’s restaurant in Harlem open or closed?

Another Harlem blog posted a question yesterday to their site asking: Has Melba’s on 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd shuttered? As of this evening, HarlemGal has the the answer. It’s no!

This blog walked by there this evening and all the lights were on and people were inside! 

What prompted the questions around the status of Melba Wilson’s ten year old restaurant on Harlem’s restaurant row is that someone snapped a photo of that infamous sticker from the City slapped on the restaurant’s grey metal rolling gate. Ouch!

Hopefully, going forward, this type of uncertainty about whether Melba’s restaurant is opened or closed is a thing of the past. Fingers are crossed!

Bo’s Bagels expected to open soon in Harlem

Central Harlem will soon have its very own bagel shop on 116th Street. Bo’s Bagels, which is owned and operated by Harlem locals, is expected to open up in March! They will offer every type of bagel imaginable, along with a long list of spreads! See menu below!

According to their website, BO’s Bagels was founded by Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos after many years of living in Harlem and not being able to find a decent bagel. 

Can’t wait to try Bo’s Bagels in Harlem soon!