Dining pods have arrived to part of the restaurant scene in Harlem. And a giant mural on the northwest corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd and 116th Street is going up to commemorate this form of outdoor dining! If you live in the area, you can’t miss the mural (or the pods). The mural looks awesome!
Dining pods are now lining FDB from 116th to 120th Street at the following restaurants: Bixi Harlem, Blvd Bistro, Chocolate, Harlem Burger, Harlem Tavern, Mess Hall/Double Dutch, Silvana and Vinateria. These greenhouse styled dining pods were provided to minority and women-owned restaurants on FBD as part of an initiative sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Stella Artois, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch.
The 7-story, 2800 square foot mural was designed and painted by Harlem-based Giannina Gutierrez. Gutierrez created the mural to welcome diners to the area and to showcase the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
Having these dining pods donated to small businesses, who truly need the help during this time, is a great example of private sector, non profits and the community coming together to collaborate for the greater good. This is a wonderful example of corporate social responsibility at its best.
Stop by to see the mural and let’s us know what you think of it here in the comments section! Go out and dine in these donated pods. And drop a line here about your dining experience in a pod too!
Recently, this blog mentioned a sushi place is coming to Frederick Douglass Blvd. Dragon Sushi is open as of November 16. We walked by and the sign said “open.” Stop by Dragon Sushi! They are at the near corner of 112th and FDB!
Remember 5 and Diamond or RDV restaurants and where they were located in Harlem? That commercial space will now be used for a place called Dragon Sushi!
Dragon Sushi, located at 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd., plans to offer a full menu of sushi and sashimi! Hopefully this month according to the owner! Signage is almost up ! So the opening could be on track!
Dragon Sushi will be the second sushi place to open on Harlem’s restaurant row! The first attempt was by Jade Sushi, two blocks north, which is now Bean and Barley.
On Halloween this year, many Harlem restaurants on Frederick Douglass Blvd handed out lots of candy to kids, even new businesses were prepared, such as Root Juicery of Harlem! (FYI. I posted about this place months back and either incorrectly named it or there was a change in ownership.) We learned over the weekend that this new cold press, juice joint is now open for business!
Stop by Root at 2073 FDB for a smoothie, juice or a bowl! They have a wonderful menu to start! Here’s their IG account to follow!
New York City is officially open! I’ve been waiting to share this picture for quite some time due to covid19 and the recent Black Lives Matter movement. Apparently, there is going to be a new restaurant opening on Harlem‘s restaurant row called Bixi. It’s going to be Asian cuisine I believe and it will be managed and operated by the same individuals who run Lido Italian Restaurant on the corner of 117th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. That’s all the info I have right now. I’m sure more details will arise soon!
I haven’t blogged about Harlem in ages (busy on Instagram though). I tell myself daily that if I come across something very interesting, I will blog. Well, that day has come.
Walking along Frederick Douglass Blvd recently with my kids, which I call and coined back in my early days of blogging, as Harlem’s Restaurant Row, I came across the signage: Annie’s Juicery at 2073 FDB. I was shocked to see this because it wasn’t another restaurant or a cafe, but a place that offers cold pressed juices! Wow! This is different in my view.
I walked by the place on a Saturday and it wasn’t open. However, I checked for Annie’s Juicery online presence and their Instagram account mentioned that they opened in mid-May. See photo below.
Where was I for this opening? How could I miss that? Oh, I must have been busy tending to my two most important clients, my 3 and 5 year old.
And I believe this type of business is a first in Harlem? There’s been places to get extracting juices which is different than cold pressed. Who can help us confirm if this is a first? If you know, chime in.
I plan to stop buy this place soon to try a juice and share more details. But first things first. I wanted you to know that cold pressed juices are now available in Harlem via walk in through Annie’s Juicery and I’m back!
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!
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.
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!
The holiday season is upon us, Harlem! Do you have special plans? Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar on 117th Street and Frederick Douglass is offering wine and dinner tastings during the holidays! Interested participants can schedule a wine and tasting event with friends and family or hold a company holiday party at Lido Harlem as well!
Your special event can include history, grapes and other important wine facts. For example, discover why certain foods pair better than others with your wine. Sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith will lead the tasting in a fun and relaxed setting. Lido Harlem is offering 4 and 5 course pairings for 10 or more individuals.
For reservations, call Lido at 646-490-8575, or Andrea Wobensmith at 917-733-9413, email@example.com Below is a sample menu for your viewing:
Warm salad of arugula, roasted pears, walnuts, shaved parmesean
Wine: Prosecco Brut Jeio Bisol Second Course
Arancini, risotto rice balls stuffed with gorgonzola
Wine: Rose Sangiovese Third Course
Spaghettini, arrabiata with grilled shrimp
Wine: Toscana Rosso Circa Fourth Course
Braised short ribs with fontina polenta, marscapone cream, fresh horseradish
Wine: Aglianico Del Vulture Fifth Course
Chocolate budino with sea salt
Taylor Fladgate, Fine Ruby