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Cantina, Harlem’s new taqueria, will open today September 6 says owner, view menus here

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Cantina, Harlem’s new taqueria on ACP and 111th Street, will open this evening, Friday, September 6 says the owner. Cantina had initially aimed for Sept 2 to open, but could not make that deadline because “things were not in place.” Cantina is ready for business now and will take its first customers tonight after 5 pm.

So stop on by and try limited items from their menu, which we have attached for your viewing.

Happy Friday Harlem!

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Crab Bash today at Red Rooster Harlem

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Crab Man Mike are saluting the end of summer with a Crab Bash, today, September 3 at 4:00 pm on the patio at Red Rooster Harlem at 310 Lenox Avenue.

A Harlem legend, Crab Man Mike will be serving his signature fresh crabs for the festivities, while Samuelsson and the Red Rooster kitchen team will prepare sides, such as Mexican Street Corn; Potato Salad; Mac and Greens; Buttermilk Mash; Blue Cheese Slaw; Old Bay-spiked French Fries; Collard Greens; and Bourbon Mustard Pole Beans. Guests can get into the groove with New Orleans jazz musicians providing live entertainment, and Radeberger pints will be available for $5 a pint.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Individual crabs will cost $3 each; 3 crabs and 2 sides will cost $18; and 6 crabs and 3 sides will cost $30.

An inside look at Harlem’s new Cantina, a taqueria opening Labor Day evening Sept 2

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Remember the blog post at the beginning of August about a new Harlem business coming to Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and 111th Street? HarlemGal Inc now has confirmation on exactly what the place will be? Cantina is the name of the new restaurant on 111th and ACP.

Cantina will be serving burritos, tacos and ceviche, along with a full service bar. Starting this coming Monday evening, September 2, Cantina in Harlem will open for business and will be offering $2 tacos and $4 margaritas, according to one of the Cantina owners, who spoke with HarlemGal Inc today and happens to be involved with Harlem BBQ as well.

The price point of the Cantina menu will be below $19. One of the owners of Cantina said, “everything on the menu will be reasonable and affordable, yet everything offered will be of a high-end product.” The chef at Cantina will be coming from Dos Toros in Union Square.

Cantina in Harlem invited us in today to take a look at the place and we must say it looks very cool and comfortable. There is exposed brick and aged wood everywhere. Plus the location is perfect. It’s right by Central Park North. So when you are done with your day in the park, Cantina is one block away from Central Park North where one can purchase a fresh squeezed cucumber margarita and taquaria food. The place looks very inviting and charming. We can’t wait to check it out.

Oh by the way, Cantina was going to be called Suzy-Q and was going to offer BBQ. The owner of Cantina said they changed their strategy mid way through planning because they realized the BBQ need was already met in Harlem.

Stop by this coming Monday after 4 pm to check out Cantina in Harlem! It is on the northwest corner of ACP and 111th Street.

Mark your calendar: The Cecil to open in Harlem September 23, Minton’s in October

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OMG, HarlemGal Inc has the latest information on Richard Parsons’ involvement around The Cecil in Harlem and Minton’s, formerly known as the famed jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. According to his peeps, The Cecil will open September 23 and Minton’s plans to open the second week of October. So mark your calendar!

Richard Parsons has been trying to revive this space in Harlem, ie 118th Street and St. Nicholas, for quite sometime. Looks like this well-known businessman is making it happen in Harlem. With opening dates set, Parsons’ is about to deliver on what he’s been talking about for a few years, which is to revive this old-time Harlem jazz spot.

According to the information provided to HarlemGal Inc., “Minton’s is the revival of the 1930s/40s jazz club Minton’s Playhouse and will operate as a speak easy feel with a nightly house band. The Cecil will incorporate worldly music for a social dining experience. The Cecil’s menu will incorporate an Afro-Asian-America Brasserie style and Minton’s southern revival cooking with low country notes.”

Below are additional details on The Cecil and Minton’s!

The Cecil
Address: 210 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.866.1262
Cuisine: Afro-Asian-American Brasserie as conceptualized by Executive chef and partner, Alexander Smalls, integrating culinary traditions of the African Diaspora.
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Joseph Johnson – Chef de Cuisine

Minton’s
Opening Date: Second week of October 2013
Address: 206 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.243.2222
Cuisine: Southern Revival Cooking with Low Country Notes
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Banks White – Chef de Cuisine

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UPDATE: Monday Harlem happenings, Uptown Battle of the Bars Finale, Lido Harlem Gayborhood Mixer

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It is going to be a busy Monday evening in Harlem tonight, August 26. There is something to do for everyone along Harlem’s restaurant row.

Update, the event mentioned at Melba’s is by invite only.

Two blocks down, Harlem Tavern at 116th Street and FDB is hosting Uptown Battle of the Bars Showdown Finale event. It starts at 6 pm as well and runs until 9 pm. Three dozen bartenders have been engaged in a competition since the beginning of August dubbed the Uptown Battle of the Bars. Tonight, the winner will be announced. Learn more about the event here.

And last, but certainly not least, Lido Harlem will be hosting another Gayborhood mixer event this evening starting at 6 pm as well running all the way to midnight. Lido Harlem is located at 117th Street and FDB!

There ya have it! A busy Monday evening in Harlem! Enjoy!
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Who made list of best neighborhood coffee shops in Manhattan? Harlem’s The Chipped Cup of course

Untapped cities recently published an article on The Best Neighborhood Coffee Shops In Manhattan. And guess who made the list, which also appeared in Business Insider? The Chipped Cup, located in the Hamilton Height’s section of Harlem, made the list! Congrats to them! The Chipped Cup in Harlem was ranked fourth out of the ten Manhattan coffee shops mentioned.

Stop by The Chipped Cup located at 148th Street and Broadway, ie 3610 Broadway. For the summer season, they are currently offering Affogato Italian ice cream in vanilla and chocolate along with espresso! Yum! I am heading to The Chipped Cup this weekend!
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A yogurt cafe on Lenox Avenue opens today, stop by Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Harlem

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The wait is over. Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe, located on Lenox Ave between 118th and 119th, will open today (July 20) in Harlem. Folks can stop by starting at 3 pm. Go in and try one of the dozen yogurt flavors offered (I tried coconut and raspberry and absolutely loved it), sprinkle favorite toppings, weigh and then pay! Also while there, say hello to Quintano Downes, the owner of Pa-paya and another Harlem local opening a business right where he lives.

HarlemGal Inc has a preview of the menu! Take a look and notice that customers can purchase more than yogurt. Pa-paya will offer a breakfast menu, such as oatmeal and waffles, and premium beverages, such as smoothies and fruit and vegetable juices.

Stop by today and then stop here and tell us what you think of Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Harlem!

Menu:
Frozen Yogurt Flavors…..56c oz
Flavors will come from this list

Fresh fruit, Dry Toppings and Syrups:
Fresh Fruit toppings…………39c oz
Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cantaloupe, Coconut, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lychee, Mandarin Oranges, Mango, Maraschino Cherries, Papaya, Peach, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberries, seedless grapes….

Dry Toppings…………………..39c oz
Almonds, Brownie Bites, Butterfingers(R), Cap’N Crunch(R), Cashews, Cheesecake Bites, Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Cinnamon Toast Crunch(R), Cookie Dough, Cookies N Cream, Coco pebbles, Granola, Graham Crackers Lucky Charms, Gummi Bears, Graham Crackers, M&M’s(R), Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Crunch, Mochi, Rainbow Sprinkles, Chocolate Sprinkles, Pecans, Reese’s(R) Peanut Butter Cup, Oreo Pieces, Pop Tarts, Snickers, Waffle Cone, Yogurt Chips, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Jelly Beans, Twix(R), Reeses Pieces, Junior Mints, Kit Kat, Health Bars, Sour Gummy Worms….

**** flavors and toppings change according to season and availability

Syrups: Blueberry, Butterscotch, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Hot Fudge, Marshmallow Sauce, White Chocolate, Condensed Milk, Strawberry, Whipped Cream

Smoothies, Fruit and Vegetable Juices:
For Your Health…………… 16 Oz $4.59…..20 Oz $5.59

Smoothies:
Wake – Up Smoothie
Frozen Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and /or strawberries), Yogurt,

Fruit Juices………………..16 Oz $4.59 …..20 Oz $5.49
Summer Cool, Fruity Tootty, Tropical Blast, Banana Rama, Melon Madness, Super C, Merry Berry, Strawberry Field, Ginger Hopper, Purple Rain, Pineapple Blend, Energizer, Liquid Gold, Fruity Detox, Migraine Eliminator, Carrot-Mango-Apple, The Fruit Juice and more….

Vegetable Juices…………16 Oz $4.59……20 Oz $5.49
Immune Boost, Energy Boost, Cleansing Tonic, Spice – it – Up, Skin Helper, Extra Strength, Health Drink, Headache, Beet Juice, Daily Detox, Morning Tonic, Supper Green and more…

Create Your Own Smoothie ….. 16 Oz $4.59…20 Oz $5.59

Breakfast Anytime:
Hot Oatmeal…… $5.99
Topped with fresh fruit toppings. *Your choice of soy, 2% or almond milk

Waffles……..Plain Waffle…..$ Plain Waffle + Two Toppings….$
Create your own waffle with our premium frozen yogurt or whip cream and toppings!

Cereal….43c oz…. Bowl $4.99
Dispense your choice of cereal, Add your choice of soy, 2% or almond milk top with your choice of fruit

Parfait………… $3.49
Flavored Yogurt, Granola, assorted fresh fruit

Fresh Fruit Juices……….$3.59
Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Carrot Juice, Pineapple Juice

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Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Harlem will open to the public soon, soft launch begins today

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Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe, a premium self-serve yogurt cafe on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue between 118th and 119th Street, is days away from opening to the public. Their timing couldn’t be better. It’s hot and humid outside. Who wouldn’t want a yummy, cold yogurt treat to please the taste buds while navigating through this heat? I know I want some!

Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe Harlem is starting their soft opening tonight. So we all know the drill by now. Once a Harlem business starts their soft opening, which is generally for invited guests only, then they open to the public a few days later. Stand by. We will all be having us some frozen yogurt soon in Central Harlem! Yum!

Pa-paya Seed Frozen Yogurt Cafe
171 Lenox Ave
Harlem, New York 10026

Visit Le Pain Quotidien in Spanish Harlem

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The folks behind the new Le Pain Quotidien in Spanish Harlem have sent in recent photos. Le Pain Quotidien in Harlem opened in May on Madison Avenue at 97th Street!

The new store features a large dining room where there is a reclaimed oversize porcelain sink in a dining room for chilling/display of wine, a reclaimed rustic iron gate at entryway, custom steel and glass window walls at entryway and LED lighting throughout the space.

Feel free to stop on by and check out the relatively new Le Pain Quotidien in Harlem!

The Park 112 in Harlem, formerly known as The Park Wine Bar, hopes to open in August

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The  owner of the upcoming The Park 112 in Harlem, prior name is The Park Wine Bar, recently spoke with HarlemGal Inc about their plans to open one of the first full service wine bars on Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd. Lewis Tucker says they are planing to open The Park 112, which will be located on FDB between 112th and 113th Street, the second week of August, if all goes well with permits, etc from the City.

What will The Park 112 be like in comparison to what’s currently being offered in Harlem? When asked who is his competition, Tucker politely says “don’t compare me to another establishment. All of us have something to offer.” “The Park 112 in Harlem will be upscale,” says Tucker. “If Harlemites like places, such as Stanton Social, Asia de Cuba or the Supper Club from downtown, then that’s what The Park 112 in Harlem will offer in terms of food, service and ambiance.”

248055_570421293002139_671156230_nThe Park 112 will be offering American Fusion cuisine in small plates, along with a select group of large entree’s. Wines will be offered from all over the world. And a full cocktail menu will be available as well.

The Park 112 will be Tucker’s first establishment to open ever. He’s from The Bronx. However, he chose Harlem for the obvious reason, it is happening in Harlem right now. And based on his well-connected background, which he shared, he will have no problem drawing in a crowd at The Park 112 in Harlem.

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