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.
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!
I received an invite today to come visit Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack in Harlem! It offers Caribbean Street Food. To be honest, I had no clue another restaurant opened on West 116th in Harlem! Here’s the menu and their website. I plan on checking it out! Hope to see you there!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
For those of us Harlemites who could not travel to Italy this past summer, can now escape to Italy’s wine country in Harlem. Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar on 117th Street and FDB is hosting another a wine event in September. On Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30-9:30 pm, Lido Harlem is offering a five course wine tasting dinner featuring Italian wines and food.
Wine educator and sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith will once again take guests through the wines and help them learn more about pairing tips, grapes, differences in growing practices and more, all in an intimate and relaxed setting. Wobensmith has been teaching wine classes for over 7 years. Her passion began after visiting Italy and tasting wines throughout the countryside. Wobensmith earned her Sommelier Certificate with the Sommelier Society of America.
The price is $105 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited, call for reservations at: 646-490-8575 or 917-733-9413.
Wanna try the cuisine at Silvana Harlem, but can’t stay there for dinner? No worries. Silvana, located on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Avenue, is now offering take out. No delivery yet. Call 646-692-4935 for take out! Take out menu is below.
If you were hanging out at Silvana in Harlem this past Thursday July 4, you may have seen a well-known TV star, as well as a Broadway star! According to Silvana’s Facebook page, Actor David Schwimmer, known for his TV role in Friends, and Sahr Ngaujah, known for starring in Fela! The Musical, were both hanging out at Silvana Harlem on the same night. There is no mention on Facebook if the two celebrities went together or just happened to be there on the same night. All Silvana posted was a photo of Schwimmer saying these two were present. Either way, very cool for Silvana.
If you haven’t stopped by Silvana, it’s now open for business. Stop on by. It is located on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Avenue.
We have another update on Seasoned Vegan, the meatless restaurant opening up in Harlem on St. Nicholas Avenue and 113th Street. The owners sent out another update via Kickstarter yesterday!
Looks like construction is starting this month, which means opening day is at least one to two months away. A grand opening block party is planned, which will be a lot of fun. Overall, the good news to focus on is that Seasoned Vegan is moving forward and Central Harlem will soon have a full service vegan dining option soon. Check out the complete update below.
On a separate note, look out for an update on The Park Wine Bar, now called The Park 112, on FDB and 113th Street. HarlemGal Inc has the lowdown! Stay tuned!