Hot Bread Kitchen is finally opening a store in Harlem

Hot Bread Kitchen has announced that with the help of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone(UMEZ), they will be opening a bakery storefront in a 120 square foot space inside the historic La Marqueta.  They are seeking a creative designer to help develop a design concept for the storefront and oversee the build-out of the space. […]

Levain Bakery: Quite Possibly the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the World

While running errands this morning, I happened past the new Levain Bakery on Frederick Douglass. Being nosy, I stepped inside to see what the hype was about and judge for myself. The radio was loud, the look industrial. I was surprised. Not turned off, but surprised. It’s hipper than I expected. That’s a plus. And […]

What’s New in Harlem

If we look at the businesses along the lower end of Frederick Douglass Blvd. we might get the impression that Harlem’s economy is booming! This year has ushered in a few new businesses to fill the empty storefronts along Harlem’s main condo thoroughfare. Lido is a new Italian eatery that replaces the short lived Frizzante. Lido […]

Lloyd’s Carrot Cake opening a second location in E. Harlem

Our friends over at East Harlem NYC spotted a coming soon sign for our favorite Harlem spot to grab a fresh, moist slice of carrot cake. They wrote,”Lloyd’s Carrot Cake will be expanding to a second location in East Harlem. The new shop will be located on Lexington, between 99th and 100th Streets, next to […]

Harlem’s Sugar Rush: New bakeries call Harlem home

Make My Cake, Tonni’s Minis, and Mr. Lee Lee might be a few of the authentic Harlem Bakeries that immediately come to mind, but what if I mentioned Magnolia Bakery, Levain Bakery, and Hot Bread Kitchen?  Not so much?  What if I told you that all of the aforementioned will be opening an outpost in […]

What’s happening on the Harlem food scene?

First the good news, Tea and Things of that Kind has opened!  I’m not sure how long they have been open and they are a bit inconspicuous, but they are indeed open for business.  You can visit them at 137th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Heading west one avenue over, Charles’ Country Pan Fried has scaled […]

Shuttered: Samba Bakery

All of last week while I was in East Harlem I noticed that Samba was gated. Today word came our way that Samba is closed for good. Their website is also down. We are always sad to hear about Harlem businesses closing, especially when they were one of the good guys. Support your Harlem businesses […]

Smooth as Butter: Mr. Lee of Lee Lee’s Bakery

A couple of years ago, my friend Tonya did a short piece about Lee Lee’s Bakery for UPTOWNflavor. Back then Mr. Lee was operating out of a tiny storefront that was easily overlooked if it wasn’t for the delicious sweet smells wafting out of the door. Admittedly the little bakery didn’t have a lot of […]

Lee Lee’s Baked Goods

Lee Lee’s Baked Goods by Eating In Translation. Look at the beautiful red and white awning that Mr. Lee has added to his quaint little bakery. The planters add an extra touch of class to the joint as well. Lee Lee’s Baked Goods 283 W 118th St New York, NY 10026 (917) 493-6633 Read the […]

Lounging in Dunkin’ Ds

Photo credit: forota/flickr Remember a few weeks back we discovered that the old run down lounge on the corner of 145th and St. Nicholas was going to be changed into a Dunkin Donuts? Well, here they are jolting this tired corner back to life with a shots caffine and sugar.

La Tropezienne Bakery

The ‘hounds are at it again. They’ve recommended La Tropezienne located between 109th and 110th Streets on the east side: I just came across this little gem today – a great neighborhood find on 1st ave between 109th & 110th streets. The shop is bright and clean. A sign on the wall says everything is […]

Review: La Perle Noire, Harlem’s New Bakery on the Block

While the Soup Man has left us, La Perle Noire is looking to make a lasting impression on the neighborhood… Having left work early I decided to take stroll down the 130’s and find out what all the fuss on U.F. was about concerning La Perle Noire. Many of our commenters already began lambasting the […]

The Scoop: Tots take over, Harlem Park redux, and Sweet Savoy

Grandma’s Place toystore opens on 120th and Lenox [Harlem Fur] And in related news, according to the NYTimes for the first time since at least the 1960s, white children now outnumber either black or Hispanic youngsters in that age group in Manhattan. [NY Times] Harlem Park gets revamped [Curbed] East Harlem gets another new bakery […]