Raphael Benavides is the new GM of Operations at Corner Social

Corner Social has brought Raphael Benavides on board as the new General Manager of Operations as they work to stay competitive in an ever growing market of Harlem hot spots. Mr. Benavides has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is an authority on running successful businesses in Harlem. Mr. Benavides opened Ricardo […]

Siblings spice up BLVD Bistro

By Sarah Kuras for Uptownflavor What happens when you mix southern-style cooking, two siblings, and an old café? BLVD in Harlem, of course. This renovated and remixed restaurant reintroduced itself to Harlem on March 15 as a joint project between siblings Joi and Carlos Swepson. By adding a few small touches, the pair turned a […]

Les Ambassades opens a Bar & Restaurant

Around this time last year, Les Ambassades (also known as Patisserie Des Ambassades) opened a second location called Ambassades Buffet above 125th Street on Lenox. Perhaps there was not enough business to sustain them, or perhaps they wanted to shift with the changing tide.  Perhaps it was the B letter grade they received at their […]

Eat Harlem Delivery Service

If you have been following Uptownflavor for a while, then you know we have seen many different Harlem-specific delivery services come and go.  There is Harlem to Go, Harlem Delivers, and the most recent to land on the scene is Eat Harlem. Eat Harlem launched on Thanksgiving of this year. Deborah Umunnabuike and Vincent Choi […]

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

We just received some exciting (yet sad) news.  First the bad news: My favorite cafe, La Perle Noire, is closed for good. The good news is that it is reopening as Island Salad II. Johnny, the owner of La Perle Noire, confirmed the closing saying that he has been so busy with his work in […]

Fresh Flavor: Brunch at Nectar Wine Bar

Have you ever wished that your favorite wine bar in Harlem served brunch? So have we. Our wish has finally come true! Nectar is celebrating its third successful year of educating Harlem’s wine drinkers and providing a sophisticated space to sip and savor a delicious glass of vino close to home. There will be lots […]

Sidewalk cafes on 125th Street

With all of the talk about about new sidewalk cafe licenses being issued on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Nectar and Bier International) one of our readers sent us information about a fight for sidewalk cafes on 125th Street.  As we all know Harlem’s main corridor is busy enough as it is without the addition of sidewalk […]

Bad Horse Pizza saddles up for its opening weekend

The tables, chairs, and bar are all set up and ready to greet the first customers that come through the door on Friday. The kitchen staff, many hired through New York Business Solutions on 125th Street, are prepping the ingredients for this weekend’s ‘soft’ opening of Bad Horse Pizza. As the opening date grows nearer […]

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 […]

Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

This week we’ve posted about two Harlem restaurants with a history of health code violations that have recently closed. Last week amNY posted an article that zip code 10026 in Morningside Heights/West Harlem has the highest percentage of violations in the city. Ten of the 50 restaurants in that ZIP code inspected by the health […]

Trattoria Amici Shuttered for Good

This post has been sitting in our files for a while. We actually tweeted about it back in December.  Trattoria Amici seems to be closed for good this time. If you remember, this troubled eatery has never been a favorite of uptowners. It first opened as Pizza Party Buffet back in 2008, then a year […]

Now Open: Jahlookova Health Food

After many months of thinking another “gourmet” deli was coming to Madison Avenue, Jahlookova has finally been unveiled. We didn’t get a chance to go inside, but it appears to be another healthy eating option for East Harlemites. Advertising organic coffee and tea, natural herbs and veggie patties Jahlookova seems to fit in nicely with […]

What’s up with Mojo

On Friday night the conversation turned to former Harlem sweetheart Mojo. Last we heard Mojo had closed the kitchen and was keeping the bar and lounge area open throughout the holidays. The latest rumors are that Mojo is closed completely because of some scandalous dealing happening behind the scenes. I won’t dish the dirt until […]

Where to spend your Valentine’s Day Uptown

Melba’s At the end of the day, there’s nothing like a home cooked meal, but who wants to cook on Valentine’s Day? If you really want to experience soul food with your soul mate, make reservations at Melba’s!  The Tres Macaroni and Cheese, Candied Yams, and Southern Fried Chicken always tastes like it was made with love.  Speaking of love, […]

New pizza place coming to Frederick Douglass Blvd. (updated)

Bad Horse Pizza is slated to open at 2222 – 2224 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, across from the Triangle building. The space was formerly occupied by Corcoran, before they bailed out of Harlem. Anyone have any inside information about Bad Horse Pizza?  I hope they consider a new name before opening. Bad Horse is simply a bad […]

Samuelsson’s Rooster Opens Tonight. Preview Menu.

The foodie in me has been as anxious as a kid on Christmas morning every since I saw Chef Marcus Samuelsson looking at spaces inHarlem. Rumor had it that he was opening a new restaurant somewhere in the hood. One day soon thereafter, I saw him looking at the basement of my building. I doubt he […]

The Taste of East Harlem Trolley

The Taste of East Harlem Trolley Friday, December 10, 2010 02:00 pm The Friends of East Harlem is sponsoring a Taste Trolley on Friday December 10th, 2010 to coincide with the lighting of El BARRIO/East Harlem Holiday Tree, a neighborhood tradition now for 7 years. The Trolley will be making stops at members restaurants and continue untill 9pm. Trolley […]

A Harlem Holiday Shopping Tour

“A Harlem Holiday Shopping Tour.” Two shopping weekends December 4th & 5th and December 18th & 19th 12PM to 5PM each day Buses depart from The Studio Museum every 30 minutes Last bus departs at 4:30PM $20 for a one day pass or $30 for a weekend pass – per person You’ll find lots of unique and interesting items including […]

Jacob’s gives back to the community on Thanksgiving

Jacob Restaurant has been blessed with a second restaurant which opened earlier this year. The owner, Rachid (AKA Jacob) will be hosting a special thank you dinner for his regular patrons and those who are in need in the community. One special family will be attending as guests of UF.  Both locations will be serving […]

Fall Harvest in Harlem

On a crisp Saturday morning in November, the fall colors were at their peak. I found myself in search of root vegetables and fixings for warm autumn dishes. That lead me to Marcus Garvey and Morningside Park’s Farmer’s Markets. Several vendors said  that this weekend will be the last of the season for them as […]

Harlem restaurants feature their signature dishes at Macy’s

As part of Harlem Week and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce campaign “Support your local business,” five of Harlem’s favorite restaurants will show off their signature dishes at  The Cellar in Macy’s Herald Square. The restaurants are also offering special promotions like free glasses of wine or 10% discounts to their uptown establishments. This […]

Frizzante offers lunch menu and happy hour specials

We’ve yet to visit Frizzante, but every time we pass by it is obvious that they are certainly a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Passing by the Italian eatery last week, we saw a sign out front advertising a reasonably priced lunch menu and a tempting happy hour special. A reviewer on Yelp! described the […]