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Raphael Benavides is the new GM of Operations at Corner Social

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 … Continue reading

Siblings spice up BLVD Bistro

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 … Continue reading

Les Ambassades opens a Bar & Restaurant

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Bier springs into summer with sidewalk seating

Bier springs into summer with sidewalk seating

This evening Bier posted a picture of their new sidewalk seating with the message, “Baby steps towards a sidewalk cafe. Still missing plants and additional chairs but getting close.” Follow Bier on Twitter @bierint to keep up with their progress.

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

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 … Continue reading

Fresh Flavor: Brunch at Nectar Wine Bar

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 … Continue reading

Sidewalk cafes on 125th Street

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 … Continue reading

New bistro Cedric coming to St. Nicholas Avenue

New bistro Cedric coming to St. Nicholas Avenue

We were sad to learn to that one of Harlem’s favorite eateries is down for the count. We held out hope that Mojo would be able to get their act together and come back on the scene stronger than ever, but last week we found out that Mojo was gone for good. The New York … Continue reading

Bad Horse Pizza saddles up for its opening weekend

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 … Continue reading

Where to get juiced in Harlem

Where to get juiced in Harlem

Ed. Note: This is an updated repost of a list we posted back in 2006 of juice bars in Harlem. If you know of any juice bars that should be on the list but aren’t let us know. Who says that the only good stuff in Harlem is deep fried? Although we have yet to … Continue reading

What’s New in Harlem

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 … Continue reading

What’s up with Soul Fixins’ in East Harlem?

Back in November, Eating in Translation snapped a photo of a new Soul Fixins’ that cropped up on Second Avenue. Does anyone know the status of it? Soul Fixins’ is a take out soul food restaurant that used to be on 34th Street before moving to 28th Street. Soul Fixins’

Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

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 … Continue reading

Trattoria Amici Shuttered for Good

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 … Continue reading

Now Open: Jahlookova Health Food

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 … Continue reading

What’s up with Mojo

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 … Continue reading

Where to spend your Valentine’s Day Uptown

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, … Continue reading

Uptown Juice Bar is moving

Click  If you follow our Facebook page then you already know that Uptown Juice Bar is moving to a new location on 125th Street. We found out after posting that Raw Soul, a raw food restaurant on 145th Street, had closed down. You’ll just have to walk a bit farther east to get your healthy … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Frizzante is now Lido

Frizzante is now Lido

Photo by D. Bell After much wondering about the future of what was formerly Frizzante, a short-lived Italian restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, a fresh and vibrant blue awning reveals that it will be reincarnated as Lido. From the look of construction going on inside it might be open as early as next month.  Yesterday, … Continue reading

N Boutique Closed!

N Boutique Closed!

Good Morning readers. We awoke to a notice from N Boutique that they have closed the new Lenox Avenue location. This is  a huge shock to us!  Another intrepid blogger actually saw the move happening last night and reported it on Twitter, but the official word came from the owners themselves today. They will be … Continue reading

The Taste of East Harlem Trolley

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 … Continue reading

A Harlem Holiday Shopping Tour

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 … Continue reading

Doug E. Fresh’s Chicken

Word is floating around in the press that Doug E. Fresh has finally opened his long awaited restaurant in Harlem. We suspect that it was a soft opening, as it is always closed whenever we pass the colorful eatery. Read more about Doug E’s plans for the restaurant in the link: Hip-Hop Hooray: Food Comes To … Continue reading

Fall Harvest in Harlem

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 … Continue reading

Yet another new chef at Harlem’s 5 & Diamond

Yet another new chef at Harlem’s 5 & Diamond

After a rocky start, 5 & Diamond finally parted ways with Ryan Skeen and hired David Santos in his place. The dust finally seemed to be settling as Santos and his brother made changes that met the approval of the restaurant’s diners. Then out of the blue the Santos brothers are *poof*  gone! We have … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Manna’s is moving and adding fried seafood

Well, it looks like it really might be happening this time. After a false start, resulting in it moving back to its original location on 8th Avenue at 125th Street, Manna is finally moving to the new location on the corner of 126th Street. A sign spotted in the window this weekend read, “As of … Continue reading