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Harlem Vintners

Harlem Vintners

“Liberate wine from a glass!” says the company’s co-founder Matt Dollar.  Maenad – Wine in a Can, is a business venture by three men who saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between sophisticated wine enjoyment and adult beverage options at outdoor events.  The guys at Harlem Vintners want you to enjoy wine anywhere and … Continue reading

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

Kenny Leon is on fire. Just ask him. Two plays he directed are currently playing on Broadway to packed houses, featuring star performers, and are being considered in the context of his past work which include a slew of August Wilson’s plays, and Lorraine Hansbury’s classic, A Raisin in the Sun. When it comes to … Continue reading

E-Moves 12 at Harlem Stage

E-Moves 12 at Harlem Stage

By:  Tahnia Belle Back with a breathtaking bang, Harlem Stage presents Season 12 of E-Moves, a two night dance showcase that reminds us how movement can tell our stories and express the complexity of human emotion where words fall short. I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of E-Moves (Program A) featuring presentations … Continue reading

Review: Fresh Direct Frozen Entrees

Review: Fresh Direct Frozen Entrees

Every now and then we are contacted to review products that our readers might be interested in trying. FreshDirect contacted Uptownflavor about a couple of new products rolling out this fall. The first is a line of frozen entrees. “Customers can choose from 10 entrée options, from dishes filled with lush vegetables to rich dinners … Continue reading

Rendezvous with Henry at The Shrine

Dear Harlem and Harlem Visitors: Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you to go see Nakia Henry perform at Billie’s Black? A lot of you listened. Good job. For the rest of you… yeah, I’m talking to you… rectify the situation tonight by heading over to Shrine World Music Venue [2271 Adam … Continue reading

That Picnic Place

Sweltering summer temperatures make the thought of cooking in your already overheated apartment or sweating over a sizzling hot grill pure torture. But you must eat, right?  So why not have a picnic?  You might argue that picnics are too much work between having to go food shopping, then packing the basket, and finally lugging … Continue reading

Chester Gregory: Ready, Willing and Able

joseph riley land I have known Chester Gregory for a little over a year, but have never had a chance to see him perform live. Last week, however, he headlined a charity event at Gospel Uptown and I finally got a chance to hear him. Now I see what all the fuss is about; he … Continue reading

More Mojo!

Back in January we brought you a First Look at Harlem’s new hot spot, Mojo on 119th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.  Last week the bar/restaurant finally opened full-swing.  Now with a full menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and varied list of premium drinks and a top-notch staff, Mojo seems to have even more charm and appeal.  (So … Continue reading

Pizza Party Buffet Misses The Mark

For anyone who ever wants to get into the business of a buffet, allow me to share with you a couple tenets that must be followed to ensure some modicum of success. Number 1, make sure you are able to get back the cost of the meal plus a decent profit for each plate you … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide: Not Just Tea

If you are anything like me then you are always looking for something hot to warm you from the inside out during the frigid winter months. While I am admittedly a coffee lover and hot cocoa is usually the first choice that comes to mind on a cold snowy day, my opinion quickly changed with … Continue reading

Atomic Wings Opens in Harlem

Photo by: Moises De Pena for JCMD Photography On a chilly December evening I headed up 113th Street to the grand opening of the newest location of Atomic Wings on Frederick Douglass Avenue.  As I entered the double doors I took notice of the clean surroundings that included a twin row of tables, a counter … Continue reading

Butter by Keba

A few weeks ago I attended an event in East Harlem where Makeba Lloyd, owner of Butter by Keba was demonstrating her products. I was drawn to her table by the wonderful blend of scents. The Butter by Keba product line consists of scented oils, body butters, body lotions, and body scrubs in a variety … Continue reading

First Look: Talay Thai-Latin Restaurant

One of our readers had the chance to swing by Talay over the weekend and shared the following first impression with us: I went [to Talay] with some fellow uptown friends Saturday night. The menu was pricier than I was expecting and more limited. Maybe since the place is new they are still figuring it … Continue reading

Top 5 Uptownflavor.com Search Terms

Being the publishers of a weblog, we have a little crystal ball that tells us how some of our readers accidentally stumble onto our site. There are a number of search terms that show up regularly on the list. For the latecomers, here are the answers to your top 5 requests: Jasmine Guy: Yes, Whitley … Continue reading

La Pregunta Arts Café: More Than Just Lounging

1528 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10031 (347) 591-6387 There is a revolution going on! In case you didn’t know, the battleground is the mind. It is a fight for independence; independence from ignorance, poverty, and isolationism. And the only tactic against such formidable foes is wielding the sword of culture. These were the inspirational … Continue reading

The Reviews Are In

The New York Times has reviewed some of the art events currently on stage in Harlem. If you were in the audience, give us your reviews, UPTOWN flavor style! Theater WEBEIME by The Negro Ensemble Company, @ The Harlem School of the Arts “The Negro Ensemble Company, hoping to sink roots in Harlem, is announcing itself with … Continue reading

Tribal Spears Gallery Hosts “Experience: Harlem”

This week Angie Hancock, President of Experience:Harlem reached out to UF to extend a party invitation to the ever hip Tribal Spears Gallery on Tuesday night. I answered the call of duty and decided to attend. Experience:Harlem was founded in 2006 to serve as a complete guide to all aspects of living and playing in … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Gentleman Jigger

Richard Bruce Nugent’s novel “Gentleman Jigger” is a strange cocktail of glamour and dirt that goes down easy, quickly intoxicates and leaves a pungent taste. It may just give you a hangover. But anyone who has ever lamented that he or she was born too late to spend an evening at Georgia Douglas Johnson’s legendary … Continue reading

An Off-Night at ‘Covo’: Hugo’s Review

Disclaimer: Covo in NYC has no affiliation to ‘Il Covo’ in Chicago. Saturday night was fight night! Klitschko and Ibragimov were competing for recognition of heavy weight championship. In honor of my friend’s birthday we decided to forgo the usual delivery order from King’s Pizza and decided to eat out. UF had posted about Il … Continue reading

Event Review: Shop N’ Mingle

Popular Brooklyn fashion den, Harriet’s Alter Ego, hosted its fourth annual Shop N’ Mingle this past Sunday. For those who have never had the pleasure of attending one of these events let me give you the run down. Essentially, a dozen or so emerging artists offering hair products, jewelry, scarves, hats, clothes, make-up and just … Continue reading

Review: The Harlem Tea Room (closed)

*Update: Harlem Tea Room served their last cup of tea in 2008. A member of the Uptown Flavor community recently visited The Harlem Tea Room and had a pretty lukewarm experience. He was disappointed at the lack of attentiveness from staff, the apparent inability of the establishment to know the difference between biscuits and scones … Continue reading

Hidden Harlem Spot: Dollar Internet Cafe

By Tiffany Y’vonne Thompson Harlem local Gordon E. Sims carries a mission and a passion to promote our community, technologically and artistically. Three years ago, he opened the Dollar Internet Café with co-owner Tyesha M. Sims. Located at 1687 Amsterdam Avenue between 143rd Street and 144th Street, the café offers affordable high-speed internet, traditional office/copy … Continue reading

NYSC Review

                                                                                                                                                                                       I stopped by the new NYSC on 145th, which is having its soft opening now. There were a good number of people working out, though at nearly 6 o’clock, the place wasn’t full. Since the staff was busy, I took myself on a tour of the facilities. There are over a dozen treadmills on … Continue reading

On the Waterfront

Written by: Nina M. Mehta nina@UPTOWNflavor.com The sun slowly sets on an early summer night and the hum of traffic in the background slowly blends with the patter of steel drums. Where are you? Miami? Would you believe on 12th Avenue, a stone’s throw from the West Side Highway and in quite possibly the newest … Continue reading

Nina’s Niche: Days of Wine and Roses…

Nina Mehta nina.m.mehta@gmail.com There is something about taking your first sip of a really fantastic glass of wine. Sometimes it is smooth, sometimes it has a bite and sometimes it just hugs your tongue as it slides down your throat. I obviously, like wine a little too much (if there even is such a thing). … Continue reading

The Guest at Central Park West

I had the opportunity to check out a wonderful play written by Levy Lee Simon, a Harlem native who is now carving his niche in the world from coast to coast as an established playwright. The Guest of Central Park West is set on Central Park West, just a few blocks from the Museum of … Continue reading

Hugo’s Review: Cafe Largo

  When Café Largo first came on the scene I remember thinking what’s something this nice doing uptown? Today that question seems out of place as Harlem has had its share of new restaurants, bars, and chain stores pop up over the last couple years. But when Café Largo opened its doors four years ago…it … Continue reading

Uptown Rules the Grills

Every summer you can find most side streets in Harlem lined with blazing grills as music pumps out of open windows and spills out onto the lively street below. This year, the sidewalk grillers may have a bit of competition. Can the two co-exist? Let the war of the grills begin! As for the eating, … Continue reading

Reader Review: B.Braxton

Every day I see hits from people looking for information about the new luxurious B.Braxton salon for men. One of our readers visited the salon and offered this positive review of their services and atmosphere: I had services this past weekend and completely enjoyed my experience. I’ve gone to many “hair spots” and I am … Continue reading

The Scoop: Boxing, African Influences and Film

La Baobab gives Amy Ruth’s a run for their money [Plate of the Day] East Harlem Lightweight jumps back into the ring [Post] The film festival formerly known as… [NY Sun] South African design inspires new Harlem development [NY Sun]