Hot Bistro is Coming to Harlem

Le Bilboquet

New York Post

If the international jet set and the city’s multi-millionaires ever decide to venture beyond their favorite Upper East Side French bistro, Le Bilboquet, they will soon have a new place to go — in Harlem.
Cedric Lecendre, Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for the eponymously named Cedric, which is slated to open in June.

The 650-square-foot Cedric at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave. will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with brunch on the weekends. Cedric’s will have live music as well.

While not exactly what you would call a local restaurant, “it will be for people who live in the neighborhood,” said Lecendre, a Harlem resident.

Cedric’s is just the latest Upper East Side outpost to open in Harlem.

In December, Marcus Samuelsson — the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef who made his name at Midtown’s Aquavit and has cooked for President Obama — opened Red Rooster at 310 Lenox Ave.

Some downtown chefs will soon be a short stroll away from fresh farm food.

Today, the city’s Parks Department is announcing the opening of a one-acre urban farm at Battery Park. Chefs with restaurants in the area can plant there, while students and volunteers will tend the produce.

Food Network star Wade Burch — the chef at SouthWest NY in Battery Park City and Neely’s on the Upper East Side — is set on heirloom tomato seeds from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Chef Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Cue will also be involved in the project. [NYPost]

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