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It’s Time for Harlem’s Battle of the Bars!

Harlem Park to Park presents Harlem Battle of the Bars

April 23rd to May 7th

Sponsored by Grey Goose

Harlem Park to Park will be presenting Harlem Battle of the Bars from April 23rd – May 7th. Participating bars will battle to create the best Grey Goose Cherry Noir cocktail. With 10 Harlem Park to Park bars and restaurants participating, guest can enjoy the signature cocktail and cast their vote for their favorite cocktail. Voters will also be entered in a raffle to have a chance to win prizes from other Harlem Park to Park businesses.

Participating restaurants and bars include Red Rooster, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, Chocolat Restaurant and Lounge, and Harlem Tavern. Native, Moca Lounge, Corner Social, Harlem Vintage, and 67 Orange Street will also be participating in the event. Sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, the two week event will be sure to showcase Harlem’s finest mixologists.

To vote, be sure to visit Harlem Park to Park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/harlemparktopark. Here you will be able to cast your votes and learn more about other featured events.

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Soul Food Alive and Well in Harlem, Say Area Restaurateurs

via DNAinfo

HARLEM—It wasn’t long ago that it looked like soul food in Harlem was in trouble. Stalwarts like M&G’s Diner, Copeland’s and Louise’s all shut down within a year or so of one another.

Some blamed a gentrifying Harlem, others thought a new awareness and focus on health issues like high blood pressure and obesity led to the decline.

But soul food is now alive and well in Harlem thanks to its connection to the African-American culture that makes Harlem a top tourist destination. Along the way, some restaurants have developed their own take on soul food and some of the stalwarts have changed with the times.

“Restaurants like Red Rooster have reinterpreted soul food so we now have more options. Before, you only had traditional options like fried chicken and fried chicken with fried chicken,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, a founder of Harlem Park to Park, a business alliance that includes several restaurants that cook soul food or a variation thereof.

At celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant — named after a famous Harlem speakeasy— he serves many southern classics with a twist. The fried chicken is fried yard bird with a white mace gravy. The macaroni and cheese is made with Gouda cheese. There’s cornbread but you can get it with tomato jam. It’s his take on comfort food.

“They are taking food that is traditional to us and approaching it differently,” said Nikoa-Evans.

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Outdoor patio at Harlem restaurant remains popular – even in the winter

via MICHAEL FEENEY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

When Harlem Tavern opened last summer, it was the place to be uptown – especially the spacious outdoor patio.

But it left customers constantly asking employees the same question what would happen to the outdoor space when the weather turned cold?

Owner Gareth Fagan said the solution was to enclose the patio so customers can continue to dine on the popular outdoor space.

“The patio was the draw,” said Fagan, whose restaurant on the corner of W. 116th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. opened in July.

The busy corner eatery, once the site of an auto body shop, often had a long line of people waiting just for a seat outside.

“It just shows you what a need there was ,” he said. “It’s kind of like the ‘Cheers’ of the neighborhood. People can come in and see people that they know.”

Outdoor seating has become increasingly popular in Harlem, with many restaurants along Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Lenox Ave. offering the option for their customers.

But Harlem Tavern is one of the only restaurants to keep the seating option available all year round.  READ MORE >>>

 

 

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Harlem Draws a Restaurant Crowd

via AMY FELDMAN at The Wall St. Journal

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, pictured, has become a Harlem hot spot since opening a year ago.

For many years, even as Harlem gained new residential developments, its restaurant scene—with the exception of a few reknowned soul-food places—had lagged. That’s no longer the case, as Frederick Douglass Boulevard has become a veritable restaurant row and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster has become one of the hottest places in the city, from a location just north of 125th Street.

In fact, over the past three years, at least a dozen new restaurants, cafes and bars have opened in Central Harlem, between 110th and 125th streets. Notable newcomers include Cédric, a French bistro; 5 & Diamond, a nouveau American spot; Bier International, a popular beer garden; Lido, an Italian restaurant; Harlem Tavern, which transformed a former auto body shop into a massive outdoor dining area; wine bar Nectar; and cocktail lounge 67 Orange Street.

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Harlem Restaurants to Suit Any Mood

By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo

Sakita Holley, editorial director of the Eat in Harlem blog, says Lido Harlem provides great Italian fare at reasonable prices. (Ebony Johnson)

HARLEM — Just call it the Red Rooster effect.

Ever since the hotspot owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened late last year, more attention is being paid than ever to Harlem’s burgeoning restaurant landscape.

“Harlem’s restaurant scene is more exciting now because of the attention. The sustained coverage of Red Rooster has brought more people here and they are discovering new places,” said Sakita Holley, a publicist and editorial director of the soon-to-be relaunched Eat in Harlem blog.

The diversity of restaurants has increased quickly. From beer gardens such as Bier International to speakeasies such as 67 Orange and a brick oven pizzeria planned for Lenox Avenue, Harlem residents have more choices than ever before.

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FASHION NIGHT AT THE RED ROOSTER

Ready to get stylish, Harlem? For those of you who will be out on the town on Fashion’s Night Out, we just added another hot spot to hit up that night- Red Rooster Harlem!

 Tomorrow, Thursday September 8th, Red Rooster will be hosting a stylish fashion night with music to set the mood for this exciting night in NYC. Kick back with our specialty drink for the night, Le Bisou, an intoxicating sparkling cocktail made with Givan Liqueur, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lemon, and Prosecco, as our in-house DJ spins the night away with Renaissance Lounge beats.

So put on your chicest get-up this Thursday and head uptown to show off your style at none other than the hippest spot in Harlem, Red Rooster. The party starts at dinnertime- 5:30pm.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Wife Gives Milk Burger a Boost

via DNAinfo

By Olivia Scheck and Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo Staff

Ottavia Bourdain (L) and food star husband Anthony Bourdain attend the 8th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

HARLEM — Accusations that a new East Harlem burger joint ripped off popular competitor Shake Shack apparently gave the store an unexpected boost among the city’s food connoiseurs.

Second Avenue eatery Milk Burger — whose menu, design features and even a photo of its signature burger have been blasted for their strong similarities to Shake Shack — has seen an uptick in business thanks to one high-profile new fan, said owner Erik Mayor.

Ottavia Bourdain, wife of food personality Anthony Bourdain, tweeted last week that she had forsaken her beloved Shack Burger for Milk Burger.

“Tonight I’m cheating on the love of my life Shake Shack and ordering from Milk Burger. They deliver and I’m lazy,” she wrote Aug. 1.

“Shake Shack is still my husband but Milk Burger can be my booty call.”

A day later, the Upper East Side resident told her 18,000-plus followers that she had ordered Milk Burger yet again.

Mayor said the endorsement was enough to send a new crop of well-heeled patrons running for the restaurant, located between 105th and 106th streets.

“There are people who wouldn’t normally come to Spanish Harlem rolling up in a Mercedes-Benz,” he said,  “When I ask them ‘Where did you find out about us?’ They’re like ‘I found out from Ottavia.'”

“It’s crazy because he’s this international food celebrity,” Mayor added of Ottavia Bourdain’s husband, Anthony, who’s a household name in the food industry, as well as an author and television host.

Mayor said he was “shocked” to learn of the allegations about Milk Burger trying to steal Shack Shack’s style, but nonetheless expressed excitement at the comparison to the burger behemoth.

But Shake Shack doesn’t have to worry too much: OttaviaBourdain tweeted Monday night,  shouting out her husband’s TV show, “@NoReservations I’m going to Shake Shack.”


 

 

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Soul Food Spot The Pink Tea Cup to Open Branch in Harlem

by Amanda Kludt
Eater NY

Just over a year ago, Village soul food spot The Pink Tea Cup was threatened with extinction, and now it’s expanding to Harlem.

Last year, when the over 50 year-old restaurant closed due to high rents and slow business, local restaurateur and owner of the Actor’s Playhouse Lawrence Page stepped in. He bought the trademark from the owners, hired one of their chefs, and reopened the Tea Cup a couple of blocks away from the original restaurant. Now he’s opening a branch up on Lenox and 120th Street, right across from local favorite Settepani and blocks away from Marcus Samuelsson’s soul food restaurant Red Rooster.

He originally planned on calling the place the Pink Heifer—due to a partnership with charity Heifer International—but the community disapproved, because “Heifer is often used as a derogatory slang term for a woman.” So Pink Tea Cup it is! The restaurant will hold 29 tables and will feature an upstairs lounge that will be open all day. Down the road Page plans on opening a Moroccan-themed bar nearby.

Read more about the new restaurant in Harlem from Eater NY.

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