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Chocolate + Wine Pairing at NiLu

Enjoy complimentary red wine and receive a tutorial on pairing with high quality chocolates.  The Maloney Brothers, Harlemites, will be on hand to talk, nibble and sip with our guests.
Thursday, April 20th at 6:30PM

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The Company Takeover

Written by Kysha Harris

Just when we thought we were making our way through the menu, the creative team from Harlem Pizza Co. is at it again. Owner Alper Ulyanik, Chef Jonathan Shepard and their team have forged ahead and opened Harlem Burger Co. at 2190 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, corner of 118th street. They are serving high quality burgers made with Niman Ranch (humanely raised, free of antibiotics and hormones) beef, hand-cut fries, all-beef hotdogs, sandwiches made with all natural chicken and pork, mac and cheese, milkshakes made with Max & Mina ice cream and more.

We stopped in to have dinner with Alper to taste a couple of items (…not our first visit) and discuss the current state and future additions of Harlem Burger Co. You can’t miss their corner presence even without the marquee lit sign. Reclaimed wood lines the interior with splashes of graffiti artwork from local artist Rammer. The whimsical plastic-composite tables and pastel chairs are vintage old school-issued from the 60’s.

First things first, what were we eating?! We previously tried the signature Company Burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and their Co. sauce. You can add other elements like cheese, bacon or jalapeno for an additional charge. Important to note, this is a pressed patty burger. One patty: YUM! An additional patty (+$3): YUMmier!

This visit we tried the Westside Cowgirl with swiss, bacon, tempura battered onion, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato and we held the egg over easy. Yeehawww! The Miso Hungry of miso marinated then battered and fried cod with lettuce, tomato and Dijon lemon tartar sauce will give you a new standard on a fried fish sandwich. And talk about standard, Harlem Burger Co. throws out the book on a grilled cheese with pork confit, swiss and cran-chipotle sauce on toasted pumpernickel bread. Hot fries with truffle mayo were the cherry on top!

Harlem Burger Co. has more brewing including opening for lunch, single serve wine and beer, a lamb burger, a vegetarian caprese sandwich, outdoor seating and possible late night service. We are excited to welcome Harlem Burger Co. to the neighborhood. See you there!






Location Scouting for No Lies Told Then in Harlem: Walking in the Characters’ Shoes

August 17, 2015


There was no thought given to the date, August 9, when my director and I decided to meet for our first day of location scouting.  It wasn’t until the day came that I realized its significance.  One year ago on that day, Michael Brown was murdered.  Two years ago on that day, my grandmother died.  I wanted to cancel because everything felt so heavy, but the director and I planned this weeks ago, so it had to be done.

Read Full Blog Post Here.

Where to listen to Make Music New York in Harlem, June 21


Mark your calendar! June 21 is when Make Music New York happens and there are plenty of options to experience the rhythm right here in Harlem! Below is a complete list of Harlem businesses participating, along with the talented artists/musicians! Check it out!

Read more at the Harlem Gal Blog

Tsion in Harlem

by Kysha Harris @SCHOPgirl

Should you find yourself in the Sugar Hill area of Harlem hungry, tired and in need of a respite from the noise and bustle of the streets, head immediately to    (763 St. Nicholas Avenue between 148th & 149th Streets). There, at their door, take your last laden breath and exhale into a little slice of tranquility and a big bite of some authentic Ethiopian food with a Mediterranean twist.

Tsion (pronounced: see-on) owners, and long time Harlem residents, couple Beejhy and Padmore, have created a place to not only feed the body with healthy food and drink but to feed the spirit with local art, music, yoga and more. The spacious remodeled brownstone ground floor features a bar, lounge area, plenty of seating and a small outdoor area that promises to be just what you need through the summer.

We sampled the Ethiopian veggie combo with shiro, atakilt alicha, gomen and lentil served on top of, and with, the famous spongy sour injera bread. We also tried tibs, a beef dish with spices. Now we could explain each of these flavorful dishes at length but why not just go and taste it for yourself?! We promise the attentive staff will answer all of your questions and take good care of you.

Thankfully Beejhy wouldn’t let us leave without having malawach. Normally this crisp Middle Eastern pancake is served as a savory dish with hard-boiled egg and tomato dip. However the sweet version emerged adorned with honey and coconut. We did not refuse!

Thank you Tsion and welcome to the neighborhood. Please save us a seat!

Tsion Cafe

763 Saint Nicholas Ave

212 234 2070







Les Ambassades reopens on Frederick Douglass Blvd.

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As one of the ‘pioneers’ of the new FDB, Gorgui N’doye owner of Les Ambassades set the bar for new businesses coming into the area with its enticing array of freshly baked croissants, baguettes, sandwiches, and fresh squeezed O.J.  After ten years in Harlem,  Les Ambassades restaurant expanded. A take out counter serving mouth-watering pastries is now connected to a full-service restaurant next door with sidewalk cafe seating available.


The French-American inspired cuisine includes $15 entrees, and extended hours serving breakfast beginning at 10AM, lunch, and dinner until 3AM. The grand re-opening celebration was last week.


Les Ambassades has a sister restaurant with a full bar located on Lenox Avenue near 127th Street.

Les Ambassades
2200 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Harlem, New York

All photos: ©2013 D. Bell

Originally posted on Uptown Flavor.