Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EAT: SAMUELSSON ANNOUNCES 2ND HARLEM EATERY


While downtown restauranteurs such as Danny Meyers are still trying to figure out how to enter the Harlem market, uptown's own celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has announced that he will open another venture on FDB/8th Avenue within the next few months.  This new eatery is described as a kitchenette called Streetbird Rotisserie and will debut within the long vacant corner commercial space at 2149 Frederick Douglass by the 116th Street subway stop.  Our first choice for more formal dining in Harlem has always been Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue but having a more affordable regular spot by one of the top chefs in the world is something we will take over Shake Shack any day.  More news definitely to come in the following weeks, so stay tuned!

BESPOKE: THANKSGIVING 2014 AT MAISON HARLEM

Not all restaurants are open for Thanksgiving so those staying uptown this week for the holiday should check out Maison Harlem for a traditional feast.  The popular French bistro on St. Nicholas Avenue by 127th Street will be open for the day and will feature a prix fix meal with all the fixings at $45 per diner.  Check out the Maison Harlem Facebook site for the full menu: LINK

RENT: 211-215 EDGECOMBE ONE BEDROOM

Could this be the most affordable single bedroom rent in Manhattan?  A one-bedroom apartment on Edgecombe Avenue just north of 144th Street is going for $795 a month but not much information has been listed otherwise on this rental unit.  We figure that this is probably a walk-up situation but most New Yorkers are used to that and those looking for affordable rents usually do not mind.  We personally like this part of Harlem because of the proximity to the express trains and amenities by 145th Street.  Manhattanville Coffee just opened up this year just down the block and that is a definitely a big plus.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK

SHOP: FIRST HARLEM 7-ELEVEN ARRIVING ON 116TH

It has been 15 years since the first Starbucks opened in Harlem and since then,  chains like 7-Eleven have slowly been arriving into upper Manhattan.  The 2,300 square foot ground floor space just east of FDB/8th Avenue on 116th Street signed a lease back in October for Harlem's first 7-Eleven store and will open sometimes in early 2015 if all goes to plan.  As commercial rents get higher in South Harlem, we expect more of these types of businesses to start appearing just like those other neighborhoods downtown.  With that said, it appear many of the newer boutique businesses are now heading above 135th Street for better deals on commercial rents: LINK

☞ FOLLOW: HARLEM BESPOKE VIA TWITTER

Harlem Bespoke also has a Twitter account with over 4,367 followers for those who want daily updates about stuff that's happening in the neighborhood. If you Twitter, check out our Harlem tweets and join here: LINK