Friday, March 27, 2015

INTRODUCING: THE MALONEY BROTHERS OF SOL CACAO

Those shopping Sugar Hill Market this coming Sunday will be able to meet the three siblings who started up Harlem's only artisan chocolate company.  The Maloney brothers actually grew up on a farm in Trinidad but now work with organic cacao growers in Madagascar and Peru.  Sol Cacao pure chocolate only has two ingredients (cacao plus sugar) and the complex taste of the cacao really shines through in the artisan offering.  Support uptown has been great as of late and the new Sugar Hill Cafe on 145th Street now actually bakes some of the in house deserts using the local chocolate bars.   Make sure to drop by SHM on Sunday, March 29th to check out this unique local small business: LINK

DWELL: PRICE INCREASE AT 416 WEST 147TH STREET

After being on the market for a couple of months, the 20-foot-wide townhouse at 416 West 147th Street has increased in price by $100K and is now at a $2.89 million asking.  This legal 2-family home has a lot of original details but the moderate kitchen renovations could use an update.  Also a lack of bath photos might be an indicator that more restoration work needs to be done at the address on Sugar Hill.  With that said, the express trains that gets one to midtown in about 10 minutes is just a couple of blocks away and better amenities are quickly arriving on the blocks of this landmark neighborhood.  More on the broker site: LINK

BESPOKE: AROUND HARLEM THIS WEEKEND

Keep it all uptown and help out Harlem's great local businesses over the weekend. Below is the Bespoke short list of what is new and notable in the neighborhood to try out this week.  

Shopping at Sugar Hill Market at La Maison d'Art in Central Harlem: LINK

Weekend mimosa brunch at The Edge on Edgecombe and 139th: LINK

Japanese ramen at the new Rai Rai Ken on Amsterdam Avenue: LINK

Wine tasting at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion in the Heights: LINK

Caribbean Seafood at Lolo's on 116th and FDB: LINK

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHOP: CUSTOM NEON AT FILTERED CAFE


UPDATE:  ADDED THE NEW NEON THAT WAS ALSO INSTALLED ON FDB AND 118TH TODAY AT MESS HALL. NEXT DOOR AT DOUBLE DUTCH ALSO HAS ONE THAT SPELLS OUT COFFEE.

Things are finally happening quickly for Hamilton Heights' next cool coffee shop.  The guys behind Double Dutch and Mess Hall are now opening a caffeinated cafe a bit further north on Amsterdam and 140th which promises to officially make the blocks by City College the place to be for 2015.  A new custom made neon sign that advertises the establishment's offerings has now just been installed and we have been told that similar signage will also go up today at the sister shops on FDB.   Some great design is really coming to the neighborhood and the interior look within will be something that folks have not seen yet in Harlem.  Filtered might actually even open by early April but those who want more details can read our past post: LINK