Saturday, November 28, 2015


We had a Sunday off last week and finally had a chance to drop by the new brunch service at Peque on 145th Street just east of FDB.  This charming tapas spot is at the former Mountain Bird space but has since transformed into a vintage bar with table seating at the other half of the storefront.  Brunch specials included Spanish style sandwiches called Bocadillos, Spanish Tortilla which is a type of savory omelet and a couple of updated options with grits as the starch.

Our previous dinner at the restaurant already confirmed that the Tortilla was worth trying out and we wanted to order the Shrimp with grits with Machego cheese along with the Patatas Bravas this time around.  Our gambas arrived on an antique plate and was surprisingly not saucy but full of flavor.  Everything was fresh and the perfectly cooked grits had a nice extra savory nuance from the Spanish cheese.  The fried potato wedges arrived as big chunks anchored in one of the best house made tomato sauces that we have tried uptown.  We made a mental note to select the bread pudding in the future but had another review to do for the day so kept the meal as light as possible.

Peque also serves up great drinks including house made sangria and mimosa for those who want a more festive brunch affair along with the requisite robust cup of coffee.  For more details on the Sunday Brunch service, check out the official Facebook site for the new eatery: LINK


Saturday, November 28th, 1:00PM-4:00PM, Vivrant Beauty Holiday Windows, 220 St. Nicholas Avenue at 121st Street. One of the best new retail arrivals uptown has just been featured in the New York Times and the beauty boutique will be unveiling their holiday windows this afternoon.  Desiree Verdejo grew up in the neighborhood, saw a need for better Vivrant Beauty and has created a shopping oasis just below 125th Street.  This specialty store has a diverse selection of skincare, hair, makeup in a well presented interior with a focus on a selection not found at mainstream retailers.  Make sure to come out and support uptown's small businesses this weekend and get a head start on holiday shopping!  More on Vivrant can be found in our past post: LINK

Friday, November 27, 2015


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

Holiday shopping at the Sunday at Sugar Hill Market on 132nd:  LINK

Takeout breakfast or lunch at Company on Edgecombe by 158th: LINK

Great casual Japanese bites in the Heights at the new Chopped Parsley: LINK

Tapas and brunch at  Peque on 145th Street by FDB: LINK

Sunday Brunch at Mountain Bird on East 110th Street: LINK

Drinks at the Sunday LGBT Pride Night at Hogshead Tavern: LINK

Breakfast or lunch at Chaiwali on Lenox and 124th: LINK

Brunch outdoors at The Grange on Amsterdam by 141st Street: LINK

Checking out the Morningside Park Farmers market on Saturday: LINK

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK

Coffee at Monkey Cup on Amsterdam by 146th Street: LINK

Dinner at Babbalucci on Lenox Avenue by 126th Street: LINK

Walking the newly restored High Bridge in the Heights at 173rd: LINK

Wood oven pizza at the new Bono trattoria at West 151st: LINK

Lunch or dinner at Clove indian restaurant by 139th Street: LINK

Drinks at Loft 142 on Broadway by 142nd Street: LINK

Eating brunch offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

Beer and grub at newly open The Drafthouse in Hamilton Heights: LINK

Lunch or dinner at Marcus Samuelsson's new Streetbird Rotisserie: LINK

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Those in town needing a spot to head out to for drinks after the big meal might want to check out these two uptown drinking establishments that will be open this evening:

Mess Hall on FDB by 118th Street will have the crafted cocktails along with the pub grub to get through the holiday night featuring grownup drinks with mezcal and bourbon: LINK

At The Wallace on Broadway by 149th Street is Hamilton Heights' festive spot for games such as life size Jenga and drinks that do not take themselves so seriously which will bring on the holiday cheer: LINK


One of the most iconic images of Thanksgiving was created by illustrator Norman Rockwell in November of 1942 for the Saturday Evening Post.  This painting titled Freedom of Want is still rather widely recognized today but many do not know that the artist is actually from Harlem.  Number 789 St. Nicholas Avenue was the childhood home of Mr. Rockwell located on Sugar Hill just north of 149th Street and still stands today. We walked by this section of Hamilton Heights and took a snapshot of the landmark block and the house at the far right of the above photo is the actual address.   This row of stooped residences could use a good polish along with a restoration of the missing architectural elements and maybe one day a plaque will be made to commemorate the historic significance.