Friday, August 29, 2014

BESPOKE: EARLY COCKTAILS AT RED ROOSTER


We had a couple of friends from Stockholm visiting the city this week who wanted to check out the Red Rooster and had the honor to meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson.  Our tip for those who want to avoid reservations and grab a quick drink or a quick bite is to show up just a little before 5:00PM.  On most days, this time period is when even the busiest restaurant slow down after the lunch hour and start to prepare for dinner service.  There were three stools waiting for us at the distinct bar inside and we tried out the special of the week include the frozen Lenox Lightning and the white peach sangria with St. Germain.

Also at this hour, one can often find Chef Samuelsson working with staff and the local celebrity always welcomes everyone with open arms.  Our guests was a little start struck but nevertheless took the photo opportunity.  Back in Stockholm, Marcus Samuelsson is a big name since the Swedish expat's restaurants are famous all over the world.  Red Rooster is still one of our favorites for so many reason and it is great to be able to drop by casually on a nice summer day and be greeted like an old friend.

DWELL: A HARLEM BROWNSTONE FOR $1 MILLION

Finding a brownstone that is not a total gut renovation for under $1 million these days in Harlem is a rare sight but Number 2289 ACP/7th Avenue might be the right fit for the those entry level buyers at the asking of $999K. The location just below 134th Street is actually a pretty decent block with Shrine and Yatenga being the major attractions. St. Nicholas Park and the express train at 135th and Lenox are also just a block away.   So what are the main issues here?  The first reason that the price is on the lower side is that a rent stabilized tenant has a lease on the top floor of this 2-unit abode which should really be a single-family home.  Since the total width of the townhouse appears to be around 12 feet or even less, there is only half the livable space one typically finds in a Harlem home.  With all that said, those great and decorating small spaces could do wonders with this one: LINK

INTRODUCING: A NEW CAFE ON LOWER LENOX

We noticed plywood also on Lenox Avenue just below 124th Street and a graphic logo appeared sometimes in the past couple of days at the brownstone storefront.  A gentleman in charge of the construction at hand mentioned that a new cafe will be arriving here in the future but we did not quite get the name of the establishment. We have not seen a restaurant opening in 2014 for this part of Lenox by the Mount Morris Park Historic District so the new arrival will definitely be a welcoming addition.

SHOP: BANANA REPUBLIC SIGNAGE ON 125TH STREET

It was revealed a couple of months ago that Banana Republic will be opening an outlet store on 125th Street and things now seem to be progressing quite quickly.  Plywood went up about a week ago and now the bright yellow Banana Republic logo has been posted right next to The Apollo Theatre.  A Gap outlet already exists across the street and a standard Old Navy storefront is close by also.  Gap Inc's takeover of Harlem now seems like it will be complete with its three core brands taking over 125th Street.

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