Friday, February 23, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: The largest Asian supermarket chain in Manhattan has now debuted on 110th Street and Broadway in Morningside Heights.  We were the first to announce the H Mart would arrive in Morningside Heights back in September and noticed that the soft opening had happened early on in the week.  Everything was about 95 percent stocked but the Far East specialty emporium had more than enough in house to bring in the crowds.


Harlem Bespoke:  West 119th Street between 5th Avenue and Lenox has been looking better each year but there are still a handful of buildings that need to be fixed up.  Number 53 West 119th Street is one such address and the SRO now has a contract out based on the notable asking price of $2.395 million.  Apparently there is a Certificate of Non Harassment in place but a lot of additional funds will be needed to get everything renovated appropriately.  With that said, this location is actually in the desirable Mount Morris Park Historic District and Whole Foods is just a few blocks away by the express subway station.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK 2018


Tuesday, March 6th,  7:30PM-9:30PM, Lena Horne at 100 concert at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue by 135th Street. Vocalist Candice Hoyes, a storyteller of vast range and personality, debuts a night of music inspired by the life of Lena Horne. With her all-star ensemble, Hoyes shares a melodic journey through Horne’s seven decade career, accenting the bravery and vulnerability that make Horne’s legacy utterly modern. Candice Hoyes draws from rare cinema, musical theater, jazz and soul for an evocative dramatic experience.  More details and tickets at the Harlem Stage site: LINK 2018


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 north neighborhoods to try out this upcoming weekend. 

Drinks at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street: LINK

Ice skating at Riverside State Park by 145th Street: LINK

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

Discovering Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on 116th: LINK

Tasting ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox by 119th: LINK

Trying out artisan pizza slices at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

Shopping at the new Whole Foods on Lenox at125th Street: LINK

Visiting the new Wallach Gallery in Manhattanville by 125th Street: LINK

Hanging out at the Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Broadway: LINK

Eating hand-made tacos at the Oso on Amsterdam and 140th Street: LINK

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

Weekend dinners at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th Street: LINK

Discovering the East Harlem Bottling Co. on Lexington by 107th Street: LINK

Seafood and craft cocktails at the new B2 Harlem on West 119th: LINK

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Alibi lounge on 7th Avenue by 139th Street:  LINK

Trying out burgers at Harlem Burger Co. on FDB and 118th Street: LINK

Slurping up authentic ramen at R.O.K.C on Broadway by 141st Street: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: LINK

Eating great Italian at Fumo on Amsterdam and 139th Street: LINK

Destination worthy brunch at Solomon & Kuff on 12th Avenue: LINK

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

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: We walked by the corner of 140th Street and 7th Avenue this week to see how construction was coming along for the new development planned for the site.  This use to be a free-standing fish market building next to McDonald's but plans were revealed back in 2016 for new building.  The above rendering was posted on the plywood wall surrounding the lot and the developer apparently wants Zara to move into the commercial space below.