Friday, December 2, 2016


Various reports have come in that Lulu's Taqueria on Manhattan Avenue by 123rd Street has closed in the past week.  A link to the official Instagram account reveals that this is pretty much the case and the Mexican eatery that was less than 2 years in business has officially shuttered.  We like this picturesque corner brownstone space in South Harlem and more authentic cuisine would probably really do well here but keeping any business going is a tall order in the big city.  More on Lulu's can be found in our previous post: LINK


It now seems that every neighborhood of Harlem is selling Christmas trees these days but we were most surprised to see the holiday merchants show up over in Manhattanville. The elevated train station on Broadway provides a good amount of foot traffic but some massive housing projects can be seen just across the street as well as a pretty uninspiring McDonalds.  A new building from the Columbia University expansion into the neighborhood looms just north of the block and Starbucks is preparing to open to south so this could just be the beginning of the major visible changes to neighborhood.   Manhattanville has been previously a neglected part of the island but will be probably be dramatically transforming within the next 5 years based on what we can see thus far.


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  holiday weekend.  

The new Circa 1970 exhibit at the Studio Museum on 125th Street: LINK

Sugar Hill Market at La  Maison d'Art this Sunday on West 132nd: LINK

Souther French cuisine at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on Fifth Avenue by 125th: LINK

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

LGBT history at the new Gay Gotham exhibit at MCNY at 103rd 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

Catching up with 80s fashion through the Antonio exhibit at El Museo: LINK

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

Discovering the Morningside Park Farmers Market on Saturday: LINK

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

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

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

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

Getting java at ACP Coffee on 7th Avenue by 134th 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

Burgers for dinner at Island Burgers on Broadway by LaSalle Street: LINK

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

Brunch or Dinner at Chaiwali on Lenox and 124th: LINK

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


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Thursday, December 1, 2016


The set for the barber shop made famous in the Netflix series Luke Cage had been down for some time since filming finished up for the first season last year but it appears things will be starting up again soon.  We walked by the famous corner on Lenox by 119th Street this afternoon and noticed that the formerly vacant storefront is now slowly transforming back to Pop's shop.  This may be the 2nd season filming for the Marvel comics character but could also be a scene for the group ensemble production called The Defenders of which Cage is a part of.  That superhero group will include Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones which pretty much ties together the Marvel cinematic universe created on Netflix.  More on Luke Cage in Harlem can be found in our past post: LINK