Friday, April 19, 2019


Harlem Bespoke: The fifth annual Harlem Eatup! Festival for 2019 is around the corner with tickets available online and the official website now has a cool interactive art map of participating restaurants. Taking place May 13th – 19th, Harlem EatUp! is a celebration of Harlem’s rich culture, art and rapidly growing culinary scene. The five-day festival will take place throughout the neighborhood, with events that include Dine-Ins at some of Harlem’s restaurants featuring guest chefs, and a two-day outdoor Grand Tasting at Morningside Park. Among the many restaurants to be featured this year include: Field Trip, BLVD Bistro, Harlem Shake, Vinateria, Melba’s, Settepani, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Ginny's Supper Club, Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird, and more. Additional festival programming, participating chefs and restaurants will be announced throughout the spring.

Kicking off the festivities again this year is the always anticipated Dine-In Harlem Series on May 13th-16th, an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed chefs from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.  Tickets are available for purchase at: 2019


                                       Artwork by: Aline Tom at +TOM  
Harlem Bespoke:  The new construction just west of St. Nicholas Avenue can mainly be seen on the 125th Street side of the development but now the condominium has been revealed as Eleven Hancock after Hancock Place which is the south side entrance.  Everything has topped off in the past month or so and a press release reveals a distinct cantilevered design by Isaac & Stern architects.


Friday, April 19th, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Open Mic Night at Il Caffe Latte, 458 West 145th Street between Convent and Amsterdam Avenue.  The Hamilton Heights' location of Ill Caffe Latte has a second floor event space which has been featuring monthly live performances.  Open Mic night will be this April's big event so those who want to showcase their talents should show up or anyone in the neighborhood can drop by this free event for the half-off drinks and live entertainment.  More details on the Il Caffe Latte Instagram site: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke: The two-story historic building at 1614 Amsterdam Avenue by 139th Street facing City College is currently up for sale for $3.25 million. The rolling gate out front is usually down at the 10,000-square foot building and the address in Hamilton Heights has been mainly used for storage in recent times. With that said, this section of West Harlem has become a major foodie destination in recent years with the likes of Oso, Fumo, Clove Indian and The Grange anchoring the neighborhood so a commercial investment in such a retail building really makes a lot of sense.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke: 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. 

Weekend lunch at Teranga on 110th Street and Fifth Avenue: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Sunday Easter Egg Hunt at Morningside Park at 115th Street: LINK

Grabbing brunch at Ruby's Vintage on ACP by 137th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Pizza by Lucille's on Macomb and 150th: LINK

The Jackie Robinson exhibit at Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

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

Coffee at Lucille's on Macombs Place and 150th Street: LINK

Visiting Ploughshares Coffee on Amsterdam and 126th Street: LINK

Cocktails and small bites at L'Argot on Hamilton Place: LINK

Coffee and ambiance at Common Good on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Arepas and drinks at Barepas on Amsterdam by 148th street: LINK

Ethiopian cuisine at Benyam on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Burgers, shakes and fries at Shake Shack on 125th Street: LINK

Drinks at Boxers Washington Heights on Broadway by 159th: LINK

Pizza Happy Hour on the weekends at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

More drinks at the new Harlem Ale House on 127th Street: LINK

Tasting tacos in East Harlem at La Chula on 116th Street: LINK

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

Coffee and donuts at Shuteye on 116th between Lenox and 7th Ave: LINK

Cocktails at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street by Edgecombe: LINK

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

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

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya UptownLINK

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

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

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

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

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd 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

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

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

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

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd 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

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

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

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2019