Friday, July 29, 2016


French fries are generally good no matter how they are served up but we have been seeing a lot shoestring offerings as of late so a chunky hand-cut variation was a welcoming sight at Row House on FDB by 115th Street.  There is more surface area per potato stick which means more crispiness and also that everything stays warmer for a bit longer.  Skinny french fries tend to go cold quite quickly and are often limp when they do.  With that in mind, maybe more eateries out there will come up with thicker cuts such as the classic crinkle or even a waffle version.  For more on Row House, check out our past post: LINK


Number 468 West 145th Street had a contract out (which apparently did not go through) back in February based on a $1.4 million asking price but now has arrived again on the market with an increase set at $1.7 million.  This SRO by the Sugar Hill Historict District must have had few interested buyers in line for such a markup since the condition within is not that great.  The listing does not mention a Certificate of Non Harassment and payment has to be all cash.  With that said, the express trains are a short walk aways and restored townhouse have sold for over $4 million just a block away on Convent Avenue.  More details and photos on the broker site: LINK


Demolition of the former church by 123rd Street on Morningside Avenue is now complete and the adjacent corner building will be up next in the coming months.  A new 11-story building has been planned at this intersection by the park but all of the initial foundation work has yet to begin.  This residential development called 99 Morningside has a completion date set for December 2017 and will probably be one of the more notable new constructions to arrive on the market when all finishes up.  Check out the final rendering in our past post: LINK


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.   

The final weekend to catch Macbeth at Marcus Garvey Park: LINK

Grooving to Uptown Fridays! at the Studio Museum on Friday night: 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

More java at the new Hamilton's Bakery on Broadway by 146th Street: 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

The Yiddish Theater exhibit at the Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

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

Breakfast or lunch at Company on Edgecombe by 158th: LINK

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

Crepes at Crepe Cafe on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem: LINK

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

Weekend brunch at The Row House on 8th Avenue and 115th Street: LINK

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

Get affordable takeout at BK French Cuisine on 7th by 128th Street: LINK

Italian takeout at Tuscan Kitchen on 7th Avenue by 136th: 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

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

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

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

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

Eating brunch offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Hogshead Tavern at 126 Hamilton Place by 142nd Street started up Hamilton Heights' first weekly drag presentation on Sunday nights and we were able to drop by this past weekend.   The festivities started around 8:00PM but we passed by a couple of hours later and noticed that the bar was full of people mesmerized by a dynamic duo that was holding court.  A couple of seats were still available inside so we sat down and ordered a round while the comedic couple did their thing.  Our trepidations about Harlem becoming just as boring as the Upper West Side subsided a bit that evening and we highly recommend this unique little weekly LGBT friendly get together which has no cover cost to check out.  More on Hogshead in our past post: LINK