Friday, December 15, 2017


Harlem Bespoke: La Diagonal debuted on St. Nicholas and 119th Street earlier on in the 2017 and delivers some of the best artisanal Mexican offerings in town.  Homemade blue tortilla and Peking duck tacos along with and excellent assortment of mezcal drinks are a standout at the 40-seater in the triangular intersection by the FDB commercial corridor.  All of the wood marquetry, Spanish tiles along with the potted plants add warmth to the space which is missing at most modern establishments and the service is also quite on point.  Higher end Mexican cuisine can be quite extraordinary if done right and La Diagonal is definitely worth the visit.  More in our past post: LINK 2017


Harlem Bespoke: Number 532 West 148th Street has returned to the market for the asking of $2.7 million.  This townhouse located west of Amsterdam Avenue has an artistic open layout but also includes a rental unit on the ground floor. What is especially notable about the location is that the express subway entrance on St. Nicholas by 147th Street is only a couple of blocks away which makes transportation very convenient.  Great restaurants on the Broadway corridor can be found going the other direction so the address is quite Central for Hamilton Heights.  More photos and additional details can be found on the broker site: LINK 2017


Harlem Bespoke: A storefront over on FDB by 123rd Street has had plywood up for some time and now signage has been posted to announce the arrival of a new coffee shop.  Roasted Roots will be the latest arrival to the bustling lower Frederick Douglass Boulevard commercial corridor and will be one to watch out for in the coming year.  Coffee by day and wine by night appears to be the new business model these days which makes a lot of sense: LINK 2017


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. 

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New York: LINK

Holiday shopping at Sugar Hill Market on Sunday:  LINK

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

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

Seeing the new Alex Katz exhibit at Gavin Brown gallery at 127th Street: LINK

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

John Giorno at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery by 126th Street: 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

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

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: 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

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

Weekend brunch service 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 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Harlem Bespoke:  An article in GQ now officially confirms that the Dapper Dan x Gucci collaboration store will indeed debut on Lenox as we previously reported. The 4,700 square-foot space includes a lower floor renovated in the way of a fashionable Victorian era townhouse where customers will be able to work out bespoke designs with Dapper Dan using Gucci fabrics and materials. Production facilities are located on the top floors and appointments start in January.  With that said, we expect a lot of celebrities showing up in Mount Morris Park at the corner of Lenox and 122nd Street in the near future.  More details can be found in our past post: LINK 2017