Friday, June 23, 2017


Harlem Bespoke: There are a lot of LGBT friendly spots in Central Harlem but Alibi has been the first bar in some time to establish itself as a gay bar in the neighborhood.  This week marks the one year anniversary of the lounge located on ACP by 139th Street within the Strivers Row Historic in Central Harlem so those who are celebrating Pride month should definitely drop by to help support this local business.  Read more about Alibi in our past post: LINK 2017


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 153 West 121st Street has just arrived on the market and the 19-foot-wide brownstone located just east of 7th Avenue has an initial asking price set at $4.2 million.  We especially like the location within the Mount Morris Park Historic District and the interior has not only the original woodwork intact but a lot of the plaster details are also in great condition.  Express trains and the new Whole Foods that will be opening in July are all nearby but the actual layout of the townhouse might be an issue.  We saw that permits had been filed for a single-family conversion on the DOB website but it is unclear if that has come about as of yet.  Another issue is that the kitchen and baths look like they need a major update which is also something to consider for this higher price point sale.  More photos and contact information can be found on the broker site: LINK 2017


Saturday, June 24, @ 2:00pm Jenny's Garden, Riverside Park, 138th Street & 12th Avenue Presented by HARLEM PRIDE 2017 in partnership with the Riverside Park Conservancy

Sunday, June 25, @3:30pm & 4:30pm Marcus Garvey Park, lawn near Richard Rodger's Amphitheater Presented by HARLEM PRIDE 2017 in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Harlem Arts Festival Harmonica Sunbeam and the Drag Queen Story Hour which was recently profiled in the New York Times is now at a local Harlem park near you. Harmonica, says, "the kids ask me, what "super-hero" are you," in the fun filled child friendly story experience! 2017


Harlem Bespoke: Island Burger only lasted for about a year in Manhattanville on Broadway just a block south of 125th Street but now it appears that there is some activity at the shuttered shop.  Everything closed up back in March but the FOR SALE poster has now been removed from the window.  We saw a few workers inside painting parts of the interior this week so a new business might just be arriving sooner than later.  More on the closing of Island Burger can be found in our past post: 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. 

Drag Race finale viewing At The Wallace on Friday by 149th Street: LINK

Harlem Pride celebration on Saturday at 12th Avenue by 138th Street: LINK

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

The new Regarding the Figure exhibit at Studio Museum on 125th: LINK

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

Checking out the new exhibit at the Elizabeth Dee gallery on Fifth Ave: 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

Seeing the new cultural photo exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio: LINK

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

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

Drinks at the Sunday LGBT Pride Night at Hogshead Tavern: 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