Thursday, April 26, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 322 West 140th Street had a price reduction to $1.85 million last summer and has a contract out as of March.  The 2-family townhouse is at a residential location just by Edgecombe Avenue which is 5 blocks away from the express trains and close to the park.  This is probably one of the lowest prices on the market for a fixed up brownstone but some updating might be needed in the bath area.  More photos and details can be found on Streeteasy: LINK 2018


Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, April 18th through May 6th, at The National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Street. This timely theater production celebrates the extraordinary life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, an African man who was born on a slave ship and rose to prominence as a noted abolitionist, composer, social satirist and man of refinement in 18th century English society. Sancho makes his mark in history by becoming the first British-African to cast a vote in England in 1774.

In this one man show, written, conceived and helmed by one of the United Kingdom’s most lauded stage and film actors Paterson Joseph, Sancho’s remarkable life is unveiled while casting new light on the often misunderstood narratives of the British-African experience, which are parallel to the stories of many African-Americans today.  More details and online tickets at the National Black Theatre site: LINK


Saturday, April 28th, 8:00PM-11:00PM, 21st Century Sound Stories by Project-Q at 1850 Amsterdam by 151st Street.  Already open since March, Qubit has been operating a brand-new, pop-up experimental art and music venue on Amsterdam Avenue and 151st Street. Set inside an awe-inspiring 10,000-square foot former parking garage, the project is hosting a series of events throughout the spring.  The culmination of April’s programming will bring the composers of Qubit together to present an evening of three new major new immersive works at the intersection of music theatre and opera.  For more details and tickets, check out the official RSVP site: LINK

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  We were able to enjoy a lovely evening at Clay on Manhattan Avenue by 123rd Street for the first time this spring and everything was as spectacular as usual.  Our dinner started out with an amazing sparkling rose wine that was one of most refreshing offerings we have tried out recently and could not get enough of for the special occasion.  Clay always has a great selection so make sure ask what is new on the menu as far as beverages are concerned.

Then an appetizer plate of pork belly with fermented cabbage, mustard seeds and kombu glaze arrived with deliciously crisp skin and a buttery interior that did not disappoint. A side of crispy roasted cauliflower with tumeric and honey tasted almost like an entree since the flavors were so bold especially for a vegan dish.  Our main included the eatery's famous lobster bucatini dusted with bottarga and breadcrumbs which is probably the must-try dish on the menu for those who like to indulge in some pasta to round off a meal.  The confit duck leg, pureed celeriac, smoked farro with collards greens had French origins but pretty much was an elevated southern plate of savory poultry, greens and grits which was somehow familiar but extraordinary at the same time.

Clay is one of the best restaurants to eat at in Harlem at the moment so reservations are recommended  since the place fills up quickly but walk-ins are also welcome.  Read more a out Clay in our past post: LINK 2018