Thursday, February 11, 2016

SHOP: CHANGES HAPPENING AT FAIRWAY?

Our insider resources have been giving us a few tips ahead of time in the past years and now the word on the street is that Fairway on 125th by 12th Avenue might be expecting some major changes.  No official word yet on what actually will be happening but some announcements might be made in the near future.   Stay tuned for more in the coming days.

RENT: THREE BEDROOM ON 7TH AVENUE

A rarely available, renovated 3-bedroom  for $2,285 a month has arrived at 1878 Adam Clayton Powell by 114th Street.  Central Park is less than a 5 minute walk and train stations on FDB or Lenox are easily accessible from this location.  Most of the residential units in a lot of prewar buildings are rent stabilized so are usually not available until a vacancy happens which is not too often.  More details on the broker site: LINK

REVIVE: FACADE RESTORED AT CARIBBEAN CENTER

The new $3.5 million Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute was covered with scaffolding for most of last year but now the facade has finally been restored.  This adaptive reuse building on 125th Street by Lexington Avenue used to be the main firehouse for the east side of Harlem's commercial corridor but had been shuttered for quite some time.  After 4 long years of planning, construction finally started in back in May 2015 and now it looks like a Spring opening might just be around the corner.  More details on the unique cultural center can be found in our past post: LINK

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EAT: ROAST CHICKEN AT SOLOMON & KUFF


Roast chicken has always been an easy standby to take home but not a particularly exciting dining option but we have had one great experience really worth going out of the way for in Harlem.  Solomon & Kuff is more of lounge but does have a dining setup with a great Caribbean menu to choose from which includes an organic half chicken flavored with lemon and turmeric over a bed of roasted brussels sprouts.  We first had a bite of the dish at a food tasting event but had to return to really get the full order to see what it was about.

Needless to say, the well marinated entree did not disappoint on so many levels.  Highlights include perfectly golden, crisp skin and flavorful, tender meat with just the right amount of spice to make things interesting but not overbearing.  Most of the other dishes we have tried at S&K are pretty solid but this one is definitely a must have for those into poultry.  Of course the drinks are as good as they should be but those looking for a decent meal will not be disappointed here.  More on the new space on 12th Avenue by 133rd Street can be found in our past post: LINK