Friday, October 9, 2015


OPEN HOUSE:  Sunday, October 11th, 1:30PM-3:00PM, Number 337 Convent Avenue by 144th Street.  The famous Royal Tenenbaum House on the corner of 144th Street at Convent Avenue may never ever be for sale but the next door neighbor just to the right of the turreted townhouse has now arrived on the market for $4.325 million.  Number 337 Convent Avenue looks like it is part of the iconic complex since everything was built by the same architect a century ago and is on one of the most beautiful blocks in the city. Original details are also intact and tastefully restored in this multi-family abode.  Other than that, express trains on 145th Street will get you to midtown in less than 15 minutes and better business are really starting to pop up everywhere in the neighborhood.  More photos can be found on the broker site: LINK


The antique store Atelier Dubois just opened up recently on the corner of 118th and 7th Avenue but the boutique shop also does some custom work.  We walked by this section of South Harlem last week and noticed the sandwich board out front advertising furniture restoration.  Those looking to get vintage pieces reupholstered or polished up should definitely drop by this weekend.


Energy efficient passive buildings are a new thing for Manhattan and the first one to be planned for the island broke ground back in March and it looks like some major progress is at hand now.  We also got a glimpse of the green building this week when the decidedly modern designs were revealed on the site.


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.  

Sugar Hill Market this Sunday on 132nd Street: LINK

Sunday LGBT Pride Night at Hogshead Tavern: LINK

Harlem Harvest Festival on St. Nicholas Avenue: LINK

Breakfast or lunch at Chaiwali on Lenox and 124th: LINK

Tapas at newly open Peque on 145th Street by FDB: LINK

Sunday Brunch at Mountain Bird on East 110th Street: LINK

Brunch outdoors at The Grange on Amsterdam by 141st Street: LINK

Checking out the Morningside Park Farmers market on Saturday: 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

Walking the newly restored High Bridge in the Heights at 173rd: LINK

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

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

Drinks at Loft 142 on Broadway by 142nd Street: LINK

Eating great italian offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

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

Yuzu sushi for lunch or dinner service on Lenox by 127th Street: LINK

Lunch or dinner at Marcus Samuelsson's new Streetbird Rotisserie: LINK

Thursday, October 8, 2015


We dropped by Hogshead Tavern at Hamilton Place by 142nd Street this past Sunday to see how their LGBT Pride night was turning out since the official launch this past summer.  The event which features $5 beer specials and specially priced prosecco cocktails started at 8:00PM and the space was already half full with guests by the time 8:30PM rolled around.  There have been other gay popup nights at uptown restaurants and cafes over the past few years but Hogshead is the first one to commit to one night out the week on a regular bases for the growing LGBT community uptown.  From what we can gather, it appears that the scene is a little younger in Hamilton Heights since Columbia and City College probably draw in a lot of folks who are moving into the neighborhood for the more affordable Manhattan rents. We also like that the whole atmosphere is a little more polished and casual at the same time which is a refreshing change to some of the louder establishments found elsewhere.  Pride Night happens every Sunday at 129 Hamilton Place starting at 8:00PM so make sure to check it out.