Londel's, which is close to Harlem's elegant Strivers' Row, provides a somewhat formal space for Southern dishes served with a bow-tie. The proprietor, Londel Davis, is a retired New York City police officer who decided to open a Creole and soul food restaurant that was not a greasy spoon diner. Exposed brick decorated with black and white photos of New York politicians, local celebrities and athletes, line the walls along with a great old school neon light. Friday and Saturdays have live jazz with only a $5 cover. 2620 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 140th Street. Tel(212) 234-6114. Take the B or C train to 135th Street or A, D train to 145th.