This jazz great Jimmy Smith's album cover is also a record of another institution in Harlem. Kate's Home Cooking was a luncheonette on 2355 8th Avenue (FDB and West 126th Street) as one can see in the window sign of the album. Lore has it that because the restaurant was on the street closest to the back entrance of the Apollo Theater, all the bands used to drop by Kate's after performing each night. The Unity Chapel which the same sign references is still there this day
but the charming eatery has long since been closed. The now defunct Harlem Fragrance (lower photo) had most recently inhabited the space and maybe someone today can come in and revive this central Harlem favorite. Click on top photo to enlarge. Thanks also to Bespoke reader Jamal on the fantastic tip.