Tuesday, April 1, 2014
EAT: THE BEST OF THE WEEK AT HARLEM PUBLIC
We had not dropped by Harlem Public at the corner of 149th and Broadway in some times since working on launching the market but decided to have a beer or some pub grub after a vendor appointment recently. First off was a light beer which is this Bespokeman's favorite even though most bold flavors are usually the order of the day (red wine over white!). The problem with most lighter beers is that they are too bitter and hoppy or just plain watery without any depth. A Blanche de Bruxelle was on draft which was recommended by our guest and it turned out to be one of the best beers we have ever tried. A lack of bitterness but a strong, full-body flavor profile makes the Bruxelle the top choice for those beer drinkers who are not into thick, heavy brew.
Second up was the Harlem Public Mac and Cheese which our guest had ordered. We have heard of it but never ventured to try this seriously decadent looking dish that can be ordered with bacon or pulled pork. The bacon was ordered and this dish was almost too rich. We had two bites which had the smoked flavor throughout and marveled at how creamy and perfectly charred the top turned out. A proper blend of cheese was used to hit the right notes and made this dish served up on cast iron one of the more notable offerings in Harlem's casual culinary scene. Those who are really hungry probably could finish one but this decadent treat is really meant for sharing in our opinion.