Friday, August 17, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  We walked by the Apollo yesterday to check out the tribute to the Aretha Franklin who passed away on that day.  Harlem's iconic theater has hosted so many musicians over the decades and has been the spot to pay respect to the legends when they are gone.  Camera crews, locals and tourist all were on hand to say goodbye but the music could still be heard throughout 125th Street all evening. 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 17 west 120th had a contract out earlier in the month based on the $4.3 million asking and now Streeteasy has revealed that everything closed for a bit lower at $3.75 million. As previously noted, this is arguably one of the best blocks in the Mount Morris Park Historic District and Maya Angelou's house just sold for $4 million a few doors down. There are a lot of original details in fantastic condition within the 20-foot-wide townhouse but the one issue here is that this is a multi-unit building.  Higher end buyers are usually also looking for a single-family layout but the location might be the biggest selling point here since Whole Foods and the express trains are only 5 blocks away.  More details and photos on Streeteasy: LINK 2018


Harlem Bespoke: Bean & Barley has debuted on FDB and it appears that the coffeeshop is serving up CBD brew.  This cannabis trend appears to be catching on since Hamilton's on the west side has already been serving up the hemp-oil infused beverage.  This address by 115th Street on FDB used to be the Jado Sushi space and we have not officially checked things out but will drop by in the coming weeks.   More on CBD coffee can be found in our past post: LINK 2018


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 north neighborhoods to try out this upcoming weekend. 

Checking out Jazz Festival 2018 at Morris-Jumel Mansion all weekend: LINK

Coffee and ambiance at Common Good on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Ethiopian cuisine at Benyam on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

The Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market on Saturday: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Coffee and donuts at Shuteye on 116th between Lenox and 7th Ave: LINK

Drinking craft beer at Harlem Hops on 7th Avenue by 133rd Street: LINK

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

Trying out artisan pizza slices at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

Cocktails at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street by Edgecombe: LINK

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya UptownLINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Weekend dinners at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

Discovering Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on 116th: LINK

Tasting ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox by 119th: LINK

Shopping at the new Whole Foods on Lenox at125th Street: LINK

Visiting the new Wallach Gallery in Manhattanville by 125th Street: LINK

Hanging out at the Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Broadway: LINK

Eating hand-made tacos at the Oso on Amsterdam and 140th Street: LINK

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Discovering the East Harlem Bottling Co. on Lexington by 107th Street: LINK

Seafood and craft cocktails at the new B2 Harlem on West 119th: LINK

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Alibi lounge on 7th Avenue by 139th Street:  LINK

Trying out burgers at Harlem Burger Co. on FDB and 118th Street: LINK

Slurping up authentic ramen at R.O.K.C on Broadway by 141st Street: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Eating great Italian at Fumo on Amsterdam and 139th Street: LINK

Destination worthy brunch at Solomon & Kuff on 12th Avenue: LINK

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

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: Drag shows in Harlem have been around for around a century or so and more uptown businesses have recently got in on the trend.  The Honeywell introduced a monthly drag brunch one year ago and will return on Saturday, August 18th for an anniversary celebration with Brunch at 11:45, show starting at 1:00PM.