The 3rd annual Harlem EatUp! Festival is a four-day festival offering an exciting sampling of Harlem’s sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy “Dine In Harlem:, Eat Up’s signature one-night-only multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem’s hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood’s most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It’s a celebration of culture and good eats you won’t want to miss!
I’m actually ashamed to admit that it took me this long to check out BLVD Bistro in Harlem. I’ve heard so many great things about the restaurant, all of which I have now confirmed are true. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that BLVD may be one of the best brunch restaurants in Harlem.
What’s not to love about this cozy restaurant, which is tucked away on the ground floor of a Harlem brownstone on the historic Lenox Avenue.
The ambiance is fun & relaxed, the food is delicious & fresh and the service is spectacular. I especially appreciated the hostess offering us complimentary mimosas while we waited on our table. (These are the small gestures that keep customers coming back).
During my first visit to BLVD, my dining partner and I tried Shrimp and Grits, the Chicken Dinner (served with Collard Greens and Potato Salad) and a pitcher of mimosa.
Everything was delicious. The Shrimps were pleasantly large & tender and the cheesy grits/broth were flavorful. The Jalapeno gave the dish a little spicy kick.
The Collard Greens, made with smoked turkey, were well-seasoned and tasty, as was the Chicken, which was fried in a delicious crunchy batter.
Overall, I really enjoyed my first brunch at BLVD, I can’t wait to go back and try more.
Check out some pictures below.
BLVD Bistro (Harlem)
239 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York 10027
Cuisine: American, Southern
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Last week, for a friend’s birthday, we decided to check out Angel of Harlem, a cute American restaurant with Latin and Caribbean influences, in Harlem. By word of mouth, I heard that the restaurant served a delicious and “lit” brunch, which after my experience last week, I can vouch, is accurate.
For starters, the food was fantastic, bursting with delicious flavors. All of the food had an appetizing presentation, especially the chicken and waffles, which everyone around us was ordering.
I ended up ordering the skirt steak, accompanied with eggs, sliced potatoes and this tasty spicy sauce. The steak was well-seasoned and was a good portion/quality for a brunch steak. My friend ordered the shrimp and grits, which were smothered in a delicious red based broth. This was also an excellent choice.
For an extra $20, you can opt for the bottomless brunch (i.e. Mimosas, Sangria or Rum Punch). My drink of choice was the rum punch, which was strong and delicious. Because the drink kept flowing, I felt like “I got my bang for my buck“.
As far as the crowd goes, it was a true black melting pot, a mixture of young professionals, singles, couples and a gay scene. The DJ kept us going! By 5 p.m. they had to lock the doors because the restaurant was at capacity.
Overall, this brunch was fantastic! The DJ was awesome, the ambiance and crowd was unpretentious/fun and the food was delicious. If you’re looking for a fun, local brunch party in Harlem, I recommend you try Angel of Harlem.
Check out some pictures below.
Angel of Harlem
Address: 2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY, 10027
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Ricardo is not your typical “Manhattan steakhouse”, this East Harlem restaurant and popular birthday spot offers an unpretentious, vibrant and fun dining experience. Even the menu is fun, with dishes like the “O.P.P.” (Porterhouse steak for one), the “Tap that Bass” (Chilean sea bass) or the P-Y-T BONE steak. I heard the brunch scene is equally vibrant, if not more.
Overall, the food is delicious especially the meat, which are butchered on the premises. The portions are huge and the complimentary garlic bread, served with a delicious and tangy marina sauce, sets the tone for a hearty and flavorful meal.
If you don’t have a preference for one particular cut of meat, then I suggest ordering the “Ricardo’s Special Platter” or the “Mixed Grill” . These options allow you to sample a little bit of everything.
Since the portions are huge, you will probably have something to take home with you. Top your meal off by trying one of Ricardo’s sangria options, I personally enjoy the Red the best but the Mango is also pretty good.
Check out a few pictures from my last visit below.
MIXED GRILL – skirt steak, grilled chicken breast pork chops, chorizo, garlic spinach
RICARDO’S SPECIAL PLATTER – skirt steak, grilled pork chop, rice, beans homemade mashed potatoes, sweet plantains
Ricardo Steak House
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Latin American
Go For: Date Night, Birthday Dinner, Brunch
Must Try: Ricardo’s Special Platter
The Harlem Food Scene is Bustling. New restaurants are opening up left and right. And, while Harlem is still the number one destination for “soul food” in my opinion, that’s not the only delicious cuisine you can find in Harlem. From Italian, to traditional African food, to New American, the Harlem restaurant scene is something you must explore. Check out The Buppie Foodie’s Top Restaurant Picks in Harlem below:
Best Burger: Harlem Shake
Best Caribbean: Angel of Harlem
Best Sports Bar: Harlem Tavern
Best Catfish Nuggets: Moca Lounge
Best Tacos: Taco Mix
Best Buffet: Jacob’s Restaurant
Best Rotisserie Chicken: Streetbird Rotisserie
Best Steakhouse: Ricardo Steak House
Best Seafood: Lola’s Seafood Shack
Best Sushi: Jido
Best BBQ: Dinosaur BBQ
Best Wine Bar: Barawine
Best Tourist Destination: Sylvia’s
Favorite Restaurant Overall: Barawine
Check out a few pictures below:
I started 2017 with brunch at one of my favorite Harlem spots, Chocolat Restaurant on Fredrick Douglas Blvd. Dubbed the “Ultimate Urban Power Brunch”, Chocolat’s brunch is moderately priced, tasty and bursting with African-American southern flavors. You must try the red velvet pancakes, which are the perfect combination of sweet, fluffy and savory. You can order these delicious pancakes al la carte or with a tasty order of Fried Chicken. The Savory Shrimp & Grits combination, which is made with a creamy lobster sauce is also a tasty brunch option. And don’t forget the Fish Croquette & Cheese Grits, which are to die for. The croquette is deliciously made with a combination of Red Snapper, Crab Meat and Tilapia and is the perfect twist on the traditional “fish and grits” combination.
Overall,if you’re looking for a delicious brunch in Harlem, consider giving Chocolat a try. Check out some pictures from brunch below. You can also check out some pictures from happy hour/dinner here.
Where: 2223 Fredrick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10025
Why: Chocolat is a full Service bar, lounge and restaurant in Harlem. They also offer weekend Brunch as well. This is a great spot to dine in a chic environment with great food. The After-work bar scene is pretty good for Harlem.
Cost: Average $40 per person
Recommendations: Shrimp & Grits, Red Velvet Pancakes, Fish Croquettes & Grits
The Crowd: Young professionals, Harlem Locals
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10-4pm, $14 Bottomless Mimosas
Happy Hours: 4-8 P.M. Monday through Friday
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It’s no secret that the Buppie Foodie loves eating in Harlem, especially for Brunch. While you can definitely find many restaurants offering traditionally southern food, there has been a cultural emergence of restaurants offering, African, French and American cuisine in Harlem.
As the weather gets colder, don’t be scared to travel uptown for some delicious comfort food. Scroll through for the Buppie Foodie’s top 5 brunch picks in Harlem.
If you’re looking for a brunch restaurant with a laid back, classy atmosphere in Harlem, then Lido should be at the top of your list. Lido is a cute, quaint Italian restaurant that has become known as one of the best brunch spots in Harlem. The food is mouth-watering and to wash the delicious food down, Lido offers a bottomless mimosa option for only $15. The chic, vibrant atmosphere at Lido makes it the perfect uptown brunch pick to enjoy with larger groups.
The food is fresh and well-seasoned, highlighted by the Braised Short Rib Hash, which is accompanied with a poached egg, English Muffic and Hollandaise. ($16) and the Spaghetti with Veal Meatballs, which can also be made with Gluten Free Penna Pasta for $2 extra.
Here’s a snapshot of a few items from Lido Below:
Where: 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026
Cost: under $30
Bottomless Brunch: $15 bottomless Mimosa option
Brunch Reservations: Highly suggested
What to Order: Braised Short Rib Hash, Spaghetti with Veal Meatball
Who to Bring: Great for girl’s brunch or group brunch
Brunch Menu Here
Cove is a chic, black-owned lounge located in the bustling 125th and Lenox area of Harlem. Cove is perfect for enjoying some small plates and drinks after work and is one of my favorite happy hour picks in Harlem.
Cove is a laid back, modern and comfortable. The lounge is perfect for small gatherings, especially in the private room located in the back of the restaurant. In fact, the cast of Power recently had their Private Premiere Party at the lounge last month.
Spearheaded by Executive Chef Jeffrey Salazar, the food at Cove is delicious. People especially rave about their Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles and their Lobster Mac & Cheese, both of which I enjoy. During Happy Hour, along with their drink specials, some of their small plates are discounted as well, such as their Lemon Chicken Bites, Sliders and Crab Rangoon.
If you’re in the area, I’d suggest you give Cove Lounge a try!
Cove Lounge (Harlem)
Where: 325 Malcolm X Blvd, New York 10027
Happy Hour: Weekdays, 4-8 pm
*This post was updated for its original post here.