While the end of summer brings sadness to some for the loss of long, hot, carefree days, for others, it is the beginning of food festival season.
Just as quick as it comes, there summer goes and Mr. Fall has arrived. That slight chill in the air wraps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning.
Oyster Bash NYC, presented by Chefs Table NYC, is a fully immersive experience featuring an extensive menu of oysters, guided tastings and oyster selections curated by special guest Julie Qiu of the popular blog “In a Half Shell.”
Monday, Sept. 8, former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Harlem’s own Aliyyah Baylor, co-owner of Make My Cake, taught a dynamic cake decorating class at Make My Cake.
It’s back-to-school time for your little and not-so-little ones.
You get exactly 2.3 seconds to lament about the waning days of summer. August gave us fall-like days, so perhaps September will keep the air conditioner running a little longer.
There are wonderful milestones in our lives that are cause for celebration. Exactly how that celebration goes down is up to those involved. It can be loud and celebratory or intimate and close. No matter the marker, don’t let those unique times pass.
Time is running out on summer. Enough mucking about! Here are a couple of green recipes for your late-summer repertoire. They are quick and easy and can be a light and refreshing main or side dish.
I don’t know how I missed the first one, but it is time for the second annual Tap+Cork
August is a great time to get out of the city. New York, and the tristate area in general, has so much to offer and is only less than a couple of hours away to boot. Having a Metro-North stop right at 125th Street is yet another great reason to be a Harlemite.
August is the summer month when the streets seem empty, everyone takes their annual family vacation and life in general slows down a bit before the fall mayhem ensues.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those grooves on the sidewalk on Lenox Avenue between 127th Street and 118th Street are real. Last Tuesday, loyal and patient Harlemites and patrons made their way up and down the avenue for the second annual Lenox Sizzles restaurant crawl.
If my experience at Dover whet your appetite for something new to eat, then New York City Summer Restaurant Week is just in time.
It is no secret, I love being happily surprised when trying a new restaurant, especially one that comes by way of someone else’s recommendation, planning or behest. It’s almost like being blindfolded for a surprise that only reveals itself once you can see it and taste.
One of the best ways for me to savor summer is to visit one of my local, weekly farmers markets.
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Step out and stroll the avenue next Tuesday night, July 15. It’s time for Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem (@xperienceharlem) and Harlem Park to Park (@harlempark2park). In its second year, Summer Sizzles
I love traveling to places in the United States that I have never been to before. I was lucky enough to be invited to Kennebunkport, Maine.
Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope you are either en route to your long weekend or settled on your plan to watch the fireworks display. Both promise to give you a reprieve from your everyday and hopefully surprise you with something new.
Happy midyear! I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t write a weekly column and know that this is my 26th piece this year. Where does the time go?!
Another birthday came last month for me. Where does the time go? Though not a milestone year, I ceremoniously titled it “My Obama Birthday” for our 44th president (trying to make it stick, copyright in progress!). I would not let it go by without raising a glass and eating some good food.
With the official start of summer right around the corner and temperatures already rivaling the dog days in August, there are a few cool reprieves for the mouth. Good thing Fairway Market (@FairwayMarket) partnered with High Road Craft Ice Cream (@HighRoadCraft) to create four signature flavors for your mouth.
This weekend is not only for the father in your life. It is for the father figures—the ones putting in the work, showing up and being the best person they can be for the children they love. I salute them.
You’ve seen it. Maybe you have even tasted it. With all of the new and different eateries and restaurants opening, Harlem is fast becoming a food destination beyond our signature soul food. Well, the time has come for Harlem to get its food due and let it shine, shine, shine in a spotlight to be cast next year.
Earlier this week, the second annual Uptown Battle of the Bars culminated at Harlem Tavern
Thank goodness the spring weather is settling in, because we needed to get out of the house. We needed to crawl the streets, spend time with friends, eat, drink and see how Harlem is getting down with the get down! And there was no shortage on things to do over the last couple of weeks … lest there be a riot on the avenue.
That winter really did it to us! We filled our coffers to the brim in order to stave off having to go out in the cold to forage.
There are not many times in life when over 75 of New York City’s top food and beverage talents converge for one evening, in one place. And when they do, you make your best effort to be there. What is the premier event in this category?
Time to get those oxfords, retro Jordans, chukkas and sandals out of the closet and walk the streets.
Cinco de Mayo, a time of tequila, tacos and revelry. While there are myriad places to get down with the get down on May 5, I know where my pesos will be spent.
It’s time for the second annual New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW).
In 2008, I put Pizzeria 123 on my “Best of Harlem” list for their medium plain pizza—well done, of course. It satisfied my need for crunchy thin crust and gooey cheese in one fell swoop. I was sad to see the business compromised by the neighboring construction and then its ultimate closure. Thank you for servicing our community!
This year, families looking for a delicious Easter meal along with fun activities can celebrate Harlem Shake-style
I recently restarted a bimonthly Sunday family dinner that cycles around each of our homes. What I began with a slow-cooked pot roast with braised red cabbage and potato gratin continued with Sheppard’s pie from my mom and the Greek casserole moussaka from my sister
The 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side will be back this May with an incredible lineup of both new and returning restaurants
After being postponed numerous times, it finally happened! The Harlem Food Truck Rally came off this past Saturday on Frederick Douglass Boulevard
The pilgrims of the @NYCHotSauceExpo are back for a second year of that good stuff.
If your need for heat is calling, you’d better pick it up quickly and then forward your number to the second annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo
Last week’s column recounting a libation-filled evening at the new La Bodega 47 was only half the story. The other half was finally being able to try another new Harlem eatery after.
There has been a transformation on the corner of 118th Street and Lenox Avenue. One of the original Harlem staple eateries boldly shuttered its doors for a trip around the world, and what they brought back was no mere T-shirt from the airport. What they brought back to Harlem is a new experience with a diaspora of rums—47 to be exact!
I was a little leery of attending the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend
Attention to all restaurant and foodservice industry professionals: Make room in your calendars for the annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York.
will admit it: I … love … pesto!
Everyone is looking for a new place for brunch in the city, but does it exist? Permutations of eggs, bread and breakfast meats are rampant across this metropolis. Yes, the omelets, pancakes and breakfast sausage do satisfy the weekend hangover and/or encourage the necessary nap needed for sleep-deprived New Yorkers. However, when you find that spot that makes you pause and reflect a little deeper, it must be noted.
My beef stew recipe has magical powers to heat that belly and warm the soul.
Do you want to have your Super Bowl party somewhere you don’t have to cook or clean up afterward? Maybe you want to just order a turned-up game menu.
When I hear the word “lamb,” my ears immediately perk up. It’s such a great protein, and when prepared well, it can be transformative. Add Australian wines to that and I am at your mercy. So when I was invited last week to Fairway Market’s Café on the Upper West Side (@FairwayMarket) for an Aussie lamb-cooking demo featuring the country’s wines, I was in.
Are you ready for some football?!
There is a new restaurant in Harlem that I have been remiss in telling you about: Vinateria
Hot, filling and delicious, it is comfort food that makes it all better. And when I think of comfort, I not only think of pasta, but specifically spaghetti with meatballs. Here is my recipe for you to enjoy, too.
Happy New Year, Harlem and Amsterdam News readers everywhere! I hate to say it, but this time next year, we will be reflecting on all that 2014 brought us—the highs, the lows and all of the meat in between! Be prepared to capture the ensuing moments with photos, journaling and, of course, cooking and eating!