I have been living in New York City since 2014, and this past weekend I brunched in Queens for the first time. Maybe it is because I have been living in Manhattan and this island has me spoiled rotten with endless brunch options. Regardless, when given the chance to check out Queens with some good friends that are also foodies I jumped at the opportunity.
This past Sunday I checked out Oro, which is Spanish for GOLD. Sounding classy already, huh? Before going to Oro I stalked their IG page, drooled over their food, and watched their promo video several times. It was to the point my friend had to asked me if I was watching the video again and passing judgement at the same time. Maybe it was the beautiful people having a good time, or my fav song playing in the background, or the positive energy this spot gave off. From the video I JUST knew I needed to experience it!
There’s a new kid on the block in Harlem! Clay recently opened about 3 months ago, and the neighborhood seems to be welcoming them with arms wide opened. This new restaurant features a Farm to Table concept which means only the freshest of ingredients from local suppliers is served at this restaurant. This is great for YOU because having a menu that changes based upon the season provides you with options.
Their wine list is rather extensive, and if you are a red wine drinker then you are in for a good time. Clay has over 20 different types of red wines, and don’t worry they are still showing plenty of love to you white wine drinkers. Their bartenders are the real deal and WILL recommend the perfect drink based upon whatever your taste-buds are craving. I recently dropped in for a drink and did not get a chance to indulge in their food, but I did get a chance take a peek at the menu. Their menu includes dishes such as Waygu tartare, duck breast, black bass, and gnocchi. I plan on making my way back to Clay soon to sit down and have dinner as well, and I promise to report back!
This is a great atmosphere for a date, family dinner, a quiet brunch, or just grabbing drinks. They also have happy hour during the weekday from 4-7pm which includes a vodka based drink called Queen Bee. A possible ode to Beyoncé? In my head I just want to say “Yeah!”.
I will be making reservations soon for dinner, and will share my full dining experience with you all SOON!
I mentioned The Honeywell in my last post entitled “The Love Above 125th Street” that highlighted some Harlem businesses. I recently went back so I could order off their secret menu, and sip libations from a lava lamp. It completely makes sense to enjoy a drink out of a lava lamp at a retro themed bar. Check out some pictures from my groovy evening at The Honeywell, and be sure to check out their Instagram page as well.
3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
Harlem is unlike any other neighborhood in New York City, and it has been my home for almost 4 years. Since living in this neighborhood I find it very important to support the local businesses in my hood from my cleaners, to my shoe repair, local clothing stores, restaurants, and bars. I feel as if when it comes to the restaurant/bar scene in Harlem things above 125th street are sometimes an afterthought for most people. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to grab a good drink above 125th.
The Honeywell – This bar is located on the lower level of a building in which you are not able to see directly into from walking past. This being said, it creates this level of suspense before you walk into this bar that transports you back to the 70’s with their dimmed yellow lights and retro wallpaper. This bar does not JUST have tentative bartenders that serve up great drinks, but puts on a damn great show while making them. They accept reservations via their website, and is great for large groups and offer great bar bites. Be prepared to fall in love and cheat on current fav bartenders.
3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
If you cannot tell from my IG feed and previous post I am a FAN of Zio Ristorante. They lured me with their happy hour and stole my heart with their food. They recently invited me to come and preview their May lunch prix fix menu, and what food blogger can say no to that? Each month their 3 course lunch menu changes, and for a whopping $20 you can eat like a king or queen. The quality, presentation, and portions will leave you wanting to snap a pics for the Gram and scheduling all future lunch dates at this restaurant. Lets dive into this menu!
The starters for the May menu included Zuppa, Insalata, and Calamari. The Zuppa is a puree of green peas that is served warmed and has a hint of mint. The Zuppa has a great balance of the peas and the mint, the mint actually provided a delicate after taste. The Insalata includes mixed greens, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette. This salad screams spring and summertime because it is light and refreshing. The calamari had to be my favorite from the appetizer section of the menu. The grilled calamari included mango, cherry tomatoes, and fennel. This perfectly grilled calamari just melts in your mouth.