Categories Food, Lifestyle

Harlem Bars: Showing Above 125th Some Love

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

The Wallflower

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Menu Preview at Zio

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.

 

Zuppa
Insalata

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New Restaurant: BONMi

I recently got invited out to a new location for BONMi in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.  BONMi is a Vietnamese inspired fast casual restaurant featuring non-traditional Bánh Mì Sandwiches, Greens, Rice, and Noodle Bowls.  They pride themselves in using premium and all natural ingredients.  Their signature dishes include the Red Eye Bánh Mì Sandwich, High Five Rice & Quinoa Bowl, BBQ Belly Bánh Mì Sandwich, and the Kickshaw Salad.  They also have a Build Your Own menu with your base can be a sandwich or a bowl.  From there you also pick your filling, sauce, and finally toppings. (more…)

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Trader Joe’s Favs

When I first moved to NYC I saw people hauling multiple Trader Joe’s bags on the the subway.  I kept telling myself Trader Joe’s cannot be that great, and refused to go shopping there because I felt if I conformed I would be coming part of the TJ cult.  After one visit I was convinced that I found love in place called Trader Joe’s.  Grocery shopping in NYC is similar to trying to complete some strenuous obstacle course that requires strategic planning. Imagine trying to determine how many items you buy, juggle in two arms, and fit onto a possibly packed subway. (more…)

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Happy Hour: Zio

Ever get in a relationship, get hooked, things start moving fast, and next thing you know…you are sprung? Yeah that happened with Zio.  Zio is not a man, but an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant located in the Flatiron area of Manhattan.

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La Salle Dumpling Room In Harlem

Happy Monday and I hope you all are starting off this week on the right foot.

Let’s have have a moment of honesty!  Finding a great Chinese restaurant above 110th is a difficult task in itself!  And to clarify I am NOT referring to your local Chinese TAKEOUT SPOT.  I am referring to a nice sit down establishment that is not Asian Fusion and stays in their lane.  There are far too many “Japanese restaurants” with big menus also selling Chinese and Thai food. (more…)

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Cupcake Market

This cupcake shop in East Village takes art and desserts to a whole other level.  Their cupcakes, cakes, and celebrity inspired cookies have caught the eye of many New Yorkers and has created some awesome Instagram posts.  Back in December we shared with you the Drake Cake on our IG page.

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Categories Food, Travel

Boston Edition: Beer, Lobster, and More

Boston showed me a great time and it was hard to cram everything into my short weekend in this historical city.  I decided to share a few of my other stops while visiting.

 

Samuel Adams Brewery –  This is a must if you have a beer lover in your company and it is only 15 minutes outside of Downtown Boston.  The brewery is easy to get to via their public transportation system or via an Uber.  The brewery tour is FREE 99 but they do ask for a donation of $2.00.  When I found out the donation goes directly to a charity that is called ‘Brewing The American Dream‘ and supports inner city children in the neighborhood I was lead to give more.  The tour takes less than an hour and you get to indulge in 5 of THE freshest beers that Sam Adams has available.

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Boston Edition: Din Din at Rigoletto Ristorante

I think the two types of foods that immediately comes to mind when thinking of Boston is seafood and Italian cuisine.  Because of that, the North End neighborhood of Boston has always been known for Italian dining.  I got the chance to check out the new kid on the block, Rigoletto Ristorante, in the popular Italian neighborhood.  I was able to nab a table via OpenTable only 3 hours prior to dinner and was so thankful.  Alot of the Italian restaurants in the North End take reservations but good luck on landing one the of day.  So if you ever visit Boston be sure to plan ahead. (more…)

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Boston Edition: Kanes Donuts

Everyone one who lives in NYC knows you HAVE to escape every now and again to keep your sanity.  This past weekend I decided to explore Boston for the first time.  Boston is known for being one of the oldest cities in the United States, home to a large number of colleges and universities, and great food.  Throughout this week I will be highlighting some of my favorites while visiting this historical city.

First stop in Boston was Kanes Donuts!  This is considered a Boston tradition that was started in 1955 by a family in a small town outside of Boston called Sagus, Massachusetts.   (more…)

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