Friday, May 18, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  Crepe Master opened on Fifth Avenue just north of 125th Street a couple of years ago and now the original location will be shuttering.  The Japanese crepe shop announced on Instagram that the lease has been terminated which comes as no surprise since the building was sold to a developer and will be demolished in the near future.   Luckily the local boutique business has already expanded to 116th Street between 7th Avenue and Lenox so uptowners can still get a fix of their specialty offerings: LINK 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  The most famous block of speakeasies during the Harlem Renaissance years was West 133rd Street between 7th Avenue and Lenox.  The Nest, Tillie's, Log Cabin, Hansberry's Clam House, Catagonia, Bank's Club and more made the street the destination spot for a night out on the town during the Prohibition era.  These were mostly smaller establishments tucked inside residential brownstones and bigger venues such as Small's Paradise or Cotton Club were not too far away on the adjacent boulevards.

Jungle Alley had over 20 establishments which kept the Swing Street busy all week but now is silent and has been forgotten by most.  A majority of the block was pretty much intact until the former Nest building was demolished a few year's ago and now a taller glassy structure stands at the former historic location.  For those who want a little more on the jazz clubs of the era should check out the video on Channel Thirteen: LINK 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 158 West 128th Street went up on the market in April for $3.075 million and now has a contract out.  The gut renovated 2-family brownstone located just east of 7th Avenue does not have any original details but does have all of the modern updates.  Express trains on Lenox and the Whole Foods at 125th Street are only one Avenue over which probably made the location more attractive to potential buyers.  More photos and details on the broker site: LINK 2018


Jazz Saturdays at Peque,  231 West 145th Street, between 8th and 7th Avenue, NO COVER, two drink minimum at bar or dinner at tables. Come experience intimate evenings of beautiful music at PEQUE with the Harlem Sings! series which features a local vocalist every Saturday from 8:30PM to 11:00 PM.  Check out weekly details on the Peque Facebook site: 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. 

Harlem Eatup! at Mornigside Park on Saturday and Sunday: 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

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

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

Drinks at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street: LINK

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

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

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

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

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: 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