Saturday, March 25, 2017


The third annual Harlem Eatup! Festival dates have been announced for 2017 and tickets are already on sale. Taking place May 18th – 21st, Harlem EatUp! is a celebration of Harlem’s rich culture, art and rapidly growing culinary scene. The four-day festival will take place throughout the neighborhood, with events that include Dine-Ins at some of Harlem’s restaurants featuring guest chefs, and a two-day outdoor Grand Tasting at Morningside Park. Among the many restaurants to be featured this year include: BLVD Bistro, Chaiwali, Harlem Shake, Vinateria LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Melba’s, Minton’s, Red Rooster, Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird, and more. Additional festival programming, participating chefs and restaurants will be announced throughout the spring.

Kicking off the festivities again this year is the always anticipated Dine-In Harlem Series, where for one night only, Friday, May 19th, an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed chefs from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.

Tickets are available for purchase starting March 24, 2017, and you can view free activities at:

Friday, March 24, 2017


A Bespoke tip came in that a new construction fence had been placed up at 164 West 136th Street but is there anything happening to the set of brownstones previously used as a funeral home?  We checked the DOB website and the plywood was the only thing that has been approved but suspect something will be happening to site just east of 7th Avenue in the near future.  There is already a curb cut on the property for an existing garage so this is a rare opportunity to create a residence with one of the city's most coveted amenities.


Since 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem has had a artist-in-residence program for recent graduates of African and Latino descent which includes a bi-weekly stipend.  Kehinde Wiley started out at the prestigious program and would eventually become one of the most renowned artists to arrive in the art world within the past decade.  Those who are interested in applying have up until June 1, 2017 to do so and can get more details directly on the Studio Museum site: LINK


The other restaurant that many have been waiting for to open is Archer & Goat at 187 Lenox Avenue by 119th Street.  We walked by this block within the Mount Morris Park Historic District this past week and noticed a lot of permits that have been placed up on the storefront but the facade pretty much looks the same.  Construction started about 9 months ago but it appears that a lot of work had to come about to get the infrastructure in place.  The New American style eatery specializes in burgers but will reportedly have other offerings on the menu when they finally open.  There will also be a backyard which would be perfect for the summertime if all finishes up by then.  More details on the official website:


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.  

Last call for the Gay Gotham exhibit at MCNY on 103rd Street: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

The new Circa 1970 exhibit at the Studio Museum on 125th 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

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

Seeing the new cultural photo exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio: LINK

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on Fifth Avenue by 125th: LINK

Hanging out at the  Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Weekend brunch service at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th 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

Drinks at the Sunday LGBT Pride Night at Hogshead Tavern: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: 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