Friday, March 16, 2018


We have gone over Harlem's long Irish history in the past and uptown now has some legit Irish owned establishments that have popped up in the neighborhood over the recent years.  Below are the grownup recommendations to be merry uptown during the festive holiday: 

The Honeywell, 3604 Broadway at 148th Street. Partners from Harlem Public and at Wallace opened this 70s retro gem last year and the old school style will transport revelers back to a groovier time: LINK

Bierstrasse, 2346 12th Avenue by 133rd Street.  Even though it has an German name, Bierstrasse is actually owned by the same founder as The Grange and is Harlem's largest beer hall: LINK

Mess Hall, 2194  Frederick Douglass Boulevard by 118th Street.  Those looking for a classic tavern circa 1900 should really check out this boutique bar on FDB known for crafted drinks and even a back yard: LINK

Harlem Public  3612 Broadway just west of 149th Street.  The one that started everything up on Broadway is still a great local tavern to catch sports and some of the best pub grub in town.  Full on comfort food with a hip edge perfect for a night out drinking: LINK

At The Wallace, 3612 Broadway, just west of 149th Street. Harlem Public became popular quite quickly and just was always at full capacity.  The solution was obviously to open a companion bar next door which has more games like giant Jenga and a huge space for thirsty uptowners: LINK

The Grange, 1635 Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of 141st Street.  Great brunch, lunch or dinner spot with live jazz on Sundays and always a great crowd.  Somehow this New American spin on an Irish pub gets it right with a proper mix of casual and formal: LINK

Hogshead Tavern, 126 Hamilton Place south of 143rd Street.  Our top bar pick for 2014 has the coolest interior uptown but still gives a nod to a bit of history.  With 20 different craft beers along with prosecco on tap and small dishes such as Korean tacos or pork belly grilled cheese on hand, this new gem offers up something different to the neighborhood: LINK

Grill on the Hill, 1624 Amsterdam on the corner of 140th Street.  This spacious new spot is the City College neighborhood's answer to a good old sports bar with lots of television screens to keep the drinking crowd entertained on any given night of the week: LINK

Le Chiele,  839 West 181st Street at the corner of Cabrini Boulevard. Washington Heights also had an Irish community up until the mid century and Le Chiele is the spot in the neighborhood that has the space for some major festivities.  There is a separate bar out front and two floors of table seating at the popular pub for those looking to quench a thirst or get some grub: LINK 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  We have been working with Sugar Hill Market to showcase new designers that live uptown and Hamp Hemp is definitely a collection to look out for.  The Japanese designer who founded the line lives in Harlem and will debut at this Sunday's market at La Maison d'Art.


Harlem Bespoke: Number 522 West 142nd Street went up on the market 3 weeks ago with an asking of $1.257 million and now has a contract out.  This SRO townhouse with not much original details within is one of the lowest priced fixer-uppers on the market but does not have a Certificate of Non Harassment in place.  Hopefully the buyer knows what they are doing and this Hamilton Heights home will finally get a much needed restoration.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK 2018


Monday, March 19th, 7:00PM, Women's Jazz Festival 2018 at the Schomburg, 515 Lenox at the corner of 135th Street. Celebrate Women's History Month with the annual jazz festival at the Schomburg.  This year's notable performers will be featuring the works of Alice Coltrane and Abbey Lincoln.  More details and ticket information on the Schomburg 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. 

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Shopping local collections at Sugar Hill Market on Sunday: LINK

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

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

Drinks at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street: LINK

Ice skating at Riverside State Park by 145th Street: LINK

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

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

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

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

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

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 2018