Epicurean East Harlem
New Yorkers have many passions-but one thing that I have found over the years that always creates lots of animated discussion-food ! (and shopping of course). When I am out and about with friends or clients,on the quest for their perfect NYC home,our discussions often turn to dining options,or local options for shopping. My friends who travel to NYC often also will ask me for suggestions in particular neighborhoods,simulatneously to consulting their Zagat’s guide. One of my favorite things about living in NYC is the ability to find so many different types of cuisine-without having to board a plane. Have metrocard,will travel !
Here are a few of my personal uptown favorites (some of which I’ve been to as recently as this week!)
I’ve been delighted with the Manhattan location,besides the fact that I can easily get there using public transportation or on foot (I like to joke that the SBS15 on First and Second Avenue could more accurately be called the Costco/Target express!). They do have some items that are exclusive to this location,including a selection of designer handbags. Not only is there a Costco in Manhattan at East River Plaza,but it is also home to Manhattan’s ONLY Target ! There’s also a Pathmark on Lexington Avenue and 125th Street, and many supermarkets along the avenues as well.
Don Pedro’s has a fabulous weekend brunch, with bottom less Sangria. They are located on 97th Street and Second Avenue. Additionally they do periodically have live music as well. A great ambiance, wonderful food-and did I mention the Sangria?
If you’ve got a hankering for pizza- did you know that Patsy’s on 118th and 1st has been open since 1933! I enjoy pizza, as many of us New Yorkers do-and I truly love going to this Patsy’s .I think this is a great way to have an awesome pie for lunch before going off to shop at East River Plaza. If you’re more in a single slice kinda mood,go to Tommy’s on 96th and Madison Avenue.
Some other options, always enjoy my meals at One Fish Two Fish, on 97th and Madison Avenue-great for a meal for two…or twenty! The staff is phenomenal, warm, friendly, and very accommodating-yes even for a group of twenty!
Some local cafes I really enjoy, East Harlem Cafe, on 104th and Lexington. I don’t drink coffee, but they have wonderful sandwiches, desserts and often have community events. I know they’ve recently started a runners club, and sometimes my networking group, Las Comadres has had events there as well. Say hi to the owner Michelle if she’s there!
El Paso Taqueria is lovely; they’ve recently moved locations from one side of Lexington Avenue to the other, but a great place to have some authentic Mexican cuisine before heading over to Museum Mile (perhaps you’re off to El Museo del Barrio or the Museum of the City of New York)!
Another great cafe with options for organic dining is Spa-Ha Cafe on 116th and Lexington-just north of the train station at 116th and Lexington.
Feeling like a great steak and an atmosphere of casual elegance-try Ricardo’s some evening before or after a performance at the Poet’s Den Theatre at the Magnolia Mansion. Or -you can stop by Anthony’s, which is right next door for a quick bite to eat as well.
Lexington Social has a great happy hour-I think almost everyday of the week, and they are located just north of the station at 103rd and Lexington- I’m always reminded of being in a speakeasy (not that I was around then!)
Two of my favorite local bakeries- Savoy Bakery on 110th just west of Third Avenue, next to a branch of the NYPL and La Tropezienne-great places to stop, have a cup of coffee or tea, a chat and a pastry.
Highly recommend both El Caribeno and La Fonda Boricua- especially as winter seems to NOT want to leave us,and if you can’t get away to warm weather,at least you can enjoy some traditional dishes-and did you know that La Fonda Boricua was featured on the Food Network,in a throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Arroz con Pollo is a MUST have (PS,they won the throwdown).
Think this is a neighborhood you’d like to explore living in ? Why not start here ?
These are just a few of my must visit locations. Connect with me on the social network of your choice today for more tips on NYC life.