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Harlem is Hot

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Hi foodies,

I tried Harlem at 67 Richmond Street East (just east of Church) last weekend. It was really awesome...the produce is so fresh and I loved the Caribbean contemporary twist. My friends and I totally enjoyed the vegetarian sushi appetizer, crisps with a spicy dip, pasta with pine nuts and sundried tomatoes in coconut pesto, pork tenderloin with potato patties, salmon with sweet potato mash and greens, and spiced tofu steak with seasonal vegetables. The wine list was decent, the price was reasonable and the ambience is casual, fun, and funky. Chef and staff are formerly of Bonjour Brioche, so they know what they're doing. The only problem? It was pretty quiet for a Friday night. It's only been open for a few months, so I'm sure it's just taking some time for the word to get out. But I'd hate for it to be one of those little culinary gems that the city learns about too late! I believe it's open just for lunch on weekdays and for dinner Friday and Saturday nights....Bon appetit!

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  1. Ya, but do they serve chicken and waffles?

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    1. re: mickeyj

      Sounds great. My friend lives just around the corner so a visit is on the cards. Thanks for the heads-up.

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      1. I'd been eyeing this place for a while, so after reading Lo D's positive comments my wife and I gave it a try. We enjoyed it, too.

        We also went on a Friday and it was very quiet... in fact, we were the only people in the restaurant part, though there was a very busy and noisy event upstairs. The entrees were on a chalkboard, with no printed menu, so I assume they must change fairly often. Most were around $20 to $25. Portions were huge and the food was excellent. The coffee jerked pork was great, with just the right amount of heat and sweetness (for me, anyway). My wife had lamb in a mild Thai-style curry. Sides for both dishes were varied and fresh.

        Even though the place was spookily empty, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. I agree that this place definitely deserves more of a crowd... maybe they're busier at lunch? Let's hope the word gets out.

        Oh, I and found a website for Harlem, but be warned the menu we got differed quite a bit from what is posted on there: http://harlemrestaurant.com

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          1. Friends found this restaurant on your site and treated us to lunch there. It was fantastic! The corn muffins were super yummy and my tomato and fig lamb stew was also very tasty. We split a meatloaf sandwich among six of us as an experiment and I must admit - I thought it was delicious. I look forward to going back for dinner.

            I was so impressed that I have joined the ChowHound site to leave this reply.