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Need recos for W132 & 8th ave

DUH CAR Mar 26, 2010 12:49 PM

A couple from Toronto will be in town for a few days in May and we'd like some recommendations on fabulous places in this area of Harlem.

Thanks in advance!

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    bornandbrednyc RE: DUH CAR Mar 26, 2010 01:12 PM

    Well, not too too much in the 130's, but if you wander down to the teens and 20's, there's several:
    Zoma and Massawa- Ethiopian
    Five and Diamond - brand new place from Ryan Skeen, although its tough to get a table since they're not taking ressies yet
    Africa Kine - Senagalese
    Les Ambassades Boulangerie-Patisserie-Cafe - fantastic place for breakfast, their waffles are delicious
    Melba's - walked past it the other night, but haven't eater there. Looks pretty good and have heard good things.

    2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

    Africa Kine
    256 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

    1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

    1. LNG212 RE: DUH CAR Mar 26, 2010 01:27 PM

      I'll second the rec for Zoma (you can read my recent experience here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695471 ).

      If you're willing to walk over a bit, Pisticci is a great neighborhood spot.

      2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

      125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

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        uwsister RE: LNG212 Mar 28, 2010 12:31 AM

        Third Zoma and second Pisticci. I also like Max SoHa.

        2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

        125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

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        Ann900 RE: DUH CAR Mar 26, 2010 09:54 PM

        If you're looking for Southern/soul food Miss Maude's on Lenox and 137th is good (not hreat). But if you're already uptown don't miss Charles' Southern Chicken on Fredrick Douglas Blvd and 151 St- Charles Gabriel is considered the master of fried chicken (even though he has re-named his place Charles Pan-fried Chicken) Lots of other down-home dishes, but the chicken is the star here.

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          DUH CAR RE: DUH CAR Mar 29, 2010 12:16 PM

          Thanks everyone. Keep 'em coming!

          1. princeofpork RE: DUH CAR Mar 29, 2010 01:49 PM

            DINOSAUR BBQ 131 and 12th. Best BBQ in the city in my opinion.

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              DUH CAR RE: princeofpork Apr 6, 2010 09:32 AM


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              m de p RE: DUH CAR Apr 9, 2010 06:38 PM

              Covo Trattoria - 12th Avenue around 135th - just north of Fairway.
              The restaurant that is inside of Riverbank State Park (don't remember the name) is pretty good for brunch - not fabulous, though.
              Second the recommendation for 5 and Diamond - we went in a few Fridays ago and were seated within 10 or 15 minutes. The food was great, and the service was super friendly.
              Melba's is good, though can be quite loud (they often have live music or a DJ, and it's a small space.

              701 W 135th St, New York, NY 10031

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