Harlem’s culinary cred has been on the rise for years now, however you don’t have to hunt out the smooth bistros and cocktail bars to eat effectively. There are dozens of particular little informal spots close to the B Practice cease at 135th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. — like these three — serving nice meals.
Michael Cole likes to say his enterprise is “greater than only a scoop of ice cream,” and he means it. Cole, who opened the primary Mikey Likes It Ice Cream in 2014 close to his residence within the Decrease East Facet, places a lot thought into each layer of his ice cream enterprise, it’s onerous to know the place to start. There’s his super-smart branding, with merch made in his retailer colours of royal blue and white; his want to coach and empower his employees and others to grow to be entrepreneurs; and his consideration to element with regards to his meals.
Cole serves just a few flavors at his two scoop outlets — at the moment all made in Harlem by Cole and one different trusted staffer — that are thoughtfully composed and sometimes named after the hip hop and popular culture Cole grew up on. Suppose Cunning Brown, mocha ice cream with Oreos, sea salt, and caramel; D’oh, a seasonal Simpsons-themed scoop with glazed donuts, strawberry frosting, and chocolate-peanut butter sweet; or Ice Ice Child, Cole’s triple-vanilla-ed vanilla.
These go right into a curated checklist of shakes and sundaes, together with the recent waffle ice cream sandwich referred to as the Mac Daddy ($eight), or the Ebony & Ivory, an excessive sizzling chocolate comprised of a brew of Mexican chocolate, cocoa powder and white chocolate ($5.50).
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream: 2500 Frederick Douglass Blvd. close to 134th St., (212) 690-2500
Actual-deal Southern meals
Charles Gabriel, the proprietor of Charles’ Nation Pan Fried Rooster , has set the solid-gold customary for fried hen on this city for greater than three many years. He cooks his birds in a skillet, reasonably than a deep fryer, simply as he was taught to do rising up in Charlotte, N.C.
However consider the hen — which is completely cooked, completely crispy and offered for $1 to $2.50 a bit — as a place to begin. Gabriel’s no-frills, takeout pleasant restaurant might simply have simply been named Charles’ Nation Smothered Pork Chops, Turkey Wings, Lima Beans, Candied Yams and Biscuits. In different phrases, the remainder of the meals — Southern favorites which can be cooked and seasoned as they might be in North Carolina — is simply nearly as good as that hen.
Charles’ Nation Pan Fried Rooster: 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd., close to W. 132nd. St.; (212) 281-1800
When Fatou Kine Mar and her husband Samba Niang needed to transfer their Senegalese restaurant Africa Kine just a few blocks north in 2015, they didn’t want to fret about dropping their prospects. Mar’s chops within the kitchen had already earned her followers prepared to journey from all around the metropolis.
Like many West African eating places, what’s obtainable for lunch modifications every day. Mar often makes only a handful of conventional Senegalese stews with sufficient meals for 2, like lamb and okra in tomato sauce ($12), or hen yassa ($12), the place bone-in legs and thighs are smothered in a sauce of soft-cooked onions spiced with lemon juice and inexperienced peppercorn. It comes with a complete cooked Jamaican pepper that serves as each sizzling sauce and garnish, and a small tower of rice.
There’s additionally a brief menu of $eight “appetizers,” that are each massive sufficient for lunch and a nod to the historic affect of immigrants from Vietnam and Lebanon in Senegal. Nem are beef and vegetable egg rolls; fataya are savory hand pies stuffed with fish or meat; and chawarma is the Senegalese model of the Center Jap lamb sandwich.
Africa Kine: 2267 Seventh Ave., close to W. 133rd. St., (212) 666-9400