What To Eat And Drink

What To Eat And Drink

East Meets West Harlem: Yamazaki

By Emelyn Rude | September 14, 2012

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Regulars to Ginny’s Supper Club are no doubt familiar with the spot’s one-of-a-kind cocktail creation, the Harlem Mule ($15). Although listed first on the “Classic” half of the mixed drink menu, the Harlem Mule is a step above the traditional 1950s ginger-lime-vodka concoction its name instantly evokes. It is rather a spicy drink combining basil, ginger, a dash of Peychaud’s Bitters, and a healthy dose of Yamazaki 12-year-old Japanese whiskey. Read More

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Bringing Taiwanese Food to the Financial District: A Conversation with A-Pou Taste’s Doris Yao

By Justin Chan | June 28, 2012

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At the heart of the Financial District sits a huge red cube sculpted by Isami Noguchi, a prominent Japanese-American artist and landscape architect. Surrounding it are several food vendors, most of whom serve halal food and hot dogs. Each vendor has to compete with the one to his right and another to his left, making his task of attracting customers all the more difficult.

Hidden to the side of a cube, however, is a small food cart called A-Pou’s Taste, whose owner, Doris Yao, serves something entirely different. Whereas her competitors sell halal chicken on rice, Yao sells Taiwanese pot stickers. Yao is aware that she must market her food effectively in order to make a decent profit, but in a crowd of halal stands, she is confident that her food speaks for itself. Her noodles and dumplings have become such a hit in the area that she can recognize almost every single one of her loyal customers.

Read on to learn more about Yao and A-Pou’s Taste! Read More

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Glad Midsommar! A Look at the Foods of Midsummer

By Sanaz Lemoine | June 22, 2012


Smorgastorta, traditional Swedish sandwich cake

This weekend is the celebration of Midsummer in Sweden, but Swedes from all over the world participate in the festivities. A tribute to the longest day of the year, the day is filled with good food, music, dancing around the maypole and other activities. Midsummer is an occasion of great gatherings–and a good start of the summer holidays. For the Swedes, it meets our social commitments so that we can enjoy our vacation in peace.

Celebrating with others goes hand in hand with good food. Traditional Midsummer food is potatoes with herring or smoked fish, ham, meatballs, strawberries served with ice cream and schnapps and beer for the adults. However, new food trends such as pesto pickled herring, cheese pies, salmon sushi and coconut cake with strawberries are lovely additions to the classic meal. Each time the glasses are replenished at the dinner table, we break out into song and sing our schnapps songs. The more vibrant the song, the more joyful the atmosphere. Read More

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Best Foods for the Best Practice: A Conversation with Land Yoga

By Jeannette Park | June 15, 2012

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There’s no escaping it now. Summer is officially around the corner and there’s still time to get into fighting shape by Independence Day. But before you think you need to literally hit the pavement running to drop a few extra pounds, consider something a little less stressful on the body and a whole lot better for your chi—yoga.

More than just a fleeting trend, yoga was founded on the aim to use meditation to attain salvation but the byproduct of practicing yoga isn’t too bad, either. Leaner arms and a toned core can happen after just a few weeks of holding a Warrior Two and repeated chatarungas. Maya Haile (AKA Mrs. Samuelsson) maintains an avid yoga practice and we can vouch for her flexibility and composure (there were a lot of held poses at the Vogue shoot for Yes, Chef).

There’s not much talk about what you should eat before and after a yoga session, but we got Lara Land of Harlem’s Land Yoga to break down the best foods to make for your very best practice.  Read More

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Spanish Harlem’s La Marqueta: A Sweet Surprise from Breezy Hill Orchard

By Allana Mortell | June 12, 2012

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Every town and neighborhood has its one local market that is categorized by its charm. It’s probably small enough so you can get to know your vendors, but also large enough to hold everything you need. For Spanish Harlem, that market is La Marqueta.

La Marqueta is one of the oldest landmarks in East Harlem and to this day, continues to be a trademark spot for Harlemites and New Yorkers alike. The 80,000-square-foot market is separated by six parcels divided by intersecting streets and stretches from 111th street to 116th underneath the metro rail north line on Park Avenue. It was first established in 1936 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to control the numerous pushcarts and vendors that piled the streets of East Harlem with their various produce, fruits, vegetables and homemade breads. Since then, La Marqueta has had its ups and downs–including a fire that destroyed one of the markets in 1977–but regardless, the market has remained a place for all people to shop and interact with vendors, buying the best local produce and locally grown vegetables East Harlem has to offer. Read More

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Cuchi-what? The Puerto Rican Way to Fry Everything

By Allana Mortell | June 8, 2012


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Get ready New York City! The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is happening this Sunday in honor of the over 8 million Puerto Ricans inhabiting NYC and “la isla del encanto,” Puerto Rico. Before Sunday, however, you can spot Latin pride all over the city and in honor if this prideful occasion we’re featuring some Latin highlights and photos from one of the largest spots in Harlem- Spanish Harlem. Here’s our first feature…

Since moving to New York, it has been my personal mission as a self-proclaimed foodie to really expand my taste buds and dive into the Big Apple’s culinary explosion, head first. However, with a dwindling bank account, it can be difficult to navigate the waters without first having the money to throw down. With that said, when I found a restaurant where I can shell out $1.50 for some bacalao (codfish fritters), both my stomach and wallet were very, very happy.

Cuchifritos Frituras, directly east of the Lexington Avenue subway at 116th street has been serving traditional Latin American fare for years, and is one of the most famous spots for this Puerto Rican fried food phenomenon. But what in the world exactly is a cuchifrito? Often described as Puerto Rican soul food, cuchifritos are simply fried food and most traditionally, pork. Cuchi, short for cochino, translates to pig, whereas frito describes something fried. Put it all together and you’ve got fried goodness, served with love, for a total bargain of the price. Read More

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Lenox Coffee: Bringing Coffee Culture to Harlem

By Cyndi Amaya | June 4, 2012

Aaron Baird and Jeff Green

Opening a new business can no doubt be a challenge, but if that business has always been one of your goals in life, no matter what challenge comes your way, you’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.

After much research followed by even more toil, Aaron Baird and Jeff Green opened Lenox Coffee on 129th and Lenox Ave last December. Open for nearly 6 months now and working past the normal headaches that come with opening your first business, Lenox Coffee has become a beloved neighborhood spot for coffee in Central Harlem.

The shops quaint and cozy atmosphere proves just what the neighborhood needed since it can always be found full of locals and even passerby tourists sipping on their signature mochas or munching on some mid-afternoon sweet treats. Artwork from Harlem artists can be seen adorning the walls, which only furthers their growing sense of community attachment.

We caught up with owner Aaron Baird to see how business was holding up and for more insight into their Harlem story. Read More

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Ramen Rises in Harlem

By Jeannette Park | May 24, 2012

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With the ramen trend exploding downtown, one might wonder why Jenny Ko decided to open a noodle shop on a tiny sliver of street below the elevated subway platform at 125th and Broadway. “There was lack of good Asian food up here,” says Ko, who opened Jin Ramen with Ifan Chang, Jay Huang, Deepak Rajwani and managing partner Richard Kashida in February.

Sitting inside the restaurant with its sleek stylings—the walls are wooden beams that protrude out in haphazard fashion—you can see that more than a few passerbys stop for a second look. The partners knew the particular area in Morningside Heights—Jin shares the street with laundromats, pizzerias and take-out joints—wasn’t the most obvious place to open a ramen shop but knew they could rely on the area schools to bring some built-in customers. “You’ve got Columbia and the Manhattan School of Music and college kids know about ramen,” Ko says. Kashida adds “A lot of our customers are glad we’re here because they don’t have to travel downtown for a good bowl of ramen.”

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