Category Archives: Harlem

Catch It: FUMO

In a few words, FUMO is like an arpeggio chord of authentic Italian cuisine in Hamilton Heights. FUMO restaurant is located at 1600 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10031/Corner of 139th Street. On Sunday, June 12th, my friend Kelli treated … Continue reading

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Catch It: Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread

Last Wednesday, I had a late lunch with my friend Sandro. It was a sunny day in Bryant Park where we chatted about: his travels in Italy, his return to Manhattan, and my food stories in New York City. “I … Continue reading

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Catch It: Flat Top

You know when you lose your house keys and find them unexpectedly, and discovered that they were there all the time. This was my experience trekking on Amsterdam Avenue, near where I live, a few weeks ago. Flat Top is … Continue reading

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Catch It: Cédric

“Everything is going to be amazing,” Kelli said; when she invited her friends for dinner at Cédric French Bistro (185 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10026). And it was. Thursday, January 23rd, Edward, Ed, Kelli and I were caught … Continue reading

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Catch It: Maison Harlem

The first time, my friend Amanda and I met in a creative writing class some years ago, we became fast friends, and so, when she telephoned one afternoon and said, “I have some good news, let’s get together for dinner—my … Continue reading

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Catch It: Mother’s Day in Manhattan

Today is a rainy day in May. May 1 is May Day, and according to the World Book Encyclopedia, “May Day is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries. It marks the revival of life in early spring after … Continue reading

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Catch It: Sezz Medi′: Pizzeria Napoletana, Ristorante & Café

A week ago, my girlfriend Tashna and her two beautiful girls: Lelia, four-years-old and Nina, two-years-old and I went for an early dinner at Sezz Medi′. The restaurant is located at 1260 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 122nd Street) New York, … Continue reading

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Catch It: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

While growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, week-end barbecues were a family tradition. Many years later when I moved to New York City, I would wait until I visited my Mom’s home for a barbeque—treat. On Saturday, January 7th, I came … Continue reading

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Such was the day, July 27th at Chez Lucienne, the stunning sun, the wide blue sky—against the people bustling about 125th Street. Chez Lucienne is located at 308 Lenox Avenue, New York,  NY  10027.  My lunch meeting with Nadine Chevreux … Continue reading

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