Eating in Harlem: Harlem Food Bar

Berry Harlem: Vodka served with muddled fresh berries, champagne and mint

Nothing makes me happier than getting home from work before the sun sets. Now that the days are getting shorter,  reaching Harlem when it’s still light out is an accomplishment worth mentioning, and that brings me great joy.  Being welcomed by the dancing sun facing my windows while it kisses everything with its bright yellow hues is such a beautiful sight.  It also means that I can take advantage of my neighborhood’s happy hour specials!

I recently heard about Harlem Food Bar‘s tempting happy hour specials and decided to go look for myself. I put on one of my favorite head wraps and walked out of the door, determined. Since I’ve eaten there before with my boyfriend in the little outdoor seating area, I decided to sit directly at the bar to get a more complete experience. I asked about the specials, which included: bottom shelf mixed drinks, house wine, wings, and pot-stickers. I settled for some wings made with homemade buffalo sauce and a glass of red wine, each costing $5.

Half way into my glass of wine, I looked around to check out the atmosphere. That’s when I realized that Harlem Food Bar is special, and it is now ranked as one of my favorites in the neighborhood. There was this amazing friendly air bouncing around the walls. Everyone I looked at had a genuine smile. The bartender was extremely courteous and charismatic. It was so easy to strike up a conversation with different types of people, including Amber, a server with an epic ‘fro who also happened to be an actress/singer/dancer.

I spoke to someone briefly, and he took the words out of my mouth, “This place is not stuffy. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not. Why not just have fun?!” I think Harlem needs more of places of this sort. Nothing on the menu is more than $14, which is a very big plus. The food is also not your average bar food. Everything is well made, and the selections are keepers.

Since I was enjoying myself so much, I decided to order some items that weren’t on the Happy Hour menu. I chose the roasted beet salad  since I already had the not-so-healthy wings just to balance things out a bit. Delicioso! And to drink, I had the Berry Harlem. What could be better than a combination of muddled berries, champagne, and mint?!

Must Try: Berry Harlem (Although we’re no longer in Berry season, maybe you’ll go there before they take it off the menu.)

Happy Hour is from 5-8pm, an hour later than most bars around the city!

Amber the server, some locals, and the super awesome bartender!

I’m not ready for fall, but I love fall lip colors! Also, I’ve been getting a lot of messages about how I tie my head wraps, so stay tuned for a post dedicated to head wraps!

5 Comments on Eating in Harlem: Harlem Food Bar

  1. Mai
    September 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    The food looks delicious and the restaurant sounds like a cool place. I love your restaurant reviews/musings.

    • findingpaola
      September 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s on my favorites list now. I just love the atmosphere and the after-work crowd. Thanks a lot! I’m not food expert, but I do love good food, and promoting the cool eateries in my area. :)

  2. Naa-Dei Kotey
    September 28, 2012 at 7:06 am (4 years ago)

    Hello, I’m new you to your blog and I absolutely love it. I have a question for you. Do you ever discuss lipstick? I’m about your complection and I want to venture into lipstick, but I’m nervous. Do you have any suggestions?

    • findingpaola
      September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm (4 years ago)

      The only time I ever discuss lipstick is to talk about a new bright color I’ve bought, but I can certainly change that! I can do a whole post on my favorite fall colors, and maybe do one for every season. Thanks for the great idea! Right now, I’m loving Fresh Moroccan and Media by MAC for fall. I’ve had those last year, and they’re still great! Make sure to come back. I’ll do a whole post just for you! haha

  3. taishalwalker
    September 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Everything looks yummy. The photos make me miss being home in New York. #homesick


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