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!