Harlem Eateries Offering Cafe Flavor

Three new restaurants have received Community Board 10 support to open a sidewalk cafe in Central Harlem. Among them is Applebee’s chain at the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue. The sidewalk cafe will be on Fifth Avenue.

Bier International also received community support to open its long-awaited sidewalk seating. The beer garden, located at 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at West 113th Street, applied for a two-year permit for 16 tables with 34 seats.

Nectar Wine Bar at 2241 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 121st Street, also received approval for a sidewalk cafe.

Robb Pair, Harlem resident and owner of Harlem Lofts Inc., said, “sidewalk seating at a neighborhood restaurants is my favorite place to enjoy the flair and diversity of Harlem.” He added, “I am glad to hear that Community Board 10 seems to be supporting this important issue. It allows for more social interaction amongst our residents, visitors and tourist.”

The DOT reports it’s reviewing applications for 12 businesses to host the cafes, which give areas too narrow to accommodate traditional sidewalk cafes permission to move their seating into a portion of the street.

In other Harlem eatery news, the newly opened Bad Horse Pizza, located at 2222 Frederick Douglass Blvd., at West 120th Street and Harlem Tavern, a bar and grill scheduled to open at Frederick Douglas Blvd. and West 116th Street this spring received board support for liquor licenses.