Jun 28, 2012: Men of Storytellers Celebrate Phyllis Hyman! at Billie’s Black Restaurant


An evening celebrating the music of the iconic Phyllis Hyman starring some of NYC’s most sought after male vocalists!

Jun 28, 2012: Men of Storytellers Celebrate Phyllis Hyman! at Billie’s Black Restaurant
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Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson Eyeing Historic Lenox Lounge

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson Eyeing Historic Lenox Lounge

December 19, 2011 7:20am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The Lenox Lounge, considered a Harlem icon, is up for lease for $20,000 per month starting in February. (joseph a/flickr)

HARLEM—The Lenox Lounge and its historic Zebra Room may soon be changing its stripes.

The iconic Harlem landmark, located at 288 Lenox Avenue between 124th and 125th streets since 1939, has hosted jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane and is up for lease.

The 2,250 square foot Art Deco lounge can be had for a cool $20,500 per month starting in February, according to a listing by Walker Malloy & Company.

Sources close to the deal also say that celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, who operates the popular Red Rooster Harlem just a block away, has expressed interest in the space.

Celebrity Chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem Marcus Samuelsson may be interested in the Lenox Lounge space. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

The current lease, which the owner is not renewing, is below market value, according to a source close to the transaction who asked not be named because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations.

“It is getting a lot of attention from restaurants that want to expand,” said the source. “It’s an iconic establishment that has been there forever. The Lenox Lounge speaks for itself.”

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Uptown Pink Tea Cup Plans Scrapped for Upscale Wine Lounge

Uptown Pink Tea Cup Plans Scrapped for Upscale Wine Lounge

December 15, 2011 7:03am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Auberge Laurent owner Lawrence Page says he wants his new wine lounge to be about good conversation and good friends. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — Auberge Laurent, the name of Lawrence Page’s new upscale French wine lounge on Lenox Avenue, translates loosely as “Lawrence’s House or Inn.”

Stepping inside the location at 120th Street, it is filled with personal effects from the restaurateur’s homes. There’s a metal trough from his farm and a bear skin rug, along with funky wall paper.

“I designed it like a house, like a Parisian living room,” said Page. And he’s having a New Year’s Eve housewarming party in his living room that will serve as the lounge’s grand opening.

“This is for people who want to enjoy good conversation, fun, good friends and good wine,” said Page.

The lounge’s new concept comes after Page was forced to abandon plans to open a Harlem outpost of the beloved Village soul food restaurant The Pink Tea Cup. Page, who is also a movie producer, has owned The Pink Teacup since 2010 when he revived it after it had closed.

Auberge Laurent, an upscale wine lounge on Lenox Avenue, is scheduled to open on New Year’s Eve. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

When he leased the Lenox Avenue location, Page thought it was eligible for a full liquor license, which he would need to make the Pink Teacup viable, and had been granted one in the past. But because the location is too close to a church, he found out that the eligibility was in question.

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Marcus Samuelsson: My Swedish Christmas in Harlem


The holidays are my favorite time of year! Christmas was always one of the biggest celebrations in Sweden and I look forward to the festivities each year. Even though I celebrate Christmas every year in Harlem now, I still brought with me my traditions and I try to incorporate my Swedish Christmas customs to wherever I’m celebrating this great holiday.

The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it’s a very family-centered holiday. Immediate and extended families gather to celebrate together in night full of eating, drinking, and laughter. Unlike the US, we celebrate Christmas primarily on Christmas Eve instead of the 25th. Interestingly enough, one of our traditions is somewhat American, when at 3pm on Christmas Eve, what seems like the entire country stops to watch the Disney special “From All Of Us To All Of You.” All the festivities like dinner and presents must sometimes wait until after Kalle Anka (Donald Duck). This funny tradition has existed for what seems like as long as TV has existed in Sweden!

The program is followed by Christmas dinner, giving of gifts, singing of carols and dancing around the Christmas tree. But clearly, my favorite Christmas tradition is the dinner when Swedes gather to enjoy a traditional Julbord. The Julbord is an extended Smorgasbord of traditional Christmas foods like Swedish Meatballs, Braised Red Cabbage, Jansson’s Temptation (a traditional potato casserole with sweet anchovies), Lutfisk, and most importantly the Swedish Ham. Our Christmas ham has a different preparation to that of the US. First we cure the ham with salt and sugar, it is boiled or baked, and then glazed with Swedish mustard (sweeter and les spicy that regular mustard). If the ham is boiled, then we conserve the liquid it was boiled in and dip Swedish rye bread (Vört) in it. For dessert we also enjoy Lucia buns which are saffron buns, also mainly eaten on December 13, St. Lucia’s Day. Of course, I can’t forget our beloved Glögg, warm mulled wine with fruit and nuts, which is drunk throughout the holiday.

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