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What's coming to Harlem (and beyond) in 2019

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

JJ Johnson's Field Trip is coming to Harlem

Uptown's resurgence continues apace! Here are all the noteworthy spots that will be debuting in the coming weeks and months:

This year's list features a few stragglers from last year, including bouldering gym The Cliffs at Harlem at 256-258 W 125th St, "on track for an opening date... in early 2019," according to a recent post on Instagram. The Thelonious Monk-inspired cocktail bar Sugar Monk at 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd also pushed its debut date to 2019. Although some construction activity was spotted earlier this year at planned American comfort food destination Archer + Goat at 187 Lenox Ave, there has been little to report since then.

Last spring Hamilton Heights was dotted with signs announcing the arrival of a slew of new food spots, and while many have opened since then, a handful are still waiting in the wings. They include wine bar L'Argot at 142 Hamilton Pl, noodle spot Jin Ramen at 3599 Broadway and 148th St, and cake, pie and bread shop Bakers at 540 W 145 St (updated 2/20: a new "for lease" sign has appeared on the storefront and there are no longer any signs for Bakers).

Chef Pierre Thiam's Teranga will open at The Africa Center on Fifth Avenue

A trio of big-name chefs are behind three more eateries headed uptown. Chef Pierre Thiam's African-comfort-food-centered Teranga at Harlem's Africa Center at 1280 Fifth Ave is scheduled to debut this month, while chef JJ Johnson's rice-themed Field Trip is "coming soon" to 109 Lenox Ave. Over on Strivers' Row, chef Russell Jackson, a Bravo TV alum and founder of an underground supper club in San Francisco, is behind a new restaurant coming to 273 W 138th St.

Southern-inspired standout BLVD Bistro will be relocating from a brownstone at 239 Lenox Ave to 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd, formerly home to Marcus Samuelsson's short-lived Streetbird Rotisserie.

Two coffee shops planning their second New York locations include Plowshares Coffee, debuting a 3,500-square-foot roastery and training space at 1351 Amsterdam Ave, and Dear Mama, which will expand the minimalist cart it brought to Columbia's Jerome L. Greene Science Center at 3227 Broadway into something much more destination-worthy.

Chef Russell Jackson will debut a restaurant on Strivers' Row this year

There is also no end in sight to the stream of new businesses headed to 125th Street, including the two latest, European Wax Center at 28 W 125th St and Insomnia Cookies at 17 W 125th Street.

Further north in Harlem, Lucille’s, serving coffee during the day and cocktails in the evening, is coming soon to 26 Macombs Pl near 150th St.

The food and drinks scene in Washington Heights is picking up steam, too, with the neighborhood's first food hall, North End, debuting at 4300 Broadway and W 183rd St in March. Watering hole Penny Jo's–the sister spot of Uptown Bourbon–is slated to open its doors at 3898 Broadway and 163rd St.

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