Don't let Harlem's chill summer vibes fool you–there's been a hive of activity behind closed doors at a slew of soon-to-open businesses. Here are six notable establishments set to debut in August or soon after. From south to north they are:
The Corn Exchange Building, 81 E 125th St and Park Ave
Guinean brothers Mohammed and Rahim Diallo will soon be selling their gourmet brand of ginger juice (plus coffee and more) out of a new cafe in East Harlem's beautifully renovated Corn Exchange Building. The spot debuts in early August.
350 St. Nicholas Ave between W 127th and W 128th Sts
The former Unity Yoga on St. Nicholas Avenue is set to reopen as the second location of the Inwood-based Bread and Yoga. Sign up now for the pre-opening student special ($50); classes begin Saturday, August 3.
2280 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and 134th St
The team behind Shrine, Yatenga Harlem and Silvana is getting ready to open its fourth venture: Ouaga, a decidedly chic spot (there's a very Parisian looking copper bar) to drink a pint while watching a game.
1520 Amsterdam Ave at W 135th St
City College students are about to get their first bona fide bubble tea shop, located right down the street from the campus' main entrance on Amsterdam. What took so long?
2592 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 138th St
Underground dining pioneer and Bravo TV alum Russell Jackson is opening the doors to Reverence, Harlem's latest fine dining destination, on August 6. The spot is already taking reservations.
3489 Broadway between 142nd and 143rd Sts
Hiding behind a small storefront on Broadway is a sizable new space that will soon serve a wide selection of craft beers, cocktails and solid pub grub.