Follow these Harlem chefs and restaurants for inspirational lockdown recipes

Updated: Nov 28, 2021


Follow these Harlem chefs and restaurants for inspirational lockdown recipes
Now you can make Tsion Cafe's shakshuka at home

As the lockdown continues, there's a good chance you're getting tired of the three recipes you know by heart.


But don't give up and start eating cereal just yet. A handful of Harlem chefs and restaurants have been busy on Instagram sharing tips.


Follow them not just for inspiration, but cooking demos and actual recipes:


Adrienne Cheatham

Her Top Chef fame led her to start her own monthly dining series, Sunday Best. Now stuck at home like the rest of us, this Harlem chef has been dispensing culinary advice including how to use leftovers to cobble together a meal. Don't miss Cheatham's two recent takes on Dalgona coffee: the Strawberry Shortcake and the Black Stallion.


Alexander Smalls

This award-winning Harlem chef's new cookbook, "Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen," came out just as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the city. During the lockdown he's been making—and sharing—recipes not just from the book, but based on whatever he's currently got in his home kitchen.


JJ Johnson

This James Beard Award-winning chef has been stepping up during the pandemic to cook meals for health care workers and neighbors at his rice-focused Harlem restaurant, Fieldtrip. But Chef JJ also has a show on Cleo TV on Saturdays at noon. Head to the channel's website to find his plant-based chili. Another business partner is Mastercard, which just debuted his seafood gumbo.


Lyn Genet's Kitchen

Lyn-Genet Recitas, the owner of this year-old health-minded restaurant, has always loved sharing her recipes—she even has a few popular cookbooks. Since the shutdown there's been an emphasis on comfort-food-with-a-twist like calzones made with 00 flour and the restaurant's popular gluten-free coconut flour pancakes.


Pierre Thiam

The chef behind the phenomenally good African comfort food spot Teranga, Pierre Thiam has been giving talks and cooking demos with various partners on IG Live. This week he's been collaborating with travel company Accor Live Limitless.


Tsion Cafe

This cozy Sugar Hill cafe is known for its mix of Ethiopian and Mediterranean dishes, currently available via take-out and delivery. If you've ever wondered how to replicate the restaurant's shakshuka, you can now find the recipe on Instagram.


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