Northend Food Hall is now up and running with two main stalls in place: Harlem Public and La Chula.
The 6,000-square-foot dining hall on Broadway and 183rd Street in Washington Heights first opened in June with the arrival of Harlem Public, serving the same juicy burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and fun drinks found at its original location in Hamilton Heights.
This week the space finally welcomed La Chula, a Mexican spot run by chef Julian Medina with other locations including East Harlem. On the menu are Mexico City-style tacos, burritos and tortas filled with everything from beef birria to a vegetarian mix of mushrooms, zucchini and cheese.
Set up like a traditional food hall, the cheerful space features counters plus a bar along the sides, with colorful tables in the middle. Customers order and pick up everything themselves, although there's also drink service from Thursday to Sunday night.
Northend first announced its arrival with a large mint-colored mural almost three years ago, and at the time at least four food stalls were being planned, including a barbecue restaurant.
The pandemic cut that number, explained a representative, adding that there's now room for two more vendors. A coffee/dessert stall is at the top of the food hall's wish list.