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9 spots expanding in Harlem and further uptown

May 24, 2018

 

From national chains looking to make their first move in Harlem to local businesses opening their next neighborhood joint, there are quite a few expansions currently underway uptown. From south to north, here are the ones generating the most buzz:

 

Taco Mix

1621 Lexington Avenue at 102nd Street

Everyone's favorite destination for authentic al pastor tacos on East 116th Street is opening a second East Harlem location in about a month. (NB: There's now also an Industry City branch and another coming to Queens.) The new corner spot looks like it will have a lot more seating than the original counter-only address–one awning reads "Tapas & Wine Bar"–so fans should be able to make an evening of it.

 

Monkey Cup

1961 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 118th and 119th Streets

Three years after this cozy jungle-themed coffee shop debuted on Amsterdam Avenue near 146th Street in Hamilton Heights, it's expanding some 20 blocks south. Expect an opening in the next few weeks, if all goes according to plan.

 

The Cliffs at Harlem

256 W 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards

If you want to see what this new Harlem bouldering spot will be all about, you can check out its other locations in Long Island City, Valhalla or even DUMBO. Construction should be finished sometime this summer.

 

P.C. Richard

309 West 125th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue

An appliance chain that understands New Yorkers' needs to a tee, P.C. Richard is bound to be a hit when it debuts in Harlem. An employee at another store said to expect doors to open by the end of this month–just in time for air conditioner shopping season.

 

Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works

112 W 125th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard

The brand new building that will house these two popular chains–both owned by L Brands–has been under construction for what seems like forever (its next-door neighbor is the new Whole Foods), but there has been progress: the store signs for both are now up.

 

Chipotle

72 West 125th Street between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard

That was fast. News came out in January that Chipotle was opening in Harlem, and now the store sign is up and they're hiring. (There's also talk of a second location in Washington Heights on 181st Street.)

 

Shake Shack

1 West 125th Street at Fifth Avenue

This über-popular hamburger joint is coming to 125th Street in a space that was last home to an Applebee's.

 

Boxers

3820 Broadway at 159th Street

"NYC's premier gay sports bar" has locations in Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea and the Upper East Side. Next up? Washington Heights. The windows are already papered up with the chain's canine mascots.

 

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