Lately it feels like there's a buzzy new restaurant, coffee shop or bar opening in Harlem and beyond every week. And it's true–uptown's storefronts have become hives of construction activity.
From ramen joints to ice cream shops, here are just some of the notable spots set to debut this year, based on public notices, tips and of course announcements from the businesses themselves.
Food and coffee:
In the not-all-chains-are-awful category, Mexican eatery Dos Toros and coffee roaster Blue Bottle are coming to 2901-2913 Broadway between W 113th and W 114th Streets in Morningside Heights.
A food hall from chef and TV personality Franklin Becker is taking over the northeast corner of 3227 Broadway and W 130th Street on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. The still-unnamed concept will offer foods like Sicilian-style pizza and Spanish tapas.
A part owner in Pompette Wine Shop is moving forward with Musette Wine Bar, serving small French bites, at 420A Lenox Avenue and 131st Street.
City Island hibachi restaurant Ohana is getting ready to open this month at 101 W 132nd Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.
Hamilton Hall, a pub-style restaurant and bar coming to 3489 Broadway between W 142nd and W 143rd Streets, had hoped to open last summer, but things seem to be temporarily on hold.
Construction has resumed at the latest location of Jin Ramen at 3599 Broadway and 148th Street, now eyeing a spring debut.
Popular family-owned ice cream shop Sugar Hill Creamery is planning a second location on Broadway in Hamilton Heights, and should be opening in the next few months.
Döden, a new pizzeria at 3766 Broadway between 156th and 157th Streets in Washington Heights, had hoped to open last year but is now waiting for some licenses. A few of the partners in the new venture have a pizzeria in Stockholm called Omnipollos Hatt, so expect some similarities.
A Harlem-based brew pub from Celeste Beatty's Harlem Brewing Company has been in the works for some time. Now there's a name–Harlem Brewery & Pub–and even what seems to be a photo of the space. The exact location hasn't been announced yet (the complex rising on W 126th Street in Manhattanville has been cited frequently), but one article mentions it could open this spring.
The awning is up at Ouaga Sports Bar, an Afro-French pub from the Yatenga and Shrine team set to open at 2280 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Avenue and W 134th Street.
Twelve-seat restaurant Belle Harlem, which got its first star from The New York Times last year, announced it will open wine shop Tipsy Belle right next door to its storefront on 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Streets.
It's not easy to start a business from scratch, which is why some are still in the dream phase as they try to get funding. Two such Harlem startups include healthy convenience store Neighbors and organic wine shop True Wines.
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