Janelle Monae to me: “Marquis Phifer, I want to thank you for being a muse, for this face, and being a true dandy” -Janelle Monae in her toast at her private dinner. This Lady is ELECTRIC. You make a grown man cry.
The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman, presents the third edition of his Lunch for 25 series, filmed at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy. This is the third “Lunch for 25,” and it just keeps getting more fun. You’ll see some familiar faces, some new faces, and a wrinkle at the end. Cheers!
I keep champagne in my cup. And an influential friends list (no request). You keep forgetting I’m from Houston? Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. And yes, my friends have their own resturant. Properly named at that too. I had dinner with the effervescent Dee & Ricky re: talking business (let that man get cash). Go with the flow.
Dee & Ricky’s Home Cooking
503 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Aim, bang, then reload.
Picasso is on my plate.
Watch out for the waves.
This is ”situation delicate.” #veryrare
(Please remember to do your exercises). Let me preface this with some background, so you understand the nature of my guide. Phifer; the original lifestyle architect and arbitrator for the Millennial Generation has been on a restaurant tour in your town, and he’s showing up snatched with a cause! Harlem might change your life. Note: change your life. I’ve been here for four weeks and some change and I have found you some of the best little gems in Harlem! Melba’s, Lido and Harlem Social will top off your life like it’s a religion (you’ve got yourself a deal with any of these options). The atmosphere of each restaurant is a bustling active crowd and the food and spirits are excellent. Not snooty or pretentious, but each dish pictured above is a must have. So have it! Gooood food is a must have for any neighborhood and I choose all three. Melba’s for brunch (I love a sangria and mango mimosa story). Lido when mio scento italiano! And Harlem Social to be social. Happy Holidays!
It could’ve been a bistro in Paris. Bonjour new neighbor! I welcome you to the first French bistro that sits on the busiest shopping street in Harlem. At Chez Lucienne you will find signature French Classics with a touch of Provence. The front bar is perfect for cocktails before dinner where patrons can mingle like good friends in an upbeat ambiance. Let’s talk about the vibe–the décor is warm with brick and mirrored walls, ceiling fans and dimmed romantic lighting, reminiscing of the Colonial era. The bistro is in the heart of Harlem with its vibrant energy and history. Tip in for live music every Saturday night (no cover) and find yourself getting life in your seat. I ordered some type of salmon dish (you see those cocktails) no judgement zone remember!
308 Lenox Avenue at 125 street
New York, NY 10027
This table was set like The Last Supper. Stop judging. Feast like moments and calorie action takes place at FOUR at Yotel Hotel and it’s actually quite stupendous. (It’s called FOUR because it’s on the fourth floor of Yotel Hotel). Spacious, chic, with large cabanas and decor that reminds you of one of those fancy yogurt spots–white, simple, and to the point. And fortunately the Brunch extravaganza is actually awesome. $40 gets you unlimited cocktails & small plates of the asian-fusion experience. This is New York City and rarely do you see unlimited booze & intimate bites. I’m delighted to announce that I was pleasantly surprised with most of the dishes. On the other side of the bridge, the service was slow and forgetful, but they were friendly as ever which made it hard to hate them. They might bring you three extra orders of meatballs and forget your mimosas twice, but they’ll do it with a smile, dammit!
570 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Part of Harlem’s renaissance. One crisp, Summer afternoon my boy and I headed north of Harlem to fill our expensive tummies with southern food. We walked in Melba’s and immediately fell in love. It’s a warm inviting atmosphere, while keeping an element of coolness with it’s exposed brick and marble bar. Please, order the mango mimosa. + Try the chicken and waffles (world famous and delicious I hear). I opted for a spinach omelette. We rolled all the way back to the suite in the sky, full and happy.
300 West 114th Street
Manhattan, New York 10026
Photo Recap: Good Morning at The Smile with @LCHutch after her interview in Soho. The perfect chill and one of my favorite’s when dining solo. Oatmeal with a macchiato, and I’m G-Double O-D good for the next 5 hours.
26 Bond Street
Manhattan, NY 10012
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” Wise words from Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho. Which inspired the idea of two days off the green tea. La Colombe in Tribeca, a personal recommendation from my good friend naKota, for a pick-me-upper called macchiato. Not love at first sight but I do believe something clicked. The next morning I wanted another and I like the look holding that tiny cup. Enter any La Colombe cafe and one immediately notices what is missing – the merchandising and clutter of CDs, coffee mugs, home coffee machines and lunch foods; all items that distract from the coffee experience and slow quality service. Here in our cafes, first and foremost, the COFFEE and the CUSTOMER are the primary focus. + Spotted in Tribeca wearing an oversized cardigan that compliment leather shorts and tights. Very Peter Pan like, right?
319 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
Life’s great, isn’t it? Escape is at hand for the traveling (wo)•man. And they say, “Sham, where you been?” Trying to re-create an episode of Extreme Yachts with No Reservations on my mind. You see the source of my motivation, right? But for one of the best bloody mary’s in the city, I run to The Breslin at The Ace Hotel for brunch with Linds. Not for pancakes, bacon, and waffles — No No No. The fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with a side of eggs is a gold mine. Trust!+ April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, owners of The Spotted Pig, opened their latest Michelin-starred restaurant, The Breslin, inside Ace Hotel New York. The hearty, meat-centric menu emphasizes artisanal products, small growers and farmers, and seasonality. The Breslin menu embraces “nose-to-tail” cuisine methodologies and offers handmade terrines, sausages and charcuterie. Rich, salty, roasted flavours predominate.
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
16 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001