The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls, Turns 80 on April 29th ~ National Rugelach Day!

 

 

 

Image courtesy Lee Lee’s Pastry Shop

We call him Mr. Lee, but his name is Alvin Lee Smalls, and he is a true Harlem institution, known for decades as The King of Rugelach. This April 29th, National Rugelach Day, Mr. Lee turns 80 years young!

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It’s an Art Gallery ~ No No, It’s a Restaurant ~ Just Behind the Basquiat Portrait #1 ~ Shhhh….it’s a secret

 

 

 

Frevo (smoked butter). Image © Mark Grgurich

It’s actually both. While surfing quickly through Twitter, we came to a halt at an image of a woman opening a door inside an art gallery on 8th Street in Greenwich Village – the door being a large photograph of Basquiat! Huh….

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‘Everything is Everything’ ~ The New Interactive ‘Best-Bagel’ Locator

 

 

 

Above, One of our favorites, Zabars Everything Bagel

As a New Yorker, born & raised, we were more than curious about a couple who would visit 202 bagel shops in all five boroughs ~ taste-test, review and create a map on the best, the worst, and all in-between.

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Queens Centers for Progress Presents an ‘Evening of Fine Food’ on March 15th

 

 

 

Queens Centers for Progress Presents the 26th Annual “Evening of Fine Food” In-Person at Terrace on the Park on March 15, 2022. The event – which is both in-person and virtual (for anyone wishing to enjoy the event’s interactive features from the comfort of their home) will raise funds to support the longtime organization’s programs and services, assisting more than 1,200 individuals with developmental disabilities to lead more independent lives.

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‘African/American: Making the Nation’s Table’ to Open at The Africa Center in Harlem

 

 

 

The Africa Center and Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) will kick-off Black History Month  with the opening of African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. This exhibition will highlight the many ways African culture has influenced African American Cuisine, and how those traditions have blended to create the foundation for American food.

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The Ginjan Cafe’ in the Historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building

 

 

Lunch at Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building, East Harlem

In 2019, Mohammed and Ibrahima Diallo ~ also known as the Ginjan Brothers opened the popular Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Corn Exchange Building in East Harlem. Opening early every day, they were the place to go for your morning coffee/cappuccino, pastries and Crepes. You may also know them from their popular cold-pressed West African juices (that, by the way, can now be found in all 145 Whole Food Stores in the North East).

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Moe-the Butcher ~ Owner of Albanese Meats & Poultry in Nolita ~ Passes Away

 

 

 

Albanese Meats and Poultry Shop, 238 Elizabeth Street, NYC

Moe the Butcher, the much-loved owner of Albanese Meats and Poultry passed away today, April 8, 2020, just shy of his 96th birthday. Moe Albanese has been running the shop since he took it over in 1954 from his Mother, who ran the shop that she and her husband, Moe’s Father, opened in 1923.

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Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery Turns 110 on March 29, 2020 ~ Mazel Tov!

 

 

 

Yonah Shimmel ~ original since 1910

How many NYC businesses do you know that have survived 110 years? On March 29, 2020, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery will celebrate their founding from a pushcart on Coney Island in 1890 to their current location on East Houston Street. In honor of this very special occasion, they will be selling Knishes for $1.10 to the first 110 sold that day.

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Save the Dates for Harlem Restaurant Week 2020 ~ March 1-15

 

 

 

Corner Social, 321 Lenox Avenue

Dates have been set for the annual Harlem Restaurant Week 2020! Dozens of new and exciting restaurants and hot spots have been added to the list this year, including retail and special events.

Don’t want to eat out? Order in right here.

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Ezra Wube: Project Junction, a New Exhibition at The Africa Center

 

 

 

Ezra Wube: Project Junction at The Africa Center. Image courtesy The Africa Center

The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.

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