Harlem’s Chef JJ to Open ‘Field Trip’ on Lenox Avenue




Image via #chefjj on Instagram

Famed Harlem Celeb Chef JJ Johnson will open his new restaurant, Field Trip, in Harlem later this year, focusing on a “fast-casual grain concept’ with patrons choosing their own rice or barley bowls. Location selected, construction underway, and signage just went up above the front door!

The Chef’s new concept previewed at Chef’s Club in NoLIta, and again this week at the 2018 US Open.

Knowing Harlem the way Chef JJ does ~ living in Harlem and coming from the popular The Cecil and Minton’s, Chef proclaimed that Field Trip will be “an affordable restaurant that people in the neighborhood can eat at every day.”  “……it’s a community-based restaurant that’s being built for the community.”

Image via #chefjj on Instagram with Chef JJ and Al Roker on The Today Show

As sole owner, Chef JJ has the lease inked, menu established, and Field Trip is set to open in 2019, at 109 Lenox Avenue, between 115th-116th Street, occupying 1,125 square feet on the ground floor with an additional 800 square feet on the second level. It can’t be more convenient to transportation, located at the #2/3 subway station on Lenox Avenue at 116th Street, and bus stops from every direction.

Can’t wait?  Check out his cook book, ‘Between Harlem and Heaven,‘ winner of the Beard Foundation 2019 Award for Best American Cookbook.

Follow Chef JJ on Instagram.

Field Trip, 109 Lenox Avenue at 115th Street. Image as of April 11, 2019 ~ a work in progress

Congratulations to Cheff JJ for his restaurant Henry at Life Hotel in NoMad making GQ’s Best New Restaurants in America, 2019.

We can’t end this post without a note about how many notable Harlem restaurants are owned & operated by renowned chef’s that also live in Harlem.

Signage went up! April 20, 2019



More Harlem Restaurant news ~ Chef Pierre Thiam opened Teranga at The Africa Center.