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10 Best Things I ate at Harlem EatUp!

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 10 Best Bites At Harlem EatUp!

With Spring coming to end and Summer creepin’ around the corner, food festival season is here! I was able to kick off the season stuffing my face, satisfying my inner foodie from some of the best restaurants in Harlem at the Harlem EatUp! food festival.

From the tasty food, the dope live food demos, to the crowded dance floor-Harlem EatUp is one of a kind! I attended this 4-day festival on Sunday, May 21st, spending my Sunday enjoying unlimited food and DRANKS. While I did this I took photos and notes of my favorite bites and sips. Check out the list of the best dope fancy things I ate at Harlem EatUp! The list includes the name of what each vendor made, how they made it and how I felt about it- And of course, I also have to let you know which restaurants are Black-owned. The list is no particular order. Click to read more.

10 Best Bites At Harlem EatUp!

WARNING! Grab some napkins, cause you’re mouth will be watering.

1. Bell Harlem’s Deconstructed Mac & Cheese Spring Roll Mac and Cheese, Harlem EatUp, NYC food festivals, NYC food, Harlem restaurants, Harlem eats

Address: 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, Harlem, NY 10030

Ingredients: Bacon marmalade, smoked gouda bechamel

Chef: Darryl Burnette

Toya’s Thoughts: Mac and Cheese is a favorite, so I’m VERY VERY critical of all Mac and Cheeses that I taste outside of my Mama’s kitchen. Spring Rolls are also a favorite of mine. Bell successfully married two of my favs together and added some bacon. So yeah I ate two maybe even three of these.

2. BLVD BISTRO’s Jumbo Shrimp and Grits

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Address: 239 Lenox Ave & 122nd Street, Harlem, NY 10027

Ingredients: Buttered grits, shrimp, cheddar cheese

Chef: Carlos Swepson

Toya’s Thoughts: I imagine creating a soul food staple like shrimp and grits at a festival on a warm day would be rather hard and a tad “gSKAY” (puts pinky up for sophistication), but then again who am I to question the #1 Soul Food Restaurant in America. Grits were on point, shrimp was on point, cheese was on point.ht

3. Mere Viola’s Gumbo

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Address: 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, Harlem, NY 10030

Ingredients: Chicken, sausage, okra

Chef: Vaughn Moore

Toya’s Thoughts: This was the most delightful tasting gumbo a girl ever did see. When they topped it off with a white rice ball and the hot sauce (didn’t even have to take it out of my bag) I couldn’t resist taking some of my of my friend’s portion. Cause one and a half of a serving is not as bad as two full servings…right?!

4. Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash’s Cuban Chicken Taco

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Address: 161 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem, NY 10026

Ingredients: Not listed

Chef: Brian Washington-Palmer

Toya’s Thoughts: Sexy Taco is my mommy’s and me favorite place to eat, so I was a little nervous judging them- I didn’t want them to let me down. Clearly, they didn’t. The super tender chicken nicely spilled over the top of a golden crispy chip -for that added crunch. Clearly, they call them Sexy Taco for nothing.

5. Mist Harlem’s Southern Fried Chicken Lollipops with hot honey sauce

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Address: 46 W 116th St, Harlem, NY 10026

Ingredients: Not listed

Chef:

Toya’s Thoughts: Note to self- only get chicken that is served as a chicken lollipop. The chicken was soooo easy to pick up because it had a nice juicy chicken bone sticking out the end. To add to this chicken perfection, the meat was tender on the inside, crispy on the outside; so I could easily pull the meat right off the bone with my teeth- straight medieval times style.

6. Red Rooster/Streetbird’s Jerk Short rib with pickled cabbage slaw

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Address:  

  • Red Rooster– 310 Lenox Ave, Harlem, NY 10027
  • Streetbird– 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem, NY 10027

Chef: Marcus Samuelsson

Toya’s Thoughts: I wish this cube of deliciousness was just a tad bit bigger. They cut each cube, I can say each because I had more than one two, with an excellent ratio of fat to meat. So the short rib was soooo juicy and the sour of from the pickled cabbage left a nice after taste. Plus, anything pickled is bae.

7. Harlem Burger Co.’s Niman Ranch Guacamole Beef Slider

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Address: 2190 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem, NY 10026

Ingredients: Not listed details are in the name

Chef: Jonathan Shepard

Toya’s Thoughts: The patty to bun ratio on this burger was just one yummy aspect of this heavenly burger. The bun was juicy and the sauce, I wish there was more of the ranch guacamole sauce. I know ranch guacamole sounds a little weird, but don’t knock it until you bit it. Trust me!

8. Row House’s Duck

Address: 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem, NY 10026

Chef: Humberto Guallpa

Ingredients: Duck with some real fancy stuff I forgot to write down- that’s just an indication of how good it was.

Toya’s Thoughts: I wish the proportions were bigger for this wonderful duck concoction. It was a true party in my mouth, that spread to my brain because I forgot to write done the ingredients. May the food blog Gods forgive me.

9. Lolo’s Seafood Shack’s Crawfish shots

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Address: 303 W 116th St, Harlem, NY 10026

Ingredients: Plantain chips, homemade pineapple Chutney

Chef: Raymond Zamanta Mohan

Toya’s Thoughts: What first drew me to this vendor station was the fancy nitrogen smoke that was trickling off the tops of the crawfish shots- what a nice touch! It was like a light summertime seafood soup shot-unlike the awful shots of vodka I took in college.

10. Fairway Market’s Chilled Cucumber Soup and Grilled Chicken Avocado Sliders

Address: 2328 12th Ave, Harlem, NY 10027

Ingredients: Not listed

Chef: Fairway Market

Toya’s Thoughts: Fairway clearly has some hidden aisle somewhere because I didn’t know they made such great cold soup and sandwiches. This was the first thing I had at Harlem EatUp and it set the bar pretty high. The soup had diced pieces of cucumber in it for some texture and it was perfect for a warm Spring day. And pretty much anything with avocado can do no wrong- especially when you don’t have to pay extra.

BONUS: FAVORITE SIP- Vintería’s Sinsear cocktail

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Mixologist: Ashley Lugo

Ingredients: Borbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, apple cider and ginger purée

 

Hope you enjoyed my 10 Best Bites At Harlem EatUp! Comment below! If you attended, comment below with your favorite bites. If you didn’t, let me know what bites you would’ve tried.

Still full from Sunday,

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