Dining With Miss Lil: The 2017 Pelham Fritz Basketball League Scholars

By Lil Nickelson

On Sunday, August 6th, 2017 The Pelham Fritz Basketball League (“PFBL”) Scholarship Fund, Inc. held their annual awards ceremony in the 2nd floor art gallery at the Harlem State Office Building in conjunction with NYS Assembly woman Inez Dickens. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Whole Foods Market Harlem Opens In Grand Style

By Lil Nickelson

On Friday July 21st, 2017, the 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market Harlem opened in grand style.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Restoring The Beauty To Harlem’s Parks

By Lil Nickelson

Harlem is home to some of NYC’s most beautiful parks.  Last month on Monday, June 19th, 2017 the NYC Parks Department held a waterfall restoration ceremony at Morningside Park at 112th Street and Manhattan Avenue in Harlem, NYContinue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Mumbai Masala Indian Grill is a Great Place to Eat

By Lil Nickelson and photographs by Rudy Collins

Mumbai Masala Indian Grill opened on June 1 st and the décor and atmosphere sets the tone for a new dining experience in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil At The 3rd Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival 2017 (Photographs)

By Lil Nickelson

The 3rd annual Harlem’ Festival took place from May 15th through May 21st throughout various venues in the village of Harlem. On Tuesday, May 16th Prudential Insurance sponsored a five-course meal at Ginny’s Supper Club in the lower level of Red Rooster Harlem. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: NYCWFF’s Midnight in Harlem

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By Lil Nickelson

New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) 2016 saved the best for last on Saturday night of October 15th, 2016; namely the sold-out Midnight Jazz Breakfast that was held at The Cecil and Minton’s restaurants in Harlem from 11:30 pm until 1:30 am. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: The BIG Chocolate Show 2016

big-chocolate-showThe BIG Chocolate Show came to NYC and it was a chocolicious treat; I do declare.  The BIG Chocolate Show was held the second weekend in October 2016; press preview day was on Friday, October 7th and it was open to the public on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.  2016. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Row House Restaurant is Serving It Up

RH Exterior with Outdoor Seating1By Lil Nickelson

Row House restaurant is located along Harlem’s restaurant row at 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, N.Y. 10026 on the Southeast corner of 115th Street.  Continue Reading →

Just Food Conference Serves It Up At Columbia In Harlem

By Lil Nickelson

On Sunday, March 13th, 2016 Just Food held its annual conference at Teachers College, on the campus of Columbia University at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Romantic Food Spots In Harlem

Love between michelle-barack-obamaBy Lil Nickelson

Romance is in the air and it’s getting hot out here as Valentine’s Day weekend 2016 unfolds.  It’s 21 degrees outside right now in Harlem, but it feels like 10 degrees and the temperature is going to drop as the day progresses.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: The Edge Cafe, A Welcome Addition

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By Lil Nickelson

The Edge Café is a welcome addition to my neighborhood.  The Edge is located at 101 Edgecombe Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10030 on the Northwest corner of 139th Street (212 939-9688 www.edgecafeharlem.com). Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: The Two Faces of An Executive Chef

Chef Matthew Tivy and Miss Lil1By Lil Nickelson

I finally met Executive Chef/Owner Matthew Tivy this past summer after I had reviewed two French bistro establishments out of the three restaurants in his food business empire that he co owns or manages in Manhattan; Chez Lucienne in Harlem on Lenox Avenue near 125th Street and Café du Soleil on the Upper West Side near 104th Street and Broadway.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: You Have to Go to By The Hudson Restaurant

bth interiorBy Lil Nickelson

By The Hudson Restaurant & Lounge (“BTH”) is appropriately named because it is physically located by The Hudson River is located at 712 West 125th Street in between 12th Avenue and Riverside Drive just before you make the left to head for West Side Highway’s entrance ramp heading South.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: BMA 1st Annual Awards Reception

BMA Reception Organizers2By Lil Nickelson

Growing up in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem in the 1960s and 1970s, I don’t recall any vacant commercial real estate spaces on Amsterdam Avenue, Broadway, Convent Avenue or St. Nicholas Avenue from like 135th Street up to 155th Street.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Cafe du Soleil is Cool Daddy

Cafe du Soleil Front DoorBy Lil Nickelson

Café du Soleil is a cool French bistro restaurant located at 2723 Broadway (in between 104 and 105th Streets) on the upper West side of Manhattan that has a warm, relaxing and inviting atmosphere about it.  Continue Reading →