Dining With Miss Lil: Hustle & Soul is What WE-TV Wants It to Be

By Lil Nickelson

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On Monday, March 19th, 2018 I stopped by the 2nd floor of the Andaz Hotel located across the street from the 42nd Street public library for the premiere event for the new season of Hustle & Soul on WE-TV. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: NYWCA Dynamic Women in Food Media Event

By Lil Nickelson

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On Monday, March 5th, 2018 the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (“NYWCA”) held its 8th Annual Stories & Advice event titled “Dynamic Women in Food Media” on the 3rd floor at The Institute of Culinary Education located at 225 Liberty Street in lower Manhattan from 6 pm to 9 pm. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Artworks On Display At GBE In Harlem

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Artworks on Display at GBE in Harlem

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Since becoming a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015, LaToya Ruby Frazier has been the subject of numerous solo presentations of her work in recent exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA and Pittsburgh, PA to name a few.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Harlem Bars & Restaurants Join the 2nd Annual Kwanzaa Bar Crawl

By Lil Nickelson

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We met up at the Harlem meet up point at CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center located at 250 West 127th Street beginning at 12 Noon. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Chef Marcus Samuelsson And US Foods Host C-CAP At Ginny’s Supper Club

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On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 US Foods, together with Chef Marcus Samuelsson held an exclusive end of year celebration that started at 6pm in Ginny’s Supper Club in the village of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Chef José Andrés Is Helping Puerto Rico Hurricane Survivors

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Washington, DC’s only true hero, Chef José Andrés, has once again jumped into action in response to a natural disaster.   Continue Reading →

Food Bank For NYC And Forbes Discuss Fight Against NYC Hunger

By Lil Nickelson

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On Thursday, September 7th, 2017 Food Bank For New York City and Forbes, in partnership with NationSwell held a moderated panel discussion focused on what’s next in the fight against hunger. Continue Reading →

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

By Lil Nickelson

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

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

RH Exterior with Outdoor Seating1By Lil Nickelson

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Dining With Miss Lil: The 1st Annual Harlem Eat Up Festival

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By Lil Nickelson

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Executive Chef/Owner Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie (pictured above with his wife model Maya Haile) came up with the idea for a festival to celebrate and showcase the diversity of Harlem’s food, culture and spirit.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Blujeen Restaurant Opened & It’s a Smash Hit

Chef Lance Knowling in front of Blujeen RestaurantBy Lil Nickelson

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Back in March 2015 Executive Chef Lance Knowling was getting antsy waiting to open up Blujeen Restaurant so he invited a select number of people to his pre-opening launch party that was held for two (2) hours on Friday, March 27th, 2015.  Continue Reading →

Drinking With Miss Lil : Gin Fizz Lounge

Photo of Gin Fizz BarBy Lil Nickelson

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When I was a kid growing up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, Saturday evening was date night for my parents and they would go out to eat at Sherman’s BBQ on the corner of our block on Amsterdam Avenue and 151st Street or down to Broadway and 145th Street to Ling Fong’s Chinese Restaurant for dinner.  Continue Reading →