Dining With Miss Lil: The Green Revolution is Coming to New York State Real Soon

By Lil Nickelson

The “legal weed” or cannabis industry is growing so fast that it has been called the “Green Rush” of the 21st century as the California “Gold Rush” was in the mid-1800s. Continue Reading →

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

By Lil Nickelson

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

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

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: Congressman Adriano Espaillat’s Annual MLK Jr. Policy Breakfast

By Lil Nickelson

On Friday, January 12th, 2018 U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat representing NY’s 13th Congressional District, held his annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Policy Breakfast. Continue Reading →

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

By Lil Nickelson

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 José Andrés Is Helping Puerto Rico Hurricane Survivors

By Lil Nickelson

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

Dining With Miss Lil: Harlem Week 2017’s Urban Tech Meet Up

By Lil Nickelson

On Thursday, August 10th, 2017 Harlem Week held its “Urban Technology Meet-Up” as the final event of its annual NYC Economic Development Day at Columbia University Alfred Lerner Hall. 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: 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 →

Jolie Patisserie: Hot New Bakery To Try In Harlem

Jolie Patisserie

Jolie Patisserie

Pastry chef Moha Orchid is behind Jolie, which opened this past spring with an article Dining With Miss Lil: Harlem’s Newest Pastry Shop on Harlem World Magazine by Senior Food writer Lil Nickelson this past summer.
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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: Harlem’s Newest Pastry Shop

Front Entrance of Jolie Patisserie

By Lil Nickleson

Jolie Patisserie is the newest patisserie shop to open up in Harlem and is located at 2453 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in between 142nd and 143rd Streets.  Jolie Patisserie is the latest food business to be owned and operated Pastry Chef Moha Orchid.

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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 →

Dining With Miss Lil At Vinateria is Buono and Chic

Yvette and Executive Chef Gustavo Lopez

By Lil Nickelson

Vinateria is the latest restaurant that I chose to review after meeting its owner, Yvette Leeper-Bueno, her mother, Mrs. Leeper and Executive Chef Gustavo Lopez at the Harlem Eat Up Festival’s great chefs in Harlem photo shoot on April 1st.  Continue Reading →

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

Chef Lance Knowling in front of Blujeen RestaurantBy Lil Nickelson

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 →

Dining With Miss Lil: LoLo’s Seafood Shack is Crazy Great

Exterior of LoLo's

By Lil Nickelson

My tasting to review LoLo’s Seafood Shack took place on the evening of the first day in spring; it snowed all day and a cold was coming down on me.  I didn’t want to get out of my bed, let alone go outside.  Continue Reading →

Join The Uptown Jam Session At Harlem Besame Latin Soul Lounge

Uptown Jam Session 1

Join Injoy Enterprises as they present The Uptown Jam Session at Harlem Besame Latino Soul Lounge at 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd at 124th Street. Continue Reading →

Drinking With Miss Lil : Gin Fizz Lounge

Photo of Gin Fizz BarBy Lil Nickelson

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 →

Dining With Miss Lil: Edible Manhattan Magazine’s Good Cider Event

Good Cider EventBy Lil Nickelson

On Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 Edible Manhattan hosted the Good Cider Event from 6pm to 9pm at Tribeca Three Sixty on the 11th floor of 10 Debrosses Street.  Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Minton’s Playhouse is a Must

Inside_Decor_at_MintonsBy Lil Nickelson

The last time I was in Minton’s Playhouse was in May 2102.  With the permission of the owner of the space New York businessman Richard Parsons, Jazzmobile, Inc. hosted jazz music here as part of their contribution to the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2012.

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Dining With Miss Lil: Just Food is Transforming NYers and Our Food Pt. #2

just-food-conf-2014-logo4By Lil Nickelson

The article below is part #2 of the article, to read part #1 please click here.

Last week I outlined how Just Food, a non-profit organization, is building a just and sustainable food system for NYC via CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), farmers’ markets, community chefs and supplying fresh, locally grown food to food pantries.  Continue Reading →