Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #24: Downstairs @ Silvana’s

Silvana'sDownstairs @ Silvana’s
Neighborhood: Central Harlem
Venue: Restaurant & Lounge
Atmosphere: Dancing, Hip-hop
Crowd/Scene: Uptowners, Nightlifers
Foursquare Check-in: N/A
Rating: 2 Stars

Not learning anything from my debacle with Red Rooster’s, I decided that my first trip to Silvana’s (this 1-year old restaurant on 116th Street) would be to their “party space” downstairs instead of their restaurant they are “known for.”

I made the wrong decision.

Because no matter how bad the food is upstairs, it couldn’t have been worse than what was going on downstairs.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #23: Jado Sushi

Jado Sushi Central Harlem NYCJado Sushi
Neighborhood: Central Harlem
Venue: Sushi Bar
Atmosphere: Casual, Professional
Crowd/Scene: Yuppies, Harlemnites
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1wgf2iu
Rating: 4 Stars

Jado Sushi is one of the many restaurants trying to convert Central Harlem into one of Manhattan’s premiere destinations for foodies. For those of you who don’t already know, Harlem’s Restaurant Row on Frederick Douglas Boulevard, from 110th to 125th Street, is full of great places to eat. Led by a group of Harlem restauranteurs and some community support, Restaurant Row, in my opinion, is doing much of what restaurants did for Hell’s Kitchen over the past 5-7 years.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #22: Swift Hibernian Lounge

Swift Hibernian Lounge NoHo NYCSwift Hibernian Lounge
Neighborhood: NoHo
Venue: Bar 
Atmosphere: Casual, Happy Hour
Crowd/Scene: After Work, Professional
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1wgf21U
Rating: 3 Stars

I went here for a birthday party during happy hour, and while I certainly had a good time, it had more to do with the company I was keeping than the place itself.

That’s not to say Swift Hibernian Lounge isn’t a good place, it just isn’t anything special. It’s probably a great place for meeting up after work and chilling with your co-workers after 10 hours of hell behind a desk. And I don’t doubt that it’s worth stopping by on a night when there isn’t much else going on in your life. But outside of that, I don’t see much utility in the place.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #21: Orient Express Cocktail Bar

Orient Express Cocktail BarOrient Express Cocktail Bar
Neighborhood: West Village
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Low-lit, Swanky
Crowd/Scene: Trendy, Professional
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1wgeZTP
Rating: 4 Stars

Perhaps it is my newfound appreciation for cocktail bars, but I thought the Orient Express Cocktail Bar was amazing!

Tucked away in the midst of West Village, Orient Express seems like it doesn’t want you to find it. It isn’t near any other prominent eateries or bars that most people are aware of, and when I went there on a random Wednesday in the middle of the summer, there was only a group of 4 there, of which each person seemed to be a regular of the venue. From the looks of the place, there very well could have been a secret room that I didn’t know about where everyone was enjoying the bar even more, but from what I could see, it was one of the more desolate happy hours in New York City.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #20: Hillstone

Hillstone Steakhouse NYCHillstone
Neighborhood: NoMad
Venue: Restaurant
Atmosphere: Swanky-Casualish
Crowd/Scene: Pre-going out crowd
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGbAwd
Rating: 3 Stars

 

I had walked past Hillstone on a few occasions, and I eventually decided that I needed to try the place out. Thus, I went here on a double-date, and the place was pretty damn good.

First of all, the decor and atmosphere was exquisite. Like any New York City eatery worth a lick, it was low-lit and had a very sleek layout and choice of furniture. Definitely the kind of place you want to spend a lot of time in.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #19: Smoke Joint

The Smoke Joint Fort Greene Brooklyn NYCSmoke Joint
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Venue: BBQ Spot
Atmosphere: Country, Casual
Crowd/Scene: BBQ Lovers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGbogD
Rating: 2 Stars

The Smoke Joint! I had been waiting for quite a while to hit this BBQ spot up, and I finally got my chance after walking out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music hungry as hell!

I’m a bit of a fraud here though, because I didn’t actually eat at The Smoke Joint. Instead, I got my food to go from the well-attended counter that looks very accustomed to serving up carry-out orders.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #18: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Academy of MusicBrooklyn Academy of Music
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Venue: Museum
Atmosphere: Academic, Classy
Crowd/Scene: Music/film lovers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGbg0A
Rating: 3 Stars

Despite calling myself a New York expert, I had managed to go almost 12 years in this city without going to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. And not surprisingly at all, it took a movie to get me to go…

During the 2014 BAM Cinemafest, I went to BAM to see “Evolution of a Criminal,” which was directed by Darius Clark.

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