Owner Jelena Pasic welcomed guest Chef Josh Capon, of Lure Fishbar and Bowery Meat Company, to develop a special menu for the event, which featured delicious all-American classic dishes with a Harlem twist.
The feast took place at Harlem Shake‘s East Harlem location for private events. The Bordeaux Wine Council is the official wine of the Dine In Harlem series, and helped to pair the best wine with each dish.
The evening also featured a pop-up for Royal Jelly Harlem where guests could shop for vibrant clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
To kick off the evening, trays of Deviled Eggs were passed around, topped with crispy oysters, pickled chiles, and ramp tartare sauce. These may have been my favorite dish of the night, taking a classic dish and making it special and outstanding. Small individual servings of Shrimp and Grits also made the rounds.
The Hot Honey Chicken Sliders were a delicious blend of crispy fried chicken doused in warm honey, accompanied by a side of Fried Pickles with a citrus aioli dipping sauce.
The star of the show was the Harlem Classic Burger with Saint Agur blue cheese and microgreens.
Just when the burgers were being served and to everyone’s delight, Marcus Samuelsson, founder of the Harlem EatUp! festival and owner of Red Rooster, made a grand entrance. He mingled with guests, gave an impassioned speech to the crowd about the festival, and graciously posed for photos.
Everyone was having a great time eating and chatting while a live band, Angel Rose and the Passages, provided the entertainment and got people up out of their seats onto the dance floor.
It’s not a feast without dessert, and we enjoyed tons of delicious options. The Tristar Strawberry Shortcake was delightful with each bite of sweet strawberries, shortcake, and tiny morsels of white chocolate for a crunch. The Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies were soft and amazing, and we also left with Salted Caramel Truffles to take home for a treat later on.
Cheers to an amazing Harlem EatUp! event!
Central Harlem Location
100 W 124th Street
at Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
East Harlem for Private Events
2162 Second Avenue
at 111th Street
New York, NY 10029