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Harlem Eateries 'Sizzle' With Summer Sampling

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A sidewalk cafe crawl on Lenox Avenue this week is putting a spotlight on some of the best the neighborhood has to offer all for $10. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

On 124th Street and Lenox Avenue, Harlem Shake offers up its own take -- not just on shakes -- but hot dogs, fries and burgers.

"My favorite in my restaurant is called interestingly enough, 'Hot Mess.' It's a spicy burger with pickle, cherry pepper, bacon relish and chipotle mayo, and that's my favorite," said Harlem Shake Owner Jalena Pasic.

Harlem Shake is one of 12 spots participating in Summer Sizzles on Lenox Avenue. Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., just $10 gets you food and drink specials at well known places like Sylvia's and Red Rooster plus some of the newer ones popping up in the area.

"Our restaurants have come up with a special menu and all of the appetizers will be five dollars and all of the cocktails will be five dollars as well. You cannot beat that deal," said Experience: Harlem President and Founder Angie Hancock.

"A really great fun activity for the community to come out and support while also being able to showcase the great businesses that are on Lenox Avenue," said Harlem Park to Park Executive Director Nikoa Evans-Hendricks.

At La Bodega 47 Social Club on 118th Street and Lenox, you can check out the largest selection of rums on the east coast, and munch on spicy wings and shrimp.

"The shrimp it's a roast pepper mango salsa with some secret spices," said La Bodega 47 Social Club Owner Brian Washington-Palmer.

"If you haven't been to Harlem or to Lenox Avenue this is a great opportunity for everyone to come down and sample a little bit of what's going on around here," said La Bodega 47 Social Club Consulting Chef Hersch Doby.

Chef Carlos Swepson at Boulevard Bistro on 122nd Street will be fixing up some of his fried okra. He owns the place with sister Joi.

"Lenox Avenue is the new restaurant row. It's full of great neighbors and great community," Swepson said.

The explosion of restaurants and nightlife in the area is great news to Leah Abraham. Her Settepani has been on 120th Street for 14 years.

"I just wish we had more restaurants, more stores, more retail, more cultural centers, etcetera and it's coming," Abraham said.

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