Harlem's Foodie Renaissance

by David Kaufman , 07/17/2013

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  • Lido Harlem
    2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 646-490-8575 
    Perched near the top of Frederick Douglass Boulevard's ever-evolving restaurant row, Lido takes both its name and menu from the fabled Venetian island of the same name. Light and airy—with a brick and light green design scheme—the restaurant's revamped modern Italian menu is dished up by chef Serena Bass, caterer and author of Serena, Food & Stories. With a focus on Northern Italian specialties, Lido offers little in terms of "red sauce." Instead, look for fare such as roasted chicken Milanese with asparagus and ricotta, gnocchi with truffle butter, or grilled baby lamb chops. Menus are seasonal and include spring/summer late-night goodies such as cheese and charcuterie plates or finger-food crostini such as salt cod and potato or rock shrimp with sea salt. Arrive for the weekend brunch—a lazy, all-afternoon affair featuring entrées such as a bacon, egg and cheese panini and spaghetti and meatballs. All-you-can-drink mimosas help wash it down.

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