Harlem's Foodie Renaissance
by David Kaufman , 07/17/2013
Roasted red pepper and mozzarella panini. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Frederick Café Bistro
2104 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-222-0075
When it opened a year or so ago, Frederick Café Bistro perfectly captured the essence of Harlem's ever-changing cultural and culinary vibe. Tucked into a prime corner spot—and drenched with sunlight thanks to walls of windows—Frederick serves a perfectly assembled menu of coffee, baked goods and café fare with little fuss and a pleasant dose of history thrown in. Against a backdrop of iconic quotes from Frederick Douglass himself, which are written on the walls, diners can enjoy mugs of strong Lavazza espresso and cappuccino, generous smoked salmon and chicken panini and an extensive range of fresh pastries. Frederick is owned by the same folks that own Bier International, and they've styled their new spot with cozy wood banquettes and elegant iron chandeliers. Feeling friendly? Slide into the high-top communal table to mingle with locals. If you ask for takeout, you can enjoy an impromptu picnic at nearby Morningside Park.