Morningsider is pleased to continue our guest blogger features with food writer Gabrielle Denson who will be writing about the food experience Uptown, particularly for the Holidays! Gabrielle is an alumnus of Syracuse University where she focused on Hospitality and Food Service Management. Gabrielle serves as a contributing writer for What the Health Magazine as well as for, where she highlights local eateries and events in Harlem. You can follow Gabrielle directly on her blog at and Twitter @GabrielleDenson.  If you have more information to share with Morningsider regarding holiday season specials and activities do reach out via twitter @TheMorningsider.

Harlem’s restaurants are gearing up for the holiday season and with new menus, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve menus, and New Year’s Eve specials. As we all reflect on our year and the new year upon us, enjoy the last days of 2012!

In addition to the Restaurant Holiday Round Up, you may also like to attend The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Present: 2nd Annual Christmas in Harlem at 7:30PM at the Kennedy Center (34 West 134th Street New York, NY 10031) on December 22nd. Concert tickets are $25. For more information contact


The 5 and Diamond 2072 Frederick Douglas Boulevard

This holiday season, The 5 and Diamond will be open for a Christmas Eve Dinner and a Christmas Day Brunch. Located along Harlem’s Restaurant Row, The 5 and Diamond highlights their Winter Menu dishes including Hot Mac & Greens, Blackened Catfish and Grits, Parpadelle with Pulled Short Ribs, and a Whole Fish Dinner with Chef Selections. For more information and reservations contact The 5 and Diamond at 917-860-4444.

Chez Lucienne 308 Lenox Ave (at 125th Street)

The cozy and charming Chez Lucienne has rolled out both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Menu for adults and children. The prix fixe menu is priced at $45 for adults and $30 for children. The menu’s appetizers include Bisque de Homard (Lobster bisque with Croutons) and a Seafood fricassee in Puff Pastry. Supreme of Chicken with black truffles and mashed potatoes and Grilled Atlantic Salmon with champagne sauce highlight entrée selections. Bruche De Noel will round out the dessert selection. Chez Lucienne’s regular menu will also be available. The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Menu can be viewed at

Chez Lucienne will also host a New Years Eve Gala along with a 3 course prix fixe menu. The dinner will be hosted from 5PM to 8PM at $45 per person and 9:30PM- closing at $75 per person. A credit card deposit is required for the last seating with the live band. For more information please visit

Red Rooster 310 Lenox Avenue

This year join Red Rooster to ring in the New Year. DJ Scratch and DJ Jon Quick will lead the night off with music, food, and an open bar between 11PM and 2AM with a champagne toast at midnight by Moet & Chandon. First seating dinner includes a $75 prix fixe 3 course menu with reservations available between 7PM-8PM. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner includes a $150 prix fixe 3 course dinner available at 10PM. General admission after 11PM is $75 with an open bar until 2AM. Festive attire is required. Tickets for standing room only can be purchased online and dinner reservations can be made by calling Ginny’s Supper Club at 212-421-3821. Visit for more event information.

67 Orange Street 2082 Fredrick Douglass Blvd (8th Avenue)

This season 67 Orange Street has unveiled a new menu with new appetizers and starters. Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Garlic Croutons, Parmesan, Shaved Boiled Egg and Fennel & Arugula Salad with ricotta Salata, Pomegranate seeds, and Oregano Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette include new Salad selections. Juicy Lucy Meat Ball Sliders with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese served on a Potato Bun and Truffle and Parm Shake, hand cut Potato Fries with Thyme, Truffle Oil, and Parmesan round off some of their new menu choices.

Evelyn’s Kitchen 2317 First Avenue      

 EK Café is taking the stress off preparing your holiday meal this year with their EK Holiday Menu. Menu choices include EK’s Sage Butter Roasted Turkey Breast, Glazed Asian Salmon, and Slow Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs with sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce. Visit for the complete menu selection. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 21 and pick up is until December 24th at 8pm. Orders and can be placed by phone at 646.476.7906 or e-mail at

Wish you and your family a blessed Holiday season!