RESTAURANT REVIEW: BLVD BISTRO

Christopher Stewart, Eating Fabulously, Harlem, soul food, restaurant reviews, BLVD Bistro
photo via BLVD Bistro Instagram 

On my daily journey into food media, Im surfing everything possible for delicious news. I had heard BLVD Bistro opened on Lenox avenue in Harlem recently and then I read their great write up via the prestigious NY Times

As I headed to BLVD Bistro one night after work to meet a fab friend, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew there are biscuits on the menu, and of course I was ready. BLVD Bistro is a small restaurant tucked inside the bottom of a brownstone right on the corner of Lenox Ave. With a equally comfortable number of booths and high top tables, we were quickly seated and the wine and the sparkling sweet tea (delicious by the way!) began to flow.  Here's what we dined on. 



Christopher Stewart, Eating Fabulously, Harlem, soul food, restaurant reviews, BLVD Bistro



Fried Natchez Okra x Spicy Creole Ketchup 
Beef Short Rib Taco x Horseradish Cheddar x Red Cabbage x Sour Cream 
Jumbo Shrimp + Grits 
Double Cut Pork Chop, Bone-In Double Cut Pork Chop x  Apples and Onions x Black Eyed Peas, Andouille Sausage
Apple Cobbler x Cinnamon Ice Cream 
Glasses of Blvd Sparkling Sweet Tea 
Tempranillo Wine 


Christopher Stewart, Eating Fabulously, Harlem, soul food, restaurant reviews, BLVD Bistro

As Chef Carlos Swepson walked through the dining room and I spread more butter on my warm biscuit, we started with fried okra and short rib tacos, followed by shrimp and grits and a juicy double cut pork chop. While the short rib was good and flavorful, the entrees caught my attention. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the insanely rich and creamy grits underneath caught my attention so much so, that I ordered a side. 


Christopher Stewart, Eating Fabulously, Harlem, soul food, restaurant reviews, BLVD Bistro


My double cut pork chop came to the table medium, and slicing into it was the best thing to happen to me that day. Although my chorizo and black eyed pea mixture was slightly salty, the entire meal came together. 


Christopher Stewart, Eating Fabulously, Harlem, soul food, restaurant reviews, BLVD Bistro

On my 3rd sparkling sweet tea (again, so good!) my fab friend and I vouched that we need to return for brunch this spring and be sure to sit outside on the small patio. We decided this as we indulged in the warm apple cobbler topped with cinnamon ice cream.  I really enjoyed the small personal touches and good food that Chef Swepson has put together at BLVD Bistro, and on my return, a little extra butter on my biscuit. 

BLVD Bistro 
239 Lenox Ave @ 122nd Street 
New York, N.Y. 10027 
212.678.6200 

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