Scene: LIDO Harlem

Within the last couple of years, the restaurant boom as hit Harlem, and I couldn't be happier.  Several restaurants have been popping up in Harlem including Red Rooster, ranging from beer gardens, French, and even African cuisine. My favorite global import and go-to restaurant for brunch, lunch, and dinner is LIDO Harlem, a Italian restaurant located on the corner of 117th and Fredrick Douglas Boulevard, conveniently named Harlem's "Restaurant Row".Opening a few years back, I have dined at LIDO and each time has been a true pleasure. My absolute favorite time to dine at LIDO is on a Saturday or Sunday for brunch, when the mimosas are flowing and stacks of hot blueberry pancakes are passing by. Reservations are not necessarily needed for this small restaurant, but the booming rise and popularity of this Italian hot spot and the welcoming friendly atmosphere, you should definitely reserve a table to avoid the wait.

LIDO, Harlem, brunch, veal meatballs,

The brunch menu is far from ordinary and that's the great appeal. Executive Chef Serena Bass makes sure that you won't find the typical brunch scene here. What you will find, is white polenta with mushroom ragu, gnocchi with truffle butter, and fresh blueberry pancakes. These hits cover the delicious brunch menu, along with bottomless mimosas and specialty cocktails. One of my must have dishes at LIDO are the poached eggs with veal meatballs, fontina cheese and broccoli rabe. The eggs are always poached perfectly, and the crushed tomato sauce brings the meal together wonderfully. Dining al fresco or brunching inside the bright restaurant, you will see that diners and the staff alike, all naturally enjoy coming to LIDO.

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LIDO Harlem

2168 Frederick Douglas Boulevard @117th street

New York, N.Y. 10026