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How apropos that 5 and Diamond Restaurant has its birthday during Women’s History Month. With two dynamic women at the helm, there was much cause to celebrate on Monday, March 16th, when the restaurant hosted its 5th Anniversary Soirée!
Owners, Lia Sanfilippo and Selene Martinez, with Djo Sanou, commemorated five successful years of service and signature cuisines in an evening that brimmed over with an eclectic mix of friends. The celebration boasted the best of the 5 and Diamond menu – including “Brunch for Dinner” – surprise tastings courtesy of Chef Joe, and a free champagne toast for the house. The mood was set by emerging celebrity twin DJs, Angel and Dren, who kept the night lively with upbeat jams from the present and past. In addition to local and citywide celebrants, 5 and D’s Restaurant Row neighbors were also sighted – owners and managers from Chocolat, 67 Orange, Park 112 and Madiba Harlem were all present in a friendly show of support and congratulations. Sanfilippo led the toast, thanking her amazing staff and giving kudos to the restaurant’s new Executive Chef, Joseph Hayes III – whose artwork prominently dresses the dining room.
5 and Diamond opened in 2010 and has become known for its romantic, no-frills-needed atmosphere, its soul-inspired cuisine and most of all, its warm, personal service. The restaurant is committed to local, organic produce and the seasonal menu is sparked by the team’s culinary experiences, here and abroad. Menu favorites for anniversary night included Blackened Catfish & Grits, 5 & Diamond Asian Wings, Chicken and Pancakes and, of course, Monday is Mac & Cheese Mania! – where you can order your machego blend macaroni and cheese with an infusion of crab, short ribs, shrimp or bacon. The restaurant is appreciated for its generous portions and healthy doses of Harlem hospitality. Sanfilippo describes, “The 5 and Diamond Restaurant for us had to be an expansion of our love for this community – It’s a watering hole, a place to express yourself through food, music and conversation. It is about the silhouette or outline of our neighborhood, not the momentary trend.”
As one of Harlem’s Restaurant Row’s pioneers, 5 and Diamond has remained loyal to its mission – to make the art of dining a top priority. With five years of community commitment and outstanding service under its belt, the restaurant has indeed proven to be a jewel in the neighborhood. The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. NYC 10026 | www.5anddiamondrestaurant.com
May 15th, The 5 and Diamond will participate in the Harlem EatUp! Festival, which takes place May 14-17 and celebrates the food, culture and spirit of Harlem. For The Festival’s Dine-In event, The 5 and Diamond’s Chef Joe will welcome Emmy® Award-nominated television host, author and the first chef of the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign, Chef Marvin Woods, for a collaborative evening of culinary delights. Seatings for the May 15th Dine-In are 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM. Tickets are $85 per person. More information may be found at HarlemEatUp.com.
The 13th Annual 2015 Lady Got Chops is currently underway and features seventeen musical acts in three boroughs, at eight different venues between six neighborhoods. Five of those performances have landed at Harlem on Fifth (formerly Shell’s Bistro) – a quaint neighborhood restaurant and live music venue located on Fifth Avenue between 131st & 132nd.
The LGC is happening there every Tuesday in March. Earlier this month, they celebrated with performances by Noel Simone Wippler and the legendary Bertha Hope with her trio. With three dates remaining, you can still catch performances by the Nora McCarthy Quartet (3/17), The Julie Bluestone Quartet(3/24) and the Cheryl Pyle-Roberta Piket Duo (3/31). Cover $10. No reservations required. Harlem on Fifth is located at 2150 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10037.
Seeing the illustrations – framed and in this context – is a refreshing way to consider the remarkable talents of these dedicated artists. The individual works – many of them for sale – can be easily envisioned as inspiring additions to children’s rooms, the office, or any space where an ageless smile is welcome.Curated by Frank DeGregorie, The Magic Realm remains on view at The Interchurch Center through March 31, 2015. Hours are M-F from 9am-5pm. The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive (at 120th Street) NYC 10015 | www.interchurch-center.org