As the holidays approach, Columbia Neighbors decided to reach out to the former Wilhemina model and best-selling cookbook author to get her perspective on where to eat, buy gifts, and generally take in the spirit of the holidays in upper Manhattan.
Where are your favorite spots to take in the holiday spirit in upper Manhattan?
Where are your favorite spots to shop in Harlem/Upper Manhattan for holiday gifts?
I find The Brownstone on 125th St. intriguing with many unique items that are one-of-a-kind. I also love shopping with small businesses like Chequita Jackson's exquisite handmade cards, which she hand-creates for the holiday season or special occasions and can be found here on 110th St.
Any hidden gem restaurants people should stop into this holiday season?
There is also JJ Johnson's FIELDTRIP, which features his famous one-bowl meals. There is The Edge, located on Edgecombe Ave. and known for jerk tacos and sorrel drink.
Finally, take the time to stop over at Lenox Ave. for a cocktail at Marcus Samuelson'sRed Rooster for a great treat.
What is your favorite dish on the menu at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too? Or a dish that brings back the best memories?
The Miss Mamie's Sampler. It is a smorgasbord of many delights that are featured at Spoonbread and conjure up many beautiful memories of my childhood and allow our customers to taste six delectable items on one plate.
Who are you most thankful for in our community?
We love all of our neighbors here in Harlem. They maintain our beloved Harlem and support all of our local small businesses and have gotten us through the hardest times of the doldrums of the pandemic we are currently facing.