Harlem has opened a sushi bar and it is absolutely amazing. Think fresh sushi, great music, chill vibes and happy hour specials. That is what you’ll find at Little Bamboo Harlem on 119th street and Lenox Ave. I took a trip Uptown on a early Friday evening and was honestly shocked to see a sushi spot in Harlem. I mean Harlem is normally known for their soul food, and black culture right? But truthfully, it is wonderful that Harlem is growing and diversifying the culture and the food. Little Bamboo has introduced the Japanese culture to Harlem and I think it’s great.
When entering Little Bamboo you’re welcomed with three different experiences. One experience is a sushi bar, where sushi is prepared right in front of you, a classic experience at a Japanese restaurant. Then there is a more intimate experience, this area is great if you want to just hang out, chat and eat with your friends without the busy interruption of the bar. Lastly, there is a bar area with more of a wine bar feel. It’s perfect during happy hour when you want the drinks to keep flowing and the music in the background to keep the good vibes flowing. I especially loved the music. On this particular Friday night they played cool R&B music. You know the hits you like to sing along to? Yes those.
So with great vibes, good music and an array of dining options, the only thing left is to order some food. I thought I’d sample different sushi combos and choose my favorite. I tried the Delta Soul Roll, Angry Dragon Roll, Spicy Salmon and the Bali Roll. I have to say my absolute favorite was the Angry Dragon Roll.
Location: Little Bamboo Harlem 175 Lenox Avenue, NY, NY 10026
Type of Food: Sushi, Japanese
Ambiance: Lively Wine Bar
Stars (Out of 5): *****