(JANUARY, 2008, New York, NY) Your basic Caribbean Soul Food is okay…but you like the finer things in life. Savoring the initial rush of the day come settle in, and dine where young vibrate as well as gorgeous Owner Jacqueline Mitchell has changed the game with Butterfly Blue Restaurant & Bar in the Sugar Hill Section of Harlem, New York.
Opening its doors February, 2006 with rave reviews, Butterfly Blue Restaurant & Bar is dubbed ‘the new kid on the block’- affectionately called, ‘The Blue Spot’ is one of the top eateries in Harlem today, period! Like Butterfly Blue, Self-Taught Executive Chef, Jacqueline Mitchell is innovative; combining her mom’s secret recipes with a pinch of her own flavor that often gets rave reviews from frequent customers. Famous Fashion Guru alongside her entourage, Kimora Lee-Simmons felt so comfortable, she invited herself into the kitchen and began complimenting the Chef after eating succulent Friend Chicken & Waffles.
Like a warm winter sweater, dimly lit indigo hues wraps itself around the 60-seat room while the smooth live Jazz invites guests in like a moth to a flame to enjoy the nourishing ambiance coupled with impeccable service topped off with a kaleidoscope of aromas spiraling out of the kitchen. A cozy jewel of a place; expect an upscale dining experience. Unlike the competition, it’s very attractive, intimate, and rather comfortable. Complimenting the hand painted rhinestone studded butterfly in the center of the room are various shades of blue butterflies with smoked glass wall scones with shiny chocolate hard wood floors complimented by matching tables and chairs.
Offering a panoramic view, the exclusive back corner fit for royalty inspires romance. The roomy cream leather booth has exquisite embroidered tapestry that exudes class; simply accentuating the dazzling fiber optic lights suspended by black crushed velvet making it a very semi-secluded spot for networking, power meetings, and for setting the mood for perhaps a night-cap after indulging in an array of culinary foreplay of delicious entrees massaged with spices with a lot of added flavor. Demanding immediate consumption, the Chef blends savory staples; like moist pesto salmon with fresh collard greens that are well seasoned to a perfect palate pleasing delightful taste without the soul food kitchens favorite ‘pork’ topped with warm cornbread with a Caribbean flavored twist. Who said man can’t live by cornbread alone?
Emerging amongst the ocean of restaurants in Harlem, Butterfly Blue has reasonable size portions, exquisite ambiance, quality service, and affordable prices with an undeniable ‘I’ll be back’ kind of taste. Top it all off with homemade rich cheesecake drizzled with a touch of strawberry syrup only enhanced by a sweet & juicy pre-sliced strawberry with a light crunchy crust that will have any dessert lover closing both eyes sinfully lusting for more while enjoying each morsel. Wash it all down with a Caribbean Island themed Specialty Drink. Shhh, don’t tell anyone about Butterfly Blue Restaurant & Bar it is reserved for cool people only.
- Best Harlem Eats: Where To Indulge Your Taste Buds In Harlem (hellobeautiful.com)