By Jeff Mays
HARLEM—It's spring in Harlem and in addition to the flowers, sidewalk cafes are also in bloom.
At least three new restaurants have gotten Community Board 10 support to open a sidewalk cafe in Central Harlem.
Among them is the new outpost of the Applebee's chain at the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue. The sidewalk cafe will be on Fifth Avenue. The board expressed support for the application earlier this year.
Bier International also received community support to open its long-awaited sidewalk seating. The beer garden, located at 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at West 113th Street, applied for a two-year permit for 16 tables with 34 seats.
Nectar Wine Bar at 2241 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 121st Street, also received approval for a sidewalk cafe.
At least two more sidewalk cafe applications are on the near horizon for Community Board 10.
The city is encouraging more New Yorkers to take a meal outdoors with its own plan to add seasonal pop-up sidewalk cafes. The DOT is looking for 12 businesses to host the cafes, which give areas too narrow to accommodate traditional sidewalk cafes permission to move their seating into a portion of the street.
In other Harlem restaurant news, the newly-opened Bad Horse Pizza, located at 2222 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at West 120th Street also received support for its liquor license.
Harlem Tavern, a bar and grill scheduled to open at Frederick Douglas Blvd. and West 116th Street this spring also received community support for its liquor license.