Restaurant Review: Archer & Goat Harlem.

Harlem has a new chic restaurant on Lenox Ave, and it’s name is Archer & Goat. When I first walked by and saw the curious name which was compelling and inviting all at once, I just had to walk in and to discover the mystery of this name which tugged at me in such a cosmic sense. My first inclination was a centaur holding a bow (in the back of my mind), as a centaur is a combination of both (but more on this later).

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As I walked in the first thing I should have noticed was the bar, as it is right in front of you as you walk in.

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While I was aware of it before me, the first thing that caught my eye and in fact held them in thrall, was the strange lighting fixtures on the ceiling which actually spoke to the inner part of me. I sensed that it held a deeper meaning, and later found out that I was right!

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Jennifer Chaudhary and Alex Guzman are the husband and wife team owners of Archer & Goat. Both are native New Yorkers, and moved to Harlem eleven years ago and fell in love with Lenox Ave. Alex said: “We felt a need to open a small bar restaurant on Lenox Ave”.

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Jennifer said: “Lenox Ave is one of the most beautiful avenues in New York.” Alex is a Sagittarius and his charming wife Jennifer is a Capricorn, hence the name Archer & Goat (I was on the right track)!

And the “Strange” light fixtures on the ceiling are the respective constellations corresponding to their Zodiac signs in the Northern night sky (I thought they looked familiar). This ties in perfectly with their name brand and quite cleverly I must say!

This “Chic Minimalist” bar restaurant does not have Wi-Fi or a T.V. by design as Alex says: “It encourages people to talk” which is very commendable as far as I’m concerned. People need to free themselves from their “Electronic Masters” (cell phones, laptops, tablets) for an hour or so.

This is the first restaurant review were I returned more than once, (four times in fact) before I wrote the review, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the music? (a whole set of U2 songs was on rotation. one of my favorite bands.)

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Maybe it was that tasty Turmeric Orange Margarita that Jennifer created? Or perhaps the cool and chill vibe I felt whenever I walked by, or walked in the place.

20190410_190855And going a bit deeper, maybe it’s because I was born on Lenox Ave and my Mother and Father was an Archer & Goat (Mom was the Archer, and Dad was the Goat), and it felt like home! (Ok enough with the Psycho/Astro self-analysis. a Degree in Psychology will do that to you at times).

So let’s go through the offerings by numbers! The first visit I had the Turmeric Orange Margarita, and fell in love with it.

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The second time I just leaned against the wall to watch and feel the vibe of the place for a few minutes. The third time, I had the delicious Roasted Duck breast, with mango & onion curtido, pickled peppers, cilantro.

20190512_215131The fourth time was for the first day of their brunch menu (By accident). I had the Skillet Lamb Hash, which was simply a tasty spicy delight, with a Mimosa of course! (My Logistical Executive Jean Germain joined me on the brunch). And we both agreed it to be exceptional in quality and tastes!

20190504_161134Having only been open for about three months, Archer & Goat is sure to be quite popular in the neighborhood. It is certainly on the fast track to becoming my new favorite spot on Lenox Ave! I also noticed the family-like camaraderie between the owners and the staff. The staff was very warm and welcoming at all times.

20190410_190318Archer & Goat also have an outside patio in the front and back of the restaurant, just perfect for the milder and warmer weather.

20190512_215158This bar restaurant is immaculate from bar to bathroom.

20190410_202241Vegetables are prominent on the menu and dishes, while American have a Latin/Indian flavor and spin to it.

20190512_215026Also A&G is children friendly, and in fact friendly all around. I highly recommend Archer & Goat for dinner, brunch or just a drink or two. I have to give A&G four stars in all areas! Stop by and experience the magic for yourself!

Archer & Goat is located at: 187 Malcolm X Bivd (Lenox Ave) New York 10026.

 

 

Harlem Derby Run for the Roses 7th Annual Gala and Watch Party.

May 4th 2019 marked the 7th annual Harlem Derby Run for the Roses Gala and Watch Party Event at the Red Rooster in Harlem.

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The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine team returned this year to cover the event and party with the elegant guests and party goers who came out to celebrate the 7th year of the Harlem Derby Gala!

20190504_182848Also this year NBC News was on hand to shoot live footage from Harlem New York, and other cities that had watch party events of their own.

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2019 was a big year for Rob Owens Harlem Derby Gala. Having three Harlem Derby Events leading up to watch party gala truly making it a Harlem Derby Festival indeed!

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Celebrity Chef and Red Rooster owner Marcus Samuelsson was front and center, as well as in the mix of it all at Red Rooster admiring the well dressed men and women attending the event in Harlem Derby Style!

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Harlem really showed up and showed out for the Harlem Derby 7th annual gala.

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Movie & Broadway performer and Jazz artist: Sonya Hensley gave a stunning and energetic performance for the Harlem Derby Run for the Roses Gala at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club!

 

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59583711_645162059261645_8459884373846523904_nHarlem Derby attendees awaited the fashion judges to announce the Best dressed: Man/Woman-Women’s Hat/Men’s Hat…etc. But this years gala was so huge they ran out of time. The winners will be announced on Facebook.

Meanwhile the founder of Harlem Derby received an award himself!

The Elegant Classy Gentleman Team will return to cover this wonderful event next year…..This gala was the best so far!

59747717_544146459322578_4066946984039153664_nWe will see you next year…….at the Races!

By the way I won Best Dressed Male!

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Credits:

Photos: Mike Strange, Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip

Elegant Classy Gentleman Team:

Mike Strange: Editor in Chief

Jean Germain: Logistical Executive

Jessica Phillip: Business Executive

Event:

Red Rooster Harlem: Venue

Marcus Samuelsson: Celebrity Chef/T.V. Personality/Owner of Red Rooster

Rob Owens: Harlem Derby Founder

Anhtony Mcgowen: NBC News

Sonya Hensley: Movie, Stage and Recording Performer

Woodford Reserve: Sponsor

 

Interview with Fashion Designer: Kevin Shahroozi.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kevin-shahroozi-fashion-event-runway-show-in-times-square-tickets-60943741371I had the distinguished honor of interviewing the Men’s and Women’s designer Kevin Shahroozi. We met up at Mist Harlem for drinks and a game of pool, and chatted like a couple of old friends. A real gentleman with Hollywood good looks, and a relaxed and down to earth demeanor as well as highly intelligent.

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Kevin specializes in in both men and women’s outerwear and brought a couple of his designs which are made with the highest quality fabrics and textiles, such as lambskin leather, cashmere and high grade wool (only the finest quality will do!)All of Kevin’s designs and pieces are make in NYC. He describes his style as: “Business with an edge” or “High end street style”. “Casual outerwear made with high end fabrics”. And after inspecting and trying on his jackets, I must agree!

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I asked Kevin why he became a designer:

Kevin: “I became a designer because I felt like fashion chose me. I remember when I was like five or six years old, I was telling my parents what I wanted to wear even though they tried to dress me. When I was like ten years old, I would offer my parents to go to the store just to buy the milk for the house, so that I could go out, and put on my favorite pair of jeans, gel my hair and show my fashion style to the world. I felt like it was something that was always in me. I was always into style. I never really thought that it could be a career, because I had a really strict Asian mother. But thankfully I had some really good mentors in my life, and was finally able to go on my own path, it’s just been a dream to be able to design clothing, and put my style from my heart out there.”

(Concrete Warrior Top Coat: Wool with lambskin leather sleeves and pocket trim)

How do you approach your designs?

Kevin: “My approach is just really everything in my life, and what I’m experiencing in this world. The style I see just walking  down the street, just living life in New York City. The architecture, the people I see, the cars, everything I just take in and get inspired by, the magazines that I read, and even just studying the fashion market at the same time, the things that are in me, but also what the other designers are doing, the trends and what’s popular and than just sketching out and putting ideas on paper to finally come to a conclusion.

(Diamond Top Coat: Cashmere with lambskin leather lapels on pocket-flaps)

How would you describe the process of your work?

Kevin: “Just taking the experience in life. The restaurants, cafés and lounges, things in the market and magazines, and take all of these and create a vision board of the ideas I get from these experiences. Things that interest me in life and the market, and then I start putting my ideas on paper, like what do I want the jacket to look like, and then, what fabrics do I want to use? I like to keep it with high quality fabrics, I use lambskin leather, I use cashmere, and sometimes I use silk.”

What was your greatest career moment?

Kevin: “It’s a tough choice, but I think it’s the west village bomber jacket. It’s a black jacket in neoprene. The sleeves are in lambskin leather, and the sleeves are removable, there is a hidden zipper at the top of the sleeves so you can remove the sleeves. I still don’t know to this day how I came up with this idea, I just wanted to make a bomber jacket, I was thinking how can I make this different and it just hid me to put a hidden zipper there so you can turn it into a vest. That became a popular piece, and the cherry on the cake was that Macy’s chose that jacket to show on 34th street for a fashion show. I was so proud of that! It was also unisex.

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What was your biggest design challenge?

Kevin: “Having a team of designers with me, or having more time to design. I do have to work on other things in my life to help me continue to fund my company which takes up much of my time. So having more time for research for my designs, or having a designer team I would say is my biggest challenge.”

What constitutes a good design?

Kevin: “Someone designing from their heart, from within them, not just designing to beat the market or the trend, or the competition, that’s why I love some of these big designers like Mark Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford. I just love watching interviews of them. Knowing your market, knowing your audience.”

(Yorkville Jacket women’s blazer: Cotton)

Can you tell us more about your design background?

Kevin: “I really had to pay it forward, I had to really get my hands dirty. Well first getting a business degree as an undergrad. My fashion background after that was two years in F.I.T. and than I interned for about two or three years, unpaid too! It was paying my dues, with Marissa Webb, she was the women’s wear director of J Crew. She has her own line right now, it was a few years into her own line that I was interning  for her. And a very private designer German Valdivia, he makes beautiful couture custom making for socialites and beautiful women. With those internships I was like cutting fabric, cutting patterns, running to the garment district to pick up fabric and than carry it back to Tribeca. I was counting buttons. I remember at Marissa Webb, some days I would have to count a bag of 500 buttons, I had to count every single one of them. it was like a stock count to make sure their inventory levels was right, I had to count different fabrics. There was moments when she would have me do some sketching and she would review it, it was days when you feel like crap, telling yourself is this worth it? One of my mentors told me when you are in the mist of that you feel like giving up. But you look back on it once your a little bit established, and your like you know those was the best days.

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What areas of your work or personal development are you hoping to explore further?

Kevin: “You know what, if you want to be successful as a designer or anything, you have to be a leader, you need to be able to lead a large amount of people successfully. I’m always evolving in my designs, the next thing I really need to work on is being a better leader.”

After the interview Kevin expressed that he really enjoyed the interview, as well as I did.

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If you would like high quality custom outerwear you can contact Kevin Shahroozi at (917) 628-1822 or go to his website: www.kevinshahroozi.com you can subscribe to his email list to attend his fashion events. He does fashion runway shows in Manhattan every other month. Tickets are between $10.00-$20.00. They have a panel of speakers for entrepreneurs and creative professionals to gain insight, network, with a full stocked bar, and of course great fashion!

Kevin will be having a fashion runway show event on May 31st in Midtown Manhattan. You can get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kevin-shahroozi-fashion-event-runway-show-in-times-square-tickets-60943741371

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Credits:

Mist Harlem

Kevin Shahroozi Designs