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ABOUT US

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant offers refined contemporary American fare and genuine Harlem hospitality. Food is prepared with passion — combining fresh seasonal ingredients and bold flavors with a refined presentation. We are committed to local, organic produce and are inspired by our culinary experiences here and in Europe.

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant is upscale casual with large windows, sexy lighting, vibrant floral arrangements and soft jazzy music in the background. It is an easy place to drop in at any time. Dine alone at the intimate bar, or enjoy a drink or meal while watching your favorite sports event. Come with friends and family to celebrate, or have a romantic dinner for two. Just remember to leave enough room for the decadent desserts, all made in-house.

A WORD FROM YOUR HOSTS, LIA AND SELENE:

"We wanted everything in The 5 and Diamond to have the feeling of hands on, to demonstrate how involved we were with the restaurant and with our neighborhood. The fabric that’s on the walls: Selene’s aunt, who is about 4’11”, sewed each panel together by hand. She couldn’t lift her arms for about 5 days. The wood on the floor is from the Claremont horse stables, embodying Selene's passion for equestrian riding.

"So everything at The 5 and Diamond Restaurant has a real meaning. As we looked back in history, this space was a hardware store. Five & Dimes were very popular back in the day. And what was the Five & Dime? …a watering hole, a place where people could go to get many needs met, a place that cared about the community, that hired from the community, a place that was really involved.

"We thought, that works for us. That’s really what we’re about. Uniting food, a beautiful space, and giving back to the community that we love. So that’s where the name began.

"Someone then said, but you are not just the Five & Dime, you are a little shinier than a dime, and that’s where The 5 and Diamond came from.

"A gentleman, friend, and guest, Ernest, comes in here – and he always comes in from a long day – and he’ll say, 'I’m finally home.' And that’s what The 5 and Diamond is. We want people in Harlem to finally be home. Harlem is still one of the only places in the world where you walk the streets, and people actually say 'hello,' 'good morning.'  It’s where our blessing is."

  ∼ 2011 ∼