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Harlem + Bespoke MIGHTY EATS: BRUNCH AT 5 & DIAMOND  October 21, 2014
"5 & Diamond is neighborhood standby, known for their Mac n Cheese, with a brunch worth getting out of bed for. While deciding on your main course order the nook and cranny filled biscuits, served with your choice of house made berry jam or Chef Joe's sausage gravy. You can not go wrong with either. These biscuits are what the trendy downtown biscuit emporiums aspire to.
"The main brunch menu has quite a few options including classics like French Toast, executed wonderfully on soft challah bread and is lovely paired with the lightly sweet bourbon champagne cocktail for those who eschew savory flavors at brunch to modern take on hash that was comprised of eggs, seasonal root vegetables and short ribs which could have used a dash of salt to enhance the melt in your mouth tender cubes. An honorable mention goes to the fluffy pancakes which looked to be about 1/2" thick, with vanilla notes wafting from them and arrives with fried chicken and maple syrup.
"Our favorite standout has to be the shrimp and grits. Featuring fresh, large shrimp cooked to perfection and a slight smokiness that did not overwhelm the creamy texture and taste of the grits, there was also the added surprise of roasted tomatoes which brought a welcome hit of acidity to complete the balance of the dish. This was thoroughly enjoyed with the warm heat of the Bloody Mary cocktail which had hints of fennel throughout."

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Bloomberg News Harlem Bars Combine Deep-Fried Mac ’n’ Cheese, Obama-Tini July 15, 2013
"5 and Diamond: This venue on Harlem’s restaurant row says it uses fresh ingredients from local farms, markets and purveyors to create a seasonal American menu. I went for brunch, which features a $20 prix-fixe menu, including a cocktail. Or, for another $10, you can have unlimited brunch cocktails for 60 minutes. Rarely has $10 been so well spent.
"There are large windows looking out onto the street and it is enjoyable just to take in the sights on a sunny morning in Harlem. The service is laid back, yet efficient. Highlights of the a la carte menu include blackened catfish with white speckled grits, bacon-braised collard greens; grilled pork chop with red quinoa, molasses bourbon glaze; 5 and diamond donuts." Selling New York – Features Harlem Yet Once Again On HGTV Tonight! Feb 7, 2013
" can expect to see on this particular episode the very popular 5 and Diamond Restaurant
on Frederick Douglass Boulevard..." Harlem Pop-Up a Huge Success Dec 15, 2012 Is the Lyn-Genet Plan On Your Plate? Nov 3, 2012
The bonus in the evening was a lovely three-course meal consisting of a Carrot Soup Shooter, Mixed Salad Greens, Vegetable Timbale, Roast Chicken, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, or Red Snapper, and a Berries, Chocolate, and Whipped Cream dessert. ...Owners of the 5 and Diamond Restaurant plan to open The Harlem Pearl, located on 112th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Followers of the Lyn-Genet Plan will be able to purchase her 4-Day Detox meals on a “to go” basis.

UPTOWNflavor Brunching At 5 & Diamond Oct 19, 2012
"With creamy grits, well seasoned and perfectly cooked shrimp, warm flaky biscuits and french toast that was hot, thick, and fluffy with crispy edges, there was no better place to be on this Sunday than right there in 5 & Diamond."

Featured on THE FOOD NETWORK "Savoring Harlem"

Interviewed on BLACK ENTERPRISE Black Enterprise talks to 5 & Diamond restaurant owners on Inside Dish, with Nicole Friday, about good eats for foodies. - Black Talk Radio Network

New York Daily News "Booz Allen Exec Reggie Van Lee Has Become Key Booster of Harlem-based Institutions over 30 Years", June 2012. "When I arrived in 1984, Harlem was not in its heyday but its vitality was still very compelling to me,” Van Lee said. “I had a desire to see a rebirth.” He started making small donations to Harlem organizations and gave more as his wealth grew. Recently, he donated $1 million to the Abyssinian Development Corp. He also has made donations to the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum.
Those who know him describe Van Lee as a quiet pragmatist. “As an African-American senior executive, he knows not many folks sit in those seats,” said Sheena Wright, the CEO of Abyssinian Development Corp., of Van Lee. “Harlem is his home . . . in the sense that it is the home of black people."
Van Lee, of course, has many homes. He visits Harlem at least once a month, and he frequently visits Italy to spend time with his husband, Corey McCathern, 43, an ex-model who has been living in Milan since 1998. They were married a year ago at the National Building Museum in Washington, in a lavish ceremony that included a performance by Diana Ross.
When Van Lee flies into New York, he usually visits The 5 and Diamond, a Harlem restaurant in which he invested in about two years back. “There’s not much Reggie hasn’t touched,” said Lia Sanfilippo, a co-owner of The 5 and Diamond. “He cares about doing. He doesn’t care if people know he’s behind it."

Socially Superlative April 4, 2012 "The Glimmerglass Festival’s Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and Managing Director Linda Jackson hosted a lovely intimate cocktail reception and a sneak preview of the world-renowned opera festival’s upcoming 2012 Season at Harlem’s critically acclaimed 5 and Diamond Restaurant, located at 2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard Street, on Thursday, March 29. The restaurant’s owners Lia Sanfilippo and Selene Martinez were on hand to greet guests to their chic restaurant that has become the haunt of the arts set on New York’s new Restaurant Row.

"Guests mingled in the charming bistro sampling the delectable treats created by Valencia-born Executive Chef David Martinez, whose recent trip to his homeland clearly infused his hors d’oeuvres selection – mussels Ceviche, truffled mac & cheese, chilled watermelon gazpacho, short rib mac & cheese, mini Chesapeake crab cakes, Old Bay Aioli and spoons laden with fresh berries atop chocolate mousse and little cups of. White Chocolate Mousse strawberries and whipped cream."

Black Enterprise Black Talk Radio Network Black Enterprise talks to 5 & Diamond restaurant owners on Inside Dish, with Nicole Friday, about good eats for foodies.

The Food Network "Savoring Harlem" Feb 27, 2012

Haute Living Glimmerglass Festival Season Preview Reception March 2012

Guest of a Guest March 2012 The Glimmerglass Festival will host a cocktail reception and a sneak preview of the internationally famed opera festival’s upcoming 2012 Season at Harlem’s critically acclaimed 5 and Diamond Restaurant,... The Metropolitan Opera’s renowned bass baritone Eric Owens, who is The Glimmerglass Festival Artist in residence this year, will be among the featured performers.

NY1 News program NY1 visits Frederick Douglass Boulevard businesses Feb 11, 2012

Columbia Spectator "Along a now-thriving Harlem boulevard..." Feb 9, 2012. Sanfilippo said, "The businesses on Frederick Douglass Boulevard are just people that love the community."

New York Daily News "Harlem Merchants Band Together ..." Jan 29, 2012

Wall Street Journal "Harlem Draws a Restaurant Crowd" Dec 9, 2011

Columbia Spectator "Eating along Frederick Douglass is a walk in the park away" Oct 6, 2011
Although located at 112th Street, this restaurant’s design creates the feel of a chic Lower East Side restaurant. The cuisine is American but with Spanish-inspired flavors and twists brought by Chef David Martinez. “Ask our customers, and they will tell you that our signature mac ’n’ cheese and the 5 & Diamond burger are hands-down the best,” executive assistant Shaquita Matthews said.

Socially Superlative "Downtown Comes Uptown for Sunday Supper" Sept 14, 2011
Bergdorf Goodman’s BG Restaurant Chef Darryl Burnette to guest chef at Harlem’s acclaimed 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Sunday, September 18th, 2011, treating diners to a down home menu of “Southern Classics with a Modern Vision.”

New York Post "All in Good Taste" Aug 10, 2011
Head here if you are hungry for a delicious meal in a peaceful setting.
Owners Lia San-Filippo and Selene Martinez wanted the “perfect” location to open their dream restaurant, and Harlem was their obvious choice. “The neighborhood itself is a beautiful mix of what life should be,” says San-Filippo. Details like the carefully restored floors, salvaged from the Claremont riding stables, invite you to stay a little longer and savor your meal. Dishes like pappardelle with braised short ribs or Berkshire pork with fig and sweet corn are just a couple of reasons to check them out.

HarlemGal Inc "Living and Loving Life in Harlem" Aug 1, 2011
The 5 and Diamond Harlem launches ‘Monday Mac and Cheese Mania’
After a busy weekend in Harlem and Monday work day approaches, who wants to cook Monday evenings? I certainly don’t feel like it the majority of the time. The folks over at 5 and Diamond Harlem, located at 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd., know how rough us Harlemites have it on a Monday after a long weekend. To help alleviate with the busy schedule on Mondays, 5 and Diamond has launched an easy Monday menu along with laid back prices.
The new Monday night dinner menu includes five different mac and cheeses. Its’s called “Monday Mac & Cheese Mania” ranging from $8 to $12 dollars a plate. The 5 and Diamond is also offering five different types of sandwiches. Two out of the five are burgers priced around $10.
In addition to the new Monday menu, 5 and Diamond is adding a little fun to the evening. DJ Whutevva from Power 105.1 will be spinning pop, rock, hip hop and R & B from 5:30-9:00 p.m. With the music ending at 9 p.m., patrons can still make it home early with plenty of time to get ready for work the next work day.
So if you don’t feel like cooking a meal on a Monday and don’t want to spend a lot, check out Monday Mac Mania at 5 and Diamond in Harlem!

EAT-OUT WEDNESDAY “A Rare Jewel in Harlem” by Nicole M., Jun 22, 2011
Harlem is quickly becoming a go-to spot for great food and leading the way is the 5 and Diamond, a cozy restaurant located at the gateway of the newly coined “Restaurant Row”. It serves classic American comfort food with a Spanish twist courtesy of French Culinary Institute Grad, Chef David Martinez.

The inventive cocktails at the 5 and Diamond are not to be missed. As you browse the list, you may be tempted by the Rhythm & Soul, an intriguing mix of brandy and bourbon, lemon and lime juices, guava and mango nectars. Though it’s laced with strong bourbon, this drink isn’t just “for the guys” – it’s pink and surprisingly sweet, topped with a refreshing dash of Rose Prosecco. The fruity White Sangria is another good choice and is mixed with stomach soothing aloe vera!

5 and Diamond is packed with locals most nights and for good reason. The food is delicious and served by a friendly and welcoming staff. The Truffle Mac & Cheese with its salty crumble top is a must as is the home-made Pappardelle with a savory sweet Short Rib ragout. The moist roast chicken with crispy skin is served off the bone, so there’s no awkward cutting (perfect for date night).

The restaurant has brick walls, soft lighting and a steady soundtrack of Alicia Keys beats to keep you bouncing in your seat. They offer a great deal for Happy Hour lovers. Tuesday-Friday, 5;30-7:30 pm, diners can choose from menu items like chicken wings, mac & cheese, sliders, beer, wine and select cocktails all for $5 each.

Just blocks away from Central Park, the 5 and Diamond is a neighborhood gem you’ll want to come back to time and time again.

MAN ABOUT TOWN 5 and Diamond May 15, 2011, by Christopher Mariani

Citybuzz Insider's Guide for Sophisticated Travel Five and Diamond with Ereka Vetrini June 2011

Gilt City Mar 2011 Madeline Garber, Editor
A lively restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard has its finger on the pulse of contemporary American cuisine. It’s called 5 & Diamond: and it’s been luring foodies to Harlem ever since it opened last March. ... An alum of such celebrated kitchens as Aureole and Bouley, Chef Martinez pays close attention to the seasonal and the local, sourcing much of his meat and produce from nearby markets and farms. We’re addicted to his Hudson Valley baby greens, a simple salad tossed with Vermont goat cheese and slow-roasted tomatoes.

We can see why critics are have dubbed Frederick Douglass Boulevard the city’s newest “restaurant row.”

This might be its flagship.

The Columbia Daily Spectator “Morningside Food Revolution” Nov 2010
Residency in the Harlem/Morningside area seems like a common motivator for restaurant development. This past April, Lia Sanfilippo and Selene Martinez started 5 & Diamond... in order to meet a fine dining need in the neighborhood. “We wanted to give the people who have always lived here a chance not to travel outside of the Upper West Side,” Sanfilippo says. Since both owners live in the community, blazing an haute cuisine trail on Frederick Douglass Boulevard seemed a logical move. “Harlem’s one of the only places where when people see each other early in the morning they still say good morning; there’s a very different feel up here," Sanfilippo says. As Harlem’s character evolves and restaurant development increases, high profile establishments like 5 & Diamond–which first employed bad-boy chef Ryan Skeen, and Bouley alumni David Santos and David Martinez—will likely view the area as viable real estate.

The Strong Buzz “David Martinez In at 5 & Diamond” Sept 2010
[Executive Chef] Martinez is a native of Valencia, Spain whose family moved to the United States when he was a child and opened a Spanish restaurant in Cranford, New Jersey. His fate was sealed from that point on, and he grew into a chef in his own rite attending the French Culinary Institute and perfecting his culinary skills at Bouley and Aureole in New York City. Chef Martinez returned to Spain as executive sous chef at the Hotel & Resort Sol Melia in Costa Brava to experience first-hand the cooking of his birthplace. Martinez's New American menu is cast with influences from his recent experience in Spain and family of chefs resulting in dishes such as Prawns and Iberico Serrano Ham with Cipollinis & Sangria Sauce, Seared Scallops with Fuji Apple & Date Puree, Paprika Oil & Micro Greens, Phyllo Wrapped Chatham Cod with Asparagus, Parsnip & Piquillo Mash, and Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb with "Creamed" Swiss Chard, & Pomegranate Gastrique.

New York Journal 5 & Diamond June 2010
The geographical barrier is more psychological than real. 5 & Diamond is just a few blocks from subway stations at 110th Street on the B, C, 2, and 3 lines. From many midtown locations, you can actually get there faster than you can get to the East Village or the Lower East Side.

Insatiable Critic, Gael Greene 5 & Diamond: And to Think I Ate it on Frederick Douglass Boulevard Apr 19, 2010

Harlem Bespoke EAT: 5 & Diamond Sets Harlem's Food Stage Mar 2010
The Harlem Bespoke crew recently went out to the new 5 & Diamond restaurant on South Harlem's FDB/8th Avenue corridor, and we can happily say that this one lives up to the hype. With the local grown, pure, simple, crafted foods that chefs have been promoting recently in downtown and Brooklyn nabes, we were wondering when a top-level chef would bring some of this element uptown.

Zagat Review The 5 and Diamond

New York Daily News The Village Voice's fourth annual food festival highlights NY's latest and greatest eateries
Apr 2, 2011