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Delivering big flavors from a very small kitchen

In Harlem, a Tiny Restaurant That Hums


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Location: NY-New York City

Story Date: 7/16/2019

Publisher: The New York Times   

Author: Pete Wells

The high cost of doing business in New York takes a toll on many restaurants in the long run, but it can also lead to compromises whose shortcomings become part of the fun — for diners, at least. If Darryl and Melissa Burnette had been able to afford to rent a space bigger than 275 square feet for their restaurant, Belle Harlem, Mr. Burnette might do the cooking behind a wall instead of behind a counter. Ms. Burnette, his wife and business partner, might spend all night going in and out a swinging kitchen door instead of paying attention to the customers sitting at the 12 seats in the restaurant’s single room.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Review of a Place

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