2207 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY | Directions 1002740.812473 -73.945653
Neighborhoods: Harlem, Uptown
A trendy Harlem take on fine dining: foie gras, puffy jackets and the occasional two-way pager. – In Short
The setting is comfortable and sophisticated--men stroll through the door wearing mink coats; women are decked out in sequined tops and tight jeans. Service can require a little patience. The food is French, Latin and soul food rolled into one. Dishes include warm, crunchy corn and crab fritters; tender and sweet barbecue ribs with onion marmalade; pecan-encrusted catfish with tomato chutney; and an apple tart for dessert.
Classy, delicious and FUN! – We went to Jimmy's Uptown on 02/21/04 at 11pm to celebrate my sister's birthday after the initial restaurant we picked lost our reservation. We had such a wonderful time! There was a very mature crowd, dressed maturely to impress, the restaurant decor was elegant, very South Beach - the bar was crowded but there weren't any rowdy patrons. The wait staff was delightful, the food was scrumptious, especially the cracked king crab legs - seasoned to PERFECTION and the DJ was on point. After the food we couldn't make it downstairs to the club part, but I WILL be going back to do it up!
It was uh, Ok? – I really don't see what all the hype is about. Ok food, nothing memorizing. They don't seem to be very accommodating. Asked to sit in a booth, and was told "We only have one booth left, and what if a party of 6 comes in?" I had to fight the urge to say "Put 2 four tops together, and they will even have room to maneuver". Cant say I will be back.
Great Time! – We went to Jimmy's Uptown to celebrate my best friend's birthday as a last minute resort. We had a blast! The food was great, the chocolate martini's were perfect and the service was wonderful. The manager, waiter and hostess made us feel like they've known us forever. We're definitely going back ... especially for the chocolate martini's.
NOT the typical latin resturant – I have read some of the reviews for this resturant and must say, that Jimmy's is a VERY GOOD resturant. Jimmy is trying to bring some class uptown, and obviously some people are NOT ready for that.
Yes, the prices are high (but then agian what are the prices like downtown?). The food is good. Good presentation and nice flavors. No the food isn't spicey, caliente..etc. This is not your typical ethnic joint... and that is what some people expect.
Thank God Jimmy's Uptown (and Downtown for that matter) isn't the loud sleezy place that Jimmy's Bronx Cafe is!!
styrofoam flavored food – The bar was big with an interesting crowd. The food had as much flavor as cardboard. Given the prices, it was very disappointing.
Good Uptown Fun – Jimmy's Uptown is bringing a bit of elegance to Harlem. While Jimmy's doesn't get it quite right, I find the effort refreshing. Why do Uptown New Yorkers have to travel all the way downtown for a great evening? Now we can get good food and great atmosphere in our own neighborhood. I also recommend the poetry show on tuesday nights.
Stick to other things UPTOWN – I tried to be objective, but Jimmy's Uptown just isn't worth the hype. I went with friends for a comedy show that was being held in the upstairs lounge. The hostess was far from friendly about when the lounge would open and when it finally did (20 min late) they didn't have sufficient change (though there are two bars and a full service restaurant) for the entrance fee. The food was terrible, and way over priced. Our "spicy" chicken wings and "seasoned" curly fries had ABSOLUTELY NO seasonings at all! And let's not even talk about the shrimp hushpuppies....
The only redeeming quality: our waitress was very nice...and should have been with the 18% gratuity automatically included on all checks.
There are much better "no name" places to eat in Harlem. I'd stick with those.
Old Jimmy's- Old Reviews – One last thing about this restaurant. From what the management told me (because I did inquire about this) and from my own experience, things have drastically changed in the past couple of months. They have changed their dress policy now- no jeans, boots, or sneakers- and have changed general managers many times. They even changed the main chef! So, going by the older reviews is probably what mislead me in the first place. From what I understand, the crowd they were getting was not a good one and they had to change that for the sake of their clients. So, like I said before, give it a chance! I really enjoy it and since I am a regular there now, I know how well they treat their customers!!!
Most Pathetic Restaurant of the Year – I went with my sister and three girlfriends to celebrate my sister's birthday on Saturday and we were ALL completely disappointed. First of all everything on the menu was completely overpriced. I don't mind spending money on good food but when the food is dry and bland as ever, it's completely disappointing.. I try to support "my people" and give money back to "the community" but it's time like this when I wish I would have gone somewhere I can trust like Houston's or Red Eye Grill. The entire time I kept thinking that I could have been spending my money on a better gift for my sister! PLEASE... take it from me.. don't waste your time... want to enjoy a good meal that's worth the money? Try the Recession Special at Gray's... you'll enjoy it a lot more and YOU'LL GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH!
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