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Uptown Grand (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Southern/Soul Midtown West

Time Out says

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A wave of uptown gentrification means Harlem’s old-school, no-frills soul-food joints are now rubbing elbows with yuppie eateries. The cavernous Uptown Grand (formerly Gospel Uptown) attempts to straddle both worlds with a menu broken into cutesy categories like “Meditation” (salads) and “Preludes.” In the latter group were appetizers, like sweet-potato ravioli, featuring a tasty, well-seasoned filling encased in gummy, overcooked pasta. Sadly, it seems soul is exactly what was lacking in the Southern-inspired main courses, like a bowl of scallops, creamed leeks and dense grits in cloying crayfish butter. Live music and a friendly, well-informed staff prove the place has heart, but fried chicken this bready and bland is inexcusable—especially when juicier contenders are within walking distance.

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Address: 2110 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave)
New York

Cross street: between 125th and 126th Sts
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 125th St
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, MC, V
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Opening hours: Tue–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 6–11pm; Fri 11:30am–3pm, 6pm–midnight; Sat 11:30am–4pm, 6pm–midnight; Sun 11:30am–4pm, 6pm–11pm
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