(Closed) OH! Harlem Gets a New Members Only VIP Lounge
Photos of the previous restaurants
First it was Sugar Hill Bistro. Then it became Baton Rouge. Now it is simply known as OH. Some of you may remember the Sugar Shack on 8th Avenue and 139th. Sugar Shack, owned by O’Dell Holland, was one of the first places to cater to the “new” Harlem crowd that is now in full effect on the southern end of 8th Avenue. Some might even say that Holland was a pioneer of sorts. Yet, the closing of the Sugar Shack didn’t squelch Holland’s entrepreneurial spirit. In a decidedly unique model for Harlem, Holland decided to open his latest business venture as a private club.
OH will be a place where business owners, professionals and VIPs can host and attend events that promote urban commerce and progression. A number of eateries in Harlem are turning to this model of doing business in the face of an ever tightening economy. As a matter of fact, prior to closing its doors for good Baton Rouge hosted quite a few private parties. There is no doubt that the venue is suited for such purposes and with the holidays upon us the space should be booked well into the new year.
The menu will consist of items that include champagne sauteed shrimp, southern fried chicken marinated in buttermilk, and macaroni and cheese made with mozzarella, parmesan and asiago. In addition, head chef Emilio Drake will offer bite-size, tapas style food options.
The location is on a residential block along 145th Street near Convent Avenue. The beautifully restored townhouse features staircases, pulley toilets, and an intimate outdoor garden. VIPs and preferred customers will be offered membership to OH’s Clubhouse, where they can enjoy a private bar and wait staff, high-tech entertainment and video equipment, a cigar terrace, and other members only benefits.
I used to frequent Sugar Shack on occasion, mostly in the early days. While they struggled to maintain their identity in an area that hadn’t yet reach its full potential, the venue did offer a nice neighborhood experience with cute cocktails and an Asian-fusion influenced menu. I would imagine that now that Harlem has grown and Holland has his prior experiences to pull from, OH should hopefully offer the high-end experience that many new residents have been complaining of not being able to find in Harlem.
OH will make its debut this Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
458 West 145th St.
Update:First look at OH