Minister, attorney, developer, and playwright, Joseph H. Holland, adds restaurateur to his Harlem-centered portfolio with Gospel Uptown. The 500-seat space has a soundstage for live jazz, weekend gospel brunches, open mic nights, and variety shows plus an eclectic soul fusion menu. Texan chef-partner Kenneth Collins remembers cooking with his grandmothers, but we don’t know too many grandmas with his taste for architectural plating and healthy eating, underscored by the restaurant’s lineup of non-alcoholic cocktails. As you can see from the menus below, however, fried chicken did make the cut. Click through the slideshow to see the performance space and a range of plates from Collins’s new menu.
Gospel Uptown, 2110 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., nr. 126th St.; 212-280-2110