*Update: Urbanite followed up and all M&G's saying is "we're on vacation," but who knows, because, as we all know, "One day you're up and another you're down." Hopefully, they'll be back up soon.
Eating in Translation (via Eater) has the sad news about Harlem's M&G Diner from a longtime employee, who writes, "I am sorry to say that now it is officially over the diner has been sold we left for vacation on june 29 2008 we will not be back."
This was another one of those places on my backlist I've been wanting to get to before it was too late. Like many of the places on my list, it's too late.
photo credit: uptown flavor
The reviews of the M&G are glowing: Best soul food without tourists, best cornbread, best jukebox, and it had one of the greatest combinations of vintage signage, too: "old fashion' BUT Good!" (the "i" dotted with a neon star!). Lonely Planet described it as a place "where chefs fry chicken like it's an Olympic event and braise their meats more tenderly than most people cradle a child."
Harlem OneStop called it "the reigning 'counter culture' dining establishment in Harlem where one can still perch on a stool and satisfy their hunger for home-style soul food and the current Harlem news!... the regulars here are as plugged in to Harlem gossip as any local politician or neighborhood church sister."
Newsweek said, "The M&G Diner in Harlem is a modest spot, but in the world of hip-hop, it is a landmark. Puff Daddy shot a CD cover here, and rappers come in for the soul food and oldies jukebox."
So marks yet another tragic death on 125th Street--one, no doubt, among many more soon to come.
photo: eating in translation