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From The Daily Meal

January 2016

Try Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Ginger that Serena Bass created right from the comfort of your own home. Bring a little bit of Lido to your weeknight dinners. Get the recipe here.

From The Daily Meal

January 2016

This is a delicious recipe from Chef Serena that would be perfect for a winter gathering. The roasted tomatoes and sage pesto can stand alone, but together served on crostini, they make a deliciously irresistible paring. Get the recipe here.

From Don Rockwell .com

March 2015

Lido is the corner restaurant which you wished you had on your corner. A place that can serve as midweek dinner at the bar, casual date night, a place to take the parents when they are in town, or to meet up with friends when you are visiting New York. See full article here.

From Food Network’s Healthy Eats

December 2015

Kale, once spurned for its obligatory green cameos at the childhood dinner table, has undoubtedly emerged as the most fashionable of vegetables. Its ubiquity certainly induces its share of eye rolls, but it “has entered into our culinary lexicon,” says Serena Bass, executive chef of the convivial Italian eatery Lido, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. See full review with pictures here.

From Bitches Who Brunch

December 2015

Lido in Harlem is home to the ever talented celebrity chef and James Beard award-winning author, Serena Bass. Her first dinner party happened to be for Andy Warhol, and every dish she creates is unforgettable. If you’re looking for an amazing Italian dinner to top off your fabulous year, then Lido is perfect for New Year’s Eve. See full post with pictures here.

From Daily Food and Wine

December 2015

Some of the best things come out of necessity and such was the opening of Lido Restaurant five years ago, when owner Susannah Koteen realized the need for an outstanding Italian restaurant in Harlem. The Harlem food scene was just emerging and the opening of Lido certainly helped to raise the bar. See full review with pictures here.

From The Restaurant Fairy

November 2015

Lido seems to be that quintessential neighborhood restaurant which offers that perfect spot you want to have a meal at. It has a little something for everyone from great bar scene to a charming dining area. They have some really surprising cocktails at the bar – I shared a “Black Ruby” with Chef Serena, which was made with tequila, ginger, black currant and sriracha – it was yum!! See full review with pictures here.

From The Black Dress Traveler

November 2015

Serena Bass, executive chef at Lido restaurant (2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 117th Street) in Harlem, is no shrinking violet and her cuisine is vibrant, creative, and multi-faceted – just like the woman. Born in London, Serena seems to have taken New York City by storm from the moment she crossed the Atlantic. Serena’s culinary career was dramatically launched when she was asked to cater a last minute dinner party for Andy Warhol and 60 guests. Since that fateful call, her catering business continues to flourish with all manner of celebrity and society clientele. For years, Serena was also a doyenne of New York’s nightlife at the eponymous lounge that she operated in the basement of the legendary Chelsea Hotel. Author of a James Beard Award winning cookbook, Serena brings serious knowledge and charisma to Lido. See full review with pictures here.

From Daily News

January 2014

Harlem has emerged as one of the city’s hottest dining scenes in recent years. Now, a new crop of restaurants is upping the game again. The center of activity is Frederick Douglass Blvd. — Eighth Ave. north of 110th St. — known as Harlem’s Restaurant Row. See full review with pictures here.

From Milk Made

July 2013

On February 11, 2011, Susannah opened the doors to her modern Northern Italian-inspired restaurant, Lido, located at 2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. She named it after Lido de Venezia, the island known for Northern Italian cuisine (hello, seafood!) and for being a glamorous Hollywood hangout (The Venice Film Festival takes place here in September). Susannah’s environment not only imitates what Lido de Venezia stands for–think the smell of fresh spaghetti and veal meatballs with a glass of pinot grigio atop a dining table set at the sage green leather booth–but easily provides solace on a hot, busy day in Harlem. While I interviewed Susannah, a young woman watched the world go by at one of the high-top tables, situated at the front bay windows. Susannah is constantly at her restaurant, majority of the day for six days of the week and for brunch on Sundays, truly creating an ambience–of feeling a part of this community–in Harlem. See full review with pictures here.

From The New York Times

April 2013

On a recent afternoon, the longtime society caterer Serena Bass was having lunch at Lido, the Italian restaurant in Harlem where she has been the executive chef since last fall, and reading a text message. “There is a book just out called ‘Best Chefs America,’ and I’m in it,” she said. “I’m quite surprised. So that’s good.” See full review with pictures here.

From Behind the Burner

April 2011

Just like back in the Roaring 20’s, Harlem is trying to make a cultural comeback by adding some new, hip restaurants to the neighborhood. Having only been open for about two months, the most recent addition to the area is a new Italian restaurant called Lido, located on Frederick Douglas Boulevard. The dinner menu has been created by Executive Chef Stephen A. Putnam, and although there aren’t too many traditional pasta favorites (the pasta and secondi are on the same list), Lido has a short, but sophisticated choice of entrees that are delectable due to the freshness of the ingredients and skilled cooking. Like most Italian menus, the ingredients are simple, but they completely speak for themselves. Putnam brings out the most in flavor out of all ingredients he uses. Portions are not huge, everything is moderate in size, just like the North of Italy. I had the grilled tuna with broccoli rabe over a sweet potato puree in a red wine emulsion. The tuna was cooked to perfection and had lovely coloring and texture. The sweet potato countered the bitter broccoli rabe (which was also perfectly cooked) exquisitely. Overall the dish had a beautiful color array with different textures and tastes that blended beautifully. The Grilled Tuna was a great healthful meal that will definitely make it hard to try something new next time I go to Lido.

From Gotham Magazine

April 2011

Our visit began with an herbal cocktail, dubbed Le Violette, which combined velvety crème de violette and Bombay gin with fresh rosemary and lemon. On top of being absolutely dreamy, the flowery cocktail perfumed our palate for the chef’s selection of farm stand cheese: nutty Parmigiano Reggiano, melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese and crumbly blue cheese, served with crusty bread, Marcona almonds and honeycomb. The cheese trio is part of the “assaggini” portion of the menu, which includes charcuterie, mixed olives and a selection of crostino topped with everything from salt cod, potato and lemon to fava bean and mint. Salad and antipasti selections tempt with rich Italian cheeses and dynamic flavor combinations. We sampled the organic winter chicories tossed with dried cherries, Marcona almonds, Pecorino Romano and red wine vinaigrette. Also peaking our curiosity was the marinated beet salad, dressed in Saba (a sweet, reduced balsamic) and topped with a warm Hudson Valley goat cheese fritter. See full review with pictures here.

From Woman Around Town

March 29, 2011

Everything about Lido, a modern Italian restaurant located in a rapidly gentrifying section of Harlem, is a surprise, from its mixed, though predominantly white clientele to its sophisticated food, delightful service and reasonable prices. Though unpretentious and friendly – a quintessential neighborhood place – like so many destination restaurants in newly-gentrified parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, it will soon be on every foodie’s “to-do” list. Or should be. It’s a gem. See full review with pictures here.

From New York Magazine’s Grub Street

February 2011

This Saturday there’ll be another newcomer to the New New Harlem. Susannah “Zanny” Koteen (Zanny’s Café) and Ruben Kornfeld (co-owner of, among others, Caffe Taci, the opera-themed café that after a decade in Morningside Heights moved to the West Village before closing) are teaming up to open Lido. Their chef is Stephen Putnam, who put in time at Park Avenue Café and River Café before eventually opening the Paradise Café in Sag Harbor. His “modern Italian” fare will be paired with fresh-herb cocktails created by GM Pierre Marc Diennet, who has also designed the Italian wine list. Check out the 73-seat dining room in our slideshow and the menu below. Dinner (launching before brunch, lunch, and delivery) will be from 5 till 10 p.m. on weekdays and till 11 p.m. on weekends, with the bar staying open a couple of hours later.

From Gothamist

February 2011

Lido: Harlem is happening. In a neighborhood traditionally known for soul food (and Rao’s) Lido aims to bring modern Italian fare at casual prices. And a look at the menu shows this is no red-sauce joint. Appetizers include things like mussels in speck broth, white polenta with mushroom ragu and truffle oil, and charcuterie and cheese plates. Pastas include classic spaghetti with veal meatballs, gnocchi with truffle butter and ricotta ravioli with eggplant, mint and lemon. Secondi has classics like chicken cacciatore with mascarpone polenta, and nothing exceeds $25. The rotating wine list will feature affordable Italian selections and cocktails stay on the traditional side, with negronis and mojitos. Takeout and delivery should be up and running in a few weeks, as will brunch. —Jaya Saxena. See full review here.

From My French City

Une adresse pour les amateurs de cuisine britannique et italienne à Harlem. See full review here.