Archer & Goat in Harlem offers diverse array of cuisines
BY GABE HERMAN
Archer & Goat, a restaurant in
Harlem that opened in 2019, is
family-owned and family-run and
offers dishes of Latin, South Asian and
The restaurant is located at the garden
level of a townhouse at 187 Lenox Ave., at
West 119th Street, in the Mount Morris
Park Historic District. It’s run by a family
of first-generation Ecuadorian, Puerto
Rican, Bangladeshi Americans.
Much of the dinner menu is glutenfree.
Menu highlights include many vegetable
dishes, including Crispy Brussels
Sprouts, Roasted Baby Carrots, Grilled
Cauliflower and Seared Zucchini. There
is also Lamb Arepas, Chicken Vindaloo
Arepas and Carne Asada. Dinner dishes
range in price from about $10-25.
Other menu items include a snacks
(PHOTO BY LILY BROWN/MST CREATIVE PR)
Seared Zucchini at Archer & Goat.
Peek inside new East Vil. Trader Joe’s
BY GABE HERMAN
The newest Trader Joe’s held its
grand opening on Monday morning
in the East Village, at 436
East 14th St., between First Avenue and
This was the first Trader Joe’s to
open this year, and the ninth overall in
This store opens three avenues east of
the location near Union Square, on East
14th Street between Third and Fourth
Avenues, which opened in 2006 and was
the first Trader Joe’s in New York City.
That location is perpetually crowded,
with long lines that often wrap around
the entire perimeter of the store.
“This East Village store will definitely
help relieve pressure from that store,” said
the new location’s manager, store captain
John Martinelli, a day before its opening.
He said he has seen many people walking
by with Trader Joe’s shopping bags,
and has been asked often when this new
store opens, so he hoped East Village
residents would make this their new goto
“All of them are going to be busy,”
Martinelli said of the stores. “But this
one’s so close that maybe it will get some
of the people that walk by here.”
The aisles of the new location are extra
wide, Martinelli said, allowing for two
carts to fit plus room for other people.
This will hopefully still give space for
shoppers if it gets very busy or if long
lines stretch throughout the store, he said.
Martinelli has been with Trader Joe’s
for 14 years, and previously opened locations
on Staten Island and in Murray Hill.
This rollout has been the smoothest one
yet for him, he said, with everything going
ahead of schedule.
“It’s really nice to open this location
because it’s an area we’ve been looking
at for quite a while,” Martinelli said. He
added that he was looking forward to the
sections that has house pickles, spicy
chick peas and plantain chips. Desserts
include Tres Leches Panna Cotta and
Archer & Goat has positive reviews
on Yelp, averaging four-and-a-half out of
five stars. While some wrote that the food
was good but not great, others enjoyed the
food a lot and found the ambience cozy and
charming. “The food was really good and
very healthy,” one reviewer wrote. “Most of
their options on the menu are vegetarian,
dairy free, and gluten free which is really
a plus because it is not labelled as a GF or
DF cuisine. We will keep going.”
The restaurant and bar are open every
day except Monday, including open for
evenings during the week and also late
mornings and afternoons on the weekend.
There are also Trivia Tuesdays every Tuesday
evening. More information on Archer &
Goat can be found at archerandgoat.com.
The new East Village location will
also feature local art, by illustrator Peter
Arkle, who has lived in the East Village
since 2002. Over 180 illustrations appear
on the store’s walls, each an image
or sculpture or other work of art that
Arkle observed in the neighborhood.
Each image is numbered and a map near
the entrance shows the location of each
object in the neighborhood.
The new location will be open daily
from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(PHOTOS BY GABE HERMAN)
The newest Trader Joe’s before its grand opening.
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