Chaiwali is quickly becoming known for its original 1st world cocktails, fashionable food with a fashionable staff and fashionable owners.
(Owners: Anita and Diego, and waiter Jevan)
Chaiwali now has exotic beers that are not being offered anywhere else in Harlem. Now you can have with your vegan and organic dinner an organic “vegan” beer! Diego from Chaiwali introduced me to Samuel Smith’s “organic fruit beers” which are brewed by a small independent brewery in the U.K. This “pure brewed organic larger beer” is perfect for those on a vegan diet, and with just 5% alcohol content is registered with the vegan society. This is certainly a larger you have to try!
Next on the list is India Ale: which is also made in England and fermented in stone Yorkshire squares, and is quite good almost like a stout, but somewhere in the middle. I really like this beer.
Lucky Buddha Beer: Is a bit of a novelty, a light beer comparable to let’s say an Amstel Light. This beer goes down quite smooth and the bottle is shaped like a Buddha and a fun bottle to keep after drinking it. Many people have made lamps and other fun unique crafts from this nice beer!
Gavroche: Is a French Red Beer with 8.5% alcohol content and is only sold by the pint for about $35.00, which is a perfect alternative to a bottle of wine. This beer would go great with Chaiwalis delicious lamb chops! It is also interesting to note that this beer is named after a character from Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables.
Occulto: Is the most unique and interesting beer offered at Chaiwali. As the name suggests, there is more to this beer than a nice cold drink, which has 6% alcohol content. This “fruit/vegetable beer” is tequila flavored, and aged on tequila staves. Now this beer has a gimmick, the label turns fluorescent and the skull eye’s on the bottle has a strange green glow when the bottle is cold. In addition there are secret hidden messages behind the label, under the cap and in other places on the bottle. Diego and I spent quite some time examining a few bottles trying to yield its secrets. Occulto means “hidden” in Spanish, and searching for the hidden messages is great fun. Chaiwali is the only place in Harlem that carries this supernatural beer!