Sivan Baron

Harlem EatUp! :: Sivan Baron

Sivan Baron attended architecture school in Israel before moving to New York City to continue her architecture studies at City College. After graduating in 2002 she worked at Cetra Ruddy and Isaac & Stern. In 2007, Sivan and her husband open Shrine World Music Venue in central Harlem, a performance space for up-and-coming artists from just about every musical genre and patronized by locals from Harlem and all over the city, as well as being a destination for tourists who enjoy the cuisine inspired by Israeli, African and American classics. Also, in 2007 they hosted the first of many Mafrika Music Festivals in Marcus Garvey Park. In 2009, they opened Yatenga French Bistro next door, a shabby chic space serving French comfort food. In 2013, Silvana was opened in south Harlem. On the ground floor Silvana is a cafe and boutique, serving organic coffee and teas and selling goods from local and global artisans. Downstairs, is a cozy live music venue and bar/lounge. The menu, served upstairs and downstairs, consists of Israeli street food staples, falafel, shawarma and hummus with lots of fresh salads and fried favorites, like crispy cauliflower and crispy eggplant thrown in the mix. In 2019, Sivan started The Harlem Flea with a partner, a curated event showcasing amazing local artisans. In all of these ventures, Sivan had managed to blend her architecture roots, designing all three spaces, into her love of hospitality.