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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Restaurant
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“Corner tavern/beer garden with extensive food & drink menus in a spacious indoor/outdoor setting. Harlem Tavern has live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, as well as a live jazz brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11, am-4 pm. They feature some of Harlem’s top R&B, jazz, soul and contemporary artists. They show every major sporting event LIVE”
  • 253 locals recommend
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Southern-inspired barbecue served in a vivacious hall
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“Their 13 honey BBQ wings are especially out of this world. Aside from being cooked to perfection, the wings are also juicy and the sauce ratio is spot on. If you are in the mood for dinner, a combo plate with pulled pork, brisket, whipped sweet potatoes and BBQ fried rice is the go-to for many locals here. you could see the smoke ring on the meat on the brisket. This combo comes with a side of cornbread. Remember to come hungry because the portion is gigantic.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Love this restaurant for brunch or lunch. The food is always amazing and they have great cocktails! Just a short Uber ride from the apt. located in Central Harlem.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“The absolute best Bagels in New York. I am not kidding if you are already in the neighborhood go and get yourself a bagel with any of the many cream cheese options. The bagels are fresh in the morning so the earlier the better. However they bake constantly so anytime until 2 pm you will fresh warm bagels. NOTE: on weekends the line can be really long, anytime between 10 am and 2pm you will likely find a big line. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Chic, contemporary spot pairing wine and cocktails with upscale Italian- and Spanish- influenced cuisine.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Cafe
“They have local live musicians in the basement playing live music at night, and during the day it's an amazing coffee shop! It's a coffee shop, a music venue AND a shop which sells locally crafted items: canvas bags, jewelry, pillows journals. Great idea to look for a gift for yourself, or someone special! ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
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“By 125th street 1 train station, 10 mins walk from home. Being in Japan for a year, I would say this place is a decent place for Japanese ramen. Try the crab meat saland and spicy donkatsu ramen. Oh, and try the Asahi draft beer too. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and bar with an awesome atmosphere with views of the Manhattan skyline.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Restaurant with jazz show in the background. Tickets must be booked beforehand.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“ Southern classics served in a retro setting that's relaxed & homey by day, bustling in the evening. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Bi-level Harlem lounge with a cozy vintage-speakeasy feel serving cocktails & small plates.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Diner
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“Popular as the "Seinfeld diner" that was featured in the television show! Solid food also.”
  • 77 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great spot for your breakfast, brunch or lunch needs. Many healthy options and a trendy vibe makes it a nice experience to eat there. It can be a little more pricy. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Outstanding, fresh Thai food-- some of the best in the city, if you ask us! Great for dine-in or delivery.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“My favorite Italian restaurant uptown. Great ambiance (especially if you sit tin the back area). Great Menu with plenty of options for any dietary restrictions. Fantastic wait staff.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
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“Though it's not exactly cheap, (honestly, not restaurants in Harlem are) Zoma is one of my favorites in the neighborhood! The staff is friendly and laidback and the food is some of the best. I highly recommend the Doro Wett!”
  • 55 locals recommend