Harlem has not only been my home for the last few years but it is one of my favorite places in New York. From its proximity to the Heights or the city, rich culture, and historical museums, Harlem has stuck with me. However, my favorite thing about Harlem is the food. Many Harlem restaurants turn into a cozy nightlife scene with live music, my favorite type of spot to enjoy a drink or two. If you are currently moving to Harlem or thinking of it, here are some of my favorite restaurants to check out.
Belle Harlem – 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
All the things I could say about this cozy spot! First things first, you might need a reservation to this spot as it is a special and unique 12-seat a la carte chef’s table in Central Harlem. If you are dying to have a personal dining experience where you feel at home with amazing food, this is the spot. A tiny place with a tiny menu but gigantic taste!
Ponty Bistro – 2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
Whether it’s for brunch or dinner, Ponty Bistro has an amazing selection of French food with African influences. The interior is my favorite part, large windows that allow in bright sunlight and an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice! Located close to multiple train stations, it’s the perfect destination for a date or dinner with friends.
Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem bistro, "Red Rooster" is a staple on 125th Street. While Samuelsson's food is a worthy conversation to have, it’s really the atmosphere that makes it one of my favorites. It’s a place with great music; crowd every night and great drinks. 125th is one of my favorite places in Harlem and if you are looking to have a good time, this is highly recommended.
Located in East Harlem, I’m glad to visit whenever I have the chance. This cozy breakfast place is notorious for its french toast, you’re in for a happy surprise with this dish! Small plates for affordable prices, it’s a great place to enjoy a casual brunch.
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