6 Harlem Restaurants That Will Make You a Regular on the Uptown ‘A’

New York is known for its food. From Nolita to the South Bronx, from West Village to East Harlem, New York has made it abundantly clear that it doesn’t play around when it comes to food prep, food creation or food delivery. Harlem, a haven within itself, has proven that it’s ready to rival the other areas of the city when it comes to creating and plating interesting and delicious items.

Harlem Tavern (2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd): Harlem Tavern is a premier beer garden and restaurant, located mere blocks from Central Park. The joint offers a live jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. That brunch menu includes everything from seafood gumbo to roasted Portobello sandwiches to cornflake crusted french toast. Banana spice pancakes and grass fed steak are also on that menu. The main menu also has a number of delicious features, including cedar plank salmon and shrimp sambal.


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Row House (2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd):  The luxurious and comfortable Row House is known for its beautiful architecture, as well as it’s delicious cuisine. The grilled Spanish octopus,  carbonara dumplings, day boat cod and stuffed chicken wings truly sets them apart.


Sexy Taco Dirty Cash (161 Malcolm X Boulevard): Sexy Taco Dirty Cash is exactly where you want to be if you crave delicious beer marinated strip steak on a tortilla or a Dominican Chimi burger. This place does tacos well, but that isn’t all.


BLVD Bistro (239 Lenox Avenue): BLVD is a restaurant that’s eager to show off its ownership of smart southern cuisine and mature flavors. The lamb cheesesteak, cajun t-bone steak, wood smoked chicken, pan fried chicken dinner and catfish po’boy demonstrates that the executive chef, Carlos Swepson, can work magic in the kitchen.


Yuzu (350 Lenox Ave): This chic sushi hotspot is located in central Harlem, and it serves fragrant, colorful and tangy yuzu fruit to compliment its dishes, desserts, and teas. The combination of contemporary, traditional and special rolls, as well as its cold dishes, marks this establishment as truly unforgettable.


Babbalucci ( 331 Lenox Ave): Italian-American classic fare is within arm’s reach at Babbalucci. The charming, yet easygoing spot, serves up tasty wood-fired pizza, pasta, and entrees.


Need additional examples of Harlem Delights? 67 Orange StreetJin RamenMadiba HarlemMelba RestaurantRed RoosterSylvia’sThe Cecil, and The 5 and Diamond.


The arrival and success of restaurants also forecast the arrival of-of new residents. The arrival of grocery store giant Whole Foods will also draw newcomers to the area, which will change the local dynamic and contribute important economic, corporate and commercial development to the neighborhood and surrounding areas.