Although nothing is Compared to Mid-Town Manhattan, Harlem is definitely a fantastic option if you want to know the Real New York. I strongly recommend to take Contrasts NY tour to visit Harlem, Bronx & Queens and experiment a real taste of NY.
Sylvia is gone but Sylvia’s Restaurant continues in the family with traditional soul food. I haven’t been there in several years, but they have a web site and it’s open 7 days, closes early on Sunday. As suburbanites, we... More
Sylvia is gone but Sylvia’s Restaurant continues in the family with traditional soul food. I haven’t been there in several years, but they have a web site and it’s open 7 days, closes early on Sunday. As suburbanites, we live Metro North hours that don’t apply to you. I love to go to the city and walk in the neighborhoods. Late nights are a little more difficult and parts of Harlem run into the morning. The city is filled with good music and Jazz. The Red Rooster is renowned for Jazz, but the cuisine is also really well reviewed in Publications. GInny’s Supper Club fills a lowers Local Harlem flavor is complex. There are old school Italian restaurants like Rao’s. But the spread is wider, French, Steak Houses. American Contemporary, Harlem is a very happening place with food. The Cotton Club is a Jazz and Dance club. It might not suit you but it is historic, and I think up to date. Bill’s place on 133rd is a old school speakeasy, 30s style, BYOB. We enjoyed Paris Blues, it’s a late nite place until 3 a.m. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is open Thursday through Monday 11-5 pm West 129th - there’s a web site. Good sources there. You can find up to date Review of the Jazz Clubs at Time Out, NYMag etc. It’s a huge scene and Harlem really different today from just a few years ago. Without giving too much of the old flavor, it’s become deeper. My hard core suggestion is do what we do in Paris, explore, don’t overthink food, find a place with a menu that appeals, wander a bit, get the vibe of a place. Printed walking tours are helpful or build one around places’ that turn up with modest research.