Harlem’s Divine Dessert Crowned Among The 13 Best Delights In The Heart Of NYC

July 31, 2023

By HWM Network

In the bustling heart of Harlem, where culinary wonders await at every turn, one restaurant’s dessert has earned a coveted spot among the city’s top sweet indulgences.

Eater NY, the discerning connoisseur of New York’s culinary scene, has unveiled its list of the “13 Desserts to Try in NYC,” it’s a triumph for Charles Pan-Fried Chicken.

Sitting proudly at the second spot on this esteemed roster is none other than Charles Pan-Fried Chicken delectable banana pudding. Nestled in the heart of Harlem at 340 W. 145th St., this dessert creation has captured food enthusiasts’ hearts and taste buds citywide.


Eater NY eloquently describes the allure of this velvety treat, stating, “The chicken is some of the city’s best, but too much-fried skin is liable to knock you without a sweet finish. Try the banana pudding: a small plastic cup with slices of banana floating throughout and wafer cookies perched on top.” With every spoonful, patrons embark on a delightful journey of flavors, carried away by the harmonious dance of creamy banana goodness and the subtle crunch of delicate wafers.

However, Charles Pan-Fried Chicken is no one-hit-wonder. This culinary haven boasts an array of irresistible dessert options, all available for a mere $6. Indulge your senses in sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, red velvet, and cheesecake, each crafted with love and care by the owner himself – the talented and esteemed Charles Gabriel.

A seasoned culinary virtuoso, Charles Gabriel’s culinary journey began when he arrived in the city that never sleeps from his native North Carolina in 1965, tenderly folding his culinary roots into the vibrant fabric of Harlem. His passion for crafting the perfect fried chicken ignited a flame that led to the opening of food trucks and, ultimately, a series of renowned restaurants in Harlem, the first of which emerged in 1984.


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Recognizing his prowess in the culinary arts, the prestigious James Beard award-nominated Charles Gabriel in 2018, a true testament to his dedication and culinary mastery.

In recent times, Charles Pan-Fried Chicken has expanded its empire, charming diners with a second location in Harlem and a captivating new outpost on the enchanting Upper West Side.

Indulge yourself in the magic of Charles Pan-Fried Chicken’s mouthwatering delights, and savor the exquisite banana pudding that has earned its place among the city’s dessert elite. The original 145th Street location awaits, graciously serving patrons from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays, and extending its hospitality until 11 p.m. on the delightful Fridays and Saturdays. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure like no other, crafted with passion, tradition, and the soulful touch of a true Harlem icon.

When you go to get your banana pudding tell them Harlem World Magazine sent you.

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