By Marc Peoples
It’s not too cold to go out to eat in Harlem, is it? If so, don’t let the weather and bad traffic of New York stop you from getting some fresh air and nice served food and drinks.
You can enjoy some cauliflower soup, a fruity cocktail, or some East Coast Oysters… If you eat oysters.
Here are some of the best picks for bars and restaurants you can visit in Harlem:
The name stands for Ramen-Oysters-Kitchen-Cocktails. Obviously by the name ROKC specializes in Chinese-origin ramen noodles and cocktails that were first brought to Japanese ports by western countries. What makes this restaurant unique is not only its goal to bring the cultures of east and west together, but also to bring the taste of the past into the present. Their most popular dishes are Kyoto, Pork Bun, and Sapporo. It can be found at 3452 Broadway in Harlem, NY.
It was created by award-winning chef, Serena Bass. This restaurant serves food inspired from all over the world (mostly Asian and Italian) and has a wide variety of cocktails, wine, and beer. Depending on your knowledge of alcohol It wouldn’t be a surprise if you had never heard of most of the drinks. The Lychee Martini is known as a fan favorite. You can find this place on 2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Street in Harlem, NY.
Fun fact: Serena Bass also designed the interior.
This is a basement bar in West Harlem. If you want some peace and quiet, this place should be laid back enough for you. Everything on the menu is affordable. The Maryland Crab Cakes is the most popular dish (the most reviewed on yelp). You might want to make reservations on yelp because the bar is known for having booked parties so it could be difficult to get in, but you can also visit its sister bars, Harlem Public and At The Wallace, but they are not as low-key. The Honey Well is located at 3604 Broadway.
A popular neighborhood eatery in a friendly farmhouse with cozy booths, white oak floors, brick-lined walls, and antique chandeliers. Known for its dedication to making cocktails with “consciously sourced materials”, the eatery also has recommended dishes like cauliflower soup, a salmon burger served with a choice of fries or salad, and fried oyster sliders. The eatery also includes a private dining room called The Study that serves a group of up to 12 people. The location of this place is 1635 Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem, NY.
A cocktail bar that’s only been around for already made a name for itself. This 25-seat place offers small plates to complement their creative signature cocktails. You can enjoy their classics like The Mule, Sazerac, Señor Hemingway, etc. The food is also considered to be a standout being produced by the Union Square Farmers Market. Their most popular dish is fresh oysters. You can Perch in East Harlem at 1693 Lexington Avenue, NY.
Friendly reminder please drink responsibly
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