Choosing where to eat and drink in Harlem is never an easy task. After all, New York City is famous for its multiculturalism. And its food scene is no different.
Whether you are craving an exotic Somali dish or a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun, there is a restaurant more than willing to fill your stomach whenever you are in Harlem. Here are 11 must-visit spots in this part of NYC.
1. The Honey Well
With its subterranean setting giving you a different experience of the Harlem food scene, eating and drinking at The Honey Well is worth it. It may not be as lavish as At the Wallace or Harlem Public, but this quaint bar can still draw awe from patrons.
Are you yearning for an authentic bowl of ramen the way Meiji Era chefs prepare them? You may want to head over to ROKC (short for Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen, Cocktails). Its menu is the epitome of extraordinary East-meets-West culinary philosophy.
Being NYC’s only Somali restaurant, you can expect hordes of curious out-of-state diners wanting to try Safari’s authentic Somali cuisine. Their Sambuusas with Bisbaas sauce are a must-try whenever you get the chance to dine in this place.
4. Common Good Harlem
If you want to find a place/café that serves “mocha coffee” and “Americano,” Common Good Harlem is an excellent choice. They have croissants, bagels, and muffins that should pair well with your Macchiato or even Red Eye.
5. Tsion Cafe
Here is a Harlem restaurant that gives you a taste of Ethiopia. Not only do they serve great food and drinks with a distinct Mediterranean flair. The food establishment also wows its customers with arts events, including film screenings, poetry nights, and live music.
6. Ponty Bistro
Waking up to a beautiful Harlem morning can be more magical when spent dining at Ponty Bistro. They have French classics with a touch of African exoticism. Their lamb merguez couscous and Senegalese fish yassa are to die for.
If you are a big fan of French wines, Barawine is the one to visit. You can have your favorite sparkling in a glass or bring home a bottle or two of the complex and aromatic Chateau De l’Oiselinerie.
8. The Edge
Its cozy ambiance is the perfect backdrop for enjoying tantalizing English-Jamaican cuisine. Whether it is brunch with your kids, solo lunch, date night, or happy hour with your best buddies, The Edge welcomes you with open doors.
9. Bier International
Beer guzzlers and ale fanatics never fail to drop by the halls of Bier International. It has a Euro café vibe that transports you to that most wonderful time of the year when sparkling golden liquor is overflowing.
10. Ginny’s Supper Club
Hidden in the basement of Red Rooster is a haven for fans of Scandinavian treats and cocktails. Ginny’s Supper Club has the 20’s Harlem speakeasies vibe, complete with an interesting array of playful concoctions to titillate your senses.
11. Jacob Restaurant Soul Food & Salad Bar
The soul comes to Harlem with this buffet-style, premiere NYC restaurant. It has menu items for all folks from different walks of life, including soul food classics.
Are you still having difficulty deciding where to eat and drink in Harlem? The 11 must-visit spots we shared with you excellent starters for your gastronomic adventures.
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Charles Vallena is the founder and managing editor of Cuppabean.com, a coffee blog that helps people make better coffee by providing expert insights, recipes, and in-depth reviews on coffee makers. Follow Cuppabean on Facebook here.