Like most post offices and the last four chain bookstores in NYC, most bars in Harlem are located on the big avenues. So if you were feeling particularly reckless, you could just walk up and down Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X Boulevard and hope you find a good place to drink. But if you want to know about the best options for your specific situation, just read this guide. It has everything from cocktail bars with open mics to spots to brag about how much you know about IPAs, and plenty of places to gather both the first and second tiers of your friends. There are also a few jazz bars, including the one where bebop was first invented. So no matter what type of place you’re looking for, use this guide for 13 great options in the neighborhood.
The Best Bars in Harlem
90 Days – Is Love Greater than Our Secrets?
“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 10 (Click here.)”
A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, 90 DAYS explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating.
Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris and Nic Few, 90 DAYS is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges.
The Experience Harlem 2017 – Shop Harlem Gift Guide
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There’s no place like Harlem, and with scores of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists and artisans, there’s no better place to shop for all of your holiday needs. While you’re doing that, ring in the season with rich cultural events for family, friends and neighbors, all infused with the energy that has made Harlem an iconic community. Ho! Ho! Ho! from us at EXPERIENCE HARLEM —Harlem doesn’t have a St. Nicholas Avenue for nothing, you know.
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In Harlem, a chef starts small – to go big
“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 6 (Click here.)”
Darryl Burnette brings hospitality—and great food—to New York City’s Harlem
‘Marcus B&P’ from Marcus Samuelsson Imminent in Newark
Late last year, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson announced that he would be opening a new restaurant in Newark, and some new details have emerged as to what exactly might be in the works with the project.
Samuelsson, a Sweden-born James Beard winner who has published several cookbooks and appeared on programs like Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Chopped, is partnering with Ron Moelis of L+M Development for the Newark venture. The two became business partners at Harlem’s acclaimed eatery Red Rooster back in 2013 and will be opening their Brick City restaurant in 2,250-square-feet of space in the Hahne & Co. building.
It’s been a busy time for Samuelsson and his restaurants, as he just opened a London outpost of Red Rooster back in May and signed on last month to open another unnamed restaurant in a soon-to-open luxury building in Brooklyn called The Greenpoint. As far as the Newark spot, Eater reports that Samuelsson hopes to open the restaurant’s doors later this year.
Taste of Lower Manhattan Food Festival
The evening (November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm-9:00pm) tasting event will allow attendees to sample a selection of hors d’oeuvres and food styles from restaurants and vendors all over New York complemented by a variety of wines, spirits and other craft beverages.
BITES: New York’s top downtown chefs and mixologists will be sampling their signature dishes and cocktails
LIVE MUSIC: Enjoy the awesome sounds of an exciting New York City DJ
BONUS: VIP tickets include access to a pre-event cocktail reception offering the chance to mix and mingle with the biggest foodies in Read More
9th Annual Top of the List 2017
Discover your perfect pairing!
The Wine & Spirits (W&S) Top of the List Tasting presents the Annual Restaurant Poll issue in dynamic form, transforming print into reality. The Annual Restaurant Poll issue reports on America’s Most Popular Restaurant Wines by region and varietal category, as determined by the responses of top restaurateurs and wine directors to our Poll. This tasting celebrates the featured wineries as well as the chefs and sommeliers who contribute to the Poll’s ongoing success.
The exclusive Poll canvasses over 2,500 of the most popular restaurants in America (based on Zagat Survey listings) to determine the 50 most popular wine brands in restaurants and the most popular wines by the glass, variety and country of origin. Sales trends, interviews with prominent wine figures in the US and in-depth analysis of Poll data make the issue an integral resource for assessing the performance of wine in restaurants, and predicting trends.
REBNY’s 2016 Uptown Open House Expo
Explore Exclusive Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood Residential Listings at REBNY’s Uptown Open House Expo
— All-access, free and public event on April 10 & 17 unlocks doors to the neighborhoods’ hottest co-ops, condos, and townhouses on the market —
NEW YORK, NY – March 9, 2016 – Calling all New York City house hunters! On Sunday, April 10 and 17, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its Upper Manhattan Committee will host its 2016 Uptown Open House Expo – an all-access, free and public event where potential home buyers can conveniently view dozens of the hottest uptown Manhattan residential listings during this two-day event.Read More
Caribbean Flavor, New York Style: Welcome to Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall
Karl Franz has done it again! The owner of 67 Orange, a speakeasy in Harlem, has opened his second restaurant.
Soloman & Kuff Rum Hall, formerly a meatpacking factory, was transformed into a 5,000 square foot industrial space featuring a loft-style dining area along with lounge seating, two elevated wooden DJ booths and two extra-long full bars stocked with over 100 international rums, artisanal cocktails and craft beers.
The food menu offers delectable bites that bring you a bit of that West Indian and Caribbean flavor. Executive chef Christopher Faulkner (Melba’s, Colors) creates pan-Caribbean dishes like slow-stewed peppered goat pies, fish and yucca chips, Read More
Head Uptown for Restaurant Week
#WHIN & DINE is the official Washington Heights & Inwood restaurant week in which participating restaurants offer discounted prix fixe dinners of $26.95 starting November 2nd until November 20th, 2015.
This program is the perfect way to showcase the culinary treasures located in Northern Manhattan between 155th street and 220th Street. No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may simply visit as many participating restaurants as they like during “#WHIN & DINE” restaurant week and enjoy what they have to offer from their prix fixe menu.
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Washington Heights & Inwood, NY
November 2 – 20, 2015
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s
The #GoldRushAwards are back in Brooklyn! The evening will include a special Rush Philanthropic 20th Anniversary retrospective featuring artist Renee Cox, music by DJ MOMA and AzMarie Livingston, open bar, a selection of works available for sale for one night only at $500 and more! All proceeds will support Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s arts programming and its support of thousands of emerging artists and curators. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here!
Gold Rush Awards
October 24, 2015
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 112175
NYC Wine & Food Festival
The annual NYC Wine and Food Festival is finally here, taking place from October 15th through the 18th. If you are looking to fill your weekend with interesting, diverse and delicious activities, this is the weekend to do so! The NYCWFF features several celebrity chefs from all over the world and has different events happening all over Manhattan!
To enjoy it to the fullest, don’t forget your checkbook! There are a few events under $100 but most range from $100 to $300.
Click here for more info and to purchase tickets (while they last!) to whatever event tickles your fancy.
Various Locations, NYC
October 15-18, 2015
Open Market NYC
OpenMarketNYC is a weekend-long celebration highlighting the district’s diversity of businesses with free events, exclusive tours, public art, in-store activities, installations and shopping discounts. Enjoy the savings for the latest in fashion/design, arts/culture, technology, and food/hospitality. With this festival, the Meatpacking District is an open market for all to enjoy.
Every neighborhood is starting to create their own festival. I love the fact that they have included art, culture, wellness, guided tours, and not-overpriced-celebrity-chef meals like some of the others – it appears to be more inclusive. If it can maintain this model, it will be a great addition to the NYC festival scene.Read More
What’s Hot Now
The Cecil has been voted one of the top 20 restaurants in the city. This is where African- and Asian-Americans meet. Alexander Smalls, the executive chef and celebrity chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson, the resident chef, are curating flavors that you won’t find – or enjoy – anywhere else in the city. This is what makes this place stand out the most. On October 2nd, come by The Cecil to catch the magical pairing of Chef JJ Johnson and Chef Pedro Alcor for Puerto Rico Meets NYC. See details.
210 West 118th Street,