The Cecil is an upscale American restaurant that shares a kitchen with a famous Jazz bar (Minton’s Playhouse). Even though the menu reads old-school (steaks, some good clams casino, caesar salad), the restaurant is sleek, with low turquoise velvet booths and colorful paintings on the walls. The specialty here is steak, and there are approximately ten different cuts on the menu. Also - If you just want to meet someone for a martini, there’s a pretty big bar area that feels distinct from the dining room space and often has live piano music.
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BLVD Bistro is a cozy restaurant in the bottom of a Harlem brownstone where you can get some slightly upscale Southern food.
Sugar Hill Creamery
If you need ice cream in Harlem, there’s a fairly simple solution. Go to Sugar Hill Creamery, and get a scoop of something like A$AP Rocky Road.
Patisserie des Ambassades
Les Ambassades is a Senegalese spot in Harlem where you should sit outside before or after getting a pastry from their bakery next door.
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Hartbreakers is a casual vegan spot in Bushwick where you can get a good fried “chicken” sandwich and a side of waffle fries.
Salt & Fat
We wanted to love Sunnyside's Salt & Fat more than we actually did. Every dish on the menu reads like a carnivore’s delight, and while some items are incredible, others completely miss the mark.
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Clay is an American restaurant in Harlem that’s perfect for a special-but-not-too-formal dinner with a date or your family.
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Melba’s is a spot in Harlem with some great fried chicken, catfish, and waffles. Try it for a casual meal, and get a side of mac and cheese.
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