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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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.
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Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is a classic Midtown steakhouse that’s a good spot for a business meal at lunch or dinner.
The Meatball Shop
The are a bunch of Meatball Shops in the city, and they’re all good for a casual meal. As you probably guessed, you’ll be eating meatballs here.
If you want to take shots and eat overpriced food on the Lower East Side, try Vandal. It’s perfect for that.
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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.
Few restaurants in this city feel as alive as Red Rooster in Harlem - the atmosphere is incredible.
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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