If you hit Lido in the evening, you’d just assume it was another reliable, slightly romantic neighborhood Italian place. And it is. But if you visit on a weekend day, you’ll find a bottomless brunch situation that people take very seriously. For $16, you’ll get two hours of all the mimosas you want, along with brunch food that’s certainly not mind-blowing, but also much better than it needs to be after an hour of never-ending mimosas.
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Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar
Cantina Taqueria is a good place to get Happy Hour margaritas outside in Central Harlem.
Minton’s Playhouse is a famous jazz bar in Harlem that’s connected to The Cecil Steakhouse.
Paris Blues is a historic jazz bar in Harlem with performances every night, but it feels a lot like a dive bar.
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Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
Ribalta is big Italian spot near Union Square that serves solid Neapolitan-style pizzas and works for fun group dinners.
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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.
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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