Mess Hall shares a backyard with the coffee shop next door. So you could theoretically hang out here all day (and you should, it’s very nice). The inside of the bar space is casual and pretty narrow, but there’s enough room to sit and play board games with some friends or hang out with a date and share a flight of beer.
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Jacob Restaurant is a buffet in Harlem where you can fill a styrofoam container with some very solid soul food, Caribbean food, or spaghetti.
Clay is an American restaurant in Harlem that’s perfect for a special-but-not-too-formal dinner with a date or your family.
Dinosaur BBQ isn’t the best barbecue you’ll ever eat. It is, however, our kind of dining establishment.
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Vinegar Hill House
One of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, especially in the summer when their back garden is in full swing. Bring some bug spray, eat a pork chop.
Root & Bone
Root & Bone in the East Village is Southern food done right. Hit it for dinner, hit it for brunch, hit it for takeout. Whatever you do, just hit it.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
Lido is a neighborhood Italian spot in Harlem that also does a serious bottomless brunch.
The original Patsy’s in East Harlem makes excellent pizza for a sit-down meal or a slice at the counter.
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