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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Double Dutch Espresso
If you want to sit while you drink a cup of coffee and/or do some work on your laptop in Harlem, Double Dutch is your best option.
Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar
Cantina Taqueria is a casual Mexican restaurant right above Central Park and it’s great for Happy Hour or a fun group dinner.
Harlem Nights is a casual neighborhood bar in Harlem with a daily Happy Hour and regularly-scheduled comedy and music nights.
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Barawine is a wine bar in Harlem with a little dining room where they serve French-ish American food.
Brooklyn Noosh is a casual spot in Bed-Stuy with burgers, beer, kabobs, and a big outdoor patio in their back alley.
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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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