THINGS TO DO IN HARLEM

GETTING AROUND

Harlem is located just north of Manhattan, is accessible from all areas of the New York Metropolitan Region.  Many local attractions are close to public transportation or walking distance from hotels to theaters, dining and entertainment.

HISTORIC LANDMARKS

    • 155th Street Viaduct leading to Macombs Dam Bridge
    • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
    • Astor Row
    • Blockhouse
    • Bushman Steps Stairway that led baseball fans from the subway to The Polo Grounds ticket booth.
    • Fort Clinton, Central Park and Nutter’s Battery
    • Frederick Douglass Circle
    • Graham Court
    • Hamilton Grange
    • Harlem Hellfighters Monument / 369th Infantry Regiment Memorial
    • Harlem Hospital Center
    • Harlem YMCA
    • Hooper Fountain Jumel Terrace and Morris-Jumel Mansion in modern day Washington Heights.
    • Hotel Theresa
    • James Bailey House
    • La Marqueta
    • Langston Hughes House
    • Minton’s Playhouse
    • Mink Building
    • Mount Morris Bank Building
    • Savoy Ballroom marked by a plaque on Lenox
    • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    • Strivers’ Row
  • Cultural Center African Diaspora Instituterrio
  • El Museo Del BaCaribbean
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Studio Museum in Harlem

PARKS/RECREATION

  • Central Park
  • Marcus Garvey Park Historic District
  • Morningside Park
  • Rucker Park
  • The Cloisters
  • Swing Low Harriot Tubman Memorial
  • Duke Ellington Circle
  • Alhambra Ballroom
  • Apollo Theater
  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
  • Cotton Club
  • Harlem Stage
  • National Black Theater
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Baptist House of Prayer
  • Aloysius RC Church
  • Martin’s Episcopal Church (formerly Trinity Church) designed by William Appleton Potter
  • The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

NEARBY RESTUARANTS

AloftW XYZ BAR

  • Address: 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd NY 10027

ChaiWali

  • 11AM–4PM, 5–10:30PM Phone: (646) 688-5414
  • Address: 274 Lenox Ave, NY
  • Hip, bohemian restaurant & bar offering chai, creative Indian fusion fare & occasional live music.

Barawine

  • 11AM–10:30PM  Phone: (917) 492-4806
  • Address: 200 Malcolm X Blvd, NY 10026

BluJeen

  • 5PM–10:30PM  Phone: (212) 256-1073
  • Address: 2143 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY 10026
  • Elevated American comfort food with Southern twists served in a stylish setting with a long bar.

BO’s Bagels

  • 6:30AM–5PM  Phone:(917) 902-8345
  • Address: 235 W 116th St, NY 10026
  • Place for handmade bagels, spreads & deli items by a couple who began their business as a stand.

Dinosaur BBQ 

  • 11:30AM–11PM  Phone: (212) 694-1777
  • Address: 700 West 125th St, NY, 10027
  • Barbecue chain serving Southern-style meats & draft brews in a retro setting (sometimes live music).

Peque Vinos + Tapas

  • 11:30AM–11PM  Phone: (646) 678-4095
  • Address: 231 W 145th St, NY 10039
  • Spanish small plates & international wines offered in a European-style bistro with live music.

Harlem Karibe

  • 11AM–11PM  Phone: (212) 283-5335
  • Address: 2234 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, NY Colorful, casual stop for homestyle Caribbean meals like fried goat & oxtail, for eat-in or takeout.

Harlem Bessame

  • 6PM–12AM Phone: 
  • Address: 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, NY

Manna’s Soul Food Buffet & Salad Bar

  • (917) 749-9084
  • Address: 2331 Frederick Douglass Blvd

Olive Garden

  • 11AM–10:00PM Phone: (917) 534-7937
  • Address: 100 W 125th St, NY 10027
  • Lively, family-friendly chain featuring Italian standards such as pastas & salads, with a full bar.

Piece of Velvet

  • 11AM–9PM Phone: (646) 863-2969
  • Address: 17 W 125th St, NY 10027
  • Signature Red Velvet Cake & more!

Ponty Bistro

  • 9AM–11PM  Phone: (212) 234-6474
  • Address: 2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, NY
  • Chic neighborhood bistro for French-African cuisine in breezy, comfortable digs with African art

Red Lobster

  • 11AM–10:30PM  Phone: (212) 280-1930
  • Address: 261 W 125th St, NY 10027

Solomon & Kuff

  • 5PM–2AM Phone: (212) 939-9443
  • Address: 2331 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027
  • Sizable restaurant & bar for Caribbean dishes, a huge rum selection & DJ nights.

Sottocasa Pizzeria Harlem

  • 5PM–10:30PM Phone: (646) 928-4870
  • Address: 227 Lenox Ave, NY 10027
  • Brick oven pizza

Setteppani

  • 11AM–10:30PM  Phone: (917) 492-4806
  • Address: 196 Malcolm X Blvd, NY 10026
  • Stylish, relaxed Italian neighborhood cafe in Lower Harlem known for its desserts.

El Kall ejon

  • 8AM–11:30PM Phone: (212) 222-8300
  • Address: 209 E 117th St, NY 10035
  • Cozy spot offering inventive Mexican small plates, cocktails, wines & a patio in a casual setting. (Happy Hour over 25 different sangria drinks)

Harley’s Smokeshack

  • 12PM–2AM  Phone: (212) 828-6723
  • Address: 355 E 116th St, NY 10029
  • This neighborhood BBQ joint with roadhouse decor dispenses house-smoked meats & craft beer.

Joy Burger

  • 11AM–11:00PM  Phone: (212) 289-6222
  • 1567 Lexington Ave A, NY 10029
  • Spiffed-up burger shop known for its choice of sauces & toppings on beef, turkey & veggie patties.

Polash

  • 12–4PM, 5–10:30PM  Phone:(917) 492-4806
  • 2179 3rd Ave #1, NY 10035
  • Spacious Indian restaurant offering mild & spicy curries, tandoori fare & all You Can eat lunch buffet.

Neapolitan Pizza

  • 11AM–10PM Phone: (212) 289-4689
  • Address: 232 E 111th St, NY 10029
  • Brick oven pizza, fine dinning

Sapito’s

  • 3PM–1-2AM Phone: (212) 722-9222
  • Address: 172 E 106th St, NY 10029
  • Latin restaurant, bar and lounge.

Sprinkle Splash Cakes

  • 9AM–16PM Phone: (800) 764-6106
  • Address: 1590 Park Ave, NY 10029
  • Bakery

Bamboo

  • 4PM–12:30AM  Phone: (646) 682-9526
  • Address: 175 Lenox Ave, NY 10026
  • Stylish, relaxed Italian neighborhood cafe in Lower Harlem known for its desserts.

Ginnys Soul & R&B Fridays @ Red Rooster 

  • 7PM–1 -3AM
  • Address: 310 Lenox Ave, between 125 & 126 St
  • Updated soul food & craft cocktails plus live music in the basement of Red Rooster.

Harlem’s Floridita Bar & Restaurant

  • 9AM–12AM (212) 662-0090
  • Address: 700 W 125th Street at 12th Ave
  • Lively restaurant – traditional Cuban entrees, occasional live music & a daily happy hour.

Harlem Shake

  • 8AM–2AM  Phone(212) 222-8300
  • Address: 100 W 124th St, NY 10027
  • Casual spot for burgers, shakes & more in a modern, dinerlike setting with retro Harlem photos.

Harlem Tavern

  • 12PM–2AM  Phone: (212) 866-4500
  • Address: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY 10026

Harlem Nights

  • 4PM–3AM  (646) 820-4603
  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd

The L- Lounge

  • 4PM–12AM
  • Address: 301 W 115th St, NY 10026

Lenox Saphire

  •  7AM–12AM  (212) 866-9700 
  • Address: 341 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) 127th St

Silvana

  • 11AM–4AM Phone: (646) 692-4935
  • Address: 300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
  • Hip cafe & bar offers Middle Eastern eats such as shawarma & falafel, plus live music.

The Shrine

  • 11AM–4AM Phone: (212) 690-7807
  • Address: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, NY 10030
  • Arts & performance space hosting all-ages shows & serving drinks & bar bites. Cash only.

SHOPPING

SHOPPING

Harlem Shopping Area

  • 125st from St Nicholas Ave – 5th Ave

NiLu Gift Shop

  • 11AM–8PM  (646) 964-4926
  • 191 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Harlem Trading Co

  • 1PM–8PM  (646) 666-0804
  • 500 West 146th Street, Store #1, New York, NY 10031