If you want to pick up some good, quick fried chicken in Harlem, this place is a great option. If you couldn’t tell from the name, they use pans (instead of a deep fryer) to fry their chicken, and the result is some fried bird that’s lightly battered, juicy, and perfectly crispy. The mac and cheese and collard greens are also pretty solid, and you should order both of these things as sides - but don’t get distracted and forget to get some cornbread. It’s light, fluffy, and just a little bit sweet, and, unlike a lot of other cornbread out there, it stays moist.
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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.
The Handpulled Noodle
When you're in Harlem and you don’t feel like cooking, but you also don’t feel like eating in a restaurant, your move should be The Handpulled Noodle.
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Bayou is a New Orleans-inspired brunch and dinner spot on Staten Island with an outdoor area that looks like it’s always celebrating Mardi Gras.
Few restaurants in this city feel as alive as Red Rooster in Harlem - the atmosphere is incredible.
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Before you start eating at all the trendy new spots in Harlem, filling your belly with soul food at Sylvia’s needs to happen first.
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.
Amy Ruth’s is a big, casual soul food institution in Harlem where you can bring a group and get some very good fried chicken.
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