Cheri doesn’t serve the best French food in Harlem (although it’s solid), but they do have one of the best outdoor hang spaces in the area. Walk out back and you’ll find the sort of patio that will make it easy for you to post up for an entire afternoon and make everyone you know come to you.
Cheri is permanently closed.
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Kingston is a casual Jamaican restaurant on 116th Street in Harlem with a fun bar and really good jerk chicken.
Jacob Restaurant is a buffet in Harlem where you can fill a styrofoam container with some very solid soul food, Caribbean food, or spaghetti.
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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Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
No, it’s not a bowling alley in Times Square. It’s the 25-year-old Keith McNally restaurant that’s way more fun than Balthazar.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
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Barawine is a wine bar in Harlem with a little dining room where they serve French-ish American food.
Bono’s excellent pizza and pasta and low-key atmosphere make it our favorite spot for Italian food in Harlem.
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