On Monday nights at Lenox Sapphire, you can get $5 flavored martinis and there’s a live DJ playing music loud enough for a festival. This is just one example of how hard this American and West African restaurant parties. There are events and specials throughout the week, so you should look at their schedule ahead of time to see what’s going on. Bring some friends who don’t mind screaming over the music to talk and order the beef nems (fried spring rolls) - they’re crispy and great.
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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.
Bono’s excellent pizza and pasta and low-key atmosphere make it our favorite spot for Italian food in Harlem.
Archer & Goat
Archer & Goat is a restaurant/bar in the bottom of a townhouse in Harlem. It’s a good spot for a drink and a snack, and it has a nice little backyard.
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Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is a classic Midtown steakhouse that’s a good spot for a business meal at lunch or dinner.
Katie O’s is a counter-service soul food restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that makes fried chicken to order, and really good potato salad.
The Farm on Adderley
The Farm on Adderley is a really good, comfortable restaurant in a neighborhood that seems to have relatively few of those.
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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.
Lido is a neighborhood Italian spot in Harlem that also does a serious bottomless brunch.
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