New York is such a huge city that is nearly impossible to make a list of the best restaurants tourists and locals should visit to enjoy a good dining experience. So, instead of trying to make a list of the best restaurants in New York, we decided to go from neighborhood to neighborhood and discover their best flavors. We started with Harlem and we found the best restaurants that should be visited by any New York tourist who loves to indulge in delicious, comforting food. Since New York is a fusion of various cuisines, prepare yourself for different flavors and dishes that will satisfy all your senses.
Harlem Tavern is a spacious tavern and a sports bar with an indoor setting that includes several TVs and an outdoor setting with a massive projector on the patio. The menu includes many comfort food dishes like chicken quesadillas, chicken tenders, crispy wings and a variety of burgers. When it comes to drinks, the tavern serves anything from classic beer to fancy cocktails.
Cecil is about delicious food served in a relaxed and comfy atmosphere. The restaurant’s chef was recognized in Eater as a semifinalist in Young Gun 2014 and the food he prepares and serves is an African-Asian-European-American fusion with spicy dishes that are unique and flavorful. The menu includes cinnamon-scented guinea hen, a classic gumbo and an exotic smoked watermelon salad.
Red Rooster is a famous restaurant among foodies who love to indulge in delicious dishes inspired by the global cuisine. The restaurant’s chef is the famous Marcus Samuelsson, a chef that likes to mix and match the flavors of the best dishes in all cuisines. Since the restaurant is specialized in good food rather than a specific cuisine, Red Rooster has anything from Swedish meatballs to shrimp, waffles, chicken liver butter and bourbon maple syrup in its menu.
If you ever visited Tokyo and you miss the excellent food served there, head over to Harlem, to Jin Ramen more specifically, to enjoy homemade stocks, spicy dishes like the Tonaktsu ramen, hand-cut noodles and other specialties that are served in a modern and minimalist interior.
67 Orange Street
67 Orange Street is a restaurant perfect for large crowds who want to spend a good night together while enjoying delicious cocktails, old school punches and small plates with various types of food like crispy chicken sliders.
Who would have thought that you can find a chic wine bar in Harlem? Probably no one, but Barawine exists and it serves approximately 200 types of wine and a variety of modern food dishes like Peruvian pink scallops on the shell, Maine lobster carpaccio with esplette citrus and macaroni and cheese with black truffles and ham.
After we talked about a wine bar, we have to talk about French cuisine! They go hand in hand, don’t they? Cheri is Harlem’s Paris and it offers a French dining experience with fine china, Basquiat prints and classical dishes like stuffed zucchini with ratatouille and goat cheese and scallops to all its guests.
From France, we move to Ethiopia, in Awash restaurant, a restaurant that serves authentic Ethiopian food like the buttery, spicy kifko. The restaurant is not very stylish, but good food does not necessarily need a perfectly decorated environment. Sometimes good food is just enough and that is exactly Awash’s case.