I don’t about you, but I love to eat. Every time I am planning on visiting a new place, I research food and restaurant options so I know generally where things are. Harlem, located in Upper Manhattan, has no shortage of attractions and restaurants, for every type of palate. Here’s where to eat your way through Harlem.
Lido serves deliciously popular Italian cuisine in a charming dining space on a corner lot in Harlem. Whether you visit for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you will leave with compliments to the chef for the bright colors, creative pairings, and fresh vegetables. The chef has a list of famous celebrity A-listers who she has catered for. Pick an unique cocktail to complement your meal at Lido.
Jin Ramen often has guests waiting for seats. This crowded ramen restaurant is conveniently located on 125th street, just steps from the 1 train. It has a full menu with appetizers, salads, ramen, rice bowls, and dessert. It also has a drink menu including sake and Sapporo. A bowl of ramen is particularly hearty on a cold or rainy day but it is delicious on hot days too.
As a majority minority neighborhood, Harlem has no shortage of soul food spots. Though perhaps not as famous as Silvia’s or Amy Ruth’s, Melba’s has mouth- watering food such as the chicken and eggnog waffle with strawberry butter and maple syrup. Melba’s was founded by Melba Wilson, a native of Harlem. On any given day, you can find Ms. Wilson greeting her customers or engaging in a conversation with them. Celebrate your birthday at Melba’s and the whole restaurant – small and familial – will sing happy birthday to you, Stevie Wonder style, because that’s the only way to do it in Harlem.
For all the seafood lovers out there, Lolo’s Seafood Lovers is the spot in Harlem. Lolo’s, complete with a tropic ambiance, offers Caribbean street food done with something a little “extra”, e.g., seafood made with coconut curry or garlic butter and Old Bay, bacalao conch fritter, and avocado toast topped with plantains. The food will expand your palate and excite your taste buds.
If you are looking for pastries or dessert, Patisserie Des Ambassades is the way to go. This is a Senegalese bakery with arguably the tastiest French pastries in Harlem, which is not surprising, given the amount of French influences in Senegal from colonial times until now. French is even the official language of Senegal. Try their almond croissants or raisin rolls, it will leave you wanting to return all the day. Patisserie also offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. During business hours, you can order your food online and pick it up.
Check out Harlem if you’re looking for some good eats!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.