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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Ethiopian Restaurant
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“Though it's not exactly cheap, (honestly, not restaurants in Harlem are) Zoma is one of my favorites in the neighborhood! The staff is friendly and laidback and the food is some of the best. I highly recommend the Doro Wett!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This is probably my favorite drinking spot in Harlem. It's a cute little bar, with great staff and great patrons. Always a good time going here.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Café
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“A local institution. Grab coffee and breakfast in the AM (don't even think about giving money to Starbucks on the corner) and then come back for a glass of wine and a soccer game later on.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“ Comfort food & cocktail options in a petite bistro featuring a contemporary vibe & outdoor seating. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“It is a sit down restaurant with a full menu, but it's also a great spot to just grab a drink.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This Speakeasy is one of the newest on the block but they have a very established clientele and great DJ's and live performances on some nights.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“I love this 'escape' from the hustle of the city and island/backyard feel! Behind Harlem Tavern, this place doesn't look like much but once you order, you walk ALL THE WAY back and then outside and you are in the Caribbean! Food is delicious and so much fun to share!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you love Starbucks, you're in luck. There is one across the street for a quick pick-me-up coffee before heading out to site see!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“just across the street are the BEST Nachos ever ($8 will feed 3 people)! Also try the cucumber margarita or the non-alcoholic Tamarindo Sol”
  • 26 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“Modern wine shop featuring an ample selection of quality artisanal wines with frequent tastings. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Church
“Beautiful Church near Columbia University. Many famous and historic events have taken place here including Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous sermon Beyond Vietnam. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great food, a real local place. This is one of my go to's. THey have a bar, mediterranean food and usually great specials. Warning CASH ONLY. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lounge
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“World famous, live Jazz music. Must make a reservation to this small venue.”
  • 22 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Flat Top is close and has excellent food. They are super friendly and accommodating. You can also order for take-out. Recommend the kale salad and the "airline" chicken with Brussel sprouts, the best!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Route
“City Place is a great quick pit stop with a lot of stores. It's not a full blown mall so there are pros and cons.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“City Place is one of the few fortunate malls to have a great location by the Hudson River, right across Manhattan. It's very convenient as it's right in front of our building. You can do most of your basic, quick shopping there. There are plenty of clothing shops about City Place. Some stores included -- Victoria's Secret, Anthropologie, Gap, Banana Republic, Talbot's, Carter's, and Guess Jeans. Non-clothing shops include general stores and restaurants such as Ulta, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Greek Taverna, Vitamin Shoppe, Bareburger, Original Pancake House and Fleming's Steakhouse. ”
  • 8 locals recommend