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Streetbird Rotisserie

Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef Marcus Samuelsson might just be the poster child of 21st century Harlem dining. His flagship restaurant Red Rooster was a game-changer for the neighbourhood when it opened in 2010, providing an attractive combination of American comfort food in a laid-back setting. His latest venture, Streetbird Rotisserie, is another injection of modernity into the area. The fun, counter-service kitchenette offers mouth-watering rotisserie chicken alongside globally influenced street food. With bright colours, a boombox installation and retro countertops, the design is as playful as the food.

  • +1 212 206 2557
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  • 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd
    New York
    10027

Lolo's Seafood Shack

Harlem’s ‘Restaurant Row’ (Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 110th and 127th Streets) continues to expand, and Lolo’s Seafood Shack is one of its more recent additions. The casual Caribbean spot serves up delicious, eat-with-your-fingers cheap eats, including sweet snow crab legs, juicy shrimp and jerk ribs, all under $20. Dine at the front of the shack at a counter under kitsch string lights, at their large wooden communal table or, weather permitting, on the colourful benches in the back patio.

Sylvia's

Named after its founder, the late Sylvia Woods (aka the ‘queen of soulfood’) this Harlem classic has been plating southern favourites since 1962. The restaurant is beloved by locals and famous non-locals alike; President Obama’s visit during his first campaign is captured in pictures that hang on the wall, while the restaurant’s Sunday gospel breakfast (from 11AM to 2PM) has brought in Beyoncé, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli. Yes, these days the place tends to be heavily populated by tourists, but with one taste of Sylvia’s fried chicken you’ll understand why.

  • +1 212 996 0660
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  • 328 Malcolm X Boulevard
    New York
    10027

Streetbird Rotisserie

Lolo's Seafood Shack

Sylvia's

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