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5 Harlem Restaurants You Should Try in 2021

Updated: May 14

By Sandy Wilson, Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Sales, BHS Riverdale & Harlem


As New York City begins to emerge from the pandemic and get back to “normal,” we’re excited to take advantage of the dining scene, especially in vibrant and ever-changing neighborhoods like Harlem. Though the past year has been very challenging for small business owners and restaurant workers, we’re thankful that our beloved Harlem establishments have not only survived, but come out stronger.

I asked Brown Harris Stevens Harlem agents to share their favorite neighborhood restaurants, and their responses encompass the diversity and variety that Harlem has to offer. Here are five of their favorites.


Lido 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Located directly across from Brown Harris Stevens’ Harlem office, Lido is a go-to spot not just for the convenience, but for its unique entrees and superb service. Start with the scrumptious roasted veal meatballs in pomodoro sauce and parmesan cheese. Then for the main course, try the pan-seared red snapper with romesco and toasted hazelnuts. Accompany with a refreshing glass of prosecco, then finish with a refreshing and tasty gelato!

Currently offering pick-up, delivery, indoor seating, and patio seating.


Vinatería

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

The menu at Vinatería is superb. A selection of hot and cold antipasti includes steamed mussels with soppressata and chimichurri as well as calamari fritti with paprika aioli. For the main course, try the short rib ragu! And of course, choose from an impressive selection of wines from around the world.

Currently offering pick-up, delivery, and seating in outdoor dining pods.


Renaissance Harlem

2245 7th Avenue

The executive chefs of this neighborhood favorite, Cisse Elhadji and his cousin Cheikh Ali, were both born in Senegal. Upon coming to New York, they honed their craft by working for none other than world-renowned chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. Then, they fulfilled their dreams by opening Ponty Bistro, followed by Renaissance Harlem. With a uniquely international flair, the Renaissance menu is an eclectic mix of African standards like carrot and ginger soup, punctuated with French influences like French onion soup. Try the frittata or the classic eggs Benedict during weekend brunch and don’t forget to try the sensational pain au chocolat!

Currently offering pick-up, delivery, indoor seating, and outdoor seating.

Crepe Master

139 West 116th St.

The first Japanese Harajuku-style crepe shop in Harlem, Crepe Master offers an array of handmade, gluten-free crepes. Try the savory shrimp-and-avocado crepe or the sweet Nutella strawberry crepe. Vegan smoothies, ice cream, and an extensive list of fruity drinks round out the offerings.

Currently offering pick-up, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

Red Rooster

310 Lenox Avenue

Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Harlem restaurant took the world by storm when he opened it after huge previous successes including Aquavit. His signature dishes include Helga’s meatballs, the Fried Yardbird, and the seafood jambalaya. Red Rooster is at once a feast for the palate, the eyes (the fabulous original artwork is created by Harlem artists), and the ears!

Currently offering pick-up, delivery, indoor seating, and outdoor seating.

Continue exploring New York City’s incredible food scene and support small businesses by taking a look at these 20 Black-owned businesses we love.

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