The Best Places To Eat In Harlem

9 standout reasons to make Harlem a culinary destination

If you haven't yet explored Harlem, you're missing out on some of the best food in the entire city. This community is full of time-honored traditions, where varied flavors mingle with rich history. Here, a plate doesn't just serve up something delicious. Instead, it reflects the love and dedication of the people who call this neighborhood home.

You can also see this in the diverse number of small businesses that make up Harlem's culinary scene. From beloved family-run restaurants to new spots popping up, these places inspire residents and visitors to connect with culture and community over a meal. Citi is proud to help small businesses like these thrive by giving passionate entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed—and putting the spotlight on their work with Citi's Guide to Harlem Cuisine. This map reveals the best destinations for food and drink, as well as the people who have played a key role in shaping the neighborhood.

To get you started on your food journey through Harlem, we've rounded up our nine favorite food destinations from Citi's Guide to Harlem Cuisine. And, as if a delicious meal wasn't incentive enough, you'll also get an exclusive bonus at each of our picks with your Citi card. So whether you're in the mood for fried chicken or vegan Caribbean food, these places will have you hooked.

Red Rooster

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson's resto is dedicated to comfort food that ranges from classics (chicken and waffles) to innovative vegetarian fare (miso-glazed cauliflower).

Pro tip: Use your Citi card, and you'll enjoy 10 percent off your total with a minimum $25 purchase (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Lady Lexis Sweets

Owned by mother-daughter duo Dr. Sharon Gonzalez and Lexis Dilligard, this confection shop serves up desserts you won't be able to put down. Don't miss out on the 6 Layer Coconut cookie—trust us.

Pro tip: When you buy three cookies, you'll get the fourth free with your Citi card (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

The Grange

This comfortable neighborhood spot in the Harlem enclave of Hamilton Heights is the place for microbrews, craft cocktails and upscale cooking.

Pro tip: You'll get 10 percent off with purchase when you use your Citi card (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).


Since 2005, this Southern-focused restaurant has had a renowned menu that satisfies cravings for everything from light salads to "Comfortizers" like fried catfish strips. But you're probably there to try one of Melba's most famous dishes—the Southern Fried Chicken & Eggnog Waffles, which are served with strawberry butter and maple syrup.

Pro tip: If you have room for dessert, you'll get one free with your Citi card (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Harlem Shake

This popular diner-inspired destination is where you'll find great burgers and even better shakes (of course). Make sure to spend time checking out the celeb portraits on the "Wall of Fame."

Pro tip: Using your Citi card will also get you a free soda with a purchase of a sandwich or burger (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Renaissance Harlem

Whether you're at this stylish restaurant for breakfast or a late-night meal (it's open until 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; 4 a.m., Friday and Saturday), you'll be treated to refined classics with a twist like crepes, homemade pappardelle and so much more.

Pro tip: Pay with your Citi card, and you'll get 10 percent off with purchase (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Agaveria La Diagional

Sate your craving for tequila and tapas at this Mexican restaurant that has the distinction as the only agaveria in Harlem.

Pro tip: With your Citi card, you'll get free churros with purchase (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken

You'll walk out of this old-school soul food standby full and happy. You can opt for an all-you-can-eat feast or a simple meal (but not less filling) with sides, all at affordable prices.

Pro tip: Use your Citi card to get 10 percent off with purchase (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).

Uptown Veg

This restaurant features a vegan-focused menu (as the name suggests) with an emphasis on Caribbean flavors and fresh juices.

Pro tip: You'll get 10 percent off with purchase when you use your Citi card (offer valid 5/14 to 6/17).