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December 31, 2019

Noteworthy new restaurants, bars and coffee shops kept opening this year in Harlem and beyond–almost too many to count. Here's a shortlist, divided into a few handy categories:

[Updated 1/7/2020]

Restaurants with star chefs


Big-name chefs were behind a trio of the m...

December 28, 2019

A massive thank you for supporting The Curious Uptowner on its various platforms–here on the blog as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–and being such great followers, tipsters and commenters.

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some...

December 23, 2019

For presents with uptown flair, look no further than The Curious Uptowner's holiday gift guides rolling out once a week this holiday season.

Last week's featured colorful coffee table books about–or with roots in–Harlem. So easy for you to buy and others to enjoy a...

December 22, 2019

If you're a fan of all things dulce de leche, you're in luck: Chilean pastry shop Dulceria–the kind of place where the chef might spend seven hours making ten pounds of the caramel spread from scratch–just opened at 2220 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between 119th and...

December 19, 2019

City Island hibachi restaurant Ohana is getting ready to open at 101 W 132nd Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

A worker at the corner space said the restaurant would debut next month.

A peek inside the eatery revealed a series of large hibachi tables where food like stea...

December 18, 2019

On a budget and looking for some local spots that you–and maybe those guests crashing on your sofa over the holidays–can explore? You're in luck: some of the best places to visit in Harlem also happen to be free.

Here are five neighborhood destinations serving...

December 16, 2019

For presents with uptown flair, look no further than The Curious Uptowner's holiday gift guides rolling out once a week this holiday season.

Last week's featured gifts for those on your list obsessed with bodegas–a familiar-but-disappearing sight across Upper Manha...

December 16, 2019

Open less than a year, Hamilton Heights restaurant L'Argot closed abruptly right before Thanksgiving, but just debuted with a new name, executive chef and menu.

The new spot, L'Artista, serves up a Northern Italian menu designed by chef German Rizzo, who is or...

December 14, 2019

The trailer for "In the Heights"–Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about a young Dominican immigrant who runs a bodega in Washington Heights–is finally here,

The almost two-and-half-minute teaser includes a cameo of Miranda working as a klutzy piragua (shaved ice)...

December 13, 2019

A song-and-dance-filled "A Christmas Carol in Harlem," the neighborhood's first night market, the annual reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and visit to Clement Clark Moore's grave–and more fun you can only find uptown:

"A Christmas Carol in Har...

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