9 Harlem spots with hidden backyard patios

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Hidden from view, Harlem's backyard patios are the perfect place to escape the city's hustle and bustle.

Head to these urban oases when you're looking for a serene–and in a few cases green–spot to enjoy a well-crafted sip or bite. From south to north:

Lolo's Seafood Shack

303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave

This island seafood spot's backyard cabana offers serious seaside vibes.

Lion Lion Bar

332 E 116th St between First and Second Aves

Sip on expertly made cocktails in this East Harlem bar's charming patio.

Photo: Lion Lion Bar

Double Dutch Espresso

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

The South Harlem location of this uptown coffee chain has a wooden patio that's ideal for an al fresco espresso.

Mess Hall

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

Once you've had your java jolt at Double Dutch Espresso next door, hit up happy hour here starting at 4pm to get a good seat outside.

Serengeti Teas & Spices

22 E 125th St between between Madison and Fifth Aves

One of Harlem's most beautiful covered backyards serves freshly-made African teas by Liberian-born owner Doughba Caranda-Martin.

Harlem Hops

2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

A small but perfect little beer garden sits in the back of this excellent craft beer destination.


142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts

This cozy six-month-old spot serving craft cocktails and a full dinner menu just expanded with a small patio in the back.

The Chipped Cup

3610 Broadway between W 148th and W 149th Sts

Enjoy an iced coffee (and a homemade brownie) in one of Harlem's most enchanted gardens.

Tsion Cafe

763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and W 149th Sts

Now is the time to try a variety of Ethiopian dishes in Tsion's cute back patio.

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