Despite the pandemic, which has limited all New York restaurants and bars to delivery and outdoor seating, new spots are appearing on the horizon in Harlem.
And just in time: Governor Cuomo recently announced that all city restaurants can open indoors at 25% capacity starting September 30.
Herewith, three uptown destinations to get excited about in the coming months:
Central Harlem 2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 116th and W 117th Sts
For a sneak peek at the dishes and swanky interior of this new cocktail bar set to open on one of Harlem's busiest dining corridors, follow its chef, Serena Bass (who is also behind the menu at Lido three doors up). While an eye-catching turquoise-tiled facade went up in May, no official opening date has been announced yet.
Hamilton Heights 3489 Broadway between W 142nd and W 143rd
This spacious kitchen and bar had plans to debut last year, but is now looking to open this October. Due to covid, the menu will be smaller than planned, but expect plenty of craft cocktails and beer.
Central Harlem 370 Malcolm X Blvd between W 128th and W 129th Sts
A new spot from the Handpulled Noodle team, this restaurant with a focus on freshly-made Chinese noodles will debut in its new Central Harlem location on September 25, according to its Google listing.