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8 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

Art by Guy Stanley Philoche at the Renaissance Pavilion.
Art by Guy Stanley Philoche on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard as part of the Renaissance Pavilion.

The return of Harlem Restaurant Week, a new climbing gym—the city's largest!—with special introductory deals for Harlemites, and more fun things to see and do this weekend:

Through February 28

40+ restaurants

Harlem's very own Restaurant Week is back with a mix of $10 and $25 deals at more than 40 participating neighborhood spots. Included are the $25 lunch special at Red Rooster (deviled eggs, fried yardbird and garlic mash) and the under-$10 offer at Harlem Hops (sausages on a pretzel bun); see the full list of eateries and deals here. Many restaurants are also offering indoor dining at 25% capacity; outdoor dining and takeout is still available, too.

256 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd

At 15,000 square feet, Harlem's newest rock climbing gym is also the largest in the city; check out the video tour here. It opened on February 13 with a host of introductory specials for Harlemites, including:

• Daily Intro to Bouldering clinics are free for the first month.

• Harlem residents who live in the zip codes 10027, 10026, 10029, 10035, and 10030 get one free climbing pass (off-peak hours only).

• 50 discounted community scholarships are available for local residents.

The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street
The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street. Photo: Josh Pestka

In case you missed it:

Through February 28

50+ restaurants

NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through the end of February, and even more uptown spots have joined the citywide program offering takeout meals for $20.21—including 8 in Washington Heights and Inwood.


Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 137th and W 140th Sts

This Uber Eats-led initiative is highlighting a string of Black-owned businesses—including Ma Smith's Dessert Cafe, Harlem Chocolate Factory and Ruby's Vintage—with custom outdoor dining structures and colorful lights along the boulevard. Don't miss the public art exhibition in the windows at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and W 137th Street featuring the art of Guy Stanley Philoche and others.

Through February 28

The Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave

Due to the pandemic, this public exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists such as Jordan Casteel, Derrick Adams, and Sanford Biggers in conversation with the Harlem Renaissance is fully online. (Note: It's open to Columbia University students, faculty and staff, but reservations are required.)



Although timed tickets for in-person visits are also available, there's now a new way to explore the Met's medieval gem in Washington Heights. The Met Cloisters Primer takes you on a digital trip through time, allowing you to enjoy this spectacular museum's art, architecture and gardens via the Met's website.

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are open, but each has a new set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.


Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and W 145th St and St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave at W 132nd St and W 140th St

Part of the citywide Photoville festival, this free outdoor photo exhibit centers on Black joy and is inspired by the poetry of Ross Gay and the music of Stevie Wonder.

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