After a very difficult year and a half, NYC has started to regain its footing—and Harlem is no exception.
Exhibit A: The wave of restaurant openings that has washed over the neighborhood in recent months, including a buzzy new eatery with accessibility at its core, a new vegan-friendly spot, and an all-day cafe crafting its own bagels.
TCU will be stopping by for a closer a look, but until then, here's a list for you to check out on your own time:
88 E 111 St between Park and Madison Aves
Designed with wheelchair users in mind, this modern new spot includes two different bar counter heights and more space to move around. On the menu are Peruvian-influenced dishes like ceviche and creamy quinoa, plus wines made by folks from indigenous backgrounds, the BIPOC community, and more.
18 E 116th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
A new Middle Eastern cafe offering falafel burgers, portobello fries and many more vegan-friendly options.
1694 Park Ave between E 118th and E 119th Sts
The team behind Harlem's beloved The Edge is serving up favorites like jerk chicken caesar salad and coconut battered fish and chips at this new takeout spot.
2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 113th and W 114th Sts
A perennial favorite for fresh tacos and margaritas, Cantina just opened its third location in the neighborhood.
409 W 125th St between Morningside and Amsterdam Aves
This Harlem institution, known for its frosted layer cakes and cupcakes, has opened its third bakery right on 125th Street.
341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St
A new pizza joint with slices and pies in flavors including vodka, bianca (white), and sausage & broccoli.
2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and W 137th St
This colorful taco spot formerly located on Lenox Avenue and 118th Street closed down a few years ago, but is now back and in the old Ruby's Vintage space.
2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts
Chef Darryl Burnette has debuted a new cafe, complete with swings, next door to his small gem, Belle Harlem. Already a hit: the made-from-scratch bagels.
3229 Broadway and W 130th St
This glossy new food hall on Columbia's West Harlem campus is home to four restaurants offering everything from crafted biscuit sandwiches to hummus.
701 W 133rd St and 12th Ave
A new Mexican spot with a huge outdoor terrace where you can sip on frozen margaritas under the summer sky.
Harlem Public at Northend Food Hall
Broadway and 183rd St
This long-awaited food hall's first restaurant, Harlem Public, has opened, serving its signature fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, and drinks like the Pop Rocks margarita.