All the Notable New Bars and Restaurants That Have Opened in Harlem and Beyond

Updated: Sep 29



Harlem Public is the first restaurant to open in Northend Food Hall in Washington Heights.
Harlem Public is the first restaurant to open inside the Northend Food Hall in Washington Heights.

After a very difficult year and a half, NYC has begun to regain its footing—and uptown is no exception.


Exhibit A: The wave of bar and restaurant openings that has washed over Harlem and beyond in recent months, including a buzzy new eatery with accessibility at its core, two new food halls, as well as an all-day cafe crafting its own bagels.


Here's a list to get you started:


September


The Cloak Room

Hamilton Heights 126 Hamilton Pl between W 142nd and W 143rd Sts

This spot that was most recently Hogshead Tavern has been transformed into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar featuring live jazz from Thursdays to Sundays.




August


Ollin

East Harlem 2108 Second Ave between E 108th and E 109th Sts

Known for its authentic birria tacos, this Mexican mom-and-pop recently opened a new location offering even more birria (in tacos, empanadas, tamales and ramen), plus breakfast burritos and classic desserts like churros and tres leches.


Perch Bar

East Harlem 1693 Lexington Ave between E 106th and E 107th Sts

From the team behind East Harlem Bottling Co. comes this 25-seat cocktail bar with sharable plates, including oysters on the half shell.



July


Bar Goyana

East Harlem 177 E 100th St between Lexington and Third Aves

The owners of Belgian mousse bar Mojo have opened this Brazilian-inspired cocktail bar, with small plates to match, right next door.


Bar Goyana in East Harlem
Brazilian vibes at Bar Goyana in East Harlem

Cantina

Central Harlem 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 113th and W 114th Sts

A perennial favorite for fresh tacos and margaritas, this Mexican spot just debuted its third location in the neighborhood.



June


Contento

East Harlem 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 plenty of 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.


The interior of Contento in East Harlem. Photo: Lily Brown/MST Creative PR

Dado's Pizza

West Harlem 341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St

A new pizza joint with properly crusty slices and pies in flavors including vodka, bianca (white), and sausage & broccoli.


Harlem Public at Northend Food Hall

Washington Heights Broadway and 183rd St

This long-awaited food hall's first restaurant, Harlem Public, is finally open and serving its signature fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, and fun drinks like the Pop Rocks margarita.


Ink

Central Harlem 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Chef Darryl Burnette's new cafe—complete with swings—is right next door to his small gem, Belle Harlem. Already a hit: the made-from-scratch bagels.


Make My Cake

West Harlem 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.



Manhattanville Market

West Harlem 3229 Broadway and W 130th St

A glossy new food hall on Columbia's West Harlem campus that's home to four food concepts offering everything from thick biscuit sandwiches to creamy hummus bowls.


Sexy Taco

Central Harlem 2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and W 137th St

This colorful taco spot closed its location on Lenox Avenue and 118th Street a few years ago, but is now back in the old Ruby's Vintage space.


Skinny's Cantina on the Hudson

West Harlem 701 W 133rd St and 12th Ave

A new Mexican spot where you can pair your tacos with pitchers of frozen margaritas and enjoy it all on the huge outdoor terrace.



May


Pickney Lane

East Harlem 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 and event space.



April


Jordan Pie Cafe

East Harlem 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.


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