All the notable new restaurants that have recently opened in Harlem and beyond

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

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:

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 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.

Jordan Pie Cafe

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.

Pickney Lane

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.

Central Harlem


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.

Make My Cake

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.

Dado's Pizza

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.

Sexy Taco

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.

West Harlem

Manhattanville Market

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.

Skinny's Cantina on the Hudson

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.

Washington Heights

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.

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