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Harlem is one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in New York City and in the world. It’s where the Harlem Renaissance began, inspiring a cultural movement across the United States. It’s where legendary performers like Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson were discovered and where jazz and gospel music still flood the sidewalks. It’s also where the soul food classic chicken and waffles was invented.
Harlem Week 2019 marks its 45th year. It has become one of the largest cultural events in the nation and this year will have 100+ events spanning conferences, seminars, sports, music, food, dance, and more.
Nothing highlights Harlem’s unique diversity like its food. Harlem Restaurant Week celebrates the neighborhood's rich culinary heritage.
From August 19 through September 1, participating restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus and specials as well as live events.
Participating restaurants include: 67 Orange Street, Coogan's, Corner Social, Floridita's, FUMO, Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, Lido, Londel's, Mama Sushi, Melba's, Nocciola, Oso, Patrick's Place, Patsy's, Peque, Ponty Bistro (pictured), Red Rooster, Row House, Ruby's Vintage, Rum Hall, Serengeti Teas & Spices, Settepani, Sisters Cuisine, Shake Shack, Sofrito, Solomon & Kuff, Sylvia's "Soul Food" Restaurant, Uptown Veg and Juice Bar, and Whole Foods.
Close to all Harlem Week events and just five minutes to the subway to explore the rest of the city, Aloft Harlem provides everything you need in the heart of Harlem. The hotel, a member of the SPG group, has an always-open gym and restaurant on-site and a bar with live music, specialty cocktails, and pool tables.
There are a number of Bed & Breakfast options in the area if you are looking for a unique stay. Sleep in an authentic but renovated 100-year-old brownstone at the Harlem Grand. Guests return for the beauty of the rooms, the friendliness of the host, and the ideal location. The San Fermin B&B has earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is in a quiet, off-the-beaten-path location a little further uptown.
Don't just take our word for it, the experts below can show you the best and brightest things to see and do in Harlem:
The 1 train stops at 116th, 125th, and 137th Street, all along Broadway
The 2 and 3 trains stop at 116th, 125th, and 135th Street on Malcolm X Boulevard. The 3 also stops at 145th.
The 4, 5, and 6 trains stop at 125th Street and the 4 and 6 stop at 116th Street, both along Lexington Avenue.
The A/C and B/D lines stop along Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 116th Street (B and C), along St. Nicholas Avenue at 125th (A/C, B/D), 135th (A/C and B), and 145th Street (A/C, B/D).
Harlem is about a half hour taxi ride from LaGuardia, 45 minutes from Newark Airport, and an hour from JFK.
Harlem is accessible via Metro-North from Grand Central, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut, with multiple stops daily at the Harlem-125th Street station.
From Penn Station, a 20- to 30-minute subway ride on the A/C, B/D, 2/3 lines will take you to the heart of Harlem at 125th Street (at St. Nicholas Ave for A/C and B/D and at Malcolm X Boulevard for 2/3).
From Albany: 2 hours, 30 minutes
From Buffalo: 6 hours, 20 minutes
From Boston: 4 hours
From Philadelphia: 2 hours
From Montreal: 6 hours