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Harlem is the spot to try soul food. Sylvia's, known as "the Queen of Soul Food" has been a staple for more than 50 years with their smothered chicken, fried catfish, and collard greens. There are daily specials and a menu for Sunday Gospel Breakfast. Popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is known for its pork ribs, Texas-style brisket, and pulled pork.
Red Rooster Harlem, by Top Chef's Marcus Samuelsson, is a favorite of President Barack Obama. Signature dishes include cornbread, deviled eggs, shrimp and grits, mac and greens, Helga's meatballs, and the fried yard bird. Downstairs, find Ginny's Supper Club which recreates the Harlem speakeasies of the 1920s with live music, creative cocktails, and more soulful food.
For something a little different, try Ponty Bistro for French-Senegalese food like escargot, poulet yassa (a traditional chicken dish), seafood linguini, sirloin steak with Senegalese spices, and chocolate fondant.
During NYC's Restaurant Week (through August 17), diners can get prix-fixe meals at a discount ($26 for a two-course lunch or $42 for a three-course dinner). For menus and details on these Harlem restaurants' offerings, visit the Cecil Steakhouse, Lido, Red Rooster, Sofrito on the Hudson, and Vinateria pages on the official NYC Restaurant Week site.
If you miss out on NYC's Restaurant Week, never fear. Harlem Restaurant Week runs August 20 to August 26. Participating restaurants are offering specialty menu items at special prices.
Charles' Pan Fried Chicken Restaurant (fried chicken, turkey wings, smothered pork chops)
Coogan's (shepherd's pie, Dublin-style fish 'n chips, corned beef and cabbage)
Cove Lounge (jumbo lump crab cakes with mango salsa, lobster mac and cheese)
Harlem Shake (beef, turkey, or veggie burgers, the Harlem milkshake)
Make My Cake (red velvet cake, sweet potato cheesecake)
Manna's (hot and sweet chicken, kale and beet salad)
Melba's (pulled pork short rib sliders with cheddar cheese, signature southern-fried chicken and eggnog waffle, Charleston jumbo shrimp)
Olive Garden (braised beef and tortelloni, shrimp and chicken carbonara, peach-mango smoothie, kiwi limonata)
Oso (grilled caesar salad with sweet corn picadita, mangos, and serrano, watermelon salad, whole fried porgy with mango salsa)
Patsy's Restaurant & Pizzeria (original coal-oven pizzas, chicken parmigiana)
Ponty Bistro (Dakar chicken wings with pineapple sauce, seafood linguini, Kabash lamb shank)
Red Rooster Harlem (Marcus' cornbread, Mr. Bojangles lobster roll, crabby cake sandwich)
Renaissance Harlem (cod fritters, lobster and shrimp salad, braised short ribs with mashed potatoes, onions, carrots)
Sylvia's (coconut shrimp, cornmeal-dusted fried catfish, Sylvia's world-famous, talked-about bar-b-que ribs)
Whole Foods Harlem (assorted Cuban sandwiches, special Cuban coffee bar)