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Hello fellow foodies--
I will be traveling from Los Angeles to visit a friend who lives in Harlem from July 15-22. I am interested in hearing some good picks on cheap ($15-$20) meals that I can take advantage of, B, L or D. I am into all types of cuisine. Also, any restaurant week specials I should definitely not miss? Thanks!!

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  1. NYC Restaurant Week has only two deals $24.07 three-course prix-fixe lunches and $35 dinners. Most of the popular restaurants are always booked up as they book up a month in advance. Not all participating restaurants offer both lunch and dinner. Many of them only offer weekday lunch. Saturdays are typically excluded, but some do participate on Sundays. With tax (nearly 9%) and tip (15-20%), the Restaurant Week deals are a bit over your range of $15-20.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks!!!

    2. Lessee... I won't suggest any Latin or S. American food because you have plenty of that in LA. But what about Senegalese? There's a good homestyle Senegalese place called Africa Kine (or just Africa) near the 116th stop on the B train. Meals are massive, mostly around $10-12, and will feed you for days.

      Zoma, an Ethiopian place a few blocks south of the 116th St. B-train stop, is also very well liked. I haven't been by in a while, but I think it's still open.

      Oh, and Amy Ruth's... I know you have some good soul food in LA, but supposedly, there's some historical significance to having chicken and waffles in NYC, where maybe it was invented? I'm not clear on the details. Whatever they are, Amy Ruth's is a cute restaurant. Most entrees are around $12-14. The chicken and waffles (called the Reverend Al Sharpton on the menu... if you hate him, you can pretend like you're eating him... is he the waffle or the chicken?; if you like him, you can eat this dish in his honor) for about $10. Amy Ruth's is closer to the 2/3 line, but not too far a walk from the B train 116th St. stop. (Can you tell this is a popular subway stop for Chowhounds?)

      Here's a thread with some great suggestions from rose_water, bigjeff, davecook, ora and other posters: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/418737

      Don't think the L goes up to Harlem, btw...

      p.s. I usually don't do Restaurant Week nowadays because I'm too lazy and at good restaurants, it's usually a massive pain in the ars to get reservations.... BUT when I was younger and strappier, the RW meal at The Modern Dining Room was a really fantastic experience for me. It made me fall in love with the restaurant for life. I think they still participate.

      Another good value option to look into, not as part of RW, is L'Ecole at the French Culinary Institute.

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      1. re: cimui

        I assumed BLD meant breakfast lunch dinner???

        1. re: LNG212

          Ooooohhh! *smacks self on forehead* Someone needs more sleep... ;)

      2. A Cafe and Wine Room
        973 Columbus Avenue (at 106th)
        212-222-2033

        http://www.acafeny.com/

        Great french caribbean fusion food

        (think grilled haas avocado , duck leg confit, lamb sausage with figs and dates & couscous in a spicy coconut creme fraiche.. etc

        )

        great $20 Prix Fixe menu from 6 - 8 pm.

        BYOB with NO corkage fee.

        It's a TINY place.. very, very bohemian.