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I'm coming in from Toronto and am planning a whole day in Harlem. Where should I hit up? I've been checking out the Red Rooster along with various soul and west indian joints. I love both styles but I will say I get pretty decent west indian in Toronto but not so much soul food. I am also big time into jazz and am wondering if anyone can suggest some late night spots. btw I am 40 and will be with my gf.


Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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  1. Stop by Charles' Southern Pan Fried Chicken for amazing fried chicken and other southern food. $13 all-you-can-eat lunch. Just don't expect too much in the way of atmosphere

    Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken
    2837 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

    1. Check out this guide. See if anything interests you and perhaps follow up here with questions here? Keep in mind we can only guide on food (ie not music, historical places)


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      1. re: thegforceny

        I'd warn you that that NY Mag link is very out of date--M&G has been closed for years, Society is closed, Saurin Park is now Cafe Amrita, and Zoma (wonderful Ethiopian) isn't listed. Also don't miss rugelach at Lee Lee's and cookies the size of your head at Levain. Be sure to reserve for Red Rooster, or be prepared for quite a long wait.

        2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

        Lee Lee's Baked Goods
        283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

        Cafe Amrita
        301 W 110th St, New York, NY 10025

        Red Rooster
        310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

        Levain Bakery
        2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

        1. re: rose water

          Zoma is indeed wonderful - the best Ethiopian in NYC, bar none! (IMO, of course.)

          I don't know much about jazz, but I believe Smoke and Lenox Lounge are worth looking into.

          2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

          2751 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          Lenox Lounge
          288 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

      2. When you go to Red Rooster, make sure to get a cocktail or two, in addition to your meal.

        Are you planning to include East (Spanish) Harlem? You can have some Apollonian New York coal-oven thin-crust pizza at the original Patsy's. Stick to either margherita (they may call it "plain") or fresh mozzarella (as a 2nd pizza only).

        Patsy's Pizzeria
        2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

        Red Rooster
        310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027