67 Orange Street

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Nineteenth-century nostalgia rules this Harlem lounge, inspired by Almack’s Dance Hall, the erstwhile Five Points saloon. Owner Karl Franz Williams, also of Harlem’s Society Coffee, has outfitted the cozy vintage space with purple velvet curtains, distressed mirrors and filament lightbulbs. But he took some liberties with the recipes: The Ol’ Fashionista blends Grand Marnier with bourbon, the house sidecar gets a splash of green chartreuse, and the New York Sazerac features a dose of cognac.
Venue name: 67 Orange Street
Address: 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
New York

Cross street: between 112th and 113th Sts
Opening hours: Wed, Thu, Sun 6pm–2am; Fri, Sat 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 116th St
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, MC, V
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I went to this spot for the first time the other day, and I liked the atmosphere and refreshments. I enjoyed the hummus with chopped tomatoes and seasoned pita. In terms of drinks, I was really glad I chose the Brazilian Jig. The pineapple juice and chunks of ginger added great flavor to the cache.

Besides our elevated booth, there were are a few other seats at the bar, two next to the staircase, and a couple more by the entrance and windows. The venue is intimate, with colorful Harlem-themed art and a diverse books about Harlem displayed on the brick walls.

The service was OK; the bar seemed understaffed for a few hours so the sole waiter was doing his best. Maybe they don't expect many people in the early evening. Also, a few of the appetizers --falafel, guac for the sexy nachos--were unavailable at the time. 

I loved the 70s r&b, 80s hip-hop, and 90s dance music that played throughout the night. It started out at a good volume. You could chat and laugh with friends across the table, or nod your head while reciting Slick Rick's "Children's Story." But the music was turned up a little too high when more people started coming in around 9pm. It's a small place, after all, so the big nightclub volume didn't match the narrow bar space.

I had a good time, and I'd like to check this place out again soon.