Harlem Tavern

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Harlem's dining resurgence—fueled by hot spots like Red Rooster and Levain Bakery—continues apace with the opening of this massive international craft-brew garden. Bringing theme-park magnitude to the historic 'hood, the 7,000-square-foot venue seats 350 and boasts 80 different beers (20 drafts and 60 bottles). Gather your crew for a guzzling session around the umbrella-shaded tables on the patio or at one of the communal wood tables inside. Both beer nerds and casual drinkers will find quaffs to their liking among the local suds (Harlem Brewing Company's Sugar Hill), everyday bottles (Budweiser) and international selections (oak-aged Scotch ale Innis & Gunn). You can soak up all the booze with hearty plates, like kielbasa, cedar-plank grilled salmon and a Moroccan spiced lamb burger. Weekend brunches with live jazz and a rotating selection of art from nearby galleries give the joint some local flavor.

Venue name: Harlem Tavern
Address: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
New York
Cross street: at 116th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 12pm–2am; Fri 12pm-4am; Sat, Sun 11am-2am
Transport: Subway: B, C, 2, 3 to 116th St
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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So I went here for my first time tonight, after having the place recommended to me by a friend. I had the HT Burger with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions with a side of fries. The burger was solid, but not anything special. The onions were amazing, I guess that's consolation. The fries were decent. For dessert, I had Vanilla Gelato, which was AMAZING. 

The place itself has a nice feel. I felt like I was on an episode of Supernatural. One of the things that convinced me to come here was the live Jazz I heard about, but there was none, probably on account of it being Christmas Eve, which is understandable. 

As far as service goes, I had a nice, no-attitude waitress. I was a little worried because I noticed people have been bashing their service. There was a restroom attendant, and I thought that was cool because I've never seen that in person before. Although I do see how that could be annoying as you kind of feel obligated to tip. If you want, take a handful of candies and consider your dollar as payment. 

The prices are reasonable, the food is solid, and the Gelato is great. I can't wait to go back!