Harlem Shake

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Harlem Classic burger, red velvet shake and Sonoran hot dog at Harlem Shake

Stop rolling your eyes—there are no brain-melting viral videos to be found at this Harlem burger-and-shake shack. Instead, the teal-and-tin den takes its name from the real Harlem Shake, the '80s dance created by a local known as Al B. Such old-school nods don't stop at the name: From the soul classics coming through the speakers to the vintage Jet covers lining the bathroom walls, the joint evokes a mid-20th-century dinette. Slip into a vinyl booth under a neon "burger" sign for a griddle-pressed Hot Mess (double cheeseburger with pickled-cherry-pepper–bacon relish) or Jerk Fry (topped with jerk-seasoned fries and smoked jerk mayo). Condiments are made in house, like the cherry-pepper–bacon relish that coats the deep-fried Sonoran Dog. Also on offer: patty melts, fried-chicken sandwiches and sweet-potato fries crisped in beef tallow. From the retro Coke machine behind the counter come regional sodas like Carolina Cheerwine and Vernors Detroit ginger soda, while shakes are hand-spun with Blue Marble ice cream, in flavors such as red velvet, salted caramel and peanut butter. Draft beers including Kelso Recessionator Dark Amber and 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat are available, as well as bottles of Sugar Hill, Mother's Milk Stout and Red Stripe.

Venue name: Harlem Shake
Address: 100 W 124th St
New York
Cross street: between Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave)
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–11pm; Thu–Sat 11am–2am
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 125th St
Price: Average hamburger: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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