Restaurants open late in Harlem
Wed Oct 28 2009
Portraits of jazz giants hang on the walls of this perpetually packed Harlem classic. A bottle of hot sauce dresses every table—a worthy condiment for thickly battered catfish or chicken and waffles. 113 W 116th St between Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave), (212-280-8779; amyruthsrestaurant.com) Mon 11:30am--11pm; Tue--Thu 8:30am--11pm; Fri 8:30am--5am; Sat 7:30am--5am; Sun 7:30am--11pm.
A popular take-out spot in Little Senegal, try the rich yassa ginaar, chicken cooked so long in an intense lemon-and-onion sauce that it’s almost like confit. 225 W 116th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) (212-864-0081) Daily 8am--3am.
The dining room adorned with portraits of African-American luminaries serves Senegalese standards such as thiebou diene (fresh fish stewed in tomato sauce with carrots, eggplant, cabbage and cassava root) and soupou kanja, a lamb stew thickened with palm oil, are spooned over ample, nutty rice. 120 W 116th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) (212-864-4700) Daily noon--2am.
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