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How to spend the perfect day in Harlem, NYC

Have the time of your life checking out the nabe's prized jewels like tasty soul-food spots and vivacious jazz joints

By Jennifer Picht
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There are a lot of great things to do in Harlem, but if you want to plan the perfect day in the culture-filled nabe, we have the best recommendations below. From a jazz restaurant that serves a mean filet mignon to a beer garden that serves 60 bottles of suds, here's where to make your next visit to Harlem the best one yet.

Local tip: “Head to At the Wallace for its artful grilled cheese sandwiches. Aside from that, this gem is a great place to hang out and play board games like Jenga Giant!”—Hannah Streck

RECOMMENDED: Full neighborhood guide to Harlem, New York

What to eat, see and do in Harlem

Eat: Minton's

Restaurants Soul and southern American Harlem

This famed jazz club claims to be the birthplace of bebop. The live performances during evenings and weekend brunch keep folks glued to their seats, but the kitchen also serves a real mean filet mignon. Check out upcoming talents like pianist David Bryant & Quintessence on July 25 and vocalist Mala Waldron on July 28.

Drink: Harlem Tavern

Bars Pubs Harlem

You could easily kill a few hours sipping brews outside (or inside, if you prefer air-conditioning) at this enormous craft-beer garden. The 7,000-square-foot corner spot has 20 drafts on tap and boasts 60 bottles of beer—and an Ace Pineapple Cider or Ithaca Raspberry Soiree Berliner Weisse sure does sound refreshing, right?

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Do: A Great Day in Harlem

Things to do

The alfresco, all-day bash kicks off Harlem Week with a wide range of festivities at General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park. Pack your own picnic or purchase grub from on-site food vendors, then watch Uptown Dance Academy and other hoofers perform. Jazz, Latin and gospel groups provide live music to end the night on various high—and soulful—notes.

Make the most of Harlem Week in NYC

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