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For Japanese Ramen, Puerto Rican arroz con pollo, African Cuisine, Caribbean Fare, Indian food or Italian dishes, it’s all relative in Harlem. The best resof cuisines from African and Indian, to Soul Food and Vegetarian are located uptown. Clove in Hamilton Heights is popular for Indian food, the Cecil serves a fusion of African dishes, and Sylvia’s is a mainstay for Southern-style cooking. New dining spots include chef Marcus Samuelsson’s pop culture-filled Streetbird and the rustic, chic eatery the Edge.

The options are endless with cafes that serve tea, like Serengeti Teas and Spices, and new specialty coffee shops like Filtered that carry beverages and light snacks to break up the day. For desserts and baked goods to take out, Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery serves cookies and sweet treats, while Sugar Hill Cafe is known for their cup of matcha green tea.

Central Harlem

East Harlem (El Barrio)


Morningside Heights

Washington Heights / Inwood

West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill


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