Marcus Samuelsson's Guide to Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson's Guide to Harlem

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Marcus Samuelsson shares his favorite Harlem spots to eat and drink.

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    The Grange Bar and Eatery opened last June. With a farm-to-table menu the neighborhood bistro “has great energy.”
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    “67 Orange was one of the first in the New Harlem Renaissance. Karl’s cocktails are fantastic. Try anything with bourbon.” 
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    “Ricardo is a mainstay in El Barrio—fun and vibrant. I usually order the mojitos.” 
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    For a quick break from work, Samuelsson likes to go to Sylvia’s, the iconic restaurant nearby, “and sit at the counter, just thinking about the history. It’s my little getaway.”
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    When he has time, Samuelsson stops in at Lenox Coffee, tucked in a narrow storefront a few streets north of Red Rooster, because he “loves their cappuccino.” 
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    “It’s my studio, constantly evolving: the food, the music, the art on the walls,” he says. “It’s an artistic journey, part of a shared narrative. I want people to walk in and know that this is for the community—by you, of you, and for you.”
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    "The obvious dish to go for here is the fried chicken. Charles is a great friend of mine and was one of the people who helped me when I was trying to figure out the way I was going to cook the yardbird at Rooster. This is a great spot for a late Saturday afternoon; take your chicken, walk over to Rucker Park, and watch the kids play basketball while you eat."
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    "This is an old-school Harlem place; you go for the drinks. A friend of mine who lives in Harlem first brought me here and I find myself coming back often. It feels like an extension of a block party—you're family here."
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    "The rotisserie chicken here is what I love the most; it inspired Streetbird's chicken. I used to come here with friends after playing soccer downtown and ever since then I've been in love with it. 67 Orange Street 67 Orange is the best late night cocktail bar in Harlem. It's great on the weekdays at the end of the night. I used to live just a few blocks away and have been coming to see Karl mix drinks since it opened four or five years ago."
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    "At Paris Blues, the jazz is the star. One of the first times I came to Harlem, I ended up here; I'll now often go late at night after a long shift at Rooster, just to unwind and listen to some authentic Harlem jazz."
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