About Harlem Stage: Harlem Stage boasts an impressive history, having hosted such luminaries as comedian Bill Cosby, musician Tito Puente and even former South African President Nelson Mandela. So it's only fitting that the organization turned the Gatehouse—a building with a compelling backstory of its own—into a state-of-the-art theater to help ensure an even brighter future for the arts in Harlem. The registered historic landmark, a 19th-century water-pumping station, hosts a steady stream of new works—theater, dance, music and film—by artists of color.
While you're in the neighborhood: Just west of St. Nicholas Park and surrounded by City College, Harlem Stage is close to plenty of delicious dining options to round out your visit. If soul food's what you crave, venture over to Miss Maude's Spoonbread Too or one of Jacob Restaurant's two Harlem locations. For French classics like steak au poivre and mussels Provencal, hit Yatenga French Bistro & Bar (the spot is named after a region in the West African country of Burkina Faso). Londel's Supper Club, meanwhile, offers Cajun, Creole and Southern comfort food that, on Friday and Saturday nights, comes paired with free jazz. If you want to add creative cocktails to the food and live music mix, check out Shrine Bar, where patrons quaff libations like the Afro Trip (a take on the dark 'n' stormy) and the Roofo-Roofo (Malibu rum, Grand Marnier and a variety of juices) while eating eclectic fare and listening to world beat.