Harlem's Foodie Renaissance

by David Kaufman , 07/17/2013

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  • Cove Lounge
    325 Lenox Ave., 212-665-3455
    This after-hours cocktail joint complements Lenox Avenue's increasingly upscale culinary hotspots, like Corner Social and celeb-chef Marcus Samuelsson's perennially packed Red Rooster Harlem. Owner Alyah Horsford-Sidberry is a Harlem native who clearly recognized her neighborhood's need for a stylish, sophisticated late-night drinking spot. Low-lit and vaguely industrial in feel with a concrete bar and hardwood floors, the bi-level Cove offers inventive drinks paired with a menu of Caribbean-influenced dishes. Cove cocktails are mostly fresh interpretations of old-fashioned classics—among the best are a Lenox Sidecar, made with cognac and grenadine; a Pimm's Cup flavored with raspberries; and a potent Smuggler's Cove featuring five different liquors, including rum, cognac and port wine. Shamelessly social, Cove Lounge is fronted on weekends by a doorman and velvet rope—so smart dress is advised. Once inside, there are bars on both floors, DJs spinning tracks, rib-sticking grub like the blue crab and grits—along with a Harlem crowd at its grown-up best. 

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