A-list celebrities such as Jada Pinkett-Smith swear by this African-American-owned hair care and beauty product line, which is inspired by nature and has its flagship store on 125th Street in Harlem.
Arthur Mitchell—the first African American to perform with the New York City Ballet—and Karel Shook established Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969 to teach Harlem children about dance and related disciplines.
This not-for-profit cultural center was founded in 1967 by Gloria DeNard, an alumna of the Juilliard School of Music.
Minton's is the place where bebop was born.
With its soothing green walls, classic dark wooden bar and warm, Mediterranean charm, Piatto D’Oro is a comforting new addition to the Harlem restaurant scene.
Founded in 1936 by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia—back when it was called the “Park Avenue Retail Market"—La Marqueta has recently gotten a facelift and now boasts on-site baking facilities and an urban gardening center.
There are a few rules at this upscale Harlem bar/lounge: you must be at least 25 years old to enter, and no street gear is allowed.
Owners Yvette Leeper-Bueno and Adrian Bueno run this Harlem corner restaurant that balances delicious food, sophisticated design and a neighborhood feel, alongside husband-and-wife culinary team chef Gustavo Lopez (Scarpetta, Del Posto, DBGB) and Gabriela Davogustto (Boqueria, Wallse, Locanda Verde).
Paying homage to the Harlem Renaissance, Ginny's Supper Club is a modern reincarnation of the Harlem nightlife and glamorous speakeasies of the 1920s—an intimate lounge with a warm glow.
The folks behind Harlem's acclaimed Mexican fusion joint Agua Fresca also helm this relaxed, lounge-y off-shoot, which serves a carefully curated menu of casual Latin-American fusion like tapas, ceviches, tostas, fundidos and tacos.
For decor enthusiasts and novices alike, The Demolition Depot is a big toy store of salvaged building fixtures, ranging from antique cash registers to stone gargoyles to park benches.
After throwing back a mojito in the dimly lit bar—where rows of liquor bottles are sleekly backlit in blue—and savoring authentic and affordable Puerto Rican cuisine, you’ll quickly get the feeling that you’re not on Sutton Place anymore.