Even though the weeks leading up to Harlem Restaurant Week this year have been swallowed by an unprecedented and unrelenting deep freeze, I have been looking forward to the last two of February since the beginning of the year. If these past few warm days have coaxed you out of winter hibernation, then you’ve emerged just in time for the last 5 days of Harlem Restaurant Week, brought to us by Harlem Park to Park.
Like any Restaurant Week, if you are new to the food scene in the neighborhood these 2 special weeks of Prix Fixe Menus are your opportunity to check out select restaurant offerings for a fraction of what you would normally spend to try all of the available drinks, appetizers and entrees. Being someone who eats in Harlem far more than I actually have the chance to write about it, I’ve put together a list of where I think you’ll have the best Harlem Restaurant Week experience.
Hurry! These amazing Lunch and Dinner Deals end on Friday, February 28th. A detailed List of Each Restaurant Week Menu can be found here.
Pick #5: SETTEPANI (196 Lenox Ave, at 120th St)
Offering Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Friday
When I could eat bread, Settepani used to be my favorite place Uptown to pick up our weekly supply. That was long before Lenox Ave became the second most popular dining destination in Harlem, and Settepani underwent some marble renovations. It now offers a beautiful modern Italian interior that matches the quality of the food, and a waitstaff that always does their best to accommodate the patrons.
Pick #4: RED ROOSTER (310 Lenox Ave, bet 125th & 126th St)
Ever since Red Rooster got their front-of-the-house act together and stopped making you wait for 45 minutes for a 10pm dinner reservation on a Wednesday night, I have become more fond of their service, their live music offerings, and their mostly great food. Though I am not a huge fan of restaurants that only offer a Lunch option for Restaurant Week, I can say that two of the dishes on their Restaurant Week Menu, the Mac & Greens (You have no idea how much I miss their Mac & Greens!) and the Market Green Salad are great. I also suggest you go off of the Restaurant Week Menu and get the Deviled Eggs, which, since I can’t have the Sweet Potato Doughnuts, I would eat for dessert.
Pick #3: CHEZ LUCIENNE (308 Lenox Ave, bet 125th & 126th St)
Ever since we moved to Central Harlem, I would say that we eat at Chez Lucienne an average of once a week (their brunch is one of the best available in our 10 block radius, hands down). A classic French Bistro that uses some organic and local ingredients, we always enjoy a meal here. However, if you are starving or in a rush don’t expect anyone to at Chez Lucienne to move quickly on your behalf. Though their service is pleasant, it is slow, at best.
Pick #2: 67 ORANGE STREET (2082 Frederick Douglass at 113th St)
For the longest time 67 Orange Street was our favorite place to go for after dinner drinks when were spending the evening on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Offering the most extensive and thoughtfully crafted drink menu of any establishment in Harlem, I am giddy every time we walk through the unlabeled front door because it means that I am less than 10 minutes away from cocktail heaven. Having just recently explored their food menu over this past summer, we loved everything that we tried (I regularly dream about the Brussels Sprouts), so there is no doubt in my mind that the restaurant week menu is amazing. Amazing drinks and awesome food? And you get to choose one of their ethereal cocktails with the Restaurant Week Menu? Cocktails with dinner don’t get better than this.
Pick #1: SILVANA (300 West 116th St, at Frederick Douglass Blvd)
Offering Lunch and Dinner
Silvana is one of my all time favorite spots for lunch or dinner Uptown (be sure to read my shamelessly obsessed review). An affordable, tasty, healthy, and mostly gluten-free Middle Eastern paradise, if I could only have one meal Uptown during Harlem Restaurant Week, it would absolutely be Silvana. Get To Silvana, FAST!
Full Disclosure: Though both Vinateria and The Park 112 are Restaurant Week participants, I have yet to check either of them out, so I couldn’t suggest them as my Restaurant Week Picks, though I have heard that both restaurants are great.