Cheating on Harlem: Restaurant Reviews Below 96th St

Since a girl has to eat (at least) 3 times a day 365 days a year, it’s no surprise that I don’t eat every meal in Harlem.   With Harlem’s new culinary identity is still in its infancy, it lacks the type of adventure and sophistication that some of Manhattan’s more affluent and trendy neighborhoods can support.    Since New York City is one of the most fascinating food wonderlands in the world, I finally decided to start a section of my blog reviewing other noteworthy New York Food Adventures.  So Harlem, even though I am admitting to cheating, please don’t divorce me.  You’re still my first New York Neighborhood love and the only place in the five boroughs I have ever called home.


Sushi Dojo (Japanese)Ebi Karaage at Sushi Dojo


Astoria Seafood (Greek Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market)

grilled and fried squid at astoria seafood


Mercado Central (Central Market in San Jose, Costa Rica)

cheese and corn fried tortilla

Avenida 1, San Jose, Costa Rica


NYC’s First Gluten-Free Eat-Up (Freddy’s Bar and Back Room, Brooklyn, NY)

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