Corner Social

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$30 and under
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American

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About

Locals and those who take eating and drinking seriously know that perched at the northwest corner of 126th and Lenox is a dining and drinking destination that embraces the very best of Harlem; a warm, inviting, vibrant, pulsing scene. Corner Social offers late night dining, outdoor seating, special DJ nights, in addition to daily lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, a 18-brass tap bar and year round custom catering for events large and small. A proud member of the Harlem community, Corner Social sources ingredients from local vendors that serve the community and partners with local organizations that further the interests of the Harlem neighborhoods it serves.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11 am - 4 pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4 pm to 12 am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
Late night menu: Every night 12 am - 2 am
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Phone number
(212) 510-8552
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Elpidio Escamilla
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Catering
For catering details please contact us at catering@cornersocialnyc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
126th Street
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Parking details
Public parking is available just 1/2 a block west of Corner Social on West 126th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
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Public transit
2 & 3 express lines to 125th Street station and Lenox Avenue are a short block away
A, B, C & D to 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue Station are 3 blocks away
4, 5 & 6 to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue are 4 blocks away
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Entertainment
We Have DJ's Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights starting at 11pm.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Valentine's Day and Harlem Restaurant week! We are offering our regular menu in addition to a special 3 course Prix Fixe Menu.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9
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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The waitress was real friendly and informative. We appreciate everyone who came by and ask how was everything. The food was amazing. Minus the extra wait for the birthday lady dish. Overall we had a good night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Great Service. Great Food. Great Experience.

BK
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

We were there on a Friday night during March Madness so I shouldn’t have been surprised at the noise level, which was deafening. However, they seated us at a booth next to the toilets, which only added to our discomfort.

This is basically a big bar with a limited menu and a TV. I mistook it for a pleasant restaurant to spend time with my family. My bad.

PP
London
178 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit NY each year for work and it is my favorite time to get out of the tourist traps and visit this amazing little find in Harlem. Great food and service and all you drink mimosas. Just bare in mind that the menu changes at the weekend and this is my favorite!

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The place was clean, the food was fantastic, and the service was excellent. I will return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time at Corner Social for my birthday. Always love the vibes there!

G
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice spot in Harlem. Food was good. Service was good. My main complaint is that the restaurant was way too dark. I needed the flashlight on my phone to read the menu. I couldn't see what I was eating. For that reason alone, I probably will not return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can’t compliment Corner Social enough. I went for brunch, but feel like it’s a great spot for any occasion.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Communical feel to the place. I liked what I ordered but, the appetizers got me full before I had the meal. So I had to bag a portion of the meal to take home. The drinks were right on point. I only needed one!... I will return soon...

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and a few of my friends came to celebrate with me. ( i celebrated my bday here a few years ago as well). The bartender, Jay made it extra special with tending to myself and party. Made sure we were drinking water with all the alcohol we consumed. Hennesy was giving out shots of mixed drinks we ended up purchasing and the dj was on point.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I arrived at Corner Social 15mins early. My reservation was booked for 5pm. I was not allowed to sit at a table until 5pm came. The kitchen was closed until 5pm. The only option giving was to stand at a crowded bar. Just squeeze in there somewhere. Get it togther people..

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corner Social never fails to disappoint. Had a great brunch as usual with excellent service--staff are always top-notch.

j
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

All entrees were enjoyed, I was surprised by how repeatedly my friends thanked me for selecting this spot.
Food, service & ambiance all a cut above. Delighted!

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

arrived within the 15-minute grace period for my 4:00 reservation only to be told that the kitchen closed a few minutes before 4:00. Mmmkay, then why accept reservations for that time?

The hostess said she meant to call to let us know, but she would hold a table for us for 5:00 when the kitchen re-opened. We returned at 5:00, the earlier hostess was preparing to leave, didn't acknowledge us or, apprently, leave a note for the new hostess. After explaining what happened, we were seated.

There were several delays - the waitress coming to take our order, the drinks coming to the table, and my meal. But she was quick to bring the menu for additional items to be ordered and to bring the bill.

Some people in my group ordered appetizers only, others ordered an appetizer and an entree, I ordered an entree only. After waiting more than 30 minutes and asking about my meal, the waitress explained she "coursed" the order, so my meal would be out when the other entrees we brought to the table. What?! Why no ask me if I'm OK with that? Normally, I would be, but since the restaurant pushed out our resevation by an hour, I was very hungry and frustrated.

When we asked the waitress if she could split the bill, she said she couldn't remember who had what and would just bring us a pen to do it ourselves. Seriously?

All this and the noise level was loud enough to be a day party. I'm not going back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a birthday lunch for two 92 year olds who came with walkers and cane and came late. The staff was most accommodating and patient. The food was a hit. I enjoyed the fish filet and the garlic spinach. If you want a quiet conversation, this is not the place to go, but if you want to people watch, have a relaxed meal, you're on.

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Corner Social is a great neighborhood gem. It is very lively and has a great dj almost every night. The happy hour includes a decent Malbec and Pinot Grigio as well as good on tap beer options. The food itself is wonderful. My friends are foodies and enjoyed everything they ordered. It is a very popular location, and that means that sometimes the service may be a little slow, but that shouldn't ruin your evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good, but lively aka noisy place. Food and happy hour $5 beers were awesome.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was everything. Had the crab cake appetizer and lobster ravioli dish. It was sooooooooo good. Dj on-site with good music. Kind of loud but it was a place I will go back too

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

DJ starts playing really loud music at about 10. Good place for a drink.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great ,the food the atmosphere and staff., i will definitely make it one of favorite,and keep recommending to friends and family.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food, service and ambiance were great. Between the football game and the music it was difficult to have a conversation with my friends. I will return.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love this place especially when Cesar is bartending. I wish they would bring back some of the old apps like fried mac & cheese and cheeseburger spring rolls. The hostess was a bit abrupt and dry with her welcome but our waitress made up for it amazingly unfortunately I can't remember her name.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my 21st birthday here! The happy hour drinks were amazing and strong. The music was great and so was the food. Would definitely come here again

WW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great spot for hanging out and drinking with friends but I would not recommend as a spot for trying to have conversation. It's so loud inside the restaurant, you can't even hear yourself let alone the person sitting across from you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

It's too bad that corner social has to have the music at a volume louder than most clubs. This is the 2nd time I've gone there only to have to sit outside: once in summer heat wave and recently in the colder weather covered in hats and jackets. I've spoken to so many people in my building and the neighborhood who entirely agree. The food is quite good and the value is great. The interior is nice and could be a pleasant place to eat and talk with friends - rather than scream and quickly scarf food to get out of the chaos.

T
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went there with friends because it was located near the Apollo Theatre where we were headed for a concert. The music was deafening, so it was difficult to carry on any conversation, plus the live sports on big screen TVs were distracting. We got that it was a casual place, and it was obviously popular, however. The calemari appetizer was delicious, and we all enjoyed our meals, but it was not the most comfortable venue for us.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful experience for 7 of us. Table was ready when we arrived. Excellent service. Great food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Corner Social is a very nice restaurant! The staff was very friendly and helpful! And the food was good also!

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service great food would definitely go again!

AD
New York Area
304 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was phenomenal and the service was very good. You got value for your money, Definitely worth trying!!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After a hardworking day, it was a pleasure to have dinner with my girlfriends at a true Harlem gem. This restaurant and lounge was wonderful. I loved the food, music, atmosphere, cocktails, and the array of beautiful people. Our server was such a gracious, warm, and pleasant young lady. She never hesitated to see to it we had all that we needed. She was very accommodating and sweet. A good time was had by all!! We will certainly be back!

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service!

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I met with a potential client for the consultation, we were initially seated outside, service was good, waitress came around gave drinks, came back and asked us if we wanted to order, we did, we ordered salads of which I don't think was worth $16 each. We had lemonade, the glasses were small, eventually we moved inside because it started to rain, the waitress came back around asking if we wanted dessert, we said yes, the deserts are all $9 ! I couldn't believe the prices. I would honestly go back if someone else was paying, not worth the money.

RM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Location was great, food was ok. But I made a reservation for 8 and they gave us a table that comfortably fit only 5, maybe 6.

NS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bon Voyage!

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C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Very nice restaurant in Harlem with great ambiance . However little bit too noisy with very loud music!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here all the time for happy hour and sit down dinner. Amazing place to be. Parking is pretty easy. There's a parking garage near. People are great. It a great place to go for a night out.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food made for a great dining experience however the wait for a table was extremely long even with a reservation. We had a reservation for 9pm on a Saturday night and did not get seated until 9:45pm which in my opinion is unacceptable. I understand a 15- 20 minute wait to allow for overflow but 45 min is excessive and completely negates the point of making a reservation. The front staff was seemingly overwhelmed and moderately helpful at best informing us that our table would be available in a matter of minutes when they knew that wasn't the case. Thankfully we weren't in a major rush so once we finally did sit we were able to fully enjoy ourselves but not without being slightly annoyed in the beginning.

Overall it was a good time but they need to work on the front of house.

m
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid hangout/ casual dinner soor

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating!

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