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Permanently Closed - Farafina Cafe & Lounge

50 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for Groups (23)
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Enjoy African Fusion Cuisine accompanied by an original variety of cocktails and drinks. We serve an eclectic mix of African and French style food with an American flare in an upscale yet casual setting. Our cocktail list consists of drinks such as our hibiscus mojito, spicy rosemary daiquri and our classic margarita made fresh with lime juice and simple syrup. We offer complimentary live music most nights of the week! Listen to live jazz, world music, blues & occasionally a DJ! Please call 212-281-2445 after 5pm Monday-Saturday for more information concerning our entertainment schedule or visit our website for more information regarding entertainment at
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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African, American, French
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Hours of operation


Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 12:00am

Friday 5:00pm-1:00am

Saturday 11:00am - 1:00am

Sunday Closed
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Phone number
(212) 281-2445
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between 149th & 150th
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Public transit
A, B, C, D to 145th & St. Nicholas Avenue. 1 Train to 145th & Broadway.
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Farafina Cafe & Lounge is at the fore front of Harlem's renaissance in entertainment. We present entertainment Thursday-Saturday nights . We have an acoustic set called "Uptown Blues" on Thursday's. We vary the music between world music and Jazz on Friday's. We also present a Jazz Trio or Quartet every Saturday Night!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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vipFOODROCKS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Great neighborhood gem. We had a table of 6. Our food was good but wasn't served together.

popirose88172987868468660 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2017

Food was very good the waitress was very friendly and accommodating and the live jazz music was great as well. I definitely will revisit this place again.

Rbee (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2017

A former classmate Allen Hoist was performing and we all came to support him.
His performance was Amazing and Farfina was the perfect venue. It was upscale modern and lively. The acoustics were insane The service and the food was excellent I do recommend On a busy night like that you should have an additional server. The server was very accommodating but she had a packed room to serve alone. We all had a wonderful time

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

We enjoyed the food and the music. It was an interesting menu with friendly service.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Farafina offers a delightful combination of well made, Afro-French food, with original recipes and flavoring and live jazz by a superior quartet.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

My first time here; I picked this restaurant at random and was so glad I did. Both the service and food were outstanding and the jazz band excellent. This is going to become a regular haunt for me. A shout out to bartender/server Lee Lee. She makes an exceptional cocktail and has a really pleasing personality.

ASAJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

I recently celebrated my Birthday with friends and family. We had a great time. The entertainment engaged the audience and was great! We will be back again, my new social home.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Absolutely fabulous time had at Farafina with excellent food, deliciously potent cocktails with great live music. The staff were attentive and welcoming. Would recommend the trip to Harlem to any visitor to NYC.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

We had a very pleasant time. Good food and service and excellent
Jazz singer

vipSusan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Delicious food, great jazz with no cover, friendly service and a diverse, sophisticated crowd. We will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

Despite a mix up with the reservations the staff accommodated my group. The service was a bit slow when they got busy but everyone was very polite and helpful. The food was really good and the prices were reasonable. The live band was also very good. I will definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

I live in the neighborhood and found Farafina to be a special spot. They have a nice menu, in my opinion something for everyone. Food was tasty and the wait staff both friendly and attentive. Then there is music Saturday night jazz with dinner was great. After dinner more jazz in a lower level started 11ish Jazz time happens when it happens I will return

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

This was a great evening out for me and my brothers celebrating our quarterly dinner outing. Farafina's Cafe and Lounge is an outstanding place to share an evening with family and friends.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

Saturday evening they had a live band which was great. There were some interesting and unique dishes. I very much liked the African spiced skirt steak. The service was a little slow though we didn't mind taking it slow for dinner. I thought the prices were very reasonable for what you got.

vippurplediner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

It was my 2nd visit with my family. The first time the food and service were good. There was great live music and a responsive 3/4 full restaurant. My sister's rack of lamb and my mussels were very good, but the appetizers were the best. Not this time. There were only 3 people at the bar, our table of 5 and one other table of 2. It was downhill after the drinks and appetizers. We ordered skirt steaks and rack of lamb. The chef came out to tell us they were out of mashed potatoes so fries and gratin were substituted. The meat and gratin were cold. When they were taken back and returned the meats were still cool or overdone. The chef came out again to apologize for the problems in the kitchen. Eventually the manager removed some of the items from our check and comped a round of drinks. Unfortunately, it didn't make up for the disappointing food. It's too bad. We thought the restaurant had so much potential after our first visit. On a positive note, our server remained pleasant and tried to help salvage the situation as much as possible.