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Harlem Tavern

4.6
4.6
225 Reviews
$30 and under
American
New York City's Harlem Tavern is a neighborhood bar, restaurant, & beer garden situated on the corner of 116th St. Just blocks from the area's treasured Morningside and Central Parks, Harlem Tavern is an inviting American bistro-cuisine establishment. Not only does the savory menu offer exciting items like Crispy BBQ wings and Cedar Planked Salmon and a fun Kids Menu, but the extensive craft beer and wine lists have something for everyone. Whether you're looking to plan a corporate event, birthday party, reception, game watch, or get-together, Harlem Tavern has community tables, booths, and a bar area adorned with nostalgic design and 21st century amenities to suit your needs. The massive outdoor beer garden and patio lined with beautifully restored brick is the ideal setting to host any of your events, parties, and dining experiences. Our staff is ready to accommodate your group of up to 400.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 866-4500

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Cross street

    116th St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the B or C Train to 116th street

  • Entertainment

    Live Music on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Jazz Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Manhattan

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. ElnoraJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Large area needed more Waite staff particularly because graduates from Columbia university were beginning to arrive
  2. T401

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Not a good experience. Food was cold. Service was slow Waiter was unknowledgeable. Seating was unclean. Music not good.
  3. PeggyC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food is just okay. Salmon burger was from a frozen patty. Not very tasty.
  4. Kmarie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was busy. We sat at an empty table for awhile. The manager, Angel, came over to check on us. He got our orders started because the wait staff was busy. Much appreciated.
  5. VictorL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was great! Overall a great place. A bit loud for my taste, but nothing unbearable
  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dining experience was pretty good. Chose from the Brunch menu and my choice included a Bloody Mary, my old time favorite. I chose the Seafood Gumbo which was a perfect single serving with rice. It was tasty and just the right portion. Saturday’s and Sundays they have a live jazz band which made the ambiance more enjoyable. Overall, it was a nice Sunday brunch and I’ll probably return in the near future.
  7. JBGNYC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great jazz brunch! Food was excellent staff was friendly. Jazz was wonderful
  8. VanessaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    This was a good time. The food was good service was ok could have been better. The server was not into his job. Seem to have an attitude at times. What made the night so much fun was the music that DJ was amazing. He played all my favorite old school songs. This place needs a dance floor. Enjoy!
  9. AngieNJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Bonus Son was visiting NYC for a college friend’s Birthday. It was great to have a delicious brunch and great drinks with him and my Husband. Our waitress Shaquana was wonderful…thanks for the great service.
  10. AnnW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went for lunch on a cold Saturday. The place was not full, got seated right away. Waiter and other staff were very pleasant and attentive. Food was very good- fresh tasty salad and juicy hamburger. Would definitely go again.
  11. ChiaraC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A vero good experience, nice people, good food! Recommended!
  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good restaurant.
  13. FrankG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I saw the World Cup at Harlem Tavern and it was a great atmosphere. Great service and yummy food.
  14. KathyC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, and our waiter Santiago was awesome A+++++
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  16. NYVisitor

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Get in early before the games start. After that it becomes difficult to have conversations at a normal level.
  17. UniqueS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are wonderful the food is slamming ! I’m going back for those mussels
  18. Kenf

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    The restaurant was not crowded we got there. We placed our order. Waited 20 minutes for the weather to come back with coffee and drinks. It was 12 o’clock and it soon became a football crowd noise level was deafening. The way that was terrible.
  19. JulieL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    food was very good, nice place for a brunch, but very noisy
  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it y'all did that thanks for making my day special
  21. RonHR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Been meaning to come here for a while and so glad we did! Good drinks, okay wine, good beer selection. The fried chicken was near perfect as was the chicken and waffles. A few, though not many, options for vegetarians but the quinoa salad my friend had was excellent. I just went for the burger and was very happy. Sat outside (almost all covered) on a weeknight, wasn't too crowded and we sat there for almost three hours. So much nicer than crowding into one of the sidewalk or curbside shed. Lots of TV's showing sports if you're into that too. All in all, we'll be back.
  22. Jann

    New York Area

    444 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    444 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beer Garden setting crossed with sportsbar, this popular tavern was perfect for dinner before a Flamenco performance nearby. Daily specials of Salmon burger & Ribs were both very tasty. Party atmosphere with one male server doing dance moves with a fan…lots if fun.
  23. RichardS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Our server was a disaster! It took forever just to get a water refill. My wife asked for a 2nd glass of wine but in his detached dance craze, he never responded. When prompted again he addressed her as “princess” and made an off hand comment about needing to serve others in the kingdom & told her to relax. He’s lucky he was tipped…
  24. Brina

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The brunch menu was deceit. Good variety of foods for a reasonable price. Our Brunch party food consistent of chicken and waffles, salmon benedict and steak and eggs. Which were all party good. The waiter was attentive at correcting an order due to food allergies. Overall not a bad experience
  25. MLA1

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Had a 12:00 noon brunch reservation so was seated promptly. After receiving water we sat for 10-15 minutes waiting to be served. Finally one of the staff who was not a waiter realized we hadn’t been served and took our order. Our waitress did surface shortly after this and was very attentive. Our omelets were well cooked, but I found the tomato flavor in the potatoes a little jarring to the taste buds; needed ample salt and pepper to blunt the acidity. My wife thought they were fine though. Harlem Tavern still remains a favorite NYC spot for us.
  26. ChrisJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guests and myself enjoyed our visit! And the lamb burger was EVERYTHING!!!!!
  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was hot and pumping. Our waitress was very polite and attentive. She was very friendly and really catered to us. The food was also very good. Prices are really great and there’s something on the menu for anyone. Overall a great evening dining. Definitely will be returning again.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Nice patio area and mellow vibe so there's potential, but the food is just meh. The truffle fries had no truffle flavor, the burgers and sliders were overdone, the hot wings still had feathers on them and the salmon in the salad was dry. The fish tacos were delicious and the chicken wrap was good as well. Service was attentive.
  29. Charm78

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time visiting and we had a great time. The drinks were delish and the food was amazing. Only complaint was that the short ribs were a tad bit too salty and the sauce was over reduced. I did express it to the server. Other than that, I look forward to visiting again.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience3
    Food was over cooked You have a BUG PROBLEM I WONT EAT INSIDE ANY MORE, only OUTSIDE!!!
  31. MatthewB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good drinks and food was delicious def will be coming back
  32. KishaunaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Our waitress was the worst , she took forever even though we were the only people there , it was a horrible experience and we won’t be back . People who came after us got there food before us and left , while we waited.
  33. ZeldaO

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch in one of the inside booths was a great place for me to catch up with a friend. The live jazz was also great.
  34. AphnieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend for drinks, snacks, and great lunch.
  35. MelaninM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance. Good live music. We went on a Sunday. Warm it was 90 degrees outside. Awesome drinks and food was good. Nice spot to eat outside and get some good drinks at a fair price in Harlem.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Waitress didn't take drink orders until we'd been seated for 30 minutes; food orders not taken for another 30 minutes, then food didn't start to arrive for yet another 30+ minutes. We were a large party. Food came out one or two plates at a time, with 15 minutes in between. Some orders were duplicated, others never showed up. Additional drink orders took 30 minutes. Never again.
  37. AdaraB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Our reservation was for an 11am Mother’s Day brunch. We got there at around 10:50. We were told they didn’t open until noon even though I multiple confirmations for an 11am reservation. We were not the only ones who showed up with a reservation. Someone messed up either with the open table system or their staff scheduling. Either way they weren’t apologetic and could do nothing for us. They didn’t offer us to sit and wait until noon. They said come back and maybe we can seat you. It was MOTHERS DAY. Where else could we go??!! Reservations are booked for weeks. Shame on Harlem Tavern. You ruined Mother’s Day for my family that flew into town for the weekend
  38. LouiAnnR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good overall. The macaroni and cheese had no taste though
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Appetizers were much better than the entrees. The latter depressed the overall score.
  40. Roslyn

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks enjoyed the music and the ambience was amazing.

FAQs

Harlem Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Additional information

  • Cross street

    116th St

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the B or C Train to 116th street

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live Music on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Jazz Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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