Harlem Tavern

3.9
122 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 866-4500
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
116th St
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Public transit
Take the B or C Train to 116th street
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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, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious. Beer selection was great. Next time I will try the sangria.
Definetly will be back with friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend. Their food is consistently good. Great atmosphere and service!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Management was very apologetic when a package accidentally dropped to the floor, hitting my foot and ankle on the way. Our drinks were immediately removed from our bill as compensation. I was very impressed. There was absolutely no hesitation.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was amazing, great service from my waitress!!!
My disappointment comes in my meal. My burger was prepared medium-well, which was off to a good start. The first bite was a little disappointing. My burger, which was the HT burger their signature burger was not flavorful at all. My truffle fries was a big waste of money of an up charge of $2. It was cover is powered parmesan cheese there was no hint of truffle oil in the fries.. I think they totally missed the mark on their signature burger.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good ambiance. It was the first time for some of us. I will come again

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time celebrating my brother’s birthday. The atmosphere was friendly and energetic. The service and the food was excellent. This was my first time there but will definitely go back again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My first dining experience at Harlem tavern was Saturday brunch. It was just OK. I may return for a dinner; more varied offerings. Wait staff was friendly and efficient however. Will give it another chance!

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a Saturday brunch to hear the Jazz band. The service was excellent and the food was good. Price/quality is very good but the portion was a bit small for me :) maybe a good idea though if you plan on having dessert afterwards ! The only thing was the lack (or very little) of AC inside during hot summer days! We had an excellent time and I would recommend it!

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I’ve been to Harlem Tavern many times for brunch or birthdays, but the service I experienced this visit was a disgrace. It was very hot and it took some convincing to be moved to a table in a cooler section. The waiter took our order twice, was late bringing the food and drinks and forgot one dish. One friend had food spilled on him. It took ages to receive the check and the waiter verbally accosted my friend when he asked for the check a third time. The manager did speak to us, however, and was kind enough to take 50% off the bill. After this poor experience, I’m not sure I’ll return to Harlem Tavern.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch menu is excellent. Many of the food choices are delicious. Food, ambience and music all good.

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

One of my guest ordered a well done hamburger but it was medium rare. They also felt the waitress didn’t inform us about the mimosas being charged after first one. He also felt it wasn’t busy but had to keep looking for waitress.

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service made a few mistakes ( No silverware, and forgot to order one dish) However our waiter was so diligent in correcting and accepting the error, was very helpful, kind and fun. The Jazz band is a great addition to the brunch. Food was really delicious. We loved it and look forward to comeback.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We drove from BK to get here and it was worth it! Loud music, great food and a fun crowd. Our waiter wasn't the best but another man helped us out and our food was delicious! Prices are fair! We went late and it was a lot of fun and we will go back!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Had to wait for awhile for the waitress to come to table and acknowledge we were alive. The water glasses were dirty, the shrimp quesadilla was soggy, the waitress was not engaging and did not smile till the end for her possible tip. Waitress also did not remember to bring napkins. Therefore we asked the busboy and he brought some napkins and the manager randomly took half away. From start to finish, unimpressed.

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MW
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eatery for all kinds of occasions ! Love this spot - drinks are great & food is awesome!

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Waiter was overwhelmed being that I had a party of about 15 and he had other tables, he kept forgetting orders. However, he was patient and the food was good, the drinks were good as well. Maybe I will return with a smaller party.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The place is perfect for watching a sports game, grabbing drinks, having good food, everything would have been nearly perfect if not for the extremely slow service.

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We made reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter did not come and greet us for 35 minutes. We ordered our drinks and it took them 20 minutes to bring it to us. Our appetizers never came. Part of my husband’s entree was forgotten. We got there at 5:30 and did not leave until 8:10. This included us trying to get a check so that we could pay and leave. A family of four came in and sat down and every one of their glasses filled with water was dirty. Needless to say, although we try and patronage our local Restaurants, and have frequented Harlem Tavern before...we will not be back.

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I
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as alway

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun place to meet up with friends and watch the game. The energy is cool.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Service was a little slow, however server was friendly. Love the jazz band

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Came here for Saturday Brunch with reservations. we were seated rather quickly and our orders taken. Ordered the wings which were listed under "starters" and ordered our brunch items.

20 minutes later EVERYTHING arrived at once. and EVERYTHING was lukewarm. Our waiter was very inattentive. Wound up canceling the beers we ordered because the waiter clearly FORGOT.
I will not be returning.

Also, i did call ahead to let them know it was his Birthday Brunch and i wanted a dessert to come out once we finished our meal. So much for that. Save your money and go to Angel of Harlem for Brunch.

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WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I did my due Diligence and reserved a table a week in advance. I received a follow up call about my reservation the day off.

When I arrived on site. They scrambled to place my party of five Secondly, they sat my group outside, not on the inside of the restaurant.

The table that was selected by the hostess was a table that can barely sit three adults . Our party was for five adults.

I asked to be seated at a booth. The hostess said it was not specified, when placing the reservation. I thought making a reservation you would be seated appropriately as well as being organized. Also, that valuable information the hostess stated, was not mentioned on the website. That would have help a great deal

Lastly a party of three entered before myself, and the guests I arrived. The group did not have a reservation, and they were seated at the same kind of table, as well as the outside

Booking a reservation for a table is a joke if you are seated with a make shift set up Seating on the outside of the restaurant .

Food was okay. Drinks are a little pricey,. I don't mind paying for a good time but don't ask for a reservation and follow a process, and your process is severely broken.

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TM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The wait staff was available but did not hurry us. The food was very good. We’ll be back!

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to watch the game! the food is FANTASTIC and the FOH staff was phenomenal. we will be back!

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is always a great experience at Tavern. We love that it is family friendly. We have a stroller and we always find seating that accommodates that. There are vegetarian options as well.

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7
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was way too loud we could not even have a conversation, and the food was greasy and the chicken was chewy.

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WC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt and very friendly. Friendly atmosphere. The food was awesome.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was a great place to have a first date to chill with old school music playing in the background. Staff was friendly and food service was quicker than expected. I had a great time and will definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and service was good. I always have a pretty good experience going there.

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s
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The fish specials are always terrific

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I ate here with a group of 5 friends/family and my 4-month old baby. I made a last minute OpenTable reservation which they accommodated immediately. We sat outdoors on a bench type table. We were told to please finish by a certain time but it was no problem as it was more than 3 hours away for their next large group. There was a lot of seating, in and outside. Place was packed as it was the first warm day in awhile. Some girl next to my table was annoyed I had to put my stroller where she was sitting and had to move but oh well. Anyway food was great. Husband ordered chicken quesadillas but they came with onions and peppers when my husband ordered plain chicken and cheese. Apparently they pre-make their quesadillas and by the time it is served they just heat it up and serve it so My husband had to order something else. Seems ridiculous they can’t make a simple chicken and cheese quesadilla and have to make things in advance instead of fresh on the spot. Even the waitress said she thought it was ridiculous. I’m sure they’ve got other complaints about it before. I would go back but my husband wouldn’t. Just depends on what you enjoy eating and the type of environment you like.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was awful! We technically didn’t have a server. We were seated for about 10+ minutes and no one came over. We flagged down a manager who took our order. We still never had a server, no silverware, no water, no napkins. Our food finally came. I asked the person that bought the food for ketchup and he brought me bbq sauce! Then disappeared. We then had to ask a random server for the chevk. The worst! I won’t be returning. Hire more staff for busy Saturdays! Enough people need jobs it’s no reason this place is understaffed & those working are not properly trained! Sad! Get it together!

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great as usual

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DT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time for my son's birthday. The wait staff was very accommodating, since my son is autistic..several of them sang Happy Birthday to my son. A most memorable and enjoyable evening. We always feel welcome.
Thanks to the Harlem Tavern staff

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OS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My time at Harlem tavern was great

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Waiter took forever to take our order. When he was quickly giving us glasses of water, some of it splashed all over me and on the table. Food was not that good, quesadillas were burned and chicken wings were severely over cooked and the corn bread and rice was extremely dry and hard. The food and service is usually good but not that night. I won’t be going there for a while

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The wait staff had my wife and I wait for almost 30 mins before we were acknowledged. The appetizers and main course came out 5 minutes apart. The table had no silverware and the wait staff seemed distracted most of the night. And this all occurred on Valentine’s Day.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a little nippy but understandable because it was rather cold outside. Food and service were excellent. Quite noisy, could barely hold up convo but overall good experience.

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