Harlem Tavern

4.3
153 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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Harlem Tavern is a big place to bring 30 friends for beer and burgers.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was not good at all. He was inattentive. He took so long to bring water, food and even the check. Why would it take 30 minutes to get the check? Then I had to walk to him to get it because even when he saw me motion for him to come to the table he acknowledged us motioned back and went somewhere else. Then I had to chase him to get our cards and receipts because that was another 20 minutes. Blatantly disrespectful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I could have enjoyed my brunch with my friend, whom I hadn't seen for quite some time, and who was at HT for the first time, if we weren't surrounded by the big dogs that the other patrons were allowed to bring along. Every time the dogs shook themselves, their fur flew all over the place, including everything on the tables surrounding the area. The space was tight, so that meant the dogs were extremely close to the other customers, including us. They were also licking people, as dogs do. We ended up changing our outdoor seats on a very beautiful weather day, to indoor seats to avoid fur in our food and drinks. I love dogs, but not when I'm dining out. Normally, The HT is one of my favorite places to dine because of the food, drinks and atmosphere, but recently the allowance of animals has caused me to view the establishment as unsanitary and lacking cleanliness. Merely having patrons with animals sit outside does not alleviate the issue. I noticed the Dept of Health Grade is "Pending" now when it used to be an A. I can't help but to wonder if part of that is because of the allowance of animals.

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M
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a party of 7 for the Jazz brunch and we were seated right away! Food was good, brunch deal was even better (not unlimited mimosas but entree and 1 drink for only 17 bucks). The drinks by themself were not that expensive. I would definitely recommend this place to large groups that are in need of a quick fun brunch spot.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great atmosphere and great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service & great food. Would recommend for a friend gathering. All American food so everyone can find something they like.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was a bit too loud, but other than that, great!

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PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place, but a little bit noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner before our Sip and Pour. This place super cool, food was surprisingly excellent, servers are super friendly. Good music as well!

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a local spot!

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had A wonderful time with my friends, It also was my 1st time and was truly IMPRESSED ! They satisfied my needs && service was INCREDIBLE.

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RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. Yummy drinks. Awesome energy. Live Jazz Band for brunch. Friendly servers. Will return.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Experience was great as always, but just a couple issues: (1) calamari was not great and (2) ran out of the draft Brooklyn Winter Lager.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fish was dry. It was overcooked. The mahi mahi and the cod. The flavor was good though

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TG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and service. Food was really good, but my table was awfully wobbly. No matter...good times all around.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked the happy hour menu. Our waiter was nice and full of energy. DJ was great.

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They seated us in the enclosed outside area. They had no heaters in the area it was COLD as NY has been very cold. They should not be able to utilize that area if the temperature is in the 20’s degree point. How much is it to invest in a proper heating system for that area!!!! My husband and I got up to leave and they offered an inside table. Why not have done that originally, no one was seated at that table prior. I saw them seat a couple with a baby in that outdoor rented area it was to cold for me so I know it was to cold for that baby. Insane!

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d
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came from South Jersey and returned back the following week. My new spot to watch the games when I’m in NY! Music after the game was right on point.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great vibe for large groups, but don't expect to be able to have much conversation. Very loud and hard to hear.

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience with my family. Food was amazingly delicious!! We ordered shrimp quesadilla, mac and cheese and the artichoke and spinach dip. Server Capri was fantastic in the beginning then as the night went on, it was hard to find her when it was not as busy. Overall I had a great time

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S
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

They had a ton of foods and drinks on the menu but when my guests and I requested over 6 items on the menu the waiter stated they did not have those items. This was discouraging us from ordering anything else. However, our waiter was amazing..

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The server barely came to us and never apologized when she came back. Other tables also mentioned how negligent she was.

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I had a situation where I called to find out if kitchen was closed for the night. The answer given was the kitchen will be closing in 15 min. I didn't want to chance missing the food so I asked if the woman I was on the phone with if she could place my order and I would be there in 15mins. I had a table reserved already. The woman then told me that she could not place my order but I could get takeout.. At that point I was confused. So I ended the conversation and I didn't come out. I was extremely dissatisfied with tone of the woman I was on the phone with. I was absolutely angry that I wouldn't be able to have drinks and eat as I planned all day. I will remain a customer after this point because I like the Harlem Tavern. I just don't want to be disappointed again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was relatively empty yet the hostess seated us under a heater that was blowing on our table the entire night. As a result everyone at our table was overheated and uncomfortable throughout the meal. I understand the need to heat the restaurant, what I don’t understand is how you could have a heat vent blowing on your guests all night, it ruined an otherwise pleasant evening. We were celebrating a special occasion, the food was good, and our server was lovely. It could have easily been a great time had it not been for the sweltering heat.

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was a little slow, however, it was worth the wait. Portion sizes were great and drinks were tasty. A great value. Eight people ate and had drinks for only $340.00.

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WY
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fist time customer, had a wonderful time. Food was great , service was amazing, wish I remembered my server name to give her a shout out. People from all walks of life made for a great atmosphere. I will be returning.

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JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, food and service. Everyone in our party of 12 loved brunch. Super value!

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

GREAT BRUNCH OUTING WITH MY SISTER WOULD DEF COME AGAIN ... GOOD FOOD AND FUN AMBIANCE

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun jazz brunch with good food and drinks. Warm, inviting atmosphere and great service.

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good but the service was horrible. My waiter who had a very nasty attitude questioned me about my tip amount. She gave horrible service.

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AW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good service. Good food. Clean! Friendly staff!

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank You Grace, She Is Very Pleasant & Knowledgeable👏🏾

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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
7 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
8 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
14 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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