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About Harlem Tavern

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.

2153 Frederick Douglas Blvd
New York, NY 10026
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
116th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 866-4500

Website:
http://www.harlemtavern.com/

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

Public Transit:
Take the B or C Train to 116th street

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Harlem Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Casual (5)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Fun (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Live Sports (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Music (2)
Romantic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Authentic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

as always food & drinks were great — favorite girlz nite spot

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for a family get together here and have 3 kids ages 4 to 9 and I must say this place is kid friendly. They had good kid menus and the food was great. Everyone that came really enjoyed they’re meals. I had the Mahi Mahi salad and it was amazing! This was everyone’s first time there and we already made plans on going back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Harlem Tavern is a great place for games. Lately, I have been less insprired by the food. I have a 10 yr old and the kids menu portions are getting smaller and smaller. We've been going here for years. On Saturday, we ordered the penne. The side order and the pasta came in the same size small bowl, in fact the avocado amount was almost the same as the serving of pasta. When we asked the server about the change from the medium sized bowl to the side order bowl. She said, 'that's the size the kitchen sent, so it's right'. After pointing out, that the entree and side order the same size is not standard, she shrugged.
If that is the correct size, then it is too small for a kids menu serving kids up to 12. The server should have been able to do more to help. Instead she asked 'what do you want to do?', not helpful.
I asked for the menu, had her remove the handful of penne and ordered another meal altogether.
It was not busy in the dining area at 6:30 on Saturday, but the staff was not attentive and helpful. I've been having this experience more in the last year or so at Harlem Tavern. So I rarely go there to eat, but I will hang out and watch a game at the bar.
Again great place for games, but variable on the food and service.

Tags: Live Sports, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food and good place to go with a group. Live band for brunch. Mac and Cheese is always a good choice. Buffalo Wings tasty with just enough heat. Regular menu starts at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The fish specials are always superb

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved everything but it was soooo cold. Initially we accepted patio seating because of the size of our group but had to move inside because it was just too cold. With additional heaters on the patio area pointed around we would’ve been ok (I think), but the fact that we stayed says a lot!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Was disappointed with the amount of food. I ordered fish & chips. For $23 I should have been served more than just 2 little pieces of fish. I also asked for Cajun fries. Fries were just covered with a Cajun seasoning that was just poured on them. Some had too much seasoning and some were plain.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was excellent. Music was too loud. Almost impossible to have a conversation so I wouldn’t recommend for a first date or catching up with old friends. Service was very good - friendly and attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place to dine with friends and family. Something on the menu for everyone. Mac and cheese a favorite.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We reserved online but the restaurant was not open - so we don't know why we could reserve?! That shoudl not be possible when the restaurant is actually closed! Really disappointing!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great music!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our waiter was AMAZING.. My boss was excited that I picked such an amazing spot.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My server was very disrespectful and rude! She never told us her name, she didn’t ask me what I wanted to drink and my food was not hot. She had an attitude when I asked Her to split the check which was very unnecessary. (brown skin woman with blonde highlights)

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The vibe at Harlem Tavern is AMAZING. Great for a couple or a group of 15. The menu has a great variety and everything we enjoyed tasted delicious. Lots of TVs if you're looking for a spot to watch the game in Harlem. Highly recommended!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Live Music, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was great— wasn’t sure about a drink choice and our waitress let me know sample a cocktail. Food was well seasoned, large proportions and prompt. Drinks were strong ( as we like them)!! Loved the music playing and will be back again soon :)

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

You screwed up there was a private party that night

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was fantastic, interesting options. Beer & cider selection was very good. Decor & atmosphere is cool. Noise from loud good music with combined crowd was a little high causing you to have to raise your voice continuously. But energy was high & saw a lot of people gathering here for the great food & atmosphere. Highly recommend. Will return. :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great livily atmosphere to celebrate a 50th bday with close friends & family who love an energetic environment with an abuntance of fantastic delicious food!!!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was my first time to Harlem Tavern & I thoroughly enjoyed it! With 3 other friends, we celebrated a birthday. We were able to laugh, talk & eat in a friendly, comfortable environment! Even though I drove, I like that it's right at the C train. I will gladly recommend Harlem Tavern to my friends and family often!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Harlem Tavern was an experience that I am so glad I got to be a part of. The hospitality is great, the food is amazing and the music is LOUD!! If you are looking to come and have a quiet conversation, this is not your place. But if you are looking for a place where people hop up out of their seats, while they are eating, but are in the mood to dance; then Harlem Tavern is the spot for you. The energy in this place is off-the-meters. We went on a Friday evening at midnight and the place was hoping. The service was great and the food was even better! GREAT FIND!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and drinks. Music and DJ were excellent. Service itself mediocre. Our food was brought out and no one gave us utensils. We had to go to the bar to ask for them after waiting to find someone to assist and while our food was getting cold. Our server never came by and we had to wave her over to bring us the check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was dry & flavor less. Our waiter kept avoiding us when we needes something.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We love Harlem Tavern - unfortunate when they are real busy the service fails. Our server took 15-20 minutes to deliver our first round of drinks. Our appetizers arrived 20 minute later cold - and cold calamari is not good. I told our waiter everything was cold and he told me he would pass that on to his manager. The dinner was good - I love there burgers. But again - the little things got forgotten - no side of mayo; extra ketchup came after the food was eaten. If you go to the Tavern avoid nice summer nights when the restaurant, tent area and the outside are all full. Otherwise it is a great place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really good brunch special. Mahi mahi salad was delicious. Super relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

An asset to the neighborhood. The chef makes delicious and creative fish dishes that are always surprising and oh so delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Harlem Tavern is a great place to go for the buzz, the beer and the burgers

Tags: Live Sports, Authentic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Feels Like a Getaway

This Harlem spot with lots of outdoor dining (tables and benches plus conventional circular tables), is an ideal spot for a balmy summer night of relaxed drinking and dining. The quieter spots are near the street. There are lots of choices on the menu for a variety of tastes and the prices are reasonable. The servers are pleasant and unobtrusive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My husband and I came here for Saturday date night and we ate outside. I ate the truffle burger and my husband had the burger with cheddar and bacon. The truffle burger was one of my favorite burgers ever. The service was excellent. I highly recommend Harlem Tavern. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Everything was absolutely perfect, and nice jazz concert during our brunch

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Good food and fun for all. Close to transportation. It was a little noisy but tolerable.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

I've been to the Harlem Tavern a number of times and it just misses the mark. Great location, the food is ok, prices are ok, but the staff could not be more pretentious and unaccommodating. One example: there were 5 in our party and we asked how many pieces are in the chicken skewer appetizer. When the waiter said 4, we asked if they could give us 5 and charge us. An imperious "no" was the reply and he walked away because we needed to adjust our order. Give me a break.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Great day meeting friends and old acquaintances at a nicely appointed outdoor venue, with a good bar and diverse food menu, all at a reasonable price. Great find, in NYC.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Too noisy, due to the weather everyone was sitting inside and with the band playing we were unable to hear each other. Also, no AC or the AC was on low, so it made the place unbearable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Could use more vegan options but the beer list is great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Girls night in Harlem. Music was good, food tasty - good time had by all.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 9, 2016

We had a large group with kids ranging from 3 Months to 17 years old and they were all content which is almost impossible!! The staff was great and the food was pretty good too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2016

Marvelous. I enjoyed every bit of it. From the food to the services.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 2, 2016

regular spot 2 eat as always food wuz great -- triamisu wuz not set & bar not stock 4 the drinks they hav on their menu

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