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The Porch, New York, NY

The Porch

4.5
4.5
34 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Sugar Hill’s new destination for live music and creative smokehouse cuisine is now open! Operated by musicians, artists, hospitality veterans, and Harlem locals, The Porch is a great neighborhood spot for lunch with friends, drinks at the bar or to catch a live show. Executive Chef Matt Fisher served as pitmaster for top NYC BBQ spots Fletcher’s and Rub and he’s created a menu of Cajun-influenced American Smokehouse dishes that will simply light you up. The Porch’s artist-in-residence program features acclaimed local musicians to carry forward the proud history of jazz on St. Nicholas Ave. Live sets Thursday - Sunday from 9 pm bring jazz traditions together with contemporary music styles including Reggae, R&B, and Hip-Hop.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Cajun

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (646) 895-9004

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Fisher

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Nightwatch | Live Funk, Soul + R&B 9PM - 11:30

    Feb 3, 2023 only
    The Nightwatch is a band fusing together the spirit of RnB, Blues, Soul and Pop. Driven by fiery guitars and acrobatic vocals, The Nightwatch fuses together classic and modern songs with exciting twists and turns into a unique live experience. Watch: https://youtu.be/tyDa-8e90ek https://youtu.be/0kp1-kXwONs https://youtu.be/w2nj7peYWa0 More: @thenightwatchband
  • Bluegrass Brunch | Show Begins at 1PM

    Feb 4, 2023 only
    The Porch Proudly Presents, Bluegrass Brunch, Featuring The Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective! Brunch Seating Begins at 11:30. ****Entertainment begins at 1PM sharp**** *Support your Artists with a Suggested $10-20 donation added to your bill*
  • Live Jazz | Marion Cowings | 9PM - 11:30PM

    Feb 4, 2023 only
    Master of scat and vocal technique, Marion Cowings is a Native New Yorker. his smooth baritone voice and considerable range has been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Marion Cowings, along with Kim Kalesti founded the Vocal Jazz Department at New York University and were adjunct professors for eleven years. Marion has performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Village Vanguard and many prestigious venues abroad. @marioncowingsmusic ***Support Your Artists With A Suggested Donation OF $10-$20 Per Person***

What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot spot

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  1. AL

    AngelaL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time here. We got there at 11:30 AM and stayed for a few hours. Right though the live entertainment. We started w/ breakfast and drinks and ended with dessert and drinks, that’s how good it was. James was wonderful and although they were short staffed, we didn’t experience unreasonable delays.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We arrived during the brunch to dinner change over and the menu had very few options. Not great for a picky adult diner. We were originally given the brunch menu and placed our order only to be told that we had to order from a different menu. The wait staff also changed during our time there and the second person did not check the bill before bringing it to us. It included all of the unavailable brunch menu items we ordered as well as the food that we actually ate. They corrected it, but not the best customer service. I’ll go back during brunch or dinner to give them another try. The staff was engaging and it seems like it’s a fun atmosphere during more busy times.
  3. OG

    OmarG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, nice atmosphere and friendly service. Highly recommended.
  4. BS

    BrielS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my boyfriend’s birthday and had a great time. Amazing band, great food, and just a great vibe. We’ll be back soon and intend to make it our neighborhood hangout!
  5. LC

    LCNYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great local spot! If you don't live in Hamilton Heights, it is definitely worth the visit and very easy to get to as an entrance to the 145th st. A/C/D/B station is right out front! Great food, amazing music. We love the outdoor space when the weather is nice as well. If you are looking for a quiet spot- then be aware there is often live music, but if you are looking for amazing local artists and delicious food, this is the spot to go! Great ownership and staff as well! Very friendly!
  6. A

    Audrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bbq, great cocktails, great music and beautiful decor!
  7. SS

    SheldonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Great food, warm, friendly, beautiful decor. Amazing live music.
  8. MK

    MisterK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for the music and had a lot more fun than expected. It was a great end to a big birthday.
  9. WN

    WNMack

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed myself last night , I’ll definitely return again and again.
  10. CR

    ConstanceR

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and prices. Great drink prices. Live music every night. No music fee but you can contribute.
  11. JS

    JamesS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I enjoyed brunch here. The food was delicious, the ambiance is great, and I guess they support local musicians on the weekends because we were treated to some Bluegrass music!
  12. f

    fangirl

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful venue for outstanding and affordable live music and with a great beer list and well executed food.
  13. w

    wm68

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent except that some critical ingredients were missing from one dish and nothing was done to rectify this, except a lame apology.
  14. AJ

    ArleneJ

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I enjoyed our evening at the Porch. The jazz quartet was swinging and it was quiet enough for us to have a conversation. We didn't eat, but the Mezcal Negroni I had was perfect and my friend enjoyed her wine. My only complaint was that the two huge fans caused a bit of a draft, so the room was a little chilly.
  15. f

    feliciaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great new local spot. Music was great when I was there.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The ftomato soup and grilled cheese was really good. We also had spinach dip which was half the size of what it used to be. And we ordered a bottle of rosé that in the grocery store is $16 but we were charged 52 at the restaurant. A little too much of a charge in my opinion.

    The PorchResponded on November 29, 2022Hi Anonymous, I think we may have a mixup here! Our menu does not include (and has never included) any of the items you spoke of in your review. Also, our only bottle of rosé is considerably less than $56! Perhaps this was a review for another restaurant with a similar name? If so, would you please consider removing this review? We would really appreciate it! By the way, please come check us out sometime!! We have very healthily sized portions. :)

  17. ES

    EthanS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Cannot charge people for music after the fact and then come to table eith separate charge machine and then add it to bill. Very embarrassing

    The PorchResponded on November 28, 2022Hi Ethan. As we announce at the start of our shows, and as is posted on our OpenTable Experiences page, there is absolutely no charge for music at The Porch. However, we are only able to keep music free through optional donations from our guests that go directly to the artists. Our servers visit every table to ask if anyone would like to make a donation. We are sorry that this was embarrassing to you and your party - that was never our intention and we hope that you will give us another chance.

  18. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Get the full rack of ribs. They were delicious. Owner was very kind, came over and introduced himself, told us about the venue and more. Music was wonderful too, not too loud and I could still talk to my date. I will be coming back!
  19. j

    jays

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The Room was nicely presented with wood accent and colors. Parking a little challenging would suggest subway to arrive
  20. WS

    WilliamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Porch was exquisite. The Music was sublime, food was good and the crowd was polite. I will frequent this venue on a regular basis and bring friends along. Already scanned calendar future events and Made reservations.
  21. R

    Robertm

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice food and jazz place- very welcoming atmosphere and well priced
  22. FL

    FayeL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very welcoming owner and staff offering delicious dishes. The added entertainment was quite enjoyable! Will definitely be back.
  23. GS

    GaryS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food with an individual touch. Shrimp beignets were spectacular. We caught the beginning of the 9 pm jazz set, lots of fun. This is a special place.
  24. D

    Danny

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Heard about this new place near us and took a look at their website to find that they were doing live music. New restaurant and live music? Awesome. The music started at 9:30 so we made a reservation for then. My partner and I walked and came in a few minutes past our reservation time. We saw that the restaurant was absolutely empty. Not a deal breaker, but the musicians, a jazz band, seemed a little out of place, playing to an empty restaurant. We sat, and the band was excellent. Our server, whose name (if my memory is right) was Charisma. And she was absolutely lovely. She took our drink order. There were no cocktails on the menu, which was strange since they had a rather large bar. We took a look through the menu. My partner is vegetarian, and we had taken a look at the menu beforehand to make sure there were options for them. Thankfully, there was an app and an entre. Another woman came up to the table to take our order, I’m assuming the manager, and we put in the vegan app. She said they didn’t have it in stock. Again, not a deal breaker. We asked for another minute. Then, charisma brought over our drinks. My beer was flat. She then told us that the jazz was ending early because there was no one there. Okay. The manager came back to take our food order again, said we needed to hurry since the kitchen closed at 10. I thought it was so odd that they would start an event a half an hour before the kitchen closes. We put in our food, the band stopped playing, and their playlist was pretty good. The food came and it was quite delicious. We tipped Charisma well since she did such a great job. I walked away quite perplexed, though, at a restaurant which clearly wants to be a live music venue that starts its music a half hour before the kitchen closes, with no cocktail program, and with no audience. It’s a shame, since the band played well and the food was great, but I don’t feel any desire to return. Perhaps we will order online, if they have their full menu.

    The PorchResponded on November 6, 2022Hi Danny. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Our typical timing allows for more music and dining together and I apologize that this was not the case during your meal. I will investigate to see what happened during your visit so that the issues with music timing/food availability do not recur. Regarding cocktails - we would love to offer them! Unfortunately we have been waiting 6 months for the license to do so - but just got some encouraging news. Any moment now!

  25. TL

    TomL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food and a neighborhood vibe. We will go back.
  26. J

    Julie

    Salt Lake City

    195 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic meal as always with superb service. will miss their lunch service as they said it would not be open except for brunch-bummer as we go there almost every Friday lunch!
  27. f

    fangirl

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The live music component is a huge draw. The food is tasty and well executed. The service is attentive. The room is great. Go!
  28. JB

    JimB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attractive new place in Sugar Hill. We heard an amazing jazz band and had some delicious barbecued chicken and smoked fish. Friendly atmosphere and great service!
  29. H

    Horvendile

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a big fan of barbecue and was delighted with my half rack of ribs. The seasoned fries were amazing. I went with a vegan who was just as satisfied as me. She had the Meatless sausage with the Red Beans side. They were out of the peanut slaw and the waitress recommended the beans as a substitute. The food was enough to bring us back and the waitress, Charisma, put it over the top. We felt we made a new friend. How often do you remember the name of the waitress the next day? I can't wait to return.
  30. AT

    AshleyT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A new gem in the neighborhood! I’m so happy this place exists. Delicious food. Great beer and wine, and a wonderful waitstaff. I think I found my new local hang!
  31. NY

    NYCGuy

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative appetizers and excellent barbecue! Great beer and drinks menu with wonderful, friendly service! A terific place for a family dinner. Recommend shrimp beignets, pulled pork, brisket and the chicken!
  32. UW

    UWSide

    New York Area

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great live music venue featuring local harlem talent. Yummy bbq and especially the smoked fish!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our first meal at the newly opened Porch and living in the neighborhood we will definitely return. They are still working out some kinks with the kitchen. Our charcuterie appetizer arrived with our main courses. The shrimp beignets were excellent. My husband’s Cajun shrimp entree was good but could have used more kick and flavor and the choice of farro is a bit off. The service was outstanding and once the Jazz set began the place truly hits its mark. It’s a wonderful addition to the excellent restaurants in Harlem and should be on everyone’s list to try.
  34. KK

    KathrynK

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was very average. We ordered the charcuterie plate with smoked fish and a variety of cheeses. They were out of cheeses and all we got were two pieces of salmon and some crème fraîche. The brisket sandwich was very good. They could use some entrées on the menu rather than lunch/bar food The entertainment jazz/tapdancer were excellent and a great value. I would go back.

    The PorchResponded on September 21, 2022Hi Kathryn! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for us. We are so happy you enjoyed the venue and music! Your feedback is much appreciated as we are always working to improve our offerings. We will be reviewing the charcuterie dish to make sure we are providing the best possible value possible to our guests. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Porch is rated 4.5 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Porch

750A St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Cajun

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Fisher

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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