We are just starting on this journey so please, honor these restaurants that  lead the way and support MealsForGood monthly.  

 

Babbalucci -

Spaghettoni

From the wood-burning oven pizza (thin crust!) and the many choices of pasta to the hand crafted cocktails to the specially hand-picked wine list, this Italian restaurant offers good, locally sourced food for all tastes in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. 331 Lenox ave (126-127th St). 646-918-6572 http://www.babbalucci.com

B Squared -  

Sherry Garlic Shrimp

A downtown dining experience uptown in the heart of Harlem.  Its seafood concept is housed in a comfortable speakeasy setting. And its craft cocktails are truly original - they even have a distillation calendar!                                                                                                     271 West 119th St - 212-280.-2248   https://www.b2harlem.com 

East Harlem Bottling Company -  

Bean Burger

Near the start of Museum Mile, this barrio restaurant offers a wide variety of locally brewed beers and an extensive menu that ranges from their famous onion strings and fried chicken sandwich to deliciously seasoned  flatbreads and salads.                                                                                                  1711 Lexington Avenue (107th Street) - 646-922-7705 http://www.eastharlembottlingco.com

HARLEM TAVERN -

Seafood Gumbo

A neighborhood bar - replete with screens to showcase sports, and an outdoor beer garden with live hot jazz for brunch on the weekends.  The menu is incredibly diverse - ready to satisfy any whim - and also has an extensive craft beer and wine list.  2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (116th St) - 212-866-4500.  http://harlemtavern.com

HARLEM Burger co -

Harlem Fresh Chicken Sandwich

This is no ordinary small burger place, although it is known for its delicious Company burger served with a special recipe sauce.  The menu is surprisingly large and diverse like the gourmet miso-marinated cod sandwich or a classic grilled cheese topped with pork confit and cranberry chipotle sauce. 2190 Frederick Douglass Blvd (118th St) - (212)-222-9899. https://harlemburgerco.com

Lido Restaurant -  

Meatballs and Spaghetti

Deliciously Italian with locally sourced ingredients and poultry and meats from farms that treat animals humanely. The Chef is none other than award-winning Serena Bass.  Every time someone orders the Meatballs and Spaghetti, 25 cents goes to MealsForGood.  2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd (117th St) - 646 -490-8575   https://www.lidoharlem.com

RDV - Rendezvous -

       RDV Hamburger

A modern French Bistro in Harlem with a Mediterranean twist.  The chef, Kfir Ben-Ari, leans towards south east France cuisine accented with middle eastern touches and a diversity of products that is trade mark to his New York experience.  And every time someone orders the RDB hamburger, 25 cents goes to MealsForGood.             2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. 212-222- 8952  http://www.rdv-nyc.com

Row House -  

Crab Cakes

A seasonal American eatery with both small and large plates, designed to encourage sharing among friends.  The bar is large, the music is upbeat and the bartenders offer a unique drink list featuring twists on the classics.                                                                                  2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd (115th St). 212-256-0019   https://rowhouseharlem.com

Maxwell’s Central Park -

Penne ala Vodka

A mix of a classic gastropub environment with a splash of the exotic like the Blackberry Mojito and the down home deliciousness of the Whiskey Flamed Pork Chop and the  Five Cheese Smokey Mac N' Cheese . 1325 Fifth Avenue (bet 111-112th Street), 646-657-0993 http://www.maxwellscentralpark.com

Melba’s -

Chicken and Waffles

Home to American comfort food, this Harlem-grown restaurant serves all the southern classics like short ribs, fried chicken and waffles, fried catfish and the down home peas and rice! Just like your mama used to make! 300 West 114th Street. 212-864-7777 https://www.melbasrestaurant.com

Nocciola -

Chicken Parmigiana

In the heart of East Harlem, this neighborhood restaurant is known for its Italian classics with a gourmet spin - gnocchi made with a French technique that makes them lighter and fluffier, chicken marsala that includes kale and pancetta, and arancini with a fragrant touch of saffron. 237 East 116th Street, 646-559-5304. https://www.nocciolanyc.com

 Settepani -

    Spaghetti Bolognese

A pioneer in Harlem, Ristorante Settepani was the first Italian/Mediterranean cuisine in the neighborhood and remains a popular go-to restaurant today.  Settepani means 'seven breads' and all their bread and desserts come from their own bakery in Brooklyn - just like grandma used to make. 196 Malcom X Blvd (120 St). 917- 492-4806      http://www.settepani.com/restaurant 

SEASONED VEGAN -

This is a family business that is 100% Harlem soul food vegan!  Try well-known comfort foods as vegan meals, like the crawfish made from yams and the barbecue ‘riblet’ from lotus root. The restaurant is decorated with re-purposed copper-top tables and a penny-laden floor hand-installed by friends and neighbors.  55 St. Nicholas Avenue (113 St). 212- 222-0092      http://www.seasonedvegan.com

Silvana -

The Healthy Bowl

A social club of sorts—drop by in the morning for coffee, order from a full Middle Eastern menu of falafel, shawarma, or hummus, or bring a date to listen to live music in the evening. But every time someone orders the Healthy Bowl, 25 cents goes to MealsForGood.   300 West 116th street (Frederick Douglass Blvd). 646-692-4935 - https://silvana-nyc.com

Vinateria -

Pollo Al Mattone

A menu rooted in the rich culinary traditions of both Italy and Spain, the diverse menu uses locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and offers a long list of homemade pastas. A superb wine list is focused on small producers. And this Harlem Italian restaurant was just awarded the Michelin plaque.  2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd (119th St) -  212-662-8462 - https://www.vinaterianyc.com

Zoma -  

An Ethiopian restaurant that honors the tradition of fresh ingredients and balanced flavorings.  Many dishes are for sharing and are served with "injera", a large, sourdough crepe that is ideal for soaking up the sauces and flavors of the dishes.                                         2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd (113th St) - 212-662-0620   http://www.zomanyc.com

RESTAURANTS SOON TO START:

Blvd Bistro -

This is a soul food restaurant straight from Nachez, Mississippi with a Harlem accent.  Carlos Swepson uses a Scotch bonnet hot sauce made locally from fresh chiles; the chicken is pan-fried to order; and the biscuits melt in your mouth.  239 Malcolm X Blvd (122nd St) - (212)-678-6200.  http://boulevardbistrony.com

Borrachito at the Garret East

Think of it as a Mexican speakeasy. Go through the bar (stop to have one of the Garret’s famously creative drinks), find the hidden door, knock twice, and like magic, you’re savoring the deliciously fresh tacos and the spicy guacamole. 206 Avenue A. http://www.thegarreteast.com

23Winehouse-

This new Italian bistro will take you back to an Italian grandmother’s house, with homemade pastas and thick, soulful comfort soups, all with Sicilian accents. 1890 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (115th Street) - https://www.23winehouse.com

Yatenga-

This French bistro and bar is filled with French favorites likes mussels and coq au vin, but it also offers comfort food like macaroni and cheese. When you finish eating, you can go next door to Shrine and listen to live music. 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (133-134th St) (212) 690-0699 http://www.yatengabistro.com

Ruby’s Vintage -

Welcome to Harlem, 1968! The retro restaurant is named after actress Ruby Dee who once lived in the building. Try Ruby’s mac or the pappardelle with short ribs ragu, or some of the drink creations like the Ruby Spritz made of armagnac, byrrh, lemon, honey, and cava. 2340 Adam Clayton Powell (at 137th Street), 212 234 1833 https://www.rubysvintageharlem.com

The London Irish Pub -

That’s right East Harlem has a real Irish pub! The large menu offers everything from a corned beef sandwich and fish and chips to chicken pot pie and a Guinness beef stew. And talking about beer - the choices are seemingness endless! Try their craft cocktails too! 355 East 116th Street 212-828-6723 http://thelondonirishpub.com