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Harlem Valentine’s Bae

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Ponty Bistro Cupid’s Special 

Enjoy a fixed 3 course meal, including an entree choice of crabmeat, striped bass, filet mignon or rack of lamb plus a starter and dessert. Treat your date to a special meal in a romantic setting. RSVP for you and your hungry lover here.

Harlem Skin and Laser Clinic

Prep your skin for this lovely day. Your skin will mirror your health, emotions, and experiences. Let your skin send a message of love. Make you sure your skin shine bright like the diamond you deserve here


Find local and global candles to set the mood from red currant to hydrangea. Mood lighting is essential for sensual night. Set your mood here.  

Franz James

Surprise the love of your life with a gorgeous bouquet. Choose from jewel-toned arrangements to breathtaking sculptural displays. Pick the perfect petals here

Harlem Chocolate Factory

From the Mexican chilies of Spanish Harlem to the champagne of Striver’s Row, they aim to delight your tastebuds. Treat your sweetie with bonbons and truffle here.

Bibi Salon

Look and feel amazing! This multicultural and internationally trained staff is equipped to address dry and damaged hair and scalp due to over-processing, chemical breakage and color corrections. Book before time runs out. Find out more.  

The Brownstone

Celebrate the day of love while looking lovely adorned in jewelry to complete your look or gift to the fashion forward woman in your life here.

Paint and Pour

It takes two to paint this masterpiece. Bring bae and you’ll each create separate works of art that make one painting when you put them together. Your ticket for this couple’s paint night includes two hours of top-shelf open bar, fun instruction, and art supplies. Snag your seat here

Maiko Suzuki Jewelry

Buy your one of a kind love, a one of a kind piece are inspired by different cultures from Islamic Art to African sculpture and architecture. Make your love’s day here

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Let’s Celebrate 2020 Harlem Style!

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There’s nothing like bringing in the New Year year close to home, toasting with fellow Harlemites. We know you’re narrowing down your NYE plans, let us help, with a list of options in Harlem.


Hexagon Lounge

Bring in the New Year with great people, great music, great food in a mature fun environment. The dress code is chic and sexy. There’s no cover charge, even better!


Mess Hall Harlem

Join Mess Hall as they ring in 2019 with a mystical night of tarot, palmistry, and fortune. Enjoy a free shot of bourbon at midnight. No cover charge.


Cove Lounge

Glitz & glam is the them for 2020 when you bring in the New Year with Cove Lounge. Platinum and gold attire are encouraged 😉


Ponty Bistro

Party with Ponty Bistro as ball drops while enjoying a midnight champagne toast. Dance to afro-beats, hip hop, R&B, and reggae By DJ Back Breaker!


Mist Harlem

Bring in the New Year 2020 with MIST Harlem! Join them for a 3-course gourmet meal, champagne, premium open bar, dancing and more!


Row House

2020 means perfect vision! It’s time to achieve all those goals you’ve been putting off! Remember, it’s never too late, it just requires a vision & a plan of execution!  Start the year off surrounded by other visionaries & good vibes. Live it up with an unforgettable bash!


Renaissance Harlem

The final countdown is led with a champagne toast and vibes from DJ Lennspin.


Ginny’s Supper Club

It’s a Vibe! Harlem Renaissance 100th! Bringing in the New Decade with Harlem style and flare! The electricity of the night continues as we say hello to 2020 and goodbye to a decade well spent!



Harlem Holiday Happenings December 2019

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The weather outside may be frightful, but we have the perfect events to keep you warm and entertained this December. We’re feeling the holiday spirit throughout Harlem. #Live, #See, #ExperienceHarlem.



The Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with the Amateur Night Holiday Special. The tenth annual event under its signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo, showcases the talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category.12/14

Learn more here.



Celebrate the holidays! Music by: DJSMITHYBOY (the 12 years old sensation!), and introducing the KDR Shuffle!  Kids Dance Revolution, LLC. or (KDR) is themed discotheque-styled experience tailored for 9 months to 7 years old’s with their families.12/15

Learn more here.



Brianna Thomas and her band Fa-La-La-La Funk! will bring the funk to classic holiday tunes we know and love with her blend of jazz, R&B, and gospel. The concert will be peppered with songs from Brianna’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album Everybody Knows. 12/19

Learn more here.



Uptown Dance Academy presents the 24th annual Black Nutcracker.  The ballet explores the traditional ballet with use of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington’s score. Utilizing styles of classical ballet, acrobatics and contemporary. 12/19

Learn more here.



Let the music lift your spirit this Christmas season. GRAMMY-award winning singer Yolanda Adams returns to the Apollo for a soul-stirring holiday concert with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and comedic host Marcus Wiley. 12/21

Learn more here.



Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with Classic Theatre of Harlem’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. Multiple dates.

Learn more here.



The Apollo Theater celebrates it’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community, and culture. 12/28

Learn more here.


Plan your holiday season. See the full December 2019 calendar.



Harlem Holiday Hacks

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Harlem Holiday Hacks are here to save the season! Holiday planning can be stressful between decorating for family gatherings, cooking for the work potluck and purchasing thoughtful gifts. Don’t stress. Choose a shortcut or two or three to make this season special and worry free.

Melody Vaughn Interiors

Gift wrapping, decorating tree, hanging the wreath, holiday shopping, decorating the house and other holiday needs. MVI can take care of ALL your holiday decor wishes. 


Franz James Floral Boutique

Holiday time is the perfect time to decorate your home, offices and other special spaces with beautiful festive floral arrangements! 


Uptown Underground Market

Discover the Black Brownstone Holiday Market hosted by Uptown Underground Market, featuring small businesses owned and operated by Black women.

When: November 30th & December 1st; 11am-6pm

Where: 246 Lenox Ave (btwn 122nd and 123rd)

Free RSVP: https://bit.ly/33k9WJs 

Shop NiLu

NiLu Gift Shop featuring curated Harlem and global makers, artists and creatives. Unique gifts and personal care products with a story to share. Free gift wrapping and free shipping on select purchases.


Ponty Bistro

Does truffle pumpkin risotto or traditional turkey au jus make your taste buds tingle? Plan to spend your Thanksgiving at Ponty Bistro or pick up a family meal to go! 


Red Rooster

The Red Rooster family welcomes yours on Thanksgiving Day. With a special prix fixe menu upstairs in the dining room, and a family friendly buffet downstairs at Ginny’s, they’ve got something for everyone!


Make My Cake

Cakes, pies and pastries are probably the last things you want to cook this holiday. Have Make My Cake, make your holiday treat specials without the hassle.  


Sweet Chef Southern Styles Bakery

Google voted the Sweet Chef’s sweet potato pie the #1 BEST in NYC. Bring the best to your holiday gathering. 

Address: 122 Hamilton Pl

Cake Man Raven

Place your decorated holiday cake orders with the famous Cake Man Raven. While known for red velvet cake, they have a list of delicious cakes and pies from Caribbean fruit cake to coconut pie.  

Place orders: Cakemansevents@gmail.com

Did your favorite burger in Harlem make the list?

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We’ve highlighted some of the best burgers in Harlem to save you time when wondering what you’re going to eat for dinner this week. Harlem offers the most basic burgers served from street carts to burgers that deserve a wine pairing & require silverware. Whatever burger you’re in the mood for, Harlem has it!

1. Seasoned Vegan

Chopped cheese…but make it vegan. We put our favorite soy-based burger at the top so our list for our lovely vegan friends at Seasoned Vegan. The Harlem Chopped “Cheeseburger” is an alternative choice for someone who is craving the taste of a Harlem chopped cheese, but not craving meat or dairy. This burger is made with a soy protein patty, chopped with greens, tomatoes and “cheddar” on a baguette. You can still have the delicious Harlem staple without the meat or the cheese.

Burger $11


2.Harlem Public 

Harlem Public’s menu is filled with unique sandwich and burger options, but none is crazier than their  peanut butter burger. Don’t be afraid, don’t keep scrolling, hear us out! It’s made with a house-made chuck and brisket patty, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, thick strips of brown sugar glazed bacon, and finished with a  thick, peanut butter sauce. The soft brioche bun is branded with the Harlem Public logo before serving. Everything comes together to make a non-traditional and mouth watering burger, that will pleasantly surprise you. 

Burger $15 (served with fries)


3. Harlem Shake

With a name like “Hot Mess” how could you not be intrigued? The hot mess burger from Harlem Shake is truly hot & spicy as well as messy & delicious. A classic Pat LaFrieda is cooked and  topped with pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish, american cheese and smoky chipotle mayo. If you’re looking for the spice and the heat, this is the burger for you. Don’t skimp on the napkins. Order during happy hour for a $6 Harlem Beer Shake.

Burger $8.50


4. Ponty Bistro 

Step into Ponty Bistro to elevate your burger meal. Lamb is on the menu. Order their signature Ponty lamb burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato confit, gruyere cheese for a burger that’s far from basic. The patty is cooked to perfection. Pair this dish with a light-bodied red wine for a complete meal. 

Burger $18 (served with fries)



Let’s not forget our humble beginnings. There are times when we want a traditional burger.


5. Mo’s Burgers

Where else can you buy a fresh burger for $2 in Harlem…or anywhere else? Every time we pass Mo’s cart on 117th Street and Lenox during lunch time, we see the same long line of hungry yet patient customers.Visit the cart and find out what all the hype is about seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Depending on the time of day,  be prepared for a line and a classic burger that will make you a repeat customer.

Burger $2



6. Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace

Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace is so very Harlem. Every Harlemite has had a perfectly griddled burger from this classic diner. If you want to step up the basic, make it deluxe with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions. Keep it basic or upgrade, either way, you’re going to have one of the best burgers in Harlem.

Burger $4.75


Which burger will you try next? Let us know.

Harlem Halloween Fun Friends and Family Style

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Harlem has Halloween fun for the whole family this October. Go all out! Dress up the kids to be as cute or as scary as they want, even include the pups. Free to nearly free events are open to the public from the east side to the west side. Classic face painting, costumes parade, and trick or treating are just some of the activities on the agenda.

Halloween Bash

It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A during the Halloween Bash in Harlem. You’ll find plenty of spooktacular activities and of course, plenty of tricks, treats, music and family fun will be available for everyone.

Address: Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street

Date: October 26, 2019; 5pm-8pm

Cost: $5

Learn more at : www.ymcanyc.org/harlem

NYSoM Halloween Havoc 2019

Have you ever been to a ghoultastic Halloween experience? Whether the answer is “yes” or “no,” head to NYSoM Halloween Havoc for a truly ghoultastic event for the whole family. Discover the Transylvania Activity Village for free pumpkin painting & slime making. Dr. Killjoy’s Sanatorium (haunted house) will features horror icons Michael Myers, Pennywise, Freddy Krueger & more. Enter if you dare.

Address: East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10029

Date: October 26, 2019; 2pm-6pm

Cost: Free

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysom-halloween-havoc-2019-tickets-65462316551 

Halloween Family Fun at the Farmers Market

Bring the kids to the Morningside Park Farmers Market for pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating and a costume parade. Also pick up some fresh items from the regular vendors at the Farmers Market.

Address: Down to Earth Morningside Park Farmers Market, 237-331 Manhattan Avenue, New York, NY 10026

Date: October 26th, 2019; 10am-1pm

Cost: Free

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-family-fun-tickets-75763333169?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0bS_EtYGSD3q3Ff2a3aEA4nXLqbC37kQRuzX53oJ6H2iwxWWhfyv0n0rY

Halloween Pet Costume Party

Celebrate Halloween with us and your best friend; your pet! Dress up with your pet in your best Halloween costumes and take pictures in their photo booth, pick a pumpkin, dance to music and more!

Address: Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Ave

Date: October 26, 2019; 12:30-pm-2:30pm

Cost: Free

Learn more: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/historic-harlem-parks/events/2019/10/26/breast-cancer-awareness-day1

Halloween at the Museum

Enjoy a day of mysterious stories, a pumpkin patch, costume making and slime library. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will put on a spooktacular 45-minute Vampire Variety Show with Count Keith.Participate in the Heather Hart’s exhibition, The Oracle of Amplitude, for a hands-on circus workshop. Play and try variations of the acts you see in the show!

Address: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 Saint Nicholas Avenue

Date: October 27, 2019; 10:00am-5pm

Cost: Adults $10; Kids over 8 & seniors $4; Kids under 8 FREE

Learn more: https://www.sugarhillmuseum.org/calendar/2019/10/27/halloween-at-sugar-hill-ekfbm

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla 2019

Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in Central Park! Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meet at twilight.

Schedule of Events:

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Pumpkin Drop Off*

Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon

Halloween Crafts

Spooky Stories

Festive Pumpkin Patch*

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Halloween Costume Parade

6:30 p.m. – Pumpkin Flotilla Launch

7:00 p.m. – Event Ends


Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park Accessible

110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue

Date: October 30, 2019; 4pm-7pm

Cost: Free

*IMPORTANT* Learn about the Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/10/30/halloween-pumpkin-flotilla-2019

Harlem Grown’s Halloween Festival

We love spooky, wholesome fun! Get creative with face painting, creating wicked arts and crafts, eating candied apples, discovering a haunted house, and more! This is a public event open to all ages of the Harlem community.

Location: Harlem Grown 134th Street Farm, 118 W 134 Street

Date: October 31, 2019; 3pm-6pm

Cost: Free

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-growns-halloween-festival-tickets-75324151565?aff=ebdiglgoogleseo

BioBus Afterschool Science Hour: Halloween Party

Trick or treat? More like science and treats! Stop at the BioBase Harlem community laboratory on your trick-or-treat route! Children, families, and afterschool programs invited to explore using research microscopes in our community laboratory on Halloween! Get ready for candy and spook-tacular science!

Address: Columbia Zuckerman Institute, 3227 Broadway

Date: October 31, 2019; 3pm-6pm

Cost: Free

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biobus-afterschool-science-hour-halloween-party-tickets-75226708109



Welcoming Ginjan to Harlem

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When was the last time you got excited about a cafe? An African-themed cafe? Well, we’re excited to welcome Ginjan Cafe to Harlem! Brothers Mohammed and Rahim Diallo recently opened the doors to us on 125th and Park Avenue in the Corn Exchange Building. The menu includes their signature Ginjan juice, premium African coffee, freshly pressed juices, healthy treats, warm crepes and even vibrant cocktails.

One step inside and you’re welcomed by the beautiful decor and warm atmosphere. Whether you visit for a quick grab-n-go item or sit to work on your “next big thing”, you’ll feel revitalized by the premium ingredients they use to make every drink and treat.

Mohammed and Rahim are embracing their African heritage as they celebrate the American Dream in Harlem, the capital of black culture. Visit Ginjan to support a new and refreshing business. Let them know Experience Harlem sent you 😉


Sugar Monk – An Intimate Cocktail Establishment will Open Soon in the Historic Harlem Community

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The historic Harlem community will soon welcome the opening of Sugar Monk, a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar just a short walk from the famous Apollo Theater, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between 123rd & 124th Streets), nestled along a now vibrant restaurant row.

Sugar Monk is the creation of two artists who have merged their diverse artistic styles under one roof – Ektoras Binikos, an award-winning mixologist and visual artist, and Simon Jutras, a photographer and designer.

Sugar Monk pays hommage to the uptown speakeasies that once flourished at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Places where the creatives of the day, writers, musicians, poets, visual artists, social and political activists, as well as fashion and entertainment icons sought social interaction and cultural exchange after hours, over some delectable concoctions – far from the social constructs of race, ethnicity, and sexual identity.

Ektoras and Simon are reflecting upon that era, at a time when the community is experiencing a new resurgence, attracting today’s creatives, and preparing for the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Their goal is to fashion Sugar Monk into a modern classic, an intimate spot with a vibe that welcomes all patrons, and where the soft eclectic music sets the mood for engaging conversation. A place where those seeking an unforgettable and heightened sensory experience can indulge in a selection of the most complex and exquisite elixirs created by Ektoras Binikos, the epitome of a modern-day alchemist.

HarlemIsBlackHistory Month

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Our Calling to Fulfill an Interfaith and Intergenerational Justice… | Feb 11th at 7:00PM
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (204 W 134th St.) MORE INFO

Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Scope | Feb 13th at 7:30 PM
Harlem Stage (150 Convent Ave) MORE INFO

Black New York Wikipedia Edit-a-thon | Feb 16th 12:00PM
Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO

Dance Theatre of Harlem Turns 50! Celebrate at the Apollo! | Feb 16th 1:00PM
Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO

Spotlight on Black Wine Makers | Feb 19th 7:00PM
Harlem Wine Gallery (725A St Nicholas Ave) MORE INFO

Talks at the Schomburg: Revisiting the Autobiography of Malcolm X | Feb 21st 6:30PM
Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO

Kamasi Washington in Concert | Feb 23rd
Apollo Theater (253 W 125th St.) MORE INFO

The Harlem Chamber Players Black History Celebration | Feb 28th 6:30PM
Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO

New Year, New Beginnings!

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Harlem Business Alliance
Set Bigger Goals!
275 Lenox Avenue (Between 124th and 123rd Street)

Aim higher in the new year! Make sure 2019 brings you closer to your goals by creating a Dream Board over drinks in the Harlem Business Alliance’s Wine and Wishes Workshop on January 22nd.



Mindful Harlem
Meditate on Them!
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Entrance on 119th St)

Mindful Harlem is a non-profit meditation center created by and for the people of Harlem. Their safe and supportive environment helps people to learn and deepen their practice of mindfulness in community whether you’re sitting in for a talk or dropping in for a meditation session.



Harlem Run
Get Active & Get Fit
Marcus Garvey Park

Harlem Run welcome runners, walkers and joggers of all sizes, ages and abilities as they run the streets of our iconic neighborhood and get fit together. Plus; Membership is FREE! Get started this week during the Monday Night Run or at Harlem Gets Fit on Thursday nights.



Bikram Yoga Harlem
$50 for 1 Month of Yoga!
518 West 145th Street

Start on your 2019 fitness goals now! Bikram Yoga Harlem creates an environment where students can come and practice their yoga in an empowering and encouraging space. Laugh, struggle, sweat and challenge yourself in their hot box with their NEW Student Special of $50 for a month of yoga!



The 125 Collection
Body & Soul Care
NiLu Gift Store

Everything down to the scents that you breathe hold a great deal of impact on your life. Create new energy by getting fresh local fragrances for your home at Harlem’s Favorite boutique, NiLu Gift Store.



The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem
Give Back
521 West 145th Street

The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem is always ready for community members to step forward to help Harlem’s kids. Touching the lives of over 1,000 youth and their families, they depend on people from around the neighborhood reaching back and taking time from their day to help advance the next generation of kids growing up with big dreams!



Seasoned Vegan
Eating Clean
55 St. Nicholas Avenue (Between 112th and 113th)

Cut the garbage out of your diet and get started on a plan for cleaner eating at Seasoned Vegan which specializes in creating vegan soul food which captures all the best flavors from the diaspora using only natural and organic produce!



I Love Kickboxing
Sweat it Out
47 West 116th Street

Do more for your body and well-being than you ever thought possible in 2019! Sign up online and you can fight back against the holiday weight gain at just $20 for a free pair of gloves and access to your first three classes!



Take Yourself to Church

You’ve been putting it off for long enough. Start 2019 off the best way that you know how and that’s with God. Whether you decide to check out Abyssinian’s service which address the varied needs of a multi-generational congregation or First Corinthians that makes sure their doors are open to women and the LGBTQ community, make sure 2019 is about feeding your spirit as well.



Bibi Salon
Get a New Look
2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Between 118th and 119th Streets)

Get a new upscale look for 2019 in Upper Manhattan’s hottest, trendy, chic, full-service salon specializing in color and relaxers for all hair types. It’s multicultural and internationally trained staff are equipped to address dry and damaged hair and scalp due to over-processing, chemical breakage and color corrections.



Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry
A New Smile for Your New Look
470 Malcolm X Blvd Suite 1D

Nothing will cement your 2009-2019 glow up more than a nicer smile! Good oral health is an investment and with plenty of options for financing, Dr. Robertson and his team are focused on helping each client feel secure as they start their journey toward a better and brighter smile for the new year!