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“Sylvies is Wonderful”
Review of Harlem

Harlem
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Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
Ranked #97 of 1,099 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Neighborhood covering the north section of Manhattan Island.
New York City, New York
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“Sylvies is Wonderful”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Discovered Harlem in search of soul food at the wonderful Sylvies restaurant. Harlem is wide streets oozing with history and its great to clear your head and breeze along close to but far away from Downtown Manhattan. Great Architecture and some great discount stores to boot if you're looking for a bargain......oh and if in Sylvie's go for the meatloaf heaven and the red devil cupcake....sheer Harlem Shuffle!!!

Visited February 2013
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Charlotte, NC
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“Always nice when visiting family!!”
Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

I love Harlem! The vibe is electric when you are there!! My family lives in Spanish Harlem so you get a mixture of everything!! 125th Street is a must even if I don't buy anything!! I have seen the reviews about being in Harlem at night just like anywhere
else be aware of your surroundings!! Experience culture and have fun!!!

Visited August 2012
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Great shopping”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great food at sylvias nice and clean neighborhood,intresting ppl. We used city sight hop on hop off bus to get here if you looking for urnban shopping this is great.

Visited April 2013
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“Harlem Top 5”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

As a Harlem local, these are my top 5 suggestions:

5. Visit the northern part of Central Park which starts at 110th St. Enter at 110th St and Lenox Ave and walk around the lake. Referred to as the Harlem Meer this is a much over-looked part of Central Park by most tourists but one of the most beautiful. The walk around the lake is about .75 of a mile and at the south part of the lake you'll find the Botanical Garden which is absolutely amazing in the Spring.

4. Experience the local cuisine, whether it's the "old school" soul food institutions of Sylvia's or Amy Ruth's. I prefer Amy Ruth's personally, the chicken and waffles or the honey chicken are my go- to dishes. Or the "new school" restaurants like Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster which is hand's down the best restaurant in terms of food and ambiance. Other good options are Harlem Tavern, Lido, Cedric, or Billie's Black. All are good and have a nice Harlem flavor.

3. Check out the churches. Harlem transforms on Sunday's - cars are double-parked on all of the streets and you'll see everyone dressed in their Sunday best. As an outsider be courteous, they are places of worship, not a tourist attraction - it helps to smile and say "hi" to people.

2. Walk around the neighborhood and take in the history. Walk up Lenox Avenue and see the brownstones lining the wide avenues. Check out the main shopping hub of 125th Street and see the Apollo theater. Walk up Frederick Douglas Boulevard and see the development boom that's happened over the past 10 years. Walk all the way across 125th Street to the Hudson River to the newly revitalized waterfront and park. While you're there, stop at Dinosaur BBQ and experience some of the best ribs in the city!

1. Check out the entertainment. Tons of great little jazz bars- Minton's playhouse, Lenox Lounge. Try to go see a show at Apollo Theater. Check out the Thursday Uptown Comedy Show at MIST Theater on 116th St (only $15 a ticket). Check out the downstairs of Red Rooster, Ginny's SupperClub. There is a lot of local talent and an energy uptown that you can't find anywhere else in NYC.

Visited March 2013
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“Don't miss a Gospel worship”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We went to Harlem on a Sunday morning. We intended to walk around the neighbourhood before the Gospel Worship, but some private issues didn't allowed us much time to walk around. The little we did, enjoyed us a lot. We went to Canaan Baptist Church, the worship was very beautiful, with many chorus parts. Be prepared for a 2 hours cult, because it is not nice or respectful to go out before the end. Everything worthed the visit: people well dressed, the chorus, the way people participate, and the way the whole cult is conducted, not only by the reverend, but also by person of the comunity, invited person from other comunities and the youth... The subject this day was the african-american heritage, so there were some very interesting and strong talking. A new yorker had told me it was kind to donate 10 dolars per person. We did this, and I think it is kind to donate this amount, as it is so beautiful to watch, and the church uses this money for comunity issues... After the worship we went walking to the restaurant we had reserved, although it was a little far from the church (Dino's Barbeque, also recommended), and it was pretty safe, even in some parts less beautiful. It is interesting to know a different and very typical part of NYC... Our original plan was to start our walking at the Columbia University, passing the St Johns Divine Cathedral, then down through St Nicholas to the church. We didn't do it, because os some private issues, but some can try doing it... If you go by metro, pay attention because on Sundays some lines doesn't run... We tried to get the blue C line at 50st station, and it wasn't running on Sundays...

Visited February 2013
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