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Top Choice Cathedral in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

New York’s most impressive house of worship is a towering monument that looks like it's straight out of medieval Europe. Built in a mix of styles – with elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic design – St John…
Top Choice Museum in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Cloisters Museum & Gardens

On a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters is a curious architectural jigsaw, its many parts made up of various European monasteries and other historic buildings. Built in the 1930s to house the Metrop…
Top Choice Historic Building in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Apollo Theater

The Apollo is an intrinsic part of Harlem history and culture. A leading space for concerts and political rallies since 1914, its venerable stage hosted virtually every major black artist in the 1930s and ’40s, incl…
Top Choice Modern American in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Red Rooster

Transatlantic superchef Marcus Samuelsson laces upscale comfort food with a world of flavors at his effortlessly cool, vibrant brasserie. Like the work of the New York–based contemporary artists displayed on the wal…
Top Choice Jazz in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz

Each Sunday the charming Ms Eliot provides one of New York’s most magical experiences: free, intimate jazz jams in her own apartment. Dedicated to her two deceased sons, the informal concerts feature a revolving lin…
Church in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Abyssinian Baptist Church

A raucous, soulful affair, the superb Sunday gospel services here are the city’s most famous. You’ll need to arrive at least an hour before the service to queue up, and ensure you adhere to the strict entry rules: n…
Cocktail Bar in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Ginny’s Supper Club

Looking straight out of the TV series Boardwalk Empire, this roaring basement supper club is rarely short of styled-up regulars sipping cocktails, nibbling on soul and global bites (from Red Rooster's kitchen upstai…
Modern American in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

New Leaf

Nestled in Fort Tryon Park, a short walk from the Cloisters, this 1930s stone building feels like a country tavern. Settle in for market-fresh ingredients in bistro-style dishes such as salmon with seasonal vegetabl…
Bar in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Shrine

To see what's happening on the global music scene, the friendly, unpretentious Shrine (run by the talented team behind Silvana) is a great place to start. Here you'll find live bands taking the small stage every day…
Vegan in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Seasoned Vegan

Run by a mother-and-son team, the Seasoned Vegan has earned a loyal following for its delicious twist on soul food. Everything here is organic and made entirely without animal products. You'll find creative takes on…