Need a tasty treat for all those long walks throughout Manhattan? Or are you just casually strolling through East Harlem and are wanting to see their best food spots? Whatever it is, this guide will help with everything you’re looking for, and if you’re looking for things to do, just have a glance at our top 5 spots to check out!
1- La Shuk
1569 Lexington Avenue
This Moroccan restaurant is dimly lit and very intimate; decorated with a modern french interior design and a soft Moroccan touch, the restaurant’s interior is as inviting as the menu is. Overall, La Shuk is comprised of an authentic Moroccan menu and windows that fully open for those warm summer days. There is a small outdoor space if you feel like soaking up the neighborhood vibes over a meal made with love and authenticity. We’d recommend the Marrakesh Tagine or the Shish Kebab Platters.
2145 2nd Avenue
Looking for a cool bite to eat in a bustling restaurant with music and an occasional DJ? Ricardo’s steak house has you covered with a vibrant atmosphere as well as an outdoor patio opened all year! Although mostly known for their great steaks and meat cuts, they also have a fresh raw bar constituted of lobster, oysters and prime fish cuts. Its reputation is well known in the East Harlem neighborhood for being one of the top party spots for Birthdays and large group parties, so make sure to pass through if you’re close to your birthday!
2129 3rd Avenue
Don Paco Panaderia has been perfecting their renown bread for the past 50 years and you can immediately tell upon entering their Bakery. The sweet smell of bakery and the unforgettable taste of their sweet bread will leave you remembering Don Paco’s baking for years to come. It is no wonder why their bakery is often referred to as the best makers of Tamales in NYC, with their breads and tamales both made with love and authenticity, this is a spot to most definitely remember and to visit whenever you find yourself in East Harlem.
4- Amor Cubano
2018 3rd Avenue
Live Music, Mojito Specials and Matinee Cubana.. Sounds too good to be true right? This authentic cuban restaurant will embark you on a Cuban journey, with genuine food and home-made mojitos, you’ll be engulfed to another worldly place in no time. Did we mention live music? What can ever go wrong with such an exciting mix of good food, good vibes and good live music! A must go-to for anyone wanting to rekindle themselves with the Latin roots of the East Harlem neighborhood.
2049 2nd Avenue
A true hidden gem in East Harlem; Lupita’s restaurant, a genuine authentic Mexican cuisine that is family owned will bring you back to Mexico with their unique selection of tequila, imported beer and delicious Mexican plates. The chimichangas and fajita mixes are amongst the most popular dishes and we would most definitely recommend them! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch live music and Mariachi bands which truly make this the hidden gem for Mexican cuisine in East Harlem!