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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

University
“The University was founded in 1754 by Alexander Hamilton, prior to America's establishment as a sovereign state, and was known King's College. Today, it's one of the world's leading education institution and one of the eight Ivy League universities. The campus itself is beautiful and worth a stroll through the grand gates on Broadway. ”
  • 257 locals recommend
Soccer Field
“This is where I like to run, walk or just hang out in the park... it runs along the Hudson River and will make you forget you’re in the city!”
  • 276 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This place is so cool and so much fun! They have an awesome bar and the atmosphere is especially in the warmer weather since they have outdoor seating. Harlem Tavern is a local sports bar and restaurant that offers tons of delicious local beer and tasty American food. If you are looking for a night out of fun, or just want to have a few drinks with friends, this place is a good option. ”
  • 253 locals recommend
Church
“Architecture, art and music. A lot goes on here year round. Check out their website for details.”
  • 221 locals recommend
Southern-inspired barbecue served in a vivacious hall
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“Their 13 honey BBQ wings are especially out of this world. Aside from being cooked to perfection, the wings are also juicy and the sauce ratio is spot on. If you are in the mood for dinner, a combo plate with pulled pork, brisket, whipped sweet potatoes and BBQ fried rice is the go-to for many locals here. you could see the smoke ring on the meat on the brisket. This combo comes with a side of cornbread. Remember to come hungry because the portion is gigantic.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Park
“Walk just 3 avenues over and enter into our wonderful central park towards the back. There are bikes to rent at a local bike store on 106th street closer to Central Park West for a very reasonable price/hour. ”
  • 67 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Beautiful park down at the Hudson River! Access to Swimming Pool, Outdoor and Indoor. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Love this restaurant for brunch or lunch. The food is always amazing and they have great cocktails! Just a short Uber ride from the apt. located in Central Harlem.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Bakery
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“OMG! Four words: Double chocolate chip cookies. So good. Levain has a few locations around the city, but this is the closest one to me.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“German drafts plus sausages & bar bites in a beer hall-style space with communal & outdoor tables.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Café
“This is probably one of our favorite all-around places in Harlem -- the food is great, the ambiance is super chill during the day (great for doing some work), and at night they have live music downstairs! Highly Recommend!”
  • 113 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“The absolute best Bagels in New York. I am not kidding if you are already in the neighborhood go and get yourself a bagel with any of the many cream cheese options. The bagels are fresh in the morning so the earlier the better. However they bake constantly so anytime until 2 pm you will fresh warm bagels. NOTE: on weekends the line can be really long, anytime between 10 am and 2pm you will likely find a big line. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing views of the city with a long list of drinks and a incredible food menu. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Chic, contemporary spot pairing wine and cocktails with upscale Italian- and Spanish- influenced cuisine.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Historic Site
“So close and kind of interesting. Very pretty views of the Hudson River. A good place to begin a walk through Riverside Park.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Park
“This 30-acre park has distinctive natural geography of a rugged cliff. There are playgrounds, basketball courts, and baseball/softball diamonds, plus a waterfall and pond. Catch some shade or sun - there are open and tree-covered areas alike. A great spot to have a picnic or stroll. ”
  • 68 locals recommend