Harlem Tavern

3.9
170 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Brunch
  • Live Music
New York City's Harlem Tavern is a neighborhood bar, restaurant, & beer garden situated on the corner of 116th St. Just blocks from the area's treasured Morningside and Central Parks, Harlem Tavern is an inviting American bistro-cuisine establishment. Not only does the savory menu offer exciting items like Crispy BBQ wings and Cedar Planked Salmon and a fun Kids Menu, but the extensive craft beer and wine lists have something for everyone. Whether you're looking to plan a corporate event, birthday party, reception, game watch, or get-together, Harlem Tavern has community tables, booths, and a bar area adorned with nostalgic design and 21st century amenities to suit your needs. The massive outdoor beer garden and patio lined with beautifully restored brick is the ideal setting to host any of your events, parties, and dining experiences. Our staff is ready to accommodate your group of up to 400.

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Harlem Tavern is a big place to bring 30 friends for beer and burgers.

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3.9based on recent ratings
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Food
3.6
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Our server was awful. So rude.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was great, drinks were well mixed and delicious. Great customer service!

RI
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The setting was nice. However, the food was horrible and our waiter was never around. We had to ask other waiters and servers to find him to get service. The noise level was so high, I was literally screaming to my friends in conversation. We couldn't hear one another. Place looks nice but overall satisfaction horrible. I was so disappointed with how bad the food was.

a
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Interesting place for the setting. Average food though.

DO
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great. Key was amazing as our server. The food was fantastic and the rose sangrias were so good.

JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I would recommend Harlem Tavern, but not on a holiday. We ate there on July 4th. The food was very good, especially the lobster rolls, although small compared to what seafood restaurants offer. The drinks were very good.

However, service was terrible. The drinks came late, the food came late. One person in our party didn't get their food until 20 minutes after everyone else. And we had to ask a different server to get it. We asked for catsup, which came twenty minutes after the french fries. Again a different server brought it. The restaurant did however discount our meal. The waitress was not apologetic at all. However, the manager was very responsive.

AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. The staff was so friendly and accommodating that we’re going back this Sunday!

LC
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

There was a fixed priced menu for brunch that included mimosas. Our waitress took our drink orders but did not mention that. As a result we paid for mimosas thT we did not need to order.

TN
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The Henny Punch is the bomb and the food was actually very good.

SN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Simple menu that's pretty accessible for any type of visitor.
A couple of the entrees arrived cold which was frustrating after having waited awhile for the food.
Service could've been better also. We asked for drinks and condiments (nothing complicated) and had to keep re-asking for things throughout the meal.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I'm not sure what happened to the service but our waiter just... disappeared. We had to ask another waiter 30 minutes after we were done with our main dishes for the bill.

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday. Nice outside seating and music was playing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Made reservations and the hostess said we couldn't sit outside. Said we needed to include seating outside on reservations. The table we sat at kept rocking back and forth. We was placed in a corner. Ordered chicken and waffles and chicken was cold. Ordered steak and eggs and the eggs were runny (not good). Maybe it was a bad for them I don't know.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was so welcoming

JH
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went to Harlem Tavern to celebrate my graduation and am very happy with this choice. The appetizers (chicken quesadilla and fried calamari) were amazing, as were our entrees. They were offering a plate of rice, beans, steak, pico de gallo, and avocado, and I'm so glad I took them up on it. It was absolutely delicious. The menu is extensive, so trust me, you will find what you like. If you like your food on the hotter side, be sure to specify that. Our food came out at a 'ready to eat right now' temperature (which we all liked), but some people like their food much hotter than that. Overall, I'd eat at Harlem Tavern again, and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were there during happy hour and it was great vibes, great food and great drinks. Our server was amazing. He was very patient and kind. Will come back soon.

RB
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Harlem Tavern is a fun place to gather with friends. The people who work there are friendly and the food is DELICIOUS. One of my friends is a drag to eat out with because she is so hard to please, but she kept raving about her veggie burger, saying she had had them all over the world but this was the best she had ever had. I can't wait to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Our server was not good at all. He was inattentive. He took so long to bring water, food and even the check. Why would it take 30 minutes to get the check? Then I had to walk to him to get it because even when he saw me motion for him to come to the table he acknowledged us motioned back and went somewhere else. Then I had to chase him to get our cards and receipts because that was another 20 minutes. Blatantly disrespectful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I could have enjoyed my brunch with my friend, whom I hadn't seen for quite some time, and who was at HT for the first time, if we weren't surrounded by the big dogs that the other patrons were allowed to bring along. Every time the dogs shook themselves, their fur flew all over the place, including everything on the tables surrounding the area. The space was tight, so that meant the dogs were extremely close to the other customers, including us. They were also licking people, as dogs do. We ended up changing our outdoor seats on a very beautiful weather day, to indoor seats to avoid fur in our food and drinks. I love dogs, but not when I'm dining out. Normally, The HT is one of my favorite places to dine because of the food, drinks and atmosphere, but recently the allowance of animals has caused me to view the establishment as unsanitary and lacking cleanliness. Merely having patrons with animals sit outside does not alleviate the issue. I noticed the Dept of Health Grade is "Pending" now when it used to be an A. I can't help but to wonder if part of that is because of the allowance of animals.

M
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a party of 7 for the Jazz brunch and we were seated right away! Food was good, brunch deal was even better (not unlimited mimosas but entree and 1 drink for only 17 bucks). The drinks by themself were not that expensive. I would definitely recommend this place to large groups that are in need of a quick fun brunch spot.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great atmosphere and great service

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fast service & great food. Would recommend for a friend gathering. All American food so everyone can find something they like.

DR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Music was a bit too loud, but other than that, great!

PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place, but a little bit noisy

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to dinner before our Sip and Pour. This place super cool, food was surprisingly excellent, servers are super friendly. Good music as well!

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food in a local spot!

CW
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had A wonderful time with my friends, It also was my 1st time and was truly IMPRESSED ! They satisfied my needs && service was INCREDIBLE.

RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food. Yummy drinks. Awesome energy. Live Jazz Band for brunch. Friendly servers. Will return.

DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Experience was great as always, but just a couple issues: (1) calamari was not great and (2) ran out of the draft Brooklyn Winter Lager.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Fish was dry. It was overcooked. The mahi mahi and the cod. The flavor was good though

TG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere and service. Food was really good, but my table was awfully wobbly. No matter...good times all around.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Liked the happy hour menu. Our waiter was nice and full of energy. DJ was great.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

They seated us in the enclosed outside area. They had no heaters in the area it was COLD as NY has been very cold. They should not be able to utilize that area if the temperature is in the 20’s degree point. How much is it to invest in a proper heating system for that area!!!! My husband and I got up to leave and they offered an inside table. Why not have done that originally, no one was seated at that table prior. I saw them seat a couple with a baby in that outdoor rented area it was to cold for me so I know it was to cold for that baby. Insane!

d
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came from South Jersey and returned back the following week. My new spot to watch the games when I’m in NY! Music after the game was right on point.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great vibe for large groups, but don't expect to be able to have much conversation. Very loud and hard to hear.

SG
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great experience with my family. Food was amazingly delicious!! We ordered shrimp quesadilla, mac and cheese and the artichoke and spinach dip. Server Capri was fantastic in the beginning then as the night went on, it was hard to find her when it was not as busy. Overall I had a great time

S
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

They had a ton of foods and drinks on the menu but when my guests and I requested over 6 items on the menu the waiter stated they did not have those items. This was discouraging us from ordering anything else. However, our waiter was amazing..

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The server barely came to us and never apologized when she came back. Other tables also mentioned how negligent she was.

AE
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

I had a situation where I called to find out if kitchen was closed for the night. The answer given was the kitchen will be closing in 15 min. I didn't want to chance missing the food so I asked if the woman I was on the phone with if she could place my order and I would be there in 15mins. I had a table reserved already. The woman then told me that she could not place my order but I could get takeout.. At that point I was confused. So I ended the conversation and I didn't come out. I was extremely dissatisfied with tone of the woman I was on the phone with. I was absolutely angry that I wouldn't be able to have drinks and eat as I planned all day. I will remain a customer after this point because I like the Harlem Tavern. I just don't want to be disappointed again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

The restaurant was relatively empty yet the hostess seated us under a heater that was blowing on our table the entire night. As a result everyone at our table was overheated and uncomfortable throughout the meal. I understand the need to heat the restaurant, what I don’t understand is how you could have a heat vent blowing on your guests all night, it ruined an otherwise pleasant evening. We were celebrating a special occasion, the food was good, and our server was lovely. It could have easily been a great time had it not been for the sweltering heat.

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