Thursday, January 8, 2015


Hamilton Heights has really been coming along as far as great local eats!  Just a couple of years ago, only one of these spots (Harlem Public) would have been on the list and none of the other establishment had opened yet.  If we are all lucky, Mountain Bird will be making a move sometimes soon in this uptown neighborhood that is becoming a little more hip than other parts of Harlem.

Il Caffe Latte 145th Street, 458 West 145th Street just east of Amsterdam Avenue.  One of the only coffee shops uptown that actually has a full kitchen with specialties such as turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and our favorite green tea latte: LINK

Hogshead Tavern, 126 Hamilton Place south of 143rd Street.  Our top bar pick for 2014 has the coolest interior uptown but still gives a nod to a bit of history.  With 20 different craft beers along with prosecco on tap and small dishes such as Korean tacos or pork belly grilled cheese on hand, this new gem offers up something different to the neighborhood: LINK

Anchor Wine Bar, 3508 Broadway north of 143rd Street. The updated Italian eatery with white subway tiles and warm herringbone pattern rustic wood floors has a cozy communal area for casual dining or more formal tables towards the back: LINK

Tsion Cafe, 763 St. Nicholas Avenue,  north of 148th Street. This Sugar Hill spot is the newest cafe in the neighborhood that also has its own kitchen serving up and Ethiopian inspired menu with along with great coffees and teas.  A backyard will also be open when the weather gets a bit warmer: LINK

The Grange, 1635 Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of 141st Street.  Great brunch, lunch or dinner spot with live jazz on Sundays and always a great crowd.  Somehow this New American spin on an Irish pub gets it right with a proper mix of casual and formal: LINK

Harlem Public  3612 Broadway just west of 149th Street.  The one that started everything up on Broadway is still a great local bar to catch sports and some of the best pub grub in town.  Full on comfort food with a hip edge perfect for a night out drinking: LINK

The Chipped Cup, 3610 Broadway north of 148th Street.  A popular cozy cafe with pastries, free wifi and bagels along with a backyard when weather permits: LINK

The Handpulled Noodle 3600 Broadway just north of 148th Street.  West Harlem's Chinese answer to the ramen craze should be open by the end of the month and will be the one to watch out for in 2015: LINK


  1. Yay, Hamilton Heights!
    Hoping for Mountain Bird return.

  2. Covo was supposed to come last summer...did that ever happen or will it?

  3. Didn't The Chipped Cup open before Harlem Public? Either way, they only opened two years ago. Two years! A lot has changed in Hamilton Heights with more to come.

  4. Hamilton Heights will soon compete with Mt. Morris for best neigborhood in Harlem. Both have great architecture and large brownstones. Mt. Morris is closer to a lot more ammenities, but doesn't have quite as many boutique businesess. Restaurant owners, can somebody PLEASE open up a good pub/gastropub (like the Grange, Harlem Public, or Hogshead)on lower lenox.

  5. Love these! But you always forget Coccola!

  6. Maybe this area has more appeal to the smaller "hip" restaurants that you might see downtown or in brooklyn. I think the nature of the area; the brownstones etc...make for a more community feel. I love the area so maybe i just biased.