By Brendan Krisel
Restaurants throughout Harlem will offer discounted meals from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1.
HARLEM, NY — Some of Harlem's most popular restaurants will be offering discounted meals for two weeks as part of the first restaurant week promotion that features eateries from all parts of Harlem.
Harlem Restaurant Week will run from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1 and feature more than 40 neighborhood restaurants including classics such as Sylvia's, younger standouts such as Red Rooster and BLVD Bistro and brand-new options such as JJ Johnson's Fieldtrip. Harlem business organizations have previous organized dining promotions in sections of the neighborhood, but this year marks a new collaboration between the groups.
Some of the organizations involved in planning Harlem Restaurant Week include: Harlem Park to Park, Uptown Grand Central, Union Settlement,the New York Women's Chamber of Commerce and Harlem Week/Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. The groups also received support from Empire State Development and the state Division of Tourism.
"Harlem Restaurant Week is a centerpiece of the neighborhood's efforts to promote its vast array of cultures and cuisines each year," Curtis Archer, president of the Harlem Community Development Corporation, said in a statement. "We look forward to celebrating Harlem's local businesses, community organizations and great restaurants this week and all year round."
Harlem Restaurant Week mirrors the well-known Restaurant Week promotion that is organized by city tourism officials twice per year and features hundreds of restaurants throughout the five boroughs. Much like the citywide event, restaurants participating in Harlem Restaurant Week will offer diners discounted prix fixe menus. Unlike the citywide event, prices will vary by restaurant from $5 samples to tasting menus that can reach nearly $50 per diner.
Harlem Restaurant Week will also feature special deals from five local small businesses: The Brownstone, EyeCycle NYC, Harlem Yoga Studio and Total 125 Beauty in East Harlem and Land Yoga in Central Harlem.
"Harlem is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the world. So we are thrilled to be at a point where so many of our restaurants are gaining recognition and visibility. We can now provide a platform to present these important venues to the world, just as the culinary experience in other great cities such as New Orleans, Chicago and Atlanta are placed center stage during their restaurant weeks," Lloyd Williams, president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.