PLAN DATE: FRI / AUG. 3
Tonight, get your coastal fix at Lolo’s Seafood Shack. Combining influences from both the Caribbean and Cape Cod, this small, but vibrant, hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a seafood staple in Morningside Heights. It’s colorful, beachy aesthetic—with decorative driftwood, pastel hues, and their new patio “beach bar”—perfectly complements their bold seafood-heavy menu. Standouts include their Belizean Conch fritters and crispy “shark” + bake sandwich with Spiny Dogfish.
Next, go from the beach to the boonies at Mess Hall. This bar peppered in mountain lodge-inspired fixtures, like wild taxidermy (including deer heads, quail, and even skull mounts), angled rustic wood ceiling beams, and exposed bricks running the length of the entire bar. Basically, it’s a little slice of the Catskills on the edges of Harlem. And though this place has a healthy selection of brews, you come here for the bourbon flights—which are appropriately named after woodsy wildlife (i.e. Stag Flight, Grizzly Flight, etc.).
Lolo's Seafood Shack
303 West 116th Street, New York
idk tip: You’ll be happy to know that they bottle their famous Lolo’s special sauce (coco curry, ginger, and garlic butter), so leave some room in the fridge.
2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York
idk tip: This is technically a college bar (seeing as it’s located right around Columbia University), so if you ever come back during the school year, prepare for a packed house.