PLAN DATE: THURS / MAR. 29
For the ultimate Harlem experience, grab your lover and head uptown to The Cecil. After its merger with jazz bar and restaurant Minton’s in 2016, The Cecil packs an even bigger punch than before. You’ll enjoy the famed Afro-Asian-American cuisine that has won The Cecil accolades aplenty, while also experiencing the incredible live jazz of Minton’s Playhouse, where the foundation of modern jazz was established. New Zealand lamb chops, red snapper, and rhythm and blues? Sign us up.
If you can tear yourself away from the music, check out community hangout Mess Hall. With high raftered ceilings displaying all manner of taxidermy and animal prints, this beer hall offers hot dogs, brews, and complimentary cheese puffs–a perfect way to keep the party going and address those late night cravings.
210 West 118th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Come back on Fridays to hear legendary musicians covering all styles of jazz for the year-long celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Minton’s Playhouse.
2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan
idk tip: Happy Hour is from 4-8pm Monday through Friday, which means $5 drafts, $6 house wines, and beer and shot specials.