PLAN DATE: FRI / JULY 12
This pleasant French spot sits in the heart of Harlem, beckoning you in with sunny colors and a rustic cuteness that’s almost as heartwarming as the food. This French bistro serves up French fare with a little American flair, going from saucy escargots de Bourgogne to scallops et Violette (lemon chardonnay butter sauce with purple mashed potatoes), to a succulent roasted half chicken dressed in creamy Roquefort. If you feel like enjoying the summer breeze, grab seats outside, and absolutely do not forget to indulge in their gooey bechamel, parmesan, and parsley macaroni and cheese.
Music, conversations, and connections—these are the main pillars of the intimate salon era that Ruby’s Vintage Harlem takes to heart. Taking its name from playwright and civil activist Ruby Dee (who lived in the building in the 1960s), the bar features striking portraits and vintage records that’ll get you feeling cozy at once. Their intricate drink list includes tempting concoctions like Carter Beats the Devil (tequila, orange liquor, lime, Thai green curry soda), the French 75 (Greenhook gin, matcha tea syrup, lime, pear liqueur, cava), and an irresistible Chocolate Negroni (mezcal, vermouth, coffee liquor, Campari, chocolate bitters).
3023, 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard #1, Manhattan
idk tip: Happy hour keeps the $5 margaritas and pina coladas flowing every day till 8 pm, so make it a (semi) early dinner if you’re down for a deal.
Ruby's Vintage Harlem
2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re a kale lover, then If Looks Could Kale (tequila, green juice, lime, caraway syrup) definitely won’t let you down.