Charles Pan Fried Chicken
2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10027
Dubbed “The Fried Chicken King of Harlem,” Chef Charles Gabriel, another great friend, is a Harlem icon in the food world. Known for the some of the best fried chicken in the city, Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken serves Southern classics like chicken and waffles, collard greens, pork chops, oxtails, and barbecued ribs. There’s even an “all you can eat” buffet for $15 per person, so come with an empty stomach for sure!
Just like her personality, Melba’s restaurant is warm and inviting, and continues to be a cultural landmark in Harlem. Everyone knows Melba’s for the chicken and waffles, but you can also try Melba’s spring rolls stuffed with black-eyed peas, collards, and cheddar cheese. Melba herself is a local celebrity, and her cooking is cherished by the neighborhood.
Sisters Caribbean Cuisine is a tasty mix of Caribbean and soul food in East Harlem. Jerk chicken, Brown stewed chicken, oxtail stew, roti, cornbread and in my opinion, some of the best curry goat in the New York City.
For some of the best buttermilk biscuits in town, you’ve got to go to BLVD Bistro. BLVD is special for its cozy setting at the bottom of a Harlem brownstone, and prepares Southern staples like shrimp and grits, pork chops, and spiked sweet tea. BLVD definitely lives up to the hype of being voted #1 Best Soul Food Restaurant in America.
Owned by husband and wife duo Leticia Skai Young and Chef Raymond Mohan, Lolo’s is a fun, casual, one stop shop for all your Caribbeanseafood favorites. The order here is definitely one of Lolo’s Seafood Boils dipped in Lolo’s special sauce. If you can’t make it to Caribbean or Cape Cod, take a trip uptown instead!
Taco Mix is an East Harlem phenomenon where visitors can walk right up to the counter in a no-frills setting and eat some of the best al pastor tacos in New York City. Come here for a quick, cheap, and delicious bite of marinated pork. If you’re looking for something other than pork, you can try chorizo, pollo asado, or even lenguas as well.