2, 3 at 125th St.
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This Harlem spot provides something for nearly everyone with a sturdy comfort food menu, friendly scattershot décor, and a multi-purpose space that qualifies as sports bar, group meeting ground, and quiet dinner destination. Every corner of the handsome bistro contains another must-have New York nightlife prop: bare wood floors and ceilings frame exposed brick walls lit by hanging globes, while old-style sconces frame an elegant faux fireplace. The place attracts locals with craft beers on tap, a menu of re-fashioned fast-food standards, and a full liquor shelf.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.