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Sugar Hill Bistro

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458 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10031 40.824809 -73.946696
between Amsterdam and Convent Aves.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-491-5505 Send to Phone

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Twentysomethings clad in Sean John and fedoras—and their model-leggy companions—flock to this refurbished Victorian townhouse. Second-floor diners get the full Harlem Renaissance effect: velvet banquettes and framed James VanDerZee photographs. But the ground-floor bar is the place to hear live jazz and R&B, particularly when Wynton Marsalis pops up for an impromptu jam session. Other surprise guests have included Denzel Washington and, of course, Bill Clinton. Try toasting him with a Rhapsody in Blue ($9)—a smooth blend of Absolut Citron, Cointreau, blue curaçao, and lime juice—or a Sugar Hill ale ($6), from the Harlem Brewing Company.

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