Sun-Mon, 8am-11pm; Tue-Thu, 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 8am-2am
2, 3 at 125th St.
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110th St. to 135th St., Manhattan Ave. to Lexington Ave.
It may be loud and crowded, especially on the weekends, but part of the fun of this place is the grittiness of finding a corner diner on a busy boulevard in Harlem. On warm days, the restaurant opens the floor-to-ceiling doors along the side, and after placing your order at the till, you can grab one of the wobbly tables with a view of the endless activity on the massive Malcolm X Boulevard. The food is typical fast-diner fare (think Five Guys or Shake Shack), with greasy hamburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs. The specialty is undoubtedly the jerk option, which is the classic burger topped with jerk fries, that does wonders if you like it spicy. Stick with the classic burger over the pigskin and barbeque onion burgers, as the extra $2 doesn’t buy much difference in taste. But nowhere else will you find anything like the Fatty Melt—a burger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches—which certainly does live up to its name. And of course, no diner is complete without a good milk shake, and the Harlem Shake doesn’t mess around: It’s smooth, creamy, and pretty much perfect.