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The Sugar Shack Café

2611 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10030 40.819108 -73.944678
at 139th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-491-4422 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

B, C at 135th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Live Music
  • Singles Scene


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

In the Harlem of the 1920s, there was no posher address than Strivers' Row, home to some of the most successful African-American professionals and musicians, like Eubie Blake and Fletcher Henderson. Sitting on a corner boundary of the former micro-neighborhood, The Sugar Shack Café still caters to music-lovers and social strivers. As much a bar and club as a restaurant, Sugar Shack has a small menu of soul food dishes, such as barbecued chicken and blackened catfish, that the chef prepares in an open corner near the bar. Entrées, which also include broiled fish and grilled garlic pepper chicken, are served with two sides—sizeable portions of collard greens, mac 'n cheese, candied yams, or potato salad. But the drinks come first and foremost, signature concoctions with names like "Bionic Woman" (Alizé Red, Hennessey, and Grand Marnier) and "Passion and Payne" (Alizé Passion and Champagne), as well as pricey bottle service. Frosted windows and whorls of futuristic metal sheets covering sections of exposed-brick walls belie the warmth that emanates from the place. Just a few blocks from City College, it is a popular spot to soak up live DJ sets of R&B and reggae, and the long-running open mic poetry night on Wednesdays. Make sure you check the tab before you add a tip and sign the bill—an 18% gratuity is often included.

Recommended Dishes

Sweet potato cake, $4.95