Mon-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat, 10am-3pm and 4pm-2am; Sun, 10am-3pm and 4pm-1am
2, 3 at 135th St.
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116th St. to 145th St.; Fifth Ave. to St. Nicholas Ave.
It's located in the heart of Harlem, but the rustic atmosphere and relaxed service at this French-American spot feel like an escape to the country. The owners of the Shrine, the music venue next door, saw a need in the neighborhood for a pre- and post-show restaurant, and so Yatenga – named for a city in Burkina Faso – was born. White brick walls surround wooden tables and mismatched chairs; a high ledge is lined with carved wooden statues for sale. Outside the glass doors, yellow awnings cover ample sidewalk seating. The exceedingly well-priced menu (nothing costs more than $20) is a mix of bistro fare and comfort food: a refreshing summer salad features arugula with fennel, pear slices, goat cheese, and walnuts; mac and cheese studded with ham is creamy from béchamel, with a crispy surface and gooey center. The large plates reference French classics: steak au poivre with a cinnamon-laced potato gratin, or salmon en croute crusted with wild rice and spinach and topped with hollandaise. Specials rotate regularly, including a daily quiche.Dinner Special:
A four-course prix fixe ($26; $30 with a glass of wine or beer) runs from 4pm-8pm daily.Recommended Dishes
Macaroni & cheese, $12