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Native

161 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY, 10026
at 118th St.
212-665-2525

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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Stockholm loves Native

By leyley on 9/29/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I LOVE THIS PLACE. been in NYC 3 summers in a row and had 2-3 meals at Native everytime. great food, great price, great staff.. works for me.

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36 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

The Worst Experience

By penthouseloft on 8/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

On 8/11/09 I had the most offensive experience! Establishment is blazing HOT!!! Immediately inquired “what happened to the AC?” Staffer states “The AC broke yesterday” Surprise! 1 of the maybe 20 tables were occupied. B line to sit directly under a ceiling fan. Attempted to order a Happy Hour Special but told we must sit at the Bar to get HH Prices. Pointed out that the bar only had 2 seats left over in a corner where there was no fan so we requested an exception bc the AC was broken. Another staff states “We don’t even have an AC system here” I said, “Why did the 1st staffer LIE saying that the AC broke yesterday?” Requested that the staff go and ask the Owner (who was outside) if our request could be kindly obliged. Staff member states “He (the owner) said ‘If You Want To Talk to Him You Can Go Outside & Talk To Him Yourself…………” U-Turn for the Exist. Asked the owner specifically if he made that reprehensible statement and he began with a nervous stutter. Guilt written all over! Shit Service = Shit Not Worth My Time & Money.

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75 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

much improved!

By pennstatnpng on 5/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been frequenting the restaurant for several years. It seemed to go through a shaky period last summer but they have really improved! The price point for the portions is a great deal anywhere in town ( hello can everyione really affored $28 entrees?!)and the menu offers enought to please everyone (ahem my picky vegetarian friends). Its a great casual and date spot although I wouldnt use it for business meetings. I'm glad they've pulled it together because so many places lose steam after a couple of years.

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69 out of 149 people found this review helpful.

Native is off my list of places to revisit!!!!

By aliceandi on 11/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Native doesn't leave up to its name! The food was average but the service was just terrible. "No Hello", the waitress slapped the menus on the table and we damn near had to sit ourselves. Am all for supporting local businesses but was turned by the staff unfriendly facade.

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77 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

Deterioration

By harlemboy on 8/24/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I first tried Native when I moved to Harlem in August 2007, and we all liked it very much. Since then, I have returned several times in hopes of matching that first delicious meal. But after my latest awful experience, I am unlikely to return. Perhaps the owner, Brian Washington Palmer, needs to overhaul the kitchen. The cooking has become downright bad.

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65 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

Nice Neighborhood Place

By lreev01 on 1/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

My wife and I stopped in one night for dinner at Native, which is not far from our new apartment. It was a good, solid meal. The decor is okay - what it does do effectively is evoke a smoky, mysterious, passionate feel. Decent wine list. If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth a try.

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179 out of 363 people found this review helpful.

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