This week’s New York Magazine featured restaurants the top chefs frequent in their neighborhood and Harlemite Marcus Samuelsson also included his favorites. Kitchenette (at 123rd and Amsterdam) received best brunch honors for their pancakes, Settepani (Lenox and 120th) was a cafe selection along with Les Ambassades (FDB/8th Avenue and 118th Street). East Harlem’s El Aguila (116th and Lexington) received a thumbs up for their pork tacos. Central Harlem’s Charle’s Country Pan Fried Chicken (FDB/8th and 151st) seems to always be the winner for the southern food category and Chef Samuelsson also agrees. Check out the rest of the list:
1.Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken
2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 151st St. 212-281-1800
For really good fried chicken, I go here. I like the dark meat best ($12 buffet).
3. El Aguila
137 E. 116th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-410-2450
This is a great taquería right by the 6 train. I love their pork tacos ($2.72), and they’re open 24 hours.
5. Les Ambassades
2200 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 118th St.; 212-666-0078
This Senegalese place has fantastic croissants ($1.75), the way they are in Paris, nice and buttery. They also make ginger juice ($3), great when you’re getting a cold.
7. Nectar Wine Bar
2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 121st St. 212-961-9622
I trust whatever wine and bar snacks ($4 and up) they have at this little bar.