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​18 reasons why living Uptown is the best

Published On 07/06/2014 Published On 07/06/2014
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Buddha Beer Bar
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Preachermann and The Revival
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The Grange Bar & Eatery
Maysles Cinema
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Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
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1. Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken 2839-2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10039 (Harlem)

This crispy, crunchy, juicy greatness is worth the trip to Harlem. Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken does fried chicken the right way, and offers excellent sides like yams, mac 'n cheese, collard greens, rice, cornbread.

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2. Buddha Beer Bar 4476 Broadway, New York, NY 10040 (Washington Heights)

Head all the way to Washington Heights to achieve brewlightenment at this growler-friendly global beer bar serving up the likes of Ommegang Seduction, local Mary's Maple Porter, and Delirium Tremens, plus eclectic street-food-inspired bites (w/ ingredients pulled from their rooftop garden) including Korean fried chicken, deep-fried pizza, skewered cow hearts (!), and house sausages, also a directive you will most certainly follow.

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3. Shrine World Music Venue 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030 (Harlem)

Before opening in 2007, Shrine was a community center called the Black United Fund Plaza -- the sign now comically reads “Black United Fun Plaza,” and the multimedia arts and culture space features live music, theater, film, and dance, fostering a positive creative environment for both artists and audiences. All ages are welcome, but you have to be 21+ to order a drink at the full bar. If you come hungry, not to worry, there's a full dinner menu as well.

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4. The Grange Bar & Eatery 1635 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031 (Harlem)

It's up in Harlem, but this neighborhood resto is a great place to get fresh food with top-notch cocktails, craft beers, and wine.

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5. Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027 (Harlem)

This Harlem-based not-for-profit theater is all about inspiring change through showings of socially progressive documentaries (and sometimes Q&As with the filmmakers themselves!).

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6. The Cloisters 99 Margaret Corbin Dr; , New York, NY 10033 (Upper West Side)

Part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters opened in 1938 and reflects medieval architecture and art, with over 2,000 works of art and stunning outdoor gardens that are not to be missed.

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7. Londel’s Supper Club 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030 (Harlem)

This Central Harlem resto used to be a barber shop until it was converted into this Southern soul food spot, dishing out tasty dishes like their BBQ baby back ribs and other below-the-Mason-Dixon-Line favorites.

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8. Papasito Mexican Grill and Agave Bar 223 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034

Papasito does a bottomless brunch buffet on Sunday afternoons for around 20 bucks, a half-price happy hour Monday through Friday with $1 tacos at the bar, and a menu of international and Mexican cuisine that’ll fill you up and get you ready for that next round of frozen margaritas.

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9. Dyckman Bar 221 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034

You can trust that you’ll actually have a great time if you hit up this local hotspot, because it’s got great music, cool staff, terrific drinks, drinking Jenga (drinking semi-optional), and room to break it down on the dance floor.

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