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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine HARLEM

By HarlemHouse
Another  Mom and Pops shop in Harlem that has been one of my favorites for years is Island Spice and Southern Cuisine.  I like supporting our local businesses that have been around and doing well for a long time.  Island Spice is no exception.  No thrills here – just modest decor, small quarters and good inexpensive food.

Any given afternoon if you stop by to eat for lunch you will see locals lined up ordering food to go.  Certain items are cooked to order and other dishes are buffet style that you select to your liking with sides.  The entree comes with rice and peas (or just rice) and two side dishes.  A common lunch is the stewed chicken entree with rice and peas with sides of plantains and collard greens.  This very filling and tasty entree comes out to a mere $6 for the small order.  Medium entree with two sides is $8.50.  Some of the dishes and entrees that I recommend are the Fish and Chips, Jerk Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Ox Tail, Curry Shrimp, Pepper Steak or just a couple authentic Jamaican Beef Patties with a bottle of Ting.

I love spots like this. It is one of the type businesses that makes Harlem great.

Here you can enjoy great authentic Jamaican and southern cuisine and feel good about supporting a small local business.
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Click here to view their Menu.
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Island Spice & Southern Cuisine
1980 7th Ave / at 119th St
(212) 865-3300

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AMY RUTH’S

amy-ruths

By HarlemHouse

I was first introduced to Amy Ruth’s at a wine tasting party hosted by Harlem Vintage and held at Amy Ruth’s.  For the lucky few who were fortunate to take part in this festive gala, it was a beautiful combination of good wine and tasty food and I hope there is another one sometime soon.  I have been going back to Amy Ruth’s ever since.  Everything on the menu is good but I seem to order the same dinner every time as it has become a craving: the Southern Honey-Dipped Fried Chicken with a side of Collard Greens and Baked Macaroni & Cheese.  For dessert the Peach Cobbler is delicious!  They are known to have a short line from time to time as they do not take reservations but it is worth the wait and the line goes quickly.  It must be true as the saying goes “food for the soul” because every time I leave there I have a smile on my face.

AMY RUTH’S
113 West 116th Street
Harelm, NY 10026
212-280-8779
www.amyruthsrestaurant.com

AMY RUTH'S

amy-ruths

By HarlemHouse

I was first introduced to Amy Ruth’s at a wine tasting party hosted by Harlem Vintage and held at Amy Ruth’s.  For the lucky few who were fortunate to take part in this festive gala, it was a beautiful combination of good wine and tasty food and I hope there is another one sometime soon.  I have been going back to Amy Ruth’s ever since.  Everything on the menu is good but I seem to order the same dinner every time as it has become a craving: the Southern Honey-Dipped Fried Chicken with a side of Collard Greens and Baked Macaroni & Cheese.  For dessert the Peach Cobbler is delicious!  They are known to have a short line from time to time as they do not take reservations but it is worth the wait and the line goes quickly.  It must be true as the saying goes “food for the soul” because every time I leave there I have a smile on my face.

AMY RUTH’S
113 West 116th Street
Harelm, NY 10026
212-280-8779
www.amyruthsrestaurant.com