Restaurants and Bars


Joe: good coffee in Columbia’s Northwest Corner Building

Max Cafe: good coffee and coffee shop food

Hungarian Pastry Shop: a Columbia institution


Absolute Bagels: best bagels in town

Kitchenette: Comfort food

Le Monde: French bistro

Community Food and Juice Bar: New American food with local, organic ingredients

Amir’s: Falafel

Koronet Pizza: slices bigger than your head

Massawa: Ethiopian and Eritrean food

Max Soha: good Italian food, and nicely priced

Flat Top: Bistro and Cafe

Billie’s Black: soul food and live music

Lido: Italian

Sylvia’s: soul food, a Harlem institution

Silvana: Middle Eastern food

The Cecil: Afro/Asian/American cuisine in a former nightclub where Thelonious Monk had a regular gig before he was famous

Taqueria y Fonda: a cult classic, amazing and cheap Mexican food

Melba’s: a soul food spot with a nice little bar (300 W 114th St)

Seasoned Vegan: soul food classics like cheese grits and fried catfish, but vegan and amazing (55 Saint Nicholas Ave)


Lee Lee’s Baked Goods: tiny unassuming storefront that sells cakes, pies, and, improbably, New York City’s best rugelach (283 W 118th St)


1020: Grad student and faculty bar

Bier International: beer hall



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