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Situated on the northwestern frontiers of Harlem, this modern day Japanese restaurant is much more than just a Ramen place; it also operates as a vibrant cocktail bar after the sun sets on the busy streets of New York. Not the biggest by any stretch of the imagination, ROKC essentially fits itself within a petite space that is the size of a standard studio apartment. The bar is the centerpiece of the establishment and is manned by a team of highly-skilled mixologists who concoct some truly innovative pours like the Rattlesnake, Japanese Hot Toddy, and the Paper Plane. Try out their freshly caught oysters from the raw bar.
One of the popular bars in the neighborhood, The Grange is where you are certain to find a good amount of excitement each time to walk in for a drink or snack. A classic bar complete with dim lighting, exposed brick walls and elegant, vintage furniture; the cozy atmosphere of the place coupled with the buzzing voices of the excited crowd makes it a great for a laid-back drink. Take your pick from the extensive food menu that includes scrumptious burgers, soups, croquettes and a host of other palatable items. Apart from a fine collection of beer, whiskey, rum and bourbon, the bar also boasts a number of signature concoctions like Art Kane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Mony and Gigi Gryce.
With 20 different tequilas and 14 mezcals on the list, cocktail choices seem ginormous at Oso in Harlem. Chips made in-house, two types of salsa and a creamy guacamole set the tone for the sumptuous meal that follows. Tamales, mix and match tacos with a choice of fillings, quesadillas and unusual dishes like octopus tostadas all find their place in the menu. Churros and horchata ice cream bring a sweet end to a filling and satisfying meal in the charming little restaurant.
Apart from amazing pizzas and delicious pasta, Fumo also serves aromatic truffle fries as a starter, a unique not-to-be-missed treat . Whether it is the Calamari with marinara sauce or the chicken and waffles, eating al fresco at the tables outside while watching the world go by is definitely a pleasure. Italian beer and cocktails to accompany the great tasting food make it an ideal spot for a date or a dinner with friends.
If you confuse this joint with others with similar names, then you risk missing out on this unusual eatery! This friendly restaurant has no menu to speak of, but serves Italian dishes according to customer specifications. It is frequented by families from the area who love the home-made wine. Located in the Little Italy section of the Bronx, head here if you want a simple dinner or lunch. Cash only.