4. Clay (Harlem)

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Harlem has a rich history focused around jazz and food, and Clay on 553 Manhattan Avenue continues to add to this tradition — quite fitting as its located near institutions like the Apollo Theater and The Studio Museum. Serving food only from local and small suppliers (which are listed its website), Clay develops great relationships with its suppliers to offer the best seasonal ingredients.

Located at the site of the former Perk’s Fine Cuisine — a historic club and restaurant, headed by the former “mayor of Harlem” Henry Perkins, and known for its jazz, R&B, and calypso band — the small space feels warm and welcoming while remaining stylistic and modern. Most notably, there’s white marble bar that matches the white exposed brick of the restaurant, and large windows allow for natural sunlight to flow in. Check out our extended coverage of Clay here.