American. A tribute to Minton’s Playhouse—a jazz hotbed and former inhabitant of the space, opened by Henry Minton in 1938—serves Southern Revival plates, steak, seafood and vegetarian offerings in a lounge-lizard atmosphere while live jazz plays regularly. L (Su), D (nightly). 206 W. 118th St., btw Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. & Saint Nicholas Ave., 212.243.2222.
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American. Ethiopianborn Chef/owner Marcus Samuelsson’s neighborhood spot is named after the famed Harlem speakeasy. Refined, local comfort-food dishes include coconut rice with lentils and papaya, and blackened catfish with fried pickles. L (MF), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 310 Lenox Ave., btw W. 125th & W. 126th sts., 212.792.9001.
Soul Food. Soul food (red velvet waffles with chicken and bourbon maple syrup) is cooked up in an open space accented with vibrant art by Cey Adams, Anthony Vasquez and others. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., btw W. 115th & W. 116th sts., 212.206.2557.
Japanese. Beautifully presented plates of sushi, sashimi and other varieties of fish are on offer at Harlem’s only Michelin-star restaurant. D ( Tu-Su). 381 Lenox Ave., at W. 129th St., 646.706.0555.