Best Harlem Hideaway (2008)

Flash Inn

While better-known spots like Sylvia's and Copeland's are filled with tourists seeking soul food, Harlem's culinary cognoscenti are off nibbling on fried calamari at the Flash Inn. Just across the bridge from Yankee Stadium, it's been a hangout for those in the know for decades. The bar is a hot spot for local gossip while the dining room lures fork wielders from Uptown and Down with a menu that offers everything from penne puttanesca to a mean slab of prime rib. Go late, they'll understand.

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