Soul Food and Jazz Tour of Harlem

690 Eighth Ave

Take a tour of Harlem, then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous Harlem club. There's no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse ethnic history, music and food! Relive the Harlem of the 1920's: At sundown, tour Harlem... more

Take a tour of Harlem, then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous Harlem club. There's no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse ethnic history, music and food! Relive the Harlem of the 1920's: At sundown, tour Harlem's contrasting areas down in the "Valley" and high on the "Hill." Witness the return of Jazz uptown, learn the history of this center of Black culture, the birthplace of bebop, and the home of the Harlem Renaissance. Indulge your palate with a traditional homestyle southern soul food meal at a local restaurant. Catch a jam session at a local Jazz club, where the drinks are on us and the music is steaming. On Mondays, dance the night away at Harlem’s new Cotton Club, where you’ll swing to the beat of a terrific, swing band (free dance lessons) The price of the tour includes a Soul Food dinner, Jazz Show, and two complimentary drinks. Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese. Unavailable dates January 1 July ... more

Take a tour of Harlem, then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous Harlem club. There's no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse ethnic history, music and food!

Relive the Harlem of the 1920's: At sundown, tour Harlem's contrasting areas down in the "Valley" and high on the "Hill." Witness the return of Jazz uptown, learn the history of this center of Black culture, the birthplace of bebop, and the home of the Harlem Renaissance. Indulge your palate with a traditional homestyle southern soul food meal at a local restaurant. Catch a jam session at a local Jazz club, where the drinks are on us and the music is steaming. On Mondays, dance the night away at Harlem’s new Cotton Club, where you’ll swing to the beat of a terrific, swing band (free dance lessons)

The price of the tour includes a Soul Food dinner, Jazz Show, and two complimentary drinks. Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese.

Unavailable dates
January 1
July 4
September 1
November 27
December 24-25, 31


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Hell's Kitchen Description

Soul Food and Jazz Tour of Harlem is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Known as "Clinton" by the municipal government and devotees of former mayor DeWitt Clinton and as "Hell's Kitchen" by Daredevil and everyone else, this area of Midtown West is currently experiencing rapid (re)development. Spanning roughly from West 34th to 59th Streets and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, it still has a rough-and-tumble character when compared with other more defined neighborhoods in Manhattan. Once a bastion of poor and working-class Irish Americans, over the last decade the neighborhood has undergone tremendous gentrification as a result of its proximity to Midtown's many office buildings. Long-time residents, many of whom enjoyed reasonable rents and decent-sized apartments, are finding that conversion of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments, coupled with the general building boom and strong economy, brought quick change to this formerly sleepy area. Given the strange, even Byzantine zoning regulations in New York, it’s not unusual to see a tiny brownstone, a remnant of another era, adjacent to or near a brand-new high-rise rental or condominium building. While the wholesome new Theater District has resulted in lower crime rates and decreased the area’s quality-of-life problems such as prostitution, urban transformation for some means a loss of the gritty qualities of this neighborhood for others.

While you'll find thousands of new apartments in Hell's Kitchen west of Ninth Avenue, you'll also find dozens of eclectic and interesting restaurants to boot. Some of our favorites include the terrific Daisy May's BBQ on Eleventh Avenue; the German cuisine of Hallo Berlin and nearby Queen of Sheba featuring great Ethiopian cuisine on Tenth Avenue; French patisserie La Bergamote on West 42nd Street; Bali Nusa Indah on Ninth Avenue has intriguing Indonesian dishes; the Film Center Café for high-powered American diner-style dishes; and the many Thai places dotting Ninth Avenue too numerous to mention.

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen include a number of budget places the further west you go such as The 414 Hotel and the Skyline. While there are dozens of hotels on Eighth Avenue and throughout the Theater District on Eighth Avenue and Broadway, Hell's Kitchen enjoys a somewhat more relaxed pace than the frenetic hubbub you'll find just two avenues further east.

Check out the neighborhood's weekly Chelsea-Clinton News, a great local publication that’s been around longer than the former U.S. President’s daughter!

Info

690 Eighth Ave
New York, NY 10036

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Tour Admission Cost

$175 - Adults

Tour Duration And Additional Info

5 Hours
Tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of travel date.
French tour can be arranged with 48 hours prior notice.
Patrons in wheelchairs are welcome but all customers with specials needs must be accompanied and provide advance notice to the tour operators.
Hotel pickup is not available for this tour.

Nearby Subway

  • to Times Square/42nd Street station
  • to 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue

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