4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Take a tour of Harlem — a center of jazz and bebop music — then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous venue like the Cotton Club. After exploring the historical neighborhood with a professional guide, feast on mouthwatering cuisine such as crispy fried chicken, spicy ribs and cornbread at Sylvia’s restaurant. You’ll relive the high-stepping nights of the 1920s with a jam session at one of Harlem’s hottest clubs. There’s no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse history, music and food!

Highlights

  • 5-hour nightlife tour of Harlem including dinner and jazz show
  • Drive past Harlem's notorious landmarks, including the Apollo Theater, Savoy Ballroom Minton's Playhouse
  • Savor a home-style meal at Sylvia’s, a legendary soul food restaurant
  • Delight in jazz music at a venue like the famous Cotton Club
  • Sip two complimentary drinks
  • Hear informative commentary abut Harlem’s history from a knowledgeable guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This evening tour takes you behind the scenes of Harlem and covers all aspects of this historically African-American neighborhood, which has evolved into one of New York’s hip areas — full of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

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What You Can Expect

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

The Apollo, Harlem

Explore Harlem's musical legacy, including its churches, spiritual centers and swinging nightlife during this 5-hour tour, which departs near Times Square in the evening. You’ll learn from a knowledgeable guide about Harlem's role in the history of jazz, and hear about its most noted musicians who gave New York its musical edge.

Drive past the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. See the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their ‘battle of the bands,’ and where the Charleston, lindy hop and the Big Apple dances were firmly cemented into American culture.

Snap a photo of Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater, where numerous artists such as James Brown performed, and imagine the era when Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald won the popular ‘amateur night.’ Pass by Minton's Playhouse, where bebop was born, and where Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk started the tradition of jam sessions.

After your tour of Harlem, you’re treated to a traditional, family-style dinner at Sylvia's ‘Queen of Soul Food’ restaurant. Enjoy traditional African-American cuisine inspired by dishes that originated in the southern US, such as spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and fried chicken, cornbread, and a few side dishes like black-eyed peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese.

Following dinner, your guide accompanies you to a local Harlem jazz club, where two complimentary drinks are included and the music is red hot. On Mondays, head toHarlem's renovated Cotton Club, where you can sway to the beat of a local, twelve-piece swing band (dance lesson included). On Thursdays and Saturdays, soak up the lively atmosphere at an alternate venue while enjoying the sounds of a jazz or rhythm & blues band.

Your nightlife experience ends with drop-off near Times Square at midnight.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Another great evening hosted by a very personable guide. Good food at Sylvia's and a great little jazz quartet in the pub across the road. Pick up and drop off by the bus was spot on.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic experience! The food was excellent and the tour guide. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience Harlem.

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