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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

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!


  • 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 to Harlem's renovated Cotton Club, where you can sway to the beat of a local, twelve-piece swing band (dance lesson included). 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 August 2015

One of the best tours I have ever gone on.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Loved every second!!!! Particularly loved our guide Peggy and the Cotton Club, magic night:)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was the most fun evening we spent in New York. The guide was a delight, very knowledgeable and efficient in making things run smoothly. Harlem is fascinating, I hope they don't ruin it by gentrifying too much. We could have heard more jazz, one set wasn't enough. Next time we will do the gospel tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Wonderful, weould definitely recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

An amazing way to see Harlem and try some soul food!! Fabulous trip if you like blues you will love this

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

My wife and I enjoyed this tour. The food at Sylvia's was good and our tour guide gave us a lot of historical info throughout the tour. After dinner, we enjoyed listening to jazz at the Cotton Club. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

What a great experience! The bus tour, food and music bar were all very enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a great night and Peggy our guide was excellent. The music at the Cotton Club was so good and the star performer was the up and coming Solomon Hicks. Getting dropped of at the hotel afterwards was a bonus.

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