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Delve into the musical legacy of Harlem with a guided jazz tour and live show at one of the neighborhood’s iconic venues. See Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom, and savor a preshow, home-style meal at Sylvia’s restaurant — founded by the ‘Queen of Soul Food.’ After dinner, head to one of Harlem’s hottest nightspots for a live show featuring a 1920s swing ensemble or a modern rhythm and blues or jazz act.


  • 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

Experience an unforgettable night out in the Big Apple with a Harlem jazz tour. Meet your guide in Times Square in the evening, then ride up north to Harlem while learning about the legends and legacy that made the neighborhood central to the evolution of jazz and blues.

Drive by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted luminaries like James Brown, Sarah Vauhan and Ella Fitzgerald. See the site of the original Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom and Minton’s Playhouse — considered the birthplace of bebop.

Dig into a family-style dinner at Sylvia’s restaurant — famous for down-home cooking created by the ‘Queen of Soul Food.’ Savor southern-inspired favorites like fried chicken, BBQ ribs, collard greens, cornbread and black-eyed peas.

With your belly full of comfort food, follow your guide to a local nightclub to hear some of New York City’s best live jazz. Monday nights, step back in time at the reincarnated Cotton Club for a 1920s-style swing session featuring a 12-piece band and free dance lesson. On other nights, soak up the stylings of contemporary jazz and rhythm and blues acts at other local hotspots. Your tour includes two complementary cocktails during the show.

At the end of the toe-tapping, finger-snapping show, you’ll be dropped off back in Times Square around midnight.

Customer Reviews

Jane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent evening! Great host great food and even better jazz! Excellent night out!

Philip A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Exelent Good music,Good Food,Great Peggy!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

One of the best tours I have ever gone on.

Philip W

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.

Shirley T

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.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

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

Lynne B

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.

Irina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Wonderful, weould definitely recommend!

michelle m

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

Doug D

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!

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