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Burgers, Shakes, and Good Times - the Harlem Way!


Harlem Shake Opens
May 2013, our flagship restaurant opened in the heart of Central Harlem at 100 W. 124th St. (corner of Lenox Ave.) The fast-casual restaurant features a menu made for both simple and sophisticated tastes.


Harlem Shake Serves – From our burgers made with custom blend Pat LaFrieda patties, NY-style, all-beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and grilled cheese/melts, to our entrée-size salads, sides and handmade shakes featuring Blue Marble Ice Cream, we use only the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients. Harlem Shake offers an extensive selection of beer and wine including eight draught beers, specializing in local choices.


Harlem Shake Represents - Our old school interior reflects Harlem’s culture and community. The “Wall of Fame” is crowded with over 200 autographed headshots of celebrities including P.Diddy, Asap Rocky, Maya Angelou, Remy Ma, and Janelle Monae. The “Wall of Fro” shows off the fabulous afro hairstyles of our customers. Our restroom walls showcase hundreds of vintage JET Magazine covers. Shannon Thorton, the original “Miss Harlem Shake” is displayed as a life size moving photo. Yearly our customers vote on a new Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake from the Harlem community. To learn more visit our Miss/Mr. Harlem Shake page. Harlemcam, the only 24/7 public live cam in Harlem is located at our flagship. It captures what’s happening on the street in real time.


Harlem Shake is available for private bookings at our flagship location, 100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Ave including: 


We can accommodate your private events for up to 75 people, including, but not limited to: 


Film/Television/Magazine Shoots
Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Charitable Events 
Corporate Events and other private events.


Please contact  jpasic@harlemshakenyc.com or (646) 508 5657 to book your private event.


Harlem Shake Out & About -- Harlem Shake loves to introduce new audiences, big or small, to their fun and tasty cuisine. The award-winning restaurant has participated in major food festival and events including: City Harvest "Summer in the City" Edible Magazine "Good Beer", Village Voice "Choice Eats", Harlem Eat Up, New York City Food & Wine Festival and more to come!


Harlem Shake Supports --- Our hiring policy is to hire members of the Harlem community; nearly 65% of our staff resides from the east to west side of Harlem. As a part of the village of Harlem it's important we collaborate with our community businesses and nonprofit organizations. We support our neighbors at African-American Day Parade, Black Ink, Cultured Movement, Harlem Business Alliance, Harlem Children’s Zone, Harlem Eat Up, Harlem Haberdashery, Harlem Run, heartforharlem, Mama Foundation for the Arts, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, The Laundromat Project, MMPCIA, Power of You Teens, NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, Trinity Harlem Church, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, Inc. and many others. We are also proud members of East Harlem Community Alliance, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Harlem Business Alliance, Harlem Park to Park and NYC & Co.

Did you know that our annual Miss (or Mister) Harlem Shake winner gets to pick a Harlem non-profit organization of their choice to be gifted $500 on their behalf?


Harlem Shake Gets Respect—Harlem Shake was featured in The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, CBS -TV, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Crain’s New York Business,Travel Magazine, Village Voice, Where Magazine, Zagat, Eater, Serious Eats, Food Republic, Thrillist, Reader's Digest, and many other media outlets. Highlights include:


Best Harlem Restaurant; WINNER 2014 - Reader’s Award Choice , Time Out NY
“Top Ten Burgers in NYC - The Village Voice, March 2015
“Harlem’s Answer to Shake Shack”… “comforts of old school and modern soul food” - Forbes Magazine, October 2014.
“Modern Diner with Old-School Vibe” - Wall Street Journal, August 2013
“Best of the World 2013”, “Vintage Hangout” - National Geographic Traveler, November 2013
“A Collage of Black History and Culture”- The New York Times, June 2013
“Outrageously Good Fried Chicken” - New York Magazine, October 2015
“Chicken Sandwiches with the Right Attitude. Harlem’s Best pick” Harlem Bespoke - October 2015
“Perfect Fried Chicken” …“A simple and Excellent Sandwich”- Bloomberg.com , October 2015
“NY’s Favorite Shakes” “Best Shakes on #2 line” - New York Daily News, October 2015
“Inimitable”, “Best Milkshake in New York/The world”- Thrillist, March 2015
"11 best burgers in NYC according to top chefs"-  Bloomberg, April 2016
"Retro Space with Sizzling Vibes" - Refinery29.com, May 2017
"Best Burgers Places in NYC" - Thrillist.com, May 2017
"The Absolute Best Patty Melts in New York" - Grubstreet.com, May 2017
"One of Best Places for Burgers in East Harlem" - Foursquare, October 2017
"One of most fascinating public bathrooms in NYC" - Untapped Cities, July 2017
"These burger queens are turning Harlem Shake into an Empire" - Uptown Magazine, September 2017   
"Best Kid's Party Places in NYC" - Time Out New York KIDS, May 2018
"The 10 Best Milkshakes in NYC" - City Guide, June 2018