Our story

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 hand-spun shakes featuring Blue Marble Ice Cream, we use only the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients. Both locations have a extensive selection of beer and wine and did you know our East Harlem has the most craft beer in the neighborhood


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 Expands – In Sept, 2016, we opened our second location, in East Harlem (proudly recognized as “El Barrio). Located at 2162 2nd Ave. at 111th St., Here we serve Latino inspirations such as Pulled Pernil Sandwich to Tostones along with our classic menu. Our old school vibe includes Harlem’s only vintage 45 juke box and a bathroom wallpaper of hundreds of vintage JET Magazines and Luke Cage comic covers, along with some sexy round corner booths. Come check it out!


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 $1000 on their behalf


Harlem Shake Gets Respect—Some of our awards and accolades: The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, CBS local, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Crain’s New York Business,Travel Magazine, Village Voice, Where Magazine, Zagat, Eater, Serious Eats, Food Republic and many other media outlets.