More than any other neighborhood, Harlem can have a one-dimensional reputation when it comes to its culinary scene. But there’s so much more than comforting soul food being made in its kitchens, and that’s a big part of what the second annual Harlem Eatup! Festival showcases.
"The festival represents the incredible community of Harlem which is extremely diverse and rich in culture," says chef Marcus Samuelsson, who started the event last year. "Harlem EatUp! really highlights the variety and the vibrancy that the neighborhood has to offer. Harlem is known worldwide for its music and its art, and now it will be known for its food."
The four days of food-focused events, both free and ticketed, begin today through May 22. We asked six participating restaurants, whose cuisines span the globe, to tell us about one dish that exemplifies their culture.