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What to Eat, Do, and Drink When You Spend a Night at the Apollo

Harlem’s historic theater has a calendar packed with must-see shows.

Photo courtesy of Apollo Theater/Facebook

If you’ve never been to the Apollo Theater, what are you waiting for? (And if you have, time to go again!) Make a night of it in the historic Harlem neighborhood by grabbing a bite, drinks, and something sweet before and after the show.

EAT: At the Multicultural Melting Pot That Is Archer & Goat

Tagliatelle comes tossed in a Kashmiri-style rogan josh, made with lamb neck stewed to perfection and dolloped with avocado vinaigrette for some full-bodied creaminess. And the open-face arepa is the South American–Indian mashup you need to try now. 187 Lenox Avenue (between 119th and 120th Streets)

DO: Soak Up the Vibe at the Apollo

Welcome to one of New York City’s most historic venues, which has long been considered the stage “where stars are born and legends are made.” Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and many, many more megawatt performers have all appeared here. 253 West 125th Street (between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards)

DRINK: At the Bar at Red Rooster

It’s always a lively scene at star chef Marcus Samuelsson’s upscale comfort food haven. You’ll want to chase that well-mixed cocktail with juuust a bite of fried chicken (good luck having only one bite). 310 Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 125th and 126th Streets)

DESSERT: Get Sweet(s) at Sugar Hill Creamery

Cap off your night at this vintage-inspired storefront that serves up small-batch, artisanal ice cream. The strawberry and soursop are inspiring! 184 Lenox Avenue (between West 119th and 120th Streets)

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