UPPER WEST SIDE STORY
Harlem boasts a wealth of new upscale hot spots
From gourmet food to fine art and fashion, Harlem now boasts a bevy of cultural loci well worth the cab ride. Why not make a night of it?
Start off at Swing: A Concept Shop, which owner Helena Greene stocks with an eclectic range of clothing and neighborhood-made treasures like Nordea soaps. Slip into a draped jersey dress by Rick Owens Lilies, or one of Raquel Allegra's artfully distressed, Venice beach-inspired tops.
Next, head to the Studio Museum for Spiral, a newly opened show that spotlights work by the 1960s, African American art collective of the same name. Linger over Emma Amos's Matisse-like oils, and don't forget to pick up a free, limited-edition postcard on your way out.
Reward yourself with dinner at Red Rooster, chef Marcus Samuelsson's red-hot new restaurant. Sip on a Gin & Juice (gin and citrus juices sweetened with marmalade) while you decide between crisp, spicy, fried yard bird (chicken, that is) and Samuelsson's justly famous Swedish meatballs.