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Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

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New York, United States

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Delve into the musical legacy of Harlem with an exclusive insider’s jazz tour plus a live show at one of the neighborhood’s iconic venues. See Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom, and savor a preshow meal of soul food at Sylvia’s restaurant. After dinner, head to one of Harlem’s hottest nightspots for a live show featuring a 1920s swing ensemble or a modern rhythm and blues or jazz act.
  • Nightlife tour of Harlem including dinner, drinks, and a jazz show
  • Learn about the history of the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom
  • Savor a home-style meal at Sylvia’s, a legendary soul food restaurant
  • Delight in jazz music at a venue like the famous Cotton Club
Knowledgeable and professional guide
Cover charge for the Jazz club
Family-style Soul Food dinner
Two complimentary drinks at the club
Subway ticket and return by minivan
Gratuities
Drinks (during dinner)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Experience an unforgettable night out in the Big Apple with a Harlem jazz tour. Meet your guide in Times Square in the evening, then ride up north to Harlem while learning about the legends and legacy that made the neighborhood central to the evolution of jazz and blues.

Drive by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted luminaries like James Brown, Sarah Vauhan and Ella Fitzgerald. See the site of the original Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom and Minton’s Playhouse — considered the birthplace of bebop.

Dig into a family-style dinner at Sylvia’s restaurant — famous for down-home cooking created by the ‘Queen of Soul Food.’ Savor southern-inspired favorites like fried chicken, BBQ ribs, collard greens, cornbread and black-eyed peas.

With your belly full of comfort food, follow your guide to a local nightclub to hear some of New York City’s best live jazz. Monday nights, step back in time at the reincarnated Cotton Club for a 1920s-style swing session featuring a 12-piece band and free dance lesson. On other nights, soak up the stylings of contemporary jazz and rhythm and blues acts at other local hotspots. Your tour includes two complementary cocktails during the show.

At the end of the toe-tapping, finger-snapping show, you’ll be dropped off back in Times Square around midnight.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Harlem
Come and relive the high-stepping, fun-loving nights of the 1920s! Join us for a great night out in Immortal Harlem. Tour the neighborhood with one of our professional city guides and learn about Harlem's role in the history of Jazz in addition to the roles of its most noted jazz musicians who gave New York its musical edge.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cotton Club
See the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. Drive past the site of the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their "Battle of the Bands," and where the Charleston, "Lindy Hop" and the "Big Apple" dances were firmly cemented into American culture.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Apollo Theater
Pass by the world-famous Apollo Theater, where Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald won the popular "Amateur Night" and Minton's Playhouse, where bebop was born and where Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk started the tradition of musical jam sessions.
Stop At:  
Harlem
Discover one of Harlem's hottest clubs, where jam sessions and musical collaborations go on into the wee hours of the morning. On Mondays, swing dance the night away to the beat of a terrific, twelve-piece band. Free dance lesson included! We pick up the tab for your first two drinks at the Jazz club. On Thursdays, experience the essence of Harlem and enjoy the convivial atmosphere as you mingle freely with the locals, while enjoying the sounds of a jazz or rythm & blues band. We also pick up the tab for your first two drinks at the Jazz club. Dinner* is at Sylvia's legendary restaurant - "The Queen of Soul Food" (Family style dining).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions

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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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A frustrating evening
aaaLyon
, Oct 2019
We were the group of four francophone people to participate in this activity. We were driven to Harlem by the subway, but we did not visit anything in this part of the city except for a station in front of the Apollo Theater. The speaker did not explain anything about Harlem's story, her sociology, or the jazz music that characterizes this mythical place. We have heard only a few anecdotes without interest and off topic for the most part. The meal was correct, but would not have exceeded 35 to 40 dollars per person if it had not been included. We arrived in the cabaret at 9:40 pm. We were particularly badly settled, tight in a room where it was very hot. The guide did not introduce us to the musicians. The band seemed very good but we only heard it for 30 minutes. 158 euros for so little, is abusive. We would not have needed a provider to book us a table at a restaurant in Harlem, or to attend a jazz concert. This is what we will now advise to our knowledge departing for New York.
star-5
Great Evening
782melodyb
, Oct 2019
Extremely knowledgeable regarding Harlem; very pleasant personality; enjoyed the music and atmosphere; food excellent!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear 782 Mel, Thank you for your excellent review of our Harlem Soul Food and Jazz tour. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the evening! Your vote means a lot to us. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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dissapointed!
stacik2015
, Jul 2019
There was no evening tour, if you call a 5 min trip to Apollo one. Soul food was not good..highlight was a banana desert thats it..Jazz show,, boring..to loud and if it wasnt for tour group in attendance place would be empty. Save your money , do not go!!..
star-4
Grate evening - grate guide
Kristina S
, Jun 2019
We had a great time, much thanks to the fantastik tour guide Duane(?). With plenty of positive energy he guided us thru the American history all the way to Harlem and Silvias resturant, yummi, and Paris Blues jazzclub.
star-5
great evening - great guide
Kristina S
, May 2019
An unforgettable evening! Much thanks to our excellent tour guide Duane(?). Full of positive energy he guided us thru American history all the way to Harlem and Silvias soul food, yummie, and then to Sams Paris Blues and Jazz jam.
star-5
This tour was one of the highlights...
Linda G
, Oct 2017
This tour was one of the highlights of my holiday, what a wonderful night and great tour guide. The food was fabulous and the jazz club, well I never thought that with my 2 left feet that I would ever get up and dance, but so glad I did it was so much fun it still brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it.
star-5
I would do this tour again when in...
Jean Marie D
, Oct 2017
I would do this tour again when in NYC! Our tour leader, Sylvia's soul food restaurant and the music, show and dancers at the Cotton Club were all amazing!
star-5
This was with out doubt the...
rjcope
, Oct 2017
This was with out doubt the highlight of our trip to New York . We made our way to pickup point we're we did a ride to Harlem looking at the area. Quite nice ,some interesting places to see .Then we went for original soul food at a restaurant which was yummy.everyone enjoyed the meal . Then on to the Cotton Club we're we had a fabulous time .great entertainment dancing and singing all night . The gentlemen got everyone involved ,we loved it .There were single ladies on the tour too and they were up dancing all night. Can,t praise it enough .If you like a good evening singing and being entertained it,s the tour for you .
star-5
Guided bustrip from Midtown to...
Roy O
, Jul 2017
Guided bustrip from Midtown to Harlem with a great guide imforming us what is to know in the area we passed by. Stop at at Sylvia's in Harlem serving great soul food- chicken - ribs - fish and a delicious banana dessert. Stop at Apollo Theatre and finishing off in Cotton Club to listen to great jazz music and watchng a fantastic tap dance show. Highly recommended trip- good value!
star-1
This tour is a HUGE disappointment...
Chia Yu Tam
, Jun 2017
This tour is a HUGE disappointment. The restaurant we went to gave us very little food, we had trouble sharing the portion between 12 people. The jazz bar they took us to had no cover charge. The music was not that good at all. Anybody off the street could have come in and sit down for free. We ended up leaving early because it was so boring. We just can't justify paying 175 per person for the evening.

Product code: 3453T4

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