The Vibe: The Harlem Renaissance is alive and well at this iconic 1934 establishment. Wednesdays have been reserved for new talent for almost 80 years, during which the talent show discovered the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, and The Isley Brothers.
The Crowd: Organizers encourage family-friendly acts like magicians, roller skaters, and animal trainers. Still, the seats are full of old neighborhood fixtures who come for the tradition and young Harlem tastemakers looking for the next big thing.
Time-Travel Tip: For fans with vertigo or a fear of heights, avoid the balcony—the seating is surprisingly steep.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.