Earlier this month, restaurateur Jelena Pasic opened a second branch of her popular hamburger joint Harlem Shake at 2162 Second Ave in East Harlem. Just like the original on the corner of Leonx and 124th Street, this outpost is decorated with old Jet Magazine covers, and it has a wall of fame, with signed photographs of the restaurant’s famous fans. The new burger joint also has a "wall of fro" with photos of East Harlem residents with afros. Pasic says these people "help make the neighborhood shine."
In addition to burgers — the cooking method was devised by blogger/author Kenji J. Lopez Alt — the restaurant offers shakes, dogs, chicken tenders, sandwiches, and salads. New to this location is a pulled pernil sandwich, tostones, and a frita cubana made with a seasoned meat patties and shoestring fries. Beer, wine, and artisanal old-timey sodas are also available. Breakfast is also offered seven days a week, and brunch dishes hit the menu on the weekend.
Harlem Shake East is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. If you happen to stop by the new location, let us know what you think.
Harlem Shake East
2162 Second Avenue, East Harlem