Vinateria sits on the corner of 119th street, one of the many restaurants studding Frederick Douglas Boulevard. The Black-owned eatery stands out by curating a calm and intimate ambiance, in contrast to the strip’s usually high-energy vibe. Inside the romantically lit interior, you’ll find what we call “a high class family restaurant”—both stylish and welcoming. The menu features delicious Italian and Spanish fusion dishes, made with intention and wholesome ingredients. We especially recommend the roasted duck, the famous black spaghetti, and the croquettes. With smooth jazz and a great selection of wine and cocktails, this eatery has easily become a favorite of Harlem icons, with Studio Museum director Thelma Golden shouting it out as a restaurant row highlight. As owner Yvette Leeper-Bueno says, “when you walk into our doors, we want you to feel like a longtime friend, welcomed with a glass of wine and a familiar face.” We do.