Drift over to This Beachy Seafood Spot and Then Hike to a Rustic Bar for a Bourbon Flight
Tonight, get your coastal fix at Lolo’s Seafood Shack. Combining influences from both the Caribbean and Cape Cod, this small but vibrant hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a seafood staple in Morningside Heights. It's colorful, beachy aesthetic—with decorative driftwood, pastel hues, and their patio “beach bar”—perfectly complements their bold seafood-heavy menu. Standouts include their Belizean Conch fritters and crispy “shark” and bake sandwich with Spiny Dogfish.
Next, go from the beach to the boonies at Mess Hall. This bar peppered in mountain lodge-inspired fixtures, like wild taxidermy (including deer heads, quail, and even skull mounts), angled rustic wood ceiling beams, and exposed bricks running the length of the entire bar. Basically, it’s a little slice of the Catskills on the edges of Harlem. Though this place has a healthy selection of brews, you come here for the bourbon flights—which are appropriately named after woodsy wildlife (i.e. Stag Flight, Grizzly Flight, etc.).
Lolo's Seafood Shack
303 West 116th Street, New York
2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York