Just scruffy enough to feel real, but with high ceilings that keep any divyness at bay, Shrine is just the type of place you’d hope to find in Harlem. There’s live music most nights, the décor is funky (a mix of old record covers on the ceilings and walls, and African statues in every nook) and the crowd is wonderfully mixed, both in terms of race and age. And you gotta love the doctored sign out front, announcing this is the “Black United Fun Plaza” (a hold-over from when this was the “Black United Foundation”). ).
- Pauline Frommer