Food for the soul in Harlem

Want to get a true taste of New York food, but finding out where? Ask Jacqueline Orange, who is an ex banker, but now runs her own culinary tours, and within just a space of few hours Jacqueline will convince you that nowhere capsulize the Big Apple's communities as well as their cuisines, just like this neighborhood north of the ninety sixth Street. Finally this is flourishing once again after years off the tourist radar. She told that Harlem has a very rich history with fried chicken and waffles during the lunch rush at the Amy Ruth's soul restaurant.

Amy Ruth's was a nice place to begin our tour as it serves one of the unique American dishes. New York City's residents rave regarding their multi-faceted restaurants, but when it is about indigenous fare, several struggle to see it beyond hot dogs and hamburgers.

Not so in Harlem area. In its soul restaurants, the dish generally is flavorsome, bold - and laced not just with the fat and salt. Soul foods are essentially the foods from Deep South that are transported to New York by many waves of economic migration. The dishes has their roots in slavery, when the African American families were utilizing whatever ingredients they might get their hands. Jacqueline told that they were just trying to get a meal to the table. Whatever was around, you are trying to make something out of it, stuff from the ground, parts of the pig that the slave master would not want.