Anyone seeking a moment of relaxation, while still embracing the Caribana spirit, should venture east of Yonge Street to a tucked-away restaurant and lounge aptly named Harlem.
Yes indeed, there is nightlife and diversion east of Yonge Street down Richmond way. Only a few blocks away from the packed clubs in the entertainment district, Harlem is situated in a less frenzied neighborhood, and sports a much humbler façade. Finding Harlem in Toronto may prove a bit difficult, if for no other reason than it feels abnormal that such a place would be among businesses and parking lots. If you are not looking for it, you wouldn’t really know it’s there. And even when you are, you won’t be sure you know where you are going until you are there. One step across the threshold, however, and the atmosphere outside is quickly forgotten. And though it’s not exactly Harlem, it is an escape from TO.
The laid-back atmosphere hits you right as you walk through the door (as does the humidity). Upon close inspection, the seemingly banal portraits of African artists adorning the wal..