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Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!
This Saturday we're heading uptown to Harlem. The game plan: sit down for a yam waffle brunch at New York City's first Afro-American brasserie, shop majorly discounted Chanel sneakers and Celine bags, browse the racks at a bespoke shop that's counted LeBron James and Biggie among its clientele, and get in the ring at a boxing-inspired fitness class.
Billed as New York’s first Afro-American brasserie, The Cecil (210 West 118th Street) aims to give diners a global experience, fusing flavors from America, Africa and Asia. Our sister site Eater recommends The Cecil's unique dishes like roti pizza, oxtail dumplings and yam waffles with duck confit.
Filled with flowers, home accents and accessories, Harlem Flo (2276 Frederick Douglass Boulevard) is a go-to for gifts. Work with the owners to create a personalized floral arrangement, or drop in to pick up an ornament, painted pot or locally-crafted knick knack.
Bebenoir (2164 Frederick Douglass Boulevard) is a neighborhood go-to for standout jewelry, scarves, and clothing. A recent visit turned up chain-trimmed clutches, men's shirts in vibrant ginghams, and floral and houndstooth two-pieces—perfect for riding out the last of the summer heatwave.
Whether you're looking for bespoke suits for the guy in your life or mixed-print jersey dresses for yourself, absorb the red carpet vibes at Harlem Haberdashery (245 Lenox Avenue). A favorite of the likes of LeBron James and Sean Combs, the store sells its sophisticated-with-a-playful-twist label, 5001 Flavors alongside items by Harlem designers, all in limited quantities so you get the one-of-a-kind treatment.
Up your exercise ante at Punch Fitness Center (111 Central Park North). The Punch Force class involves cardio and muscle building in a high-intensity session that involves jumping rope, tackling Jacob’s Ladder and Muay Thai, and perfecting your punching and kicking techniques. It’s the ultimate bang for your buck—combining a self-defense class with a killer workout.
Maybe you’re tired from your workout, or sore from toting shopping bags around. Take a load off at Spa Boutique 2 Go (69 East 130th Street). Choose from treatments like the Himalayan salt stone massage, caviar facial, or brown sugar body scrub.
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