Often referred to as the “Harlem of the West,” Five Points in its heyday hosted the likes of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and was fondly remembered by Jack Kerouac. Nowadays, this enclave’s northwest border has been rebranded as trendy RiNo. But farther inside the old district, Five Points retains much of its character in the face of redevelopment.
Even the hot new eateries — Rebel Bread, Kuni Sushi, Habit Carbon — pay homage to their local history. From weathered establishments holding strong against gentrification to new and forward-thinking endeavors, here are 14 places to dine and drink around the neighborhood.
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