A Guide to Malcolm X's Harlem Image via Harlem World Mag

1. 22 West

Address: 22 W.135th St.
Status: Closed

Described as Malcolm's home away from home, this Harlem bar, jazz club and soul-food spot earned a reputation as the "the kitchen, dining room and showcase for great thinkers, literature, music and revolutions of enormous impact on the world."

Considering 22 West's clientele, it's no wonder why. According to Mark Harding, executive director of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center, the owners reportedly cordoned off a special booth in the back just so Malcolm could dine in privacy. Malcolm reportedly frequented the uptown restaurant following his split with the Nation of Islam. 

Around the same time, Alex Haley began meeting him at the restaurant to gather anecdotes for his "Autobiography of Malcolm X." One such gem: Upon receiving clothing for his baby as a gift, a waitress serving Malcolm heard him quip: "I just don't know what to say. I hardly know the girl." It's thanks to 22 West that we know this side of Malcom.

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