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What better way to explore a neighborhood than by chatting up an expert? Which is we tapped designer and creative director Karen Gallo of Harlem’s newest Italian eatery FUMO to show us around the enclave.

Gallo, who is founder of her namesake line of footwear, played a pivotal role in designing the spot with her signature modern aesthetic.

The restaurant and was inspired by the artistry and diversity of the historical neighborhood while being offset by rustic elements culled from the look of upstate cabins.

Check out Gallo’s guide to Harlem ahead and hear how these places played a role in the design of the eatery. Oh, and be sure to swing by FUMO the next time you're around — or prepare to have a solid case of FOMO.