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Manna's Soul Food Restaurant

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2331 Eighth Ave., New York City, NY 10027
212-749-9084
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
the real deal - and locals evidently agree

This was not my first trip to manna's. I was introduced to it by a young man at lunch one day - and- oh my! oh my! oh my! This is the real deal. Locals of all types, sizes and varieties agree, too - as they kept coming, going, sitting, staying. For homemade "soul" food - why go to some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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New York City, New York
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103 reviews 103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was not my first trip to manna's. I was introduced to it by a young man at lunch one day - and- oh my! oh my! oh my! This is the real deal. Locals of all types, sizes and varieties agree, too - as they kept coming, going, sitting, staying. For homemade "soul" food - why go to some... More 

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Peerth western australia
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11 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Suggest bypassing the 'big name' soul food places nd go straight to Manna's. From the outside it's nothing much to look at - just two huge food stations in the middle and basic tables around the edges. You help yourself to what you want. The food was delicious including classic soul-food dishes, a big range of meats, salads, vegies and... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Two dual sided buffet stations stocked full of every type of classic soul food dish you can think of - including chicken and seafood multiple different ways. Don't skip out on the dessert case filled with classics like red velvet cake, coconut cream cake, and sweet potato pie. We will be back for sure the next time we visit New... More 

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

they have a variety of food to choose from a salad bar with hot and cold food. the prices are reasonable and the food taste good and its fresh. I loved the mac and cheese the banana pudding is good also.

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South Wales
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72 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a buffet restaurant with a large choice of options. It has a large salad bar for the health conscious but you would be better looking at the cooked food for an authentic taste of soul food. It is very good value as you pay by weight. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Paris
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Yes, lovely food. But please do skip the usual "salad bar" offers (and the jelly dessert) and go straight to the end of the self-service rack. Pork's feet (oui, Monsieur, pieds de porc!) with collard greens. That was a hit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I went and tried Manna's on 125th street on the recomendation of the hostel I was staying at and it's good. after a long day walking round manhatten the selection of soul food on offer was great and they sell it by the lb. Probably not the best in Harlem but for the price it takes some beating.

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26 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

At first, I was a bit worried about this choice for our group but in the end, it turned out being okay. Huge group of people, so we had a line to wait in but it's basically like a "buffet" style selection of soul food, you load your food in your container and once done, you weight it. I think... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place is great! Great soul food and comfort food... salad bar was pretty decent too. The selection and variety is pretty abundant... and prices are reasonable (by the pound). I'll definitely be back during my next trip to NYC.

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The fit out is basic, but your here for the soul food so it doesn't matter. I had the tasting plate which had all of the Harlem basics on it, add in a couple of Harlem beers and it's a great way to wrap up another full day of site seeing in NYC.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2331 Eighth Ave., New York City, NY 10027
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighborhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: 212-749-9084

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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