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Manna's Soul Food Restaurant

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2331 Eighth Ave., New York City, NY 10027
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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    4 of 5 stars
Cheap, good soul food :-)

Before a night in Apollo Theater we went for a quick dinner, 4 persons: 20$, fried fish, salad, rice, watermelon, nice :-)

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Aarhus, Denmark
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Aarhus, Denmark
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before a night in Apollo Theater we went for a quick dinner, 4 persons: 20$, fried fish, salad, rice, watermelon, nice :-)

Thank JoakimOster
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We can't always do fine dining. Sometimes we just want good old food for the soul. Manna's was an awesome change from the normal. We walked the streets of Harlem and my good friend Horace suggested we stop for some real authentic soul food. He wasn't kidding!! The fried chicken. I can still taste it 3 months later!!! Don't miss... More 

Thank Qaddie
Los Gatos
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377 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Went here for lunch as a part of our "Hip Hop" tour and thought it was a great place to stop. Serve your self style with a great variety of main dishes, side dishes, fruits and desserts which you put into plastic containers which are all weighed together for determining the price of the meal. All the foods and fruit... More 

Thank dhen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Folks if you're ever in Harlem you need to try this place, street soul food that tastes so good, local atmosphere where the locals ushered us in with words of praise for the food...it is a cafe style place where all the locals seem to love...what more can I say!

Thank Michelle C
Townsville, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

What a great place to eat in a Harlem lots of veggie and meat choices with loads of salads. Everything made fresh that day If nothing else. Grab a coffee and listen to owners Andy's great selection of Jazz music - Miles could be right beside you !

1 Thank C3070QUdeborahm
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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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25 reviews
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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 

1 Thank aussie127
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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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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.

1 Thank Bronzed Lady W
South Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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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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