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Sylvia's Restaurant

328 Lenox Ave, New York City, NY 10027-3711 (Harlem)
(212) 996-0660
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Ranked #1,316 of 11,652 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $40
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Harlem
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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Sylvia's Soul Food Restaurant has the best chicken, fish, cornbread and greens in town. We went as a group on a Monday. The service was excellent and the atmosphere fantastic. Not too noisy, but perfect for enjoying a meal. If you want good down home cooking in Harlem, then check it out!

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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A group of 5 of us were in NYC for the first time and Sylvia's came very highly recommended on TA. Based on the rave reviews the place had received, I was disappointed. The service was fine and attentive enough, although we were rushed off without even the offer of dessert, which we may have wanted to sample. The food... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

If we had eaten here on our first day in the city, we would have made this restaurant a repeat! The food was SO good. My husband had the ribs with greens and Yams. I had fried chicken with mac and cheese and potato salad. Everything was very tasteful. The cornbread was wonderful as well. Our waitress seemed to busy... More

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Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had read some disappointing reviews about Sylvia's but I went anyway just for the experience. The restaurant was easy to find, within a short walk from the subway station. Once there, I found the outdoor seating to be more appealing than indoor seating. Service was good, as a waitress quickly came to take my order. She brought back an... More

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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I order the same thing every time. Chicken and waffles with an uptown special which is half lemonade and half ice tea. We went this time on a Friday night. Once again we lucked up and found parking right infront of the restaurant. We did not dine in this time but order to go. We waited at the counter but... More

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Sydney
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is not my first time to Sylvia's and will definitely not be my last. The food is definitely "soul food" and very tasty. The service was excellent. We had lunch on a Sunday which was Gospel Sunday and it was a humbling experience to hear the wonderful singing whilst eating lunch. We may be tourists but definitely were not... More

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England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We arrived at a time when it appeared that church had just finished for the locals. Many of which, appeared to be waiting to eat or eating at Sylvia's. There was a list that you would put your name on and wait on the sidewalk. However, this system did not seem to be working as many of the local were... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I enjoyed my chicken and waffles-- the taste is great. I was disappointed because they would not let us split a meal and the prices are high for what you get. The service was also very poor the night we went, which was strange because it was just a normal weeknight. It has a lot of history so if you're... More

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Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We waited 10 mins for a table outside. We were welcomed by the host who was obviously related to Sylvia and ran the restaurant. She recognised our accent and chatted about when Aussie Master Chef came to Sylvia's in Harlem to cook up a challenge. She was lovely & so was our waitress. The food was soul food and just... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There was a short wait to get a table and they had stopped serving breakfast by the time we arrived. However, they give you lots of food. It was good but a bit overrated. Also, it wasn't close to the bus stop we got off at. We had to walk 3 blocks or so and ask for directions.

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