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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3711 (Harlem)
+1 212-996-0660
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Ranked #1,405 of 11,869 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $40
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Neighborhood:
Harlem
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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
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Mayne Island, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Don't ever hesitate to go to Harlem on the subway and go to Sylvia's for chicken and waffles. Food was excellent, service was great and the whole experience was the best. My soninlaws birthday and the waiters came and sang to him and brought him cake. This is a must if you visit NYC a. Can't wait to go again.... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for a great review, Colleen! We're elated to see that you had such a great experience here. You're always welcome to celebrate here, and you're always welcome to stop in if you're hungry! All the best, Sylvia's More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

What a quaint place this was and so warm and cosy. Great place to rest and eat on a freezing cold day. Enjoyed corn bread. Had black eyed peas for the first time.Good music and great staff.

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Oh, we're so glad you enjoyed your time here, Awatea! It warms our hearts to think you were able to take shelter from the cold with us. Feel free to visit any time you're in need of a mini-getaway! All the best, Sylvia's More 

Sydney, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I could only come to one soul food restaurant on my recent trip to New York, so I decided to go to the best soul food in Harlem, and Sylvias didn't let me down. It was authentic, and they gave me complimentary corn bread which was delicious, and I ordered the chicken and waffles and it was to die for.... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to see we didn't let you down! We're happy to let you know that you can always have more of our food. Our door's always open, so feel free to stop in whenever you're in town! All the best, Sylvia's More 

Melbourne, Australia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Probably the coldest walk we did in NYC. Martin Luther to Malcolm X. In the end the food was worth the effort. Full of locals which is a good sign. The chicken is a must try. Service is patchy but OK. We loved the new experience. So different to Melbourne, Australia.

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We can't believe you braved the cold to visit us! That seriously means so much to us, so thank you for braving the weather. It's a relief to hear that it was worth the effort. If you're ever in the city again, please feel free to stop by -- our doors always open for you! All the best, Sylvia's More 

East Ridge, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit and we can't sing its praises enough. The service was absolutely awesome. The food was to die for. We can't wait for our next visit.

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Neither can we, Debbie! Thanks so much for the support. See you soon! All the best, Sylvia's More 

Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Our annual trip to Harlem take us to Sylvia's for a catered "buffet" type meal with the some of the best collard greens you'll find anywhere. Our group of college students were very pleased. The only issue we had was there was not enough vegetarian or vegan options to choose from without just eating "sides". We had ribs, fried chicken... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're sorry about the lack of vegetarian and vegan options! We can only imagine how that must've made the trip a bust for a few folks. That said, we're glad that overall everyone was able to enjoy themselves here. We hope that you'll make it back the next time you come to Harlem! All the best, Sylvia's More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Breakfast, fried chicken, biscuit and grits. I would never have thought it would appeal, never mind be so wonderfully enjoyable. Essentially, simple food done very, very well and served with lashings of warmth. We went based upon recommendation for breakfast in Harlem without knowing its history or reputation. Being served such traditional fare was a wonderful way to start the... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Be sure to thank whoever gave you that recommendation for us, Rosie! We're really glad you stopped by for breakfast. If you're ever in the neighborhood again, we'd love to have you back, so feel free to stop by! All the best, Sylvia's More 

Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Wow... What a place! Tbh I have nothing really to compare it to as we don't rally have this in the UK. We chose this place after seeing in on an Adam Richman show. He staff were really helpful & it had a good atmosphere. We had smothered chicken, chicken in gravy, mac & cheese & mash. It was amazing!!... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's a thrill to see you're a fan! Hopefully the next time you're here in the city we'll get to see you again. Take care! Sylvia's More 

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visit this restaurant every time we go to NYC and we are never disappointed. On our first visit which was in December 2012 the food and service was excellent, the fried chicken is fantastic big pieces, juicy and crispy without being too greasy. PERFECT. Me and my partner loved it. On our next visit in December 2013, again we... More 

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad you're a fan! It's great to see that you and your partner had such a delicious time here. We're looking forward to your visit in March! All the best Sylvia's More 

TX
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I had heard about Sylvia's for years and I finally had the opportunity to go on New Year's Eve. The meal was fantastic, I had Fried Catfish with grits, greens, Mac-n-Cheese. Great! Sad to say they were out of the desert that I requested, Bread-pudding with Boubon Sauce.

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Taniedra M, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Fantastic? We'll take it. Thanks so much for the great review! It's awesome to see you had such a nice time with us. If you're ever in the neighborhood again, we'd love for you stop by. All the best, Sylvia's More 

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Additional Information about Sylvia's Restaurant

Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3711
Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse

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