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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 #1,371 of 11,659 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
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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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USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I finally made it to Sylvia's after hearing about this place for so long. I left feeling cheated. The food was good, but nothing special. I expected better than the soul food I can get at home every Thanksgiving. I expected the food to have been elevated somehow. It wasn't. The mac & cheese was just ok. The yams were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Came here having heard amazing things but wasn't really blown away. It was nice enough but not worth going out of your way for. Also as a tourist felt very much like a second class citizen as the main seating area seemed only for locals.

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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Sylvia's was so good that we went back a second time in our five day trip! The three of us decided to get something different so we could taste a variety of the food... I'm so glad we did. Everything we tasted was delicious. It was worth the crowded subway ride. One thing... Be patient!! It took awhile before our... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went for gospel Sunday. It was a lovely experience. The gospel is fun but not necessarily a draw (though the singer was very good). The food is amazing. Try the ribs!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Don 't go here! The only item not spicy was the corn bread. The ribs, chicken, rice and collard greens were way too spicy. The fish was okay, spice-wise, but was really greasy. So was the fried chicken. Food is served family style, so whatever they hand you is what you get. NOt impressed with this place, won't go back... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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Austria
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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