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Sylvia's Restaurant

#1,076 of 11,426 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Harlem
American, Steakhouse, Pizza, Barbecue, Chicken Wings
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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3711
+1 212-996-0660
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8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 142
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  • 54
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  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Put there food in that coconut cake.

My second time here and I loved it. Enjoyed fried chicken, yams, and collard greens. Chicken was awesome. Greens were great. Yams yummy. Went on a Saturday evening and had a 20min wait. Which was not bad. Please leave room for the coconut cake. Lawd have mercy so good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
tyrone P
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Flemington, New Jersey, United States
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I am a frequent traveler to NYC, several times a year and it is my mission to head over to Sylvia's at least once while I'm in town. My first visit was almost 6 years ago and it was that day that I was hooked, the only sad part of that visit was that they ran out of cobbler before... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My second time here and I loved it. Enjoyed fried chicken, yams, and collard greens. Chicken was awesome. Greens were great. Yams yummy. Went on a Saturday evening and had a 20min wait. Which was not bad. Please leave room for the coconut cake. Lawd have mercy so good.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Sylvia's in Harlem has a wonderful story of rags to riches through hard work. The food is average basic food and the drinks were a bit limited but the band was entertaining. Hopefully the feel god factor will counter any minor shortfalls for you.

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome rating, Simon! We're sorry the food wasn't a bit better for you -- we'll work on improving things around here, regardless! If you're ever in NYC again, please feel free to come by. We think you'll have a much better experience the second time around! Best, Sylvia's More 

Lima, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We were in NYC celebrating our 40th birthdays. We enjoyed our visit to Sylvia's. The food was great. We had great service and I would recommend anyone in Harlem to stop by Sylvia's for a great meal. The sweet potatoes were great. And one bite of the banana pudding brought back so many memories of being in my grandma's kitchen... More 

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by to celebrate with us, Angel! It's nice to see we were able to show you a good time. Thanks a ton for the great review and recommendation. If you're ever in Harlem again, please feel free to stop by -- you're more than welcome any time! Best, Sylvia's More 

Italy
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61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I expected a very touristic place, obviously it is but not at a very large extent. You can find there tourists and locals enjoying "soul food" on Sunday lunch. We tried two entrees: the combo plate with the famous BBQ ribs (actually not the best ones we tried in NYC) and the fried chicken and the golden fried shrimps (very... More 

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to hear we defied your expectations, Valery! Thanks for the awesome review and support. Knowing we're worthy has absolutely made our month, so we really appreciate the kind words. If you're ever in the mood for soul food again, please feel free to come by! We know you're in Italy, but we'd be more than happy to be... More 

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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Only my 2nd time in 20 years to visit Sylvia's. Was not disappointed We shared the Combination of fried chicken & ribs with sides of Collards & mac & cheese. Accompanied by piping hot Corn Bread. Everything was enjoyable however too dangerous for your every day meal. A must try & will go back for breakfast. Service was good &... More 

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're glad you had an awesome second time with us, Ann! Thanks so much for the great review. We appreciate the continued support, so please feel free to return for breakfast whenever you wish! Warmly, Sylvia's More 

Conyers
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Are you serious? ?? The food and customer service at this place was awesome. First the hostess Amanda was absolutely top notch. She was pleasant as well as our waitress Jasmine who kept the bottomless mimosas flowing. I'm a southern Girl and I know southern food. The food was absolutely delicious... chicken and waffles seasoned to perfection. So happy we... More 

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Amanda and jasmine will both be thrilled to read this! Thanks so much for all your support and compliments. We hope you'll join us for a meal again soon! Best, Sylvia's More 

Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Sylvia's is an exceptional place! The food was simply delicious, ribs and chicken cooked to perfection, the best chicken I have ever had. The service was impeccable, professional, warm and welcoming. I cannot fault this place at all, it was a comfortable feeling and felt like being with family. I went on a Thursday night, so it wasn't overly busy,... More 

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

You're welcome, Cindy! Thank you for an awesome review and for all your support. Our door's always open, so whenever you're ready for round two, feel free to stop by! Best, Sylvia's More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I took a tour of Harlem and Sylvia's was highly recommended. The ox tail was great. You must have the chicken and waffles. The biscuits were the best I have had in 50 years of living.

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for including us in your tour, Fwilde! We really appreciate you stopping by and we appreciate the support. You're always welcome to return, so feel free to come back anytime! Best, Sylvia's More 

sydney
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111 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Our dining experience in ny was mostly fine dining therefore it was nice to try some good honest home cooked food. Chicken & ribs was quite good, service ok. Not sure if I'll make the journey on our next visit.

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SylviaWoods, owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're glad you had a nice time with us, Woofiedo! However, if there's anything you think we could do to make a journey here for another visit more worthwhile for you, feel free to let us know! Best, Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3711
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighborhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Pizza, Barbecue, Chicken Wings

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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

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