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Sylvia's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Wellington, Florida
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was PACKED! There was a 45 minute wait. Because of the size of the restaurant all the tables were so close together. There's NO INTIMACY whatsoever in this restaurant. I noticed after being seated (in the middle room, I guess), there were the different seating areas. I think the back area was playing soft music as I was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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92 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the warm welcome, quiet friendly atmosphere here. The food was delicious, healthy and hearty. The fried chicken had a lovely crisp and thin batter, not oily at all. Worthy of its reputation.

Thank JennyZ1959
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Jenny, we're always happy to meet new friends, so we're happy you felt welcome when you walked in. It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your food too, and we can't wait to see you again next time. All the best, Sylvia's More 

2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just got back from Sylvia's where u get food worse than usual for triple the price. Ordered La Kinera and all I can say is: Don't order La Kinera. The beef was just awfully gooey and the enchiladas were pretty much tasteless. Margaritas were good ! Not worth 12$ tho. Mojito was too sweet and ceviche was bought (dry and... More 

Thank Dom I
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Dom, we're so sorry to hear that you had some issues with your food, but it looks like you accidentally left a review for the wrong restaurant. We don't serve Mexican food, as we're a classic soul food restaurant. However, we'd love to have you by sometime to show you how we do things here! Sincerely, Sylvia's More 

New York City, New York
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hadn't realized that Syvia's has dining room service and surprisingly counter service too..(plus when crowded, they may open other rooms that sprawl along their block -- unsure) We ate at the counter and were able to order delicious fried chicken (with eggs and grits) even though it was only 9-something in the morning. The people behind the counter were very... More 

Thank Paul S
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Paul, whether you're dining at the counter or in the dining room, we're all about having a great time. And there's never a bad time for chicken! It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything, and we hope you'll come check out the dining room sometime. All the best, Sylvia's More 

St. Louis
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I simply did not want to leave this restaurant. Felt so welcomed and happy and comfortable, and have I mentioned happy :) The portions are big, the food was great, the staff are the most amazing people ever.....it was more like a diner to me but the diner that i absolutely loved.

Thank jazzSt_Louis
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We didn't want you to leave either! Guess that just means you'll have to come back again soon. Thanks so much for all your kind words -- we're thrilled you had a great time. Hope to see you back again soon, Sylvia's More 

Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to this place with high expectations, based on the many positive comments one can find in TripAdvisor (and I usually agree with them). I am before all, a big eater and love trying new foods and flavours. However, and even thought the ambiance (music, location, style) was super nice and the service very attentive and clean, the food... More 

Thank Cristian V
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Cristian, we're always eager to meet new guests, especially those who describe themselves as big eaters, so we're disappointed that we let you down. While it's great to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and service, we know that it all comes down to the food. All of our food (including our sauce) is prepared fresh daily, so we apologize... More 

London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely friendly and polite staff and a spotless restaurant with a simple but hearty menu. Don't order dessert, they're not worth the $7 dollar minimum but do order the collard greens, the mac and cheese and more importantly the garlic mash. So so delicious. As was the fried chicken and ribs combo my boyfriend had. Free cornbread too which was... More 

Thank munkat
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry to hear your catfish didn't quite blow you away, but we're glad your sides were great. Next time, let us know if there are any issues with your meal, and we'll do our best to take care of it right away. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here as a Man v Food fan and was not disappointed. Came in a group of 5 and we're seated in 20 minutes. Awesome place. Great service. Music was on point and the food was next level. Best fried chicken I've ever had and the ribs, mash and mac cheese were deliscious. I would eat here weekly if I... More 

Thank Grazza2981
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Grazza -- it's great to hear you found us through MvF! We had a blast being on that show, and it's always great to meet new people from it. Of course, we know we've gotta live up to that reputation, so we're thrilled that it was all delicious. Hopefully you'll be a local someday, because we'd love to see you... More 

New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No wonder Sylvia's is perennially popular - I have lived in New York since 1992, and while restaurants come and go constantly, Sylvia's is refreshingly reliable. The menu is consistently hearty and delicious (not to mention reasonably priced), and the service always extremely gracious. I prefer to come for dinner on a weekend evening, which is generally far less crowded... More 

Thank WindsorTudor
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's always so great to have long-time locals come by, and it's great to hear that things are always fantastic. We hope your 25 years in town have been great, and we look forward to many more visits over the years. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Need to be tested the waffles and fried chicken dish. Good also the eggs with bacon and potatoes. Service is very fast and kind.

Thank roberto-rotondi
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Roberto -- we're glad you liked the chicken and waffles! Thanks for trying out our soul food cooking; we hope you'll be back again soon. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighborhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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