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Sylvia's Restaurant

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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Nottingham, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was good, But I wouldn't rate it Excellent. I have had better chicken and waffles in the south. But it was good.. The service was just okay. very slow we sat there for about 10 minutes before they even came over with water and to see what we wanted to drink. So service could improve. I don't think... More 

Thank teeepee260
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We know that the South is hard to compete with when it comes to soul food, but we do our best to add a New York spin on the classic cooking. Sorry if there was some delay with your service, but it's good to hear that you enjoyed all your food. If the chicken and waffles didn't quite blow you... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are from the South like myself, you might be a little let down. It was good, but it wasn't all the hype. It was a nice experience, it gave us a chance to go to Harlem, and the chicken was good, but i wasn't blown away. They had good strong drinks so i can say that the drinks... More 

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

Audra, we always love cooking for people from the south, but we apologize if you felt it was a let down. It sounds like things were still pretty tasty, even if you weren't quite blown away, and we'd love another chance sometime to truly knock your socks off. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Detroit, Michigan
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After riding in Central Park,we had breakfast at Sylvia's. The staff was friendly and efficient. The food was fresh,well prepared and delicious. I had fish and grits. The fish was prepared to perfection. The food was plentiful. I had enough for another meal.

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

What a great way to start the day, Gwendolyn! Thanks for coming to see us after your ride. We're happy that all your food was delicious, and -- of course -- plentiful. Can't wait to see you again soon. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as a family for Gospel dinner. As an experience it was ok, but underwhelming. The singer was good and circulated the tables but the experience was undermined by a thumping dubbed bass soundtrack which drowned her singing and all the conversation. Eventually we asked to move to an outside table to avoid the disco bass which was giving... More 

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

Sorry for the volume at your first table -- hopefully things were better after the move. We're glad that you enjoyed the time here, though we apologize if you felt the food was just okay. Next time, be sure to let your server know if things are dry so we can switch it out with a fresh plate for you.... More 

Perth, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch as we wanted to try it. The food was lovely and the service pretty good. We shared a chicken combo with 2 sides included and it was plenty. Wished Sylvia was still alive as I think it would've been 5 stars from what we've read. Still worth a visit for good soul food.

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

Thanks for stopping in, Di! We're glad you finally got to try us out and even happier that all your food was delicious. We try to do everything the way Sylvia did, but it's hard to live up to her perfection. Hope you'll come see us again soon! - Sylvia's More 

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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No trip to NYC is complete without a stop at Sylvia's for the best soul food you will ever have. Sylvia opened this place up in 1962 when she moved to Harlem from Louisiana. Since then it has become an icon of Harlem. If you are lucky you will go on a night with live music. Easy to get to.... More 

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

Great to here that we've become a staple of your NYC trips, Omar! It's always great to see travelers, so thanks for coming back to stop by. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Sylvia's More 

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sylvia's is located in Harlem very near the 125 street subway stop and a short walk from the historic Apollo Theater. Our visit took place on a Wednesday evening. We were greeted by friendly hostesses and seated promptly. If you're from the south and visiting NYC, the menu will be very familiar to you. Based on reviews, i ordered the... More 

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

Fried chicken is a great place to start on your first visit here, and it sounds like it was a big hit! We're glad that your service was fantastic too. Hopefully you got to see some other great things around Harlem, and we hope you'll come back to see us again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a pre-Apollo Theatre dinner here.A large restaurant and Harlem institution, there was live music on Friday night, fortunately playing in the other room. Interesting menu and lots of food. Some of the Southern specials and greens were not great, but the fried chicken and standards are quite good. Our service was very bad and we continually had to... More 

Thank Douglas T
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Douglas, we're sorry to hear that your service was such a distraction to your meal. Customer service is our number one priority, so we apologize if you got a different impression of how we do things. That said, it sounds like your food was delicious -- we're thrilled that you liked the chicken so much. We hope your show at... More 

Paris, France
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Sylvia's years ago and had the memory of a great soul food place. Things have changed considerably, The fried chicken is still good, but not more than dozens of other places in Manhattan. The garlic mashed potatoes only had garlic on the name, and you could make bricks with the Mac and cheese. The atmosphere is gone... More 

1 Thank Lucien69
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm glad you had great memories of your visit years ago, though we're sorry your recent meal didn't live up to it. It's great to hear that your chicken was still good, but we know how important the sides are too. If they weren't to your liking, we would have replaced them with a fresh order had you let us... More 

Fuerth, Germany
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were kind of super happy customers as the food was really tasty (kids chicken fingers maybe a bit too spicey), service was great too. But when it came to settling the balance, a 15% service fee came on top of everything and the tip too. So you can add ~35% to any price you see on the menu. The... More 

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

We're glad that you loved the food! As for the service fee, that is included gratuity, which is attached to bills of larger parties for convenience. We apologize if there was any confusion there, and we would have happily clarified that for you if you'd asked. We hope to see you again soon for another great meal. - Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Harlem

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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