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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
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8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Saw this place on man vs food and made it my mission to come here on my visit to NYC... The food here was amazing! The fried chicken, ribs, garlic mash, potato salad, mac & cheese... all perfect! The service was also excellent!

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Thank Raymond V
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't fault the food or the service, but their bloody mary was ridiculously spicy - to the extent that we had to swap it for a mimosa. There was about 2 inches of spice visible at the bottom of the glass - not nice. Chicken and Waffles were perfect and my husband had the pork chop and he said this... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my Uncle Obie's favorite spots. Five of my family members chose to dine here. While my family enjoyed the greens, ribs and macaroni & cheese. I didn't enjoy the salmon croquettes and the vegetarian greens were average. The okra, corn and tomato gumbo was the highlight of the dinner for me...then there was the peach cobbler! All is... More 

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

Glad to hear that you and Uncle Obie are big fans! Thanks for coming by with the whole family -- sounds like you guys had a blast. We're sorry to hear that the salmon and greens didn't blow you away, but it's great that the rest of your meal was on point. Hope to see you guys again for another... More 

london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth the trip to try this delicious combination. Great for lunch and dinner with a great atmosphere.

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

Thanks for making the trip to see us! Whether for lunch or dinner (or breakfast!) we're happy to have you, and we hope you'll come see us again soon. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Greenwich CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner reservations and were seated right away. They were for pretty early as we had a meeting not far away. Based on reviews we had the chicken and BBQ rib combo. They were fabulous. Crispy and very moist inside. A must try!!! Thanks Sylvia's; you made me look good as I recommend we eat here.

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Thank CTNYC16
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by before your meeting! It sounds like you had a fantastic time, and we're thrilled that the chicken and ribs were so good. It's so great having people try us out for the first time, and we look forward to your second visit! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had to visit this famous soul food restaurant whilst in Harlem. Lived up to expectations. Busy, friendly, excellent service and soul food to die for. A must go to if you are ever in the area.

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Thank Mr-Cinnamon-UK
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're glad to hear that we could follow through on your expectations! It's so great that you came to see us from across the pond, and we're thrilled that everything was so tasty. And of course, it's fantastic to hear that your service was on point. Hope to see you again on your next visit! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Ambridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been going to Sylvias twice a year for about 10 years. We have always gone for dinner and the food and service has always been great. This trip after going to dinner there we decided to try breakfast. We went on a Sat morning. While the food was okay, the service was horrible Our waitress seemed to be... More 

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

Dianne, we appreciate all your support through the years, and it saddens us to see that your recent visit didn't live up to the past decade of great service. As you know, great service is just as important to us as tasty home cooking, so we apologize that you caught us on an off day this time around. We hope... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am writhing about Sylvia's All Natural Cookin', Dippin' & Moppin' Sauce. I live in Richmond, Virginia where I have been using this sauce for years to make spare ribs. I have to say it is the best barbecue sauce I have ever tasted in my life. I didn't know that Sylvia had a restaurant until today when I went... More 

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Thank 58indiag
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad you're a big fan of the sauce!! We love hearing that people are using it all over the place, and we're thrilled that it has taken your BBQ to a new level. Thanks so much for your support -- we hope to see you in person soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Kent
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved coming here. I have never been to a soul food restaurant before and this was great. I had a chicken and rib combo and it was delicious. Lovely service. Will be back when come to NY again

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

We love introducing people to soulfood, Jon and Lizzie -- thanks for coming to see us! It's great to hear that your first experience was delicious, and we're thrilled that your service was great too. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't wait long outside to get a seat and got immediately a warm welcome. Tried the BBQ Ribs/Chicken Combo Mac&Cheese Mashed garlic potatoes, which gives you a good idea of the food you get here. I liked it and fell in love with the garlic mashed potatoes. I found actually that the Sugar Hill Beer was great with that food.... More 

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Thank walhalla254
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're happy to see everyone who comes in, and we do our best to seat everyone as quickly as possible -- we know how important it is to get food out soon! It sounds like everything was delicious, which is awesome to hear, and we hope to see you again soon. All our best, Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40
Cuisine
American
Meals
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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
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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