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Sylvia's Restaurant

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Neighborhood:
Harlem
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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
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Pacific City, Oregon
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I grew up with relatives from the south and what they cook always seemed to me to be the same as what is called 'soul food' so it never interested me overly much, but some friends in New York wanted to meet at Sylvia's for dinner so we went. So this was my first 'soul food' restaurant. Well darned if... More 

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Thank aa1767a
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

When someone has a Southern family, we know that they're tough to impress, so it's great to hear that everything was so delicious for you! We try to do things the real Southern way, and it sounds like we nailed it. We hope you enjoyed the music too, and we look forward to having you back again soon! Best wishes,... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After walking the length of Central Park we headed to Sylvia's for a late lunch. On entering the staff were friendly and welcoming. We went for the chicken and waffles and the ribs with Mac and cheese and mash potatoes. Service was quick and one word for when the orders arrived...massive!! Couldn't fault anything with the food or the waiter.... More 

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Thank sportm0nkey
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Hope you enjoyed the long walk in Central Park -- a big meal is the best way to follow that up! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your entire meal, and hopefully you got plenty to eat. Maybe we'll have to invest in a post-meal nap room! Until next time, Sylvia's More 

Kingston, Jamaica
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard the history of this restaurant during a free walking tour and decided to have dinner there. The food is delicous - we had the fried chicken and grilled tilapia. The decor and service had an "old world" flair without any of the grunge. The restaurant was clean with well-pressed white tablecloths and several options for seating. The staff... More 

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

There's nothing like a great meal to cap off a long day, so we're happy that we could help out. It sounds like you had a great time in Harlem! We're thrilled that your food was great (and the service too), and we hope you'll have another chance to come back again for a longer stay to enjoy the music.... More 

France
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207 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here because it was recommended to us and because we were staying nearby, it's just a few minutes walk from the 125 Street Subway station. The staff were friendly, the food was tasty, the portions were typically large, we only had a main course, I had the Fried Shrimp and my husband had the Chicken and Rib Combo.... More 

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

Thanks so much for making the walk over to see us -- we're so happy that you had a great time! It sounds like you guys got plenty to eat; we're sorry if the greens didn't blow your husband away, but it's awesome that everything else was tasty. Hope to see you again soon! Sylvia's More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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449 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I struggled with the menu for a bit because I knew I wanted fried chicken, but wanted to branch out. The waitress(Lanaya) was sweet and when I asked for recommendations she suggested the fried chicken so I went for it. She also recommended the collard greens and they have a vegetarian version, I went for the regular and they were... More 

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

Trypp, when you've got a craving it can be tough to order anything else -- we're so glad you liked the chicken! And of course, it's great to hear that the corn bread hit the spot. Sorry if the service was a bit spotty, but we hope you'll come back and see us again soon so we can show you... More 

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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed everything about this place. The food was great, the drinks were great, the staff was great, The atmosphere was great. You also have a great chance of running into someone famous if you visit. A few years back I saw Mike Tyson, another time there were some Soap Opera stars there.

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Thank j2dagee68
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

And we enjoyed having you! Great home cooking goes hand in hand with friendly service -- it's so nice to see that everything went well. We can't promise that Mike Tyson will be here on your next visit, but we look forward to having you back again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved all the pictures on the walls. They showcase all of the famous figures that have been there as well as Sylvia's family. The food is delicious to say the least. The price is worth it because the portion sizes really could be two meals! Jeanette took excellent care while serving us and was very attentive. Not a bad... More 

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

We've had a blast meeting all the people that adorn the walls, Quin. Glad you enjoyed looking at them, and we're thrilled that you loved the food too! Hope you'll come back again soon. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend recommended this place while we were in New York. We were very happy they did. We went for lunch and it was great. very humble and not fancy. Just down to earth, home cooked food. The staff were very friendly and it had a local vibe. high recommend it

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

We're glad your friend pointed you in our direction! It's great to hear that everything was fantastic on your visit, and we hope you'll come back again soon for some more great and service. Can't wait to see you then! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for dinner prior to going to Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre, which is a short walk away. Booked online prior. Great food, great service, great value. We got fried chicken, ribs and a range of sides. Everything was delicious but we sadly didn't have time for dessert, which I am sure would have been likewise great. Had we... More 

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

Audrey, thanks for coming by for a pre-show dinner! It sounds like everything was delicious, and we hope your show was great too. Can't wait to see you again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well if you'r e looking to pig out on some good soul food then this is the place. The only downside is that on a weekend it can get pretty busy so making a reservation is advised or else you would have to wait at least 25 minutes like we did for a seat. The portions are huge so if... More 

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

Soul food and pigging out go hand in hand sometimes, Trishell -- we're glad you enjoyed it! Sorry if there was a bit of a wait, but we're glad that everything was delicious once you got to the table. Hope to see you again next time you're in the mood for a big meal. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$40
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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Harlem
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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