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“Great, tasty food at Sylvia's”

Sylvia's Restaurant
Ranked #345 of 13,936 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Harlem
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We called from Penn Station at 11:40 AM to ask for breakfast. They said yes until 1 PM. Caught the subway (the 2 or 3) and got off at 125th Street in Harlem. It was a quick, uneventful ride. Seating was quick. Lots of breakfast items to choose. I had salmon cakes, grits, & eggs. It was DEElicious! The service was warm & friendly. They even charged my cell phone. How nice is that??? smile! I've been to Sylvia's in the past. It continues to get high marks from me.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We ate here one evening a while ago, after having booked a table in advance and really been looking forward to it based on other reviews. The service was really courteous and good, but the food was actually nothing special at all. I had a chicken dish and choose string beans and mashed potatoes. The beans were overcooked, and it was a brown sauce that covered the whole chicken and mash. Sorry to say that I could have made it much better myself. A bit of a disappointment!

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Had a Sunday Gospel Brunch. I suppose this place lives on reputation. The service was ok, food mediocre - even a little tastles. I suppose if you're in the neighborhood... The salmon cakes tasted like tuna. xXx hotsauce was milder than Tabasco. Southern fried chicken was ok. Best part was definitely the potatoes / fries which were really quite good!

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Wow! Do NOT miss a trip to Sylvia's when traveling to NYC- the fried chicken and waffles was one of the best meals I've had in my entire life. Sooooo good!

1  Thank Carol H
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We arrived here at about 12pm on a Sunday and had to wait about 40 mins for a table. We realized when we got there that it was 'Sunday gospel brunch' which meant there was live gospel music being played which contributed to a great atmosphere. Sometimes with celebrity type restaurants you feel like you are being rushed through but this was not the case with Sylvia's. Once we were seated we felt like we were in for a 'normal' meal and the staff were polite, attentive and friendly. Service was well organised and it was nice to be served by staff who seemed to take pride in what they do rather than a pretty twenty-something who would rather be somewhere else.
We had not really eaten soul food before so I do not have a basis to compare it to. However the fried chicken was cripsy and delicious and the pork ribs were sweet. Servings were huge - neither of us could finish it but loved it!

Recommended for tourists - arrive early though!

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