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“Over rated!”

Sylvia's Restaurant
Ranked #337 of 13,765 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Harlem
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Over rated!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We went there because it was featured on Man vs Food. We ordered the same meal as on the show, the fried chicken. To be honest, it was good, but nothing to brag about, seriously. I don't know what it was like few years back when it was featured on the show, but if it was better then it clearly dropped the ball since. That's probably what happens to places once they get a reputation, they don't need to try as hard. Or maybe we had higher expectations because of the show, I'm not sure. It was pricey for what it was.

The service was pleasant. They also do gospel singing there each Sunday.

The toilets were filthy, didn't see the kitchen but I hate seeing filthy toilets in a restaurant, doesn't give a good impression at all.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tourist-heavy, but a fun experience”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Definitely go to Sylvia's on off-hours (or make a reservation, if they accept them!), but it's worth the trip for the experience, this history, and the soul-food. Also, despite what you may have heard, Harlem is beautiful, and this part of the neighborhood is very safe and full of history. Enjoy!

  • Visited November 2012
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Olympia, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Easy to find in Harlem”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Went for the BBQ and sweet potato pie and loved every bite! Sad to see that Sylvia had passed away last year, but what a legacy she left with her family.

  • Visited August 2013
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“The fried chicken is simply out of this world!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

We came here for a breakfast one morning and really enjoyed what we had and what we saw. The hash was great!

Then on my last day in New York, just before heading to the airport I made a beeline for this place to get something to eat for a late lunch! I ordered chicken, which was amazing! For such a large piece of chicken the fact that it was still moist and succulent was greatly appreciated.

However, while the chicken was fantastic it was the garlic mash the sealed the deal! It was simply some of the best mashed potato Ive ever had in my life! :)

Additionally, the corn bread was off the scale! Still warm, moist and great tasting with butter!

This was a great meal and I loved watching the locals coming and going and how they interacted with the staff. Quite clearly the staff knew everyone who came in and greated them almost as if they were the most important people in their lives. The welcoming each customer got was heart warming :)

Great place to come and eat, no two ways about it!!!

  • Visited October 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth the trip up into Harlem just for this!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Read in our trusty guidebook that Sylvia's was the place to go for soul food up in Harlem. We did a walking tour and then, just up the road form the Apollo theatre, we came to Sylvia's. Man, the food was just awesome here - exactly what we expected from warm corn-bread to fried chicken and ribs with collard greens and mach potatoes. Amazing food. Staff was also super friendly and helpful. Decor was not mind-blowing but all the pics of celebs who have visited and eaten over the years was truly amazing. Do check this out in NYC!

  • Visited September 2013
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