Amy Ruth's

Amy Ruth's

Southern Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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    The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Time Out New York recommend this place
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    Kim O.
    "Chicken and waffles banana pudding and Mac and cheese are awesome"(80 Tips)
    Ricky G.
    "The Rev. Al Sharpton is definitely worth the trip."(10 Tips)
    MJ S.
    "Amy Ruth's is one of my favorite soul food restaurants."(15 Tips)
    Jessie C.
    "Can't go wrong with the smothered chicken and waffles."(9 Tips)
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  • Stephanie M.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie MaynorDecember 30, 2015
    I went with a large group and discovered the service was impeccable! The Mac and Cheese with the fried chicken and fried whiting were delicious!! Topped off with the Banana Pudding, our meal was great
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 18, 2018
    The fried chicken and waffles platters (many named for famous African Americans, including Rev. Al Sharpton and Michelle Obama) go down peppery-sweet with a splash of the hot stuff. Read more
  • Anthonyheart icon on user image
    AnthonyMarch 25, 2016
    Chicken and waffles are the go to here, but don't forget to order collard greens and Mac & Cheese. You will be in heaven.
  • MJ S.heart icon on user image
    MJ San PabloDecember 29, 2016
    Amy Ruth's is one of my favorite soul food restaurants. Last time I went I got the Rev Al Sharpton! This is a great place to come on a relaxed date or with friends. There's even a kool-aid of the day!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 26, 2013
    Chicken & Waffles is a Harlem specialty. Invented nearby. These folks will lead you to believe that they created it. Not true. Large portions for the church and family set. Sundays require patience.
  • Santia V.heart icon on user image
    Santia ValerioOctober 22, 2016
    The fried chicken w/ mac n cheese, collards and or the candied yams👌🏾. They also have red velvet cake 👏🏾🙌🏾.This is one of my favorite soul food spots in Harlem!
  • Matthew C.heart icon on user image
    Matthew CaldecuttMarch 26, 2016
    Seated in 15 minutes and served in about the same amount of time. Amazing for such a popular spot. First time? Try the Sharpton. Sweet tea is delicious. Corn bread amazing. Can't wait to go back.
  • Sean F.heart icon on user image
    I come ever so often. I've had the Fried Chicken and Catfish, both are very good. My last visit I tried the BBQ Pork Ribs...I know I'm stealing from another brand but they were "Finger Licking Good".
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍October 24, 2017
    Fried Chicken and the most amazing southern hospitality! This place got some bombass chickens and its people got the most beautiful hearts. Want smothered, baked or pan fried chicken? Go here!
  • Terecille B.heart icon on user image
    Terecille Basa-OngDecember 24, 2015
    Cornbread is TO DIE FOR. Regular fried chicken & waffle was spectacular. Mashed potatoes and corn were delicious too. Sweet tea was perfectly sweet. Mac and cheese was actually a little disappointing!
  • Charles G.heart icon on user image
    Charles GuerreroSeptember 6, 2015
    Chicken was juicy and the waffle was amazing. Only criticism: the chicken skin was amazingly crunchy, I just wish it was a little more seasoned.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WinstonMarch 13, 2014
    You absolutely must get chicken and waffles when visiting Amy Ruth's. The Reverand Al Sharpton is my go-to. Read all about my visit on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Jim R.heart icon on user image
    Jim RaySeptember 23, 2018
    The chicken & waffles are famous for a reason. Don’t sleep on the sides — collards are vinegary and still have a little bite, cheesy grits are appropriately artery clogging (skip the okra tho, sadly)
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 21, 2013
    Try the Baked Macaroni & Cheese - This is really incredible. My favorite type of Mac and cheese ever - if you don't like the overly cheesy, runny kind, than you must try this.
  • Devontaheart icon on user image
    DevontaDecember 2, 2012
    The lady at the counter was new but she was hilarious. I ordered to go but I got a sample of the food and it was pretty good. Opens LATE!
  • Tai S.heart icon on user image
    Tai SmithMarch 8, 2014
    The best chicken and waffles I ever had. The decor is relaxing. The music is on point (90's R&B). The macaroni and cheese was also good. The service is friendly.
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best house of chicken & waffles in the city (this is an urban take on southern soul food that originated in Harlem, where fried chicken, waffles, syrup, and hot sauce combine with awesome results).
  • Dwyer W.
    Dwyer WilliamsSeptember 27, 2013
    Excellent and super friendly service. Smothered chicken and waffles are fantastic! Candied sweets are good. Sweet tea a bit too sweet but all in all a great eating experience.
  • Carmen O.
    Carmen OperettaJuly 20, 2013
    Great service. The food came out fast. The smothered fried chicken, collards, with mac&cheese was great. What......a soul food restaurant can serve this up in Harlem....WHOA!!!???
  • James L.
    James LeeMarch 10, 2013
    Went home a happy camper after trying their delicious fried chicken. I was expecting a little more for the price, but the quality is there and the two sides that come with your order are huge!
  • Daniel A.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ANovember 4, 2017
    Can’t go wrong with Fried chicken, fried okra and Mac n cheese. But for real, how is the fried chicken here so much better than everywhere else?
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BMarch 20, 2013
    Brought an out of town friend here for some genuine soul food. Didn't disappoint! Service is friendly, the chicken sandwich I got was a little dry. Get the fried okra, it's amazing.
  • Shanna S.heart icon on user image
    Shanna ScottOctober 16, 2016
    I love this place. Great comfort food and plenty of seating. However, it can get busy at times.
  • TYreeheart icon on user image
    TYreeJune 3, 2015
    After all the hype and press about this place, it was somewhat of a disappointment bland food very viny and stemy greens but the catfish was excellent and the mac & cheese was decent
  • Match T.heart icon on user image
    Match ThisflyJune 26, 2016
    Great after hanging out in Harlem until the wee hours. I would go for the chicken wings and waffles. The chicken for the chicken and waffles was too dry.
  • Jen D.
    Jen DangNovember 16, 2013
    The smothered chicken and waffles (aka Rev. Al Sharpton) was by far the best chicken and waffles I've ever had!
  • Tohm S.heart icon on user image
    Tohm SansaniOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried chicken wings are on point! Love the fried catfish, too. Collards and the fried okra are the two best sides. All fried everything!
  • Jen S.heart icon on user image
    Jen ShinFebruary 7, 2015
    chicken and waffle. hands down the softest waffle ive ever had. better than roscoes in LA by far.
  • Didier D.
    Didier DorgaAugust 9, 2013
    Despite being busy, service was friendly. Sides and drinks on the sweet side but good. You will definitely get the "itis"! Got the Obama (bbq) pretty good.
  • hafeez r.
    hafeez rajiAugust 8, 2011
    Oh my god, the best friday I've had in a Long time, why? I did nothing, except go to the best soul food joint on 116th street. They don't deliver so order ahead and pick up or just go there order to g Read more
  • Jessie C.heart icon on user image
    Jessie CatanaSeptember 29, 2015
    Yummmm. Can't go wrong with the smothered chicken and waffles. Service was super quick;we were in and out in less than an hour.
  • Jessica
    JessicaAugust 2, 2013
    Best waffles I've ever had and I've been to Roscoes in LA sides and chicken are great as well! Home made syrup is the icing on the cake!!
  • Uiru
    UiruNovember 1, 2014
    Breakfast menu only before 11:30am. The Tommy Tomitas (fried wings & waffles) is good. Friendly service too :)
  • Moses N.
    Moses NelsonJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fishermans platter, catfish, fried shrimp & a crab cake. The crake cake was exceptional. The food was done perfectly
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 8, 2018
    Long spears of delicately fried okra are delivered lightly crisped, and the baked mac ’n’ cheese is gooey on the inside and bubbly-brown on top. Read more
  • Akiko B.
    Akiko BombitaSeptember 13, 2014
    Tourist trap but the food is still solid. Waffles, fried shrimp and mac and cheese are so good. Plus you can order kool aid with your meal!
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TanMay 12, 2014
    You MUST get the baked catfish! Also really great melt-off-the-bone beef short ribs, meatloaf and of course fried chicken.
  • Dorothy H.heart icon on user image
    Dorothy HuntApril 28, 2016
    I had the RUBY DEE my friend had the honey dip chicken. Omgggg both were AWESOME!! Greens were under cooked but everything else was on point.
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The original supper clubs that invented chicken & waffles are no longer around, but Amy Ruth's is definitely the best example of Harlem style C&W in modern times.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterMay 12, 2018
    What I’d order: Jerk Ckn, Cornbread, collard greens, Mac & Cheese, Chicken & Waffles. Bonus: open ‘til 5:30am on Sat & Sun’s. 🦉
  • Enn E.heart icon on user image
    Enn EssJune 11, 2015
    Try the Dr. Walter Delph Fisherman’s Platter (Fried Shrimp, Catfish & Crab Cake)
  • Jeaniene S.
    Jeaniene SimmonsJune 15, 2013
    The food was beyond delicious!!! If you're in the area you must visit and enjoy the food! Yumm-o!
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TanJanuary 13, 2012
    Go for the fried catfish and fried okra-BEST CHOICE EVER, SO TASTY!! also great mac n cheese, mash n cornbread. Candied yams n Reggie's honey chicken both overly sweet.
  • Natalie L.heart icon on user image
    Natalie LeMossJune 20, 2021
    The beef ribs and fried chicken combo, get it!! Best ribs in nyc, and the fried chicken is so good.
  • Jonheart icon on user image
    JonJanuary 5, 2019
    Great comfort food! Really enjoyed the chicken and waffles. My mom absolutely loves the chicken wings.
  • Brigitte P.heart icon on user image
    Brigitte PerezAugust 17, 2015
    Been here twice and ordered the sautéed shrimp. Sauce is very flavorful. Good music.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 16, 2013
    Open until 5:30am, this is the best fried chicken hot spot to hit up after a late night out on the weekend!
  • Ant G.heart icon on user image
    Ant GreeneJuly 24, 2017
    Chicken and waffles, Mac and cheese, Kool aid, ... I've tried several things on the menu and I have not been disappointed.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PainitzJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Catfish and Waffles. I know it sounds weird but its awesome. A little pricy but def worth trying. Hot sauce, syrup, catfish, and waffle...all in one bite!
  • Nicolas L.heart icon on user image
    Nicolas LampertAugust 26, 2014
    I've took waffle with bacon. I wasn't a great fan of the mix of the taste. By the way, the waffle was excellent
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