Amy Ruth's

Amy Ruth's

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant · Central Harlem
113 W 116th St (at Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY 10026, United States
Hours:
Closed until 7:30 AM Sunday (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 8:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 7:30 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.9/10

Based on 708 votes

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    Kaitlyn
    "Smothered chicken and waffles with greens & mac n cheese."(65 Tips)
    Ricky G.
    "The Rev. Al Sharpton is definitely worth the trip."(7 Tips)
    Jessie C.
    "Can't go wrong with the smothered chicken and waffles."(8 Tips)
    Carmen O.
    "The smothered fried chicken, collards, with mac&cheese was great."(8 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • chicken & waffles
  • mac & cheese
  • rev al sharpton
  • soul food
  • catfish
  • cornbread
  • collard greens
  • casual
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
  • tommy tomita
  • fried okra
  • good for a late night
  • pork chops
  • ribs
  • grits
  • sweet tea
  • Stephanie M.

    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

    Stephanie Maynor · December 30, 2015
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  • Matthew C.

    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.

    Matthew Caldecutt · March 26
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  • hafeez r.

    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

    hafeez raji · August 8, 2011
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  • Terecille B.

    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!

    Terecille Basa-Ong · December 24, 2015
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  • TYree

    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

    TYree · June 3, 2015
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  • Jason 6.

    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).

    Jason 64128 · May 21, 2012
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  • Mike W.

    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

    Mike Winston · March 13, 2014
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  • Harlem A.

    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.

    Harlem Ambassador · March 26, 2013
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  • James L.

    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!

    James Lee · March 10, 2013
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  • Charles G.

    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.

    Charles Guerrero · September 6, 2015
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  • Sabrina P.

    If you are a pork chop fan then call the ambulance to park out front for you at this restaurant. Don't let them take you without having the best smothered porkchop dish i just adore. Then let the para Read more

    Sabrina Porter · May 8, 2010
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  • Sabrina B.

    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.

    Sabrina B · March 20, 2013
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  • Mike C.

    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.

    Mike Chau · December 21, 2013
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  • Tai S.

    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.

    Tai Smith · March 8, 2014
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  • Dwyer W.

    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.

    Dwyer Williams · September 27, 2013
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  • Samantha T.

    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.

    Samantha Tan · January 13, 2012
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  • Anthony

    Chicken and waffles are the go to here, but don't forget to order collard greens and Mac & Cheese. You will be in heaven.

    Anthony · March 25
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  • Jason 6.

    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.

    Jason 64128 · August 24, 2012
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  • Miyoshi D.

    I got the Barack Obama....smothered chicken, collard greens and mac n cheese. It was delicious! I also recommend the Half & Half (half lemonade + half iced tea)

    Miyoshi DeSouza · November 1, 2010
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  • Didier D.

    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.

    Didier Dorga · August 9, 2013
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  • Carmen O.

    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!!!???

    Carmen Operetta · July 20, 2013
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  • Treasure W.

    Order the waffles, yams called greens is outstanding ..the service is friendly and personable the wait staff had been they forever so u will soon have your favorite

    Treasure Williams · May 9, 2010
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  • Dan P.

    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!

    Dan Painitz · January 2, 2012
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  • Ann D.

    Chicken and waffles with gravy!! As a Brit I'd heard about this place and it was better than I'd imagined with friendly staff. The portions are huge but great

    Ann Donaghey · November 6, 2011
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  • Sunny Y.

    the best time to go would be on a weeknight (mon-thurs) around 9pm. otherwise be prepared to wait in line for hours! and yes, the food is THAT good.

    Sunny Y · December 8, 2011
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  • Uiru

    Breakfast menu only before 11:30am. The Tommy Tomitas (fried wings & waffles) is good. Friendly service too :)

    Uiru · November 1, 2014
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  • Ariel S.

    The food was good for what it was. Everything seemed to have too much sugar in it. From the cornbread to the Mac and cheese. -A Mississippi boy

    Ariel Seltzer · July 26, 2015
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  • Jessica A.

    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!!

    Jessica Alvarado · August 2, 2013
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  • Akiko B.

    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!

    Akiko Bombita · September 13, 2014
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  • Sydney M.

    You can't go wrong with their signature dish of chicken and waffles. My bf had the Obama dish and hated it. Greens and sweet potatoes were not good.

    Sydney McIntosh · February 27, 2012
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  • Jen D.

    The smothered chicken and waffles (aka Rev. Al Sharpton) was by far the best chicken and waffles I've ever had!

    Jen Dang · November 16, 2013
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  • Tohm S.

    Fried chicken wings are on point! Love the fried catfish, too. Collards and the fried okra are the two best sides. All fried everything!

    Tohm Sansani · October 11, 2014
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  • Amy B.

    I used to eat here regularly & would have dreams about the chicken and waffles. When I went today the smothered chicken was not as good as it used to be.

    Amy Beaux · June 6, 2011
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  • Alyse F.

    Its not on the menu, but ask for honey-dipped wings and waffles! It will change your life!!! I dream about this meal when I am not in New York!!!

    Alyse Feldman · June 18, 2010
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  • New York Habitat

    For authentic soul food, look no further than Amy Ruth's in Harlem. Everything on the menu is good but its the chicken and waffles that we love.

    New York Habitat · October 12, 2011
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Soul food galore! Sounds odd, but it’s so delicious, but try The Rev. Al SharptonChicken & Waffles (Fried or Smothered…go for Fried!)

    The Corcoran Group · September 4, 2010
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  • Lisa L.

    If you go on a Wednesday try the ox tail dish. Corn bread is amazing as well. And you can never go wrong with the chicken and waffles.

    Lisa L · February 2, 2011
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  • Moses N.

    Try the Fishermans platter, catfish, fried shrimp & a crab cake. The crake cake was exceptional. The food was done perfectly

    Moses Nelson · July 6, 2015
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  • Elishia C.

    Chicken and waffles were amazing. Candied yams were from a can and poorly doctored to taste like the real thing. Cornbread was delicious.

    Elishia Constantine · September 18, 2012
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  • Nina J.

    mashed sweet potatoes are good, but the "Guy Woods And Shay Barnett" is not as good as i thought, lot of pecans, but not a lot of bananas pieces

    Nina J · July 16, 2012
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  • Jessie C.

    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.

    Jessie Catana · September 29, 2015
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  • Jeaniene S.

    The food was beyond delicious!!! If you're in the area you must visit and enjoy the food! Yumm-o!

    Jeaniene Simmons · June 15, 2013
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  • Samantha T.

    You MUST get the baked catfish! Also really great melt-off-the-bone beef short ribs, meatloaf and of course fried chicken.

    Samantha Tan · May 12, 2014
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  • Tee M.

    If you go there in a group, make sure you understand that they do not separate the bill and they automatically add in the gratuity!!!

    Tee Michel'e · June 23, 2014
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  • Luz C.

    Amazing chicken and waffles. This place is always packed on the weekends, I would recommend going early to bypass the churchgoers.

    Luz Cruz · March 18, 2012
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  • Jen S.

    chicken and waffle. hands down the softest waffle ive ever had. better than roscoes in LA by far.

    Jen Shin · February 7, 2015
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  • Nicolas L.

    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

    Nicolas Lampert · August 26, 2014
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  • Hannah Serena G.

    Collards, cornbread, mac 'n' cheese—you can't go wrong with any of this Harlem institution's soul food offerings.

    Hannah Serena Goldstein · April 5, 2014
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  • Wei V.

    Try the Baked Mac & Cheese - The #best Mac n cheese that I have ever had. It was cheesy, soft but not too salty.

    Wei Vayn · February 17, 2014
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  • Brigitte P.

    Been here twice and ordered the sautéed shrimp. Sauce is very flavorful. Good music.

    Brigitte Perez · August 17, 2015
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