Amy Ruth's

Amy Ruth's

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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  • Datrianna M.
    "Chicken & waffles are so good that I can never try anything else!"(68 Tips)
    Ricky G.
    "The Rev. Al Sharpton is definitely worth the trip."(8 Tips)
    Kaitlyn
    "Smothered chicken and waffles with greens & mac n cheese."(8 Tips)
    Carmen O.
    "The smothered fried chicken, collards, with mac&cheese was great."(9 Tips)
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  • Stephanie M.
    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
  • Sean F.
    Sean Franklin4 days ago
    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".
  • 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.
  • Mike W.
    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
  • Charles G.
    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.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 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).
  • Terecille B.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tai S.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Anthony
    AnthonyMarch 25
    Chicken and waffles are the go to here, but don't forget to order collard greens and Mac & Cheese. You will be in heaven.
  • Santia V.
    Santia ValerioOctober 22
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Uiru
    UiruNovember 1, 2014
    Breakfast menu only before 11:30am. The Tommy Tomitas (fried wings & waffles) is good. Friendly service too :)
  • 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!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128August 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.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlvaradoAugust 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!!
  • 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!!!???
  • Shanna S.
    Shanna ScottOctober 16
    I love this place. Great comfort food and plenty of seating. However, it can get busy at times.
  • Dan P.
    Dan 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!
  • Tohm S.
    Tohm SansaniOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • 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!
  • Match T.
    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 S.
    Jen ShinFebruary 7, 2015
    chicken and waffle. hands down the softest waffle ive ever had. better than roscoes in LA by far.
  • 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!
  • Ann D.
    Ann DonagheyNovember 6, 2011
    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
  • Moses N.
    Moses NelsonJuly 6, 2015
    Try the Fishermans platter, catfish, fried shrimp & a crab cake. The crake cake was exceptional. The food was done perfectly
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 12, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sunny Y.
    Sunny YDecember 8, 2011
    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.
  • Ca'Real J.
    Ca'Real JohnsonNovember 3, 2012
    Get the sunrise for a drink its amazing like a party in ya mouth ans the Mac n cheese is.official baby..... Sweet potatoes on deck
  • Dorothy H.
    Dorothy HuntApril 28
    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.
  • Jessie C.
    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.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 4, 2011
    What more do you need to know except that Amy Ruth's menu contains a special called the Rev. Al Sharpton? (That's a chicken-and-waffles combo.)
  • Enn E.
    Enn EssJune 11, 2015
    Try the Dr. Walter Delph Fisherman’s Platter (Fried Shrimp, Catfish & Crab Cake)
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynFebruary 17, 2014
    Try the Baked Mac & Cheese - The #best Mac n cheese that I have ever had. It was cheesy, soft but not too salty.
  • Soku M.
    Soku MassimoSeptember 8, 2011
    The waffle is to die for best I've ever had. The yams are awesome. The greensare good but if you're expecting regular you won't like them.
  • Devonta
    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!
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Elishia C.
    Elishia ConstantineSeptember 18, 2012
    Chicken and waffles were amazing. Candied yams were from a can and poorly doctored to taste like the real thing. Cornbread was delicious.
  • Miyoshi D.
    Miyoshi DeSouzaNovember 1, 2010
    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)
  • Luz C.
    Luz CruzMarch 18, 2012
    Amazing chicken and waffles. This place is always packed on the weekends, I would recommend going early to bypass the churchgoers.
  • Nicolas L.
    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
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Collards, cornbread, mac 'n' cheese—you can't go wrong with any of this Harlem institution's soul food offerings.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezAugust 17, 2015
    Been here twice and ordered the sautéed shrimp. Sauce is very flavorful. Good music.
  • Mairie R.
    Mairie RaxyNovember 24, 2013
    Have the best of both worlds: The Tommy Tommita w a side of Gravy! (I love their smothered chx, but want it crispy)
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