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!"(66 Tips)
    Ricky G.
    "The Rev. Al Sharpton is definitely worth the trip."(7 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."(8 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ariel S.
    Ariel SeltzerJuly 26, 2015
    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
  • 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
  • TYree
    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
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinFebruary 7, 2015
    chicken and waffle. hands down the softest waffle ive ever had. better than roscoes in LA by far.
  • Uiru
    UiruNovember 1, 2014
    Breakfast menu only before 11:30am. The Tommy Tomitas (fried wings & waffles) is good. Friendly service too :)
  • Tohm S.
    Tohm SansaniOctober 11, 2014
    Fried chicken wings are on point! Love the fried catfish, too. Collards and the fried okra are the two best sides. All fried everything!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Tee M.
    Tee Michel'eJune 23, 2014
    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!!!
  • 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.
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Collards, cornbread, mac 'n' cheese—you can't go wrong with any of this Harlem institution's soul food offerings.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!???
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128August 24, 2012
    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.
  • Nina J.
    Nina JJuly 16, 2012
    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
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 21, 2012
    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).
  • 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.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney McIntoshFebruary 27, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PainitzJanuary 2, 2012
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Amy B.
    Amy BeauxJune 6, 2011
    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.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LFebruary 2, 2011
    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.
  • 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)
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 4, 2010
    Soul food galore! Sounds odd, but it’s so delicious, but try The Rev. Al SharptonChicken & Waffles (Fried or Smothered…go for Fried!)
  • Alyse F.
    Alyse FeldmanJune 18, 2010
    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!!!
  • 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
  • Sabrina P.
    Sabrina PorterMay 8, 2010
    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
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