Sylvia's Restaurant

Sylvia's Restaurant

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant
328 Malcolm X Blvd (btwn 126th & 127th St), New York, NY 10027, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Outdoor Seating:

Offering top-notch services, Sylvia's Restaurant is dedicated to providing our customers with fresh ingredients and irresistible soul food.


Based on 438 votes

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    Frank W.
    "California Style (w/ Brown Gravy) Chicken & Waffles were awesome."(20 Tips)
    Athena L.
    "Get the Collard Greens and Mash Potatoes"(14 Tips)
    George H.
    "I had Sylvia's World Famous BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken combo."(4 Tips)
    Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    "early on Sundays and hit the gospel brunch"(3 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • soul food
  • chicken
  • collard greens
  • mac & cheese
  • ribs
  • cornbread
  • grits
  • family-friendly
  • lively
  • banana pudding
  • authentic
  • peach cobbler
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • cocktails
  • casual
  • meatloaf
  • fried pork chops
  • biscuits
  • Matteo Z.

    Miglior soul food di harlem....Pollo fritto buonissimo

    Matteo Zucco · 1 week ago
  • Sasha F.

    I had the shrimp and grits for brunch. It was great, but it did take a while to prepare and get the check.

    Sasha Friedenberg · 1 week ago
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals

    For something special, get up early on Sundays and hit the gospel brunch Read more

  • Klrod ..

    The service was respectable, the food was excellent.

    Klrod . · July 22
  • Oz Moving & Storage

    Tons of history at Sylvia's. Oh, and chicken.

  • Tamar T.

    I ate at this Resturant Mother's Day 2014. The wait was ridiculous but understandable due to what day it was...the server whose name I forgot was rude and impatient. We were a party of 5.

    Tamar Thomas · July 5
  • John B.

    Chicken and Waffles... Period.

    John Brian · June 28
  • Thomas C.

    Great food, good portions.

    Thomas Cage · June 17
  • tolu

    Mac n cheese was one of the best things on the menu

    tolu · June 13
  • Brotha K.

    Enjoyed the food and very nice staff. Meatloaf was on point and try the candied yams.

    Brotha K. · May 26
  • P G.

    Wonderful experience. Food was wonderfully spiced and large portions!

    P G · May 17
  • Allison L.

    Chicken and waffles 🍗

    Allison Loftus · May 17
  • Crystal W.

    Candied Yams were Delicious ;)

    Crystal Ward · May 7
  • Erina Y.

    Fried Chicken with collard greens & Mac and cheese!!! Authentic soul food. Est 1962

    Erina Yoshida · April 24
  • Wendy V.

    Best soul food!

  • Nick H.

    Lunch special plate is on point

    Nick Hill · March 25
  • Meghan S.

    My first chicken and waffles experience... I was not disappointed. Plus the collard greens were SO GOOD

    Meghan Simon · March 12
  • lidia p.

    Soul en directo, merece la pena y mucho esperar la cola para entrar!!!

    lidia perez · March 9
  • Dave C.

    Collard greens are a must. Skip the lemonade.

    Dave Cummings · February 24
  • Susanna A.

    Gospel brunch is a nice experience; the singing is entertaining. Food is overrated -- southern fried chicken is dry.

    Susanna An · February 12
  • Molly E.

    Went for Thanksgiving meal and got some of the best southern food I've ever had. One of my new favorites for when I need to feed my soul...Lol

    Molly Elaine · February 8
  • Raffa R.

    Best soul food, best food for the soul. B-B-Que Ribs and Fried Chicken were everything I dreamt they'd be.

    Raffa Rodriguez · December 21, 2014
  • ryan s.

    Too expensive for fried chicken, not impressed

    ryan struck · December 13, 2014
  • Carlo M.

    Bbq ribs and fried chicken. I love soul food.

    Carlo Molino · December 12, 2014
  • Katerina A.

    No no. Go to the Red Rooster instead, much better quality. Unless you go for quantity, then Sylvia's offers more for less money

    Katerina Anna · December 3, 2014
  • Brittany

    Food is AMAZING!!!! Chicken and waffles were beyond good!

    Brittany · November 27, 2014
  • Kate W.

    One of the greatest disappointments of my life.

    Kate Wagner · November 23, 2014
  • Wandering B.

    Such lovely staff. Had the chicken and waffle.

    Wandering Bailey · November 21, 2014
  • Michelle W.

    Let's start off by talking about the collard greens. So perfectly cooked. Then there's the mind blowing corn bread. I would come back for that alone. The fried catfish is crispy and flavorful.

    Michelle Wu · November 13, 2014
  • Mazil

    Good service but the food was rather bland.

    Mazil · November 11, 2014
  • Ruoyi J.

    Fried chicken is great. Ribs are disgusting. Seriously, so bad.

    Ruoyi Jiang · November 8, 2014
  • Nick B.

    Fried chicken. Mac & cheese. Everything. Except the red velvet cake.

    Nick B. · November 2, 2014
  • Matthijs

    There are more toilets downstairs

    Matthijs · October 25, 2014
  • Matthijs

    Average food, nothing special

    Matthijs · October 25, 2014
  • Fabio F.

    Super special Sylvia's ribs and chicken has been great for us! Good solution for a tasty dinner in Harlem!

    Fabio Fontebasso · October 12, 2014
  • Brie N.

    The fried chicken is amazing

    Brie Nunn · October 2, 2014
  • Henry T.

    Fried chicken of course (go for the dark meat). Cant go wrong with any if their sides. And the chicken livers are a must try!

    Henry Tong · September 21, 2014
  • Robert J.

    chicken n waffles

    Robert Jaworski · September 2, 2014
  • Porter M.

    Oh my Lord, this is the best non-homemade Mac and cheese I've ever had.

    Porter Mason · August 29, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Sylvia's as seen on Man vs Food Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Chef Dadisi O.

    I just enjoyed the BEST meal I've had since arriving in New York. They do it right at Sylvia's. That's why they have the brand they have. #SoulFood

    Chef Dadisi Olutosin · August 12, 2014
  • Fly Lady Dii

    Hated it. If you have lived in the south and KNOW how southern food tastes..this will be a disappointing experience.

    Fly Lady Dii · August 7, 2014
  • Mariella S.

    An unique and delicious tradicional food experience At Harlems!

  • Denia J.

    The food is AMAZING!!! Real traditional southern cuisine. I had the meatloaf, collards, mac n cheese,garlic mash potatoes and catfish fingers. OMGosh DELICIOUS!!!! Can't wait to go back

    Denia Jones · July 16, 2014
  • Hunter H.

    Great fried chicken, subpar waffles. Friendly service and a surprising array of cocktails on the menu.

    Hunter Harris · June 27, 2014
  • Calvin T.


    Calvin Teoh · June 1, 2014
  • Payne G.

    The fried chicken was slap yo momma good! Get the greens and the mac and cheese but stay away from the cakes. The cake was so dry it tastes like dirt!

    Payne Garcia · May 17, 2014
  • Compass

    Celebrity and special occasion clients turn to chef Sylvia Woods’ catering services for bread and banana pudding, behemoth cobbler pans, and more.

    Compass · May 15, 2014
  • Compass

    The constantly packed eatery serves caters to locals and tourists seeking some of the most lauded mac and cheese and Sunday comfort lunch fare in the city.

    Compass · May 15, 2014
  • Terance T.

    Go for the meatloaf, it's so good.

    Terance Thatch · May 14, 2014

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