Sylvia's Restaurant

Sylvia's 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
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Outdoor Seating:

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


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  • Southern food
  • soul food
  • chicken
  • collard greens
  • ribs
  • mac & cheese
  • cornbread
  • gospel music
  • fried catfish
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • banana pudding
  • peach cobbler
  • cocktails
  • fried pork chops
  • brunch food
  • meatloaf
  • great value
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • Travel Channel

    If you need a little comfort food, head over to Sylvia's for some authentic, lip-smacking Southern soul food.

    Travel Channel · November 15, 2010
  • Gentrifried Chicken

    Chicken and Waffles! Chicken and Waffles!

    Gentrifried Chicken · January 15, 2012
  • Valerie G.

    Try the chicken and waffles - nothing's better than breakfast AND dinner combined.

    Valerie Green · January 6, 2010
  • Lyndsey M.

    Amazing food! Friendly service! And great live gospel music on Sundays! As a Southern transport in the Big Apple, I highly recommend!

    Lyndsey McAdams · July 18, 2010
  • Tony R.

    Make you you get a slice of the Red Velvet Cake. This is how Red Velvet is supposed to taste. :)

    Tony Rahsaan · March 20, 2010
  • Harlem W.

    Have the ribs it's the best, if it's th weekend check out the Sunday breakfast Read more

    Harlem World Magazine · March 27, 2010
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Chicken and Waffles

    Foodspotting · January 10, 2011
  • amNewYork

    For coming on 50 years, Sylvia's Restaurant has been the locus of Harlem's soul food scene. The weekend brunchesjazz on Saturdays, gospel on Sundays — are especially popular.

    amNewYork · September 29, 2011
  • BET

    Sylvia's has been visited by Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Magic Johnson & many others! In honor of Black History, see noteworthy examples of African-Americans' accomplishments:

    BET · February 1, 2013
  • Casey G.

    Get the baked macaroni and cheese! Delish.

    Casey Gotcher · February 22, 2011
  • Brittney H.

    This Southern Girl wasn't impressed... Sylvia's is just okay.

    Brittney Haynes · April 23, 2012
  • Rob

    Come in and just enjoy the food & the history and if your going to somewhere else!

    Rob · August 29, 2010
  • Paula R.

    do you seriously like this place? the food is terrible and it's SO overpriced!

    Paula Ragucci · November 1, 2012
  • @JaumePrimero

    An institution in Harlem, but Sylvia's now has tons of competition. Grits are good :)

    @JaumePrimero · April 2, 2012
  • DIAZ

    I'm sure at some point this restaurant served great soul food but the 4 or 5 times I've eaten there it has been nothing but disappointing. Bad service and just mediocre food.

    DIAZ · January 7, 2012
  • Mike H.

    Pass on this extremely overrated Harlem landmark.

    Mike H · June 22, 2011
  • 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
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.

    Tweetie is a sweetheart. Ask for her if you can

    Jemar "Meezy" Souza · January 2, 2013
  • Sasha P.

    horrible service!!!!

    Sasha Porter · November 25, 2010
  • ellen r.

    They said they did not put butter in the grits. But they do I found out

    ellen resnick · August 24, 2010
  • Sabrina

    Biscuits here are sooo good.

    Sabrina · August 14, 2010
  • Andrew T. C.

    Great place hear good music and catch good food.

    Andrew T. Carr · May 1, 2010
  • Joarvonia S.

    Go to Sylvia's Restaurant for breakfast! The giblet gravy was awesome with grits!

    Joarvonia Skipwith · January 5, 2010
  • Allan C.

    order smothered chicken - on a waffle, if you dare - and discover soul food bliss

    Allan Clark · May 15, 2009
  • 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
  • Lily M.

    Good lord, the collard greens...yum! Now I'm not from the south, but I thought they were mighty tasty :). The Mac and cheese and grilled herbed chicken = awesome as well

    Lily Miller · September 20, 2013
  • Erika B.

    Amazing fried chicken...

    Erika Bleich · May 7, 2013
  • Pet S.

    Fried chicken & Mac/cheese is insane. Try the black eyed peas & potato salad!

    Pet S · March 10, 2012
  • Razorfish

    Good old fashioned soul food: Corn, collard greens, mashed potatoes, corn bread, chicken smothered in gravy

    Razorfish · September 20, 2011
  • Sasha P.

    great food but the customer service is terrible.

    Sasha Porter · November 24, 2010
  • hitgirl

    liked the chicken.. and definitely LOVED the garlic mashed potatoes.. the sweet tea probably gave me and the rest of our party, diabetes.. they played a lot of 90s R&B, mainly Aaliyah def, a plus!

    hitgirl · November 14, 2010
  • Elise A.

    SOUL FOOD! Its old school Harlem, but you'll feel at home with the casual atmosphere and DELICIOUS food - fried chicken, mac and cheese and biscuits :P The owner Silvia is usually there to say hello..

    Elise Abdalla · July 1, 2010
  • Mrfantastic8000

    The Fried Chicken is great!!

    Mrfantastic8000 · March 27, 2010
  • 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
  • Brittany

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

    Brittany · November 27, 2014
  • Jack T  👑

    Chicken and waffles!!

    Jack T 👑 · August 14, 2014
  • ShowOff Marketing

    Awesome food with a relaxed family atmosphere

    ShowOff Marketing · December 8, 2013
  • Javin J.

    Great food. :)

    Javin James · October 14, 2013
  • Ade W.

    Amazing livemusic. You can feel still Sylvia's carisma in the air. Ordered:fried chicken , mac &chips. Crispy &cheesy.:). If you like black music&culture this is your place. Obama ate here too

    Ade WILHELM · August 24, 2013
  • Michael D.

    Chicken and waffles was delicious. Everything is very affordable as well.

    Michael Ducille Jr · June 30, 2013
  • Craig T.

    Try the Bbq Pork Ribs & Fried Chicken With Coleslaw & Cornbread Sides - So good! Bringing you next time Ann! :)

    Craig Thompson · May 6, 2013
  • Craig T.

    Try the Corn Bread - This stuff is good!

    Craig Thompson · May 6, 2013
  • tony r.

    I can recommend the Candied Yams and Mac n Cheese as sides. Fantastic.

    tony rocha · November 30, 2012
  • Christine R.

    The Sunday morning brunch is so much fun! They have live soulful gospel music to go with their fantastic classic southern brunch selection. Their fried pork chops and ribs are amazing!

    Christine Ramsey · November 18, 2012
  • Fábio B.

    it may be good somewhere in the past, but currently I think this place is totally overrated. The food was so terrible that I can't believe it has some soul in it.

    Fábio Brito · November 1, 2012
  • Dee D.

    Food is nasty ,will never eat here again

    Dee Dee · August 18, 2012
  • ZOE

    Liked the ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and black eyed peas. Chicken breasts are also delicious.

    ZOE · July 26, 2012
  • Ashlee H.

    I grew up in the south where good cornbread is in abundance, but Sylvia's cornbread may be the best I've ever had.

    Ashlee Haynie · June 2, 2012
  • twocsgirl

    If you're taking out, always heck your order before you leave. They can't ever get it straight.

    twocsgirl · March 18, 2012
  • Jean-Pierre P.

    Si vous y allez en groupe, non appétit... Ne manger pas trop le matin, c'est copieux... Attention au prix des boissons.. Un peu chère à mon goût.; 9 dollars la bière, 11 le verre de vin.

    Jean-Pierre Porte · May 8, 2013

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