Sylvia's Restaurant

Sylvia's Restaurant

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
  • Lyndsey M.
    "And great live gospel music on Sundays!"(8 Tips)
    Frank W.
    "California Style (w/ Brown Gravy) Chicken & Waffles were awesome."(24 Tips)
    Jessie C.
    "Collard greens and Mac and cheese are delicious."(16 Tips)
    Sean H.
    "The smothered chicken is good, and the collard greens are the..."(5 Tips)
213 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • soul food
  • gospel
  • chicken
  • collard greens
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  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaOctober 6, 2015
    The chicken really is fantastic. White meat is super juicy and huge pieces! Collard greens and Mac and cheese are delicious. Didn't care for the ribs tho. Not bad, just not faaaaaabulous.
  • Denia J.
    Denia JonesJuly 16, 2014
    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
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 21
    Good old fried chicken!! This southern spot is transportation to the south. The vibe was touristy, prices were little expensive. Outside dining was nice. Lines out the door. Simple menu. A must try
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WuNovember 13, 2014
    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.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BourgesAugust 21
    Great place, nice atmosphere! Loved the food and our waiter was very nice to us! Please make reservarions 1/2 weeks in advance! Also, buy sylvias seasoning rub!
  • Ade W.
    Ade WILHELMAugust 24, 2013
    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
  • Cristina D.
    The BBQ Beef Ribs were delicious, so tender and yummy! And so was the potato salad- cool place to experience a nice harlem atmosphere - it can get busy
  • Christine R.
    Christine RamseyNovember 18, 2012
    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!
  • Payne G.
    Payne GarciaMay 17, 2014
    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!
  • Lily M.
    Lily MillerSeptember 20, 2013
    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
  • George H.
    George HopkinFebruary 21, 2013
    I had Sylvia's World Famous BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken combo. It didn't disappoint. Lovely environment, food, and staff. I was with a group of British tourists here and we had a terrific time.
  • Frank W.
    Frank WilkinsonApril 1, 2013
    Great comfort food! California Style (w/ Brown Gravy) Chicken & Waffles were awesome. The wait was well worth it. The table staff were phenomenal and very attentive!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 21, 2012
    Great general soul food in Harlem. Chicken & waffles is available, but not the mainstay. Slightly touristy, but it has history and Sylvia herself still presides over many meals in a grandmotherly way.
  • Ab
    AbNovember 27, 2015
    The welcoming, homey atmosphere. Order your classic if it's your first (chikn, mcnches, grns). Take their suggestion if it's your 2+.
  • Jeaux S.
    Jeaux SanchèzNovember 2, 2013
    Very tasteful Soul Food Restaurant. Family owned. I went on a Sunday so they had a gospel act. The food is amazing as well as the staff!! :)
  • Henry T.
    Henry TongSeptember 21, 2014
    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!
  • Julie
    JulieMay 24, 2013
    Such a wonderful staff. Go here for food that will not only warm up your belly, but it will warm up your heart. Will be coming back!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorJanuary 8, 2013
    Your grandmother might make it better, but then again, she likely doesn't run a place of this volume. Perfect for the tour bus explorer set. Turkey wings and Smothered chicken don't disappoint.
  • hitgirl
    hitgirlNovember 14, 2010
    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!
  • chi s.
    chi shiMarch 25
    Smothered chicken n waffles.. So filling and delicious. Service is excellent
  • Monica
    MonicaMay 8, 2014
    Love this place!!! The service is excellent and friendly, and the fried chicken with waffles is to die for!!! Super good!
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    Celebrity and special occasion clients turn to chef Sylvia Woods’ catering services for bread and banana pudding, behemoth cobbler pans, and more.
  • Molly E.
    Molly ElaineFebruary 8, 2015
    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
  • Raffa R.
    Raffa RodriguezDecember 21, 2014
    Best soul food, best food for the soul. B-B-Que Ribs and Fried Chicken were everything I dreamt they'd be.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    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.
  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FriedenbergAugust 16, 2015
    I had the shrimp and grits for brunch. It was great, but it did take a while to prepare and get the check.
  • Elise A.
    Elise AbdallaJuly 1, 2010
    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..
  • Kennedy W.
    Kennedy W.March 3, 2012
    The catfish dish is delicious. Great upbeat service as well, with a melting pot of people enjoying the rich culture and history.
  • Flor H.
    Flor HernandezAugust 1, 2013
    Angela was great... The food and the ambient. We also were sat down in Sylvia's family table. It was awesome...
  • BET
    BETFebruary 1, 2013
    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:
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonMay 6, 2013
    Try the Bbq Pork Ribs & Fried Chicken With Coleslaw & Cornbread Sides - So good! Bringing you next time Ann! :)
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SimonMarch 12, 2015
    My first chicken and waffles experience... I was not disappointed. Plus the collard greens were SO GOOD
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 29, 2011
    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.
  • Hunter H.
    Hunter HarrisJune 27, 2014
    Great fried chicken, subpar waffles. Friendly service and a surprising array of cocktails on the menu.
  • Ashlee H.
    Ashlee HaynieJune 2, 2012
    I grew up in the south where good cornbread is in abundance, but Sylvia's cornbread may be the best I've ever had.
  • Liena E.
    Liena ElhagemoussaAugust 31, 2013
    Amazing fried chicken!! Huge portions!! Great martinis!! Pretty cheap for the amount of food you receive!
  • Ruben Garcia M.
    Ruben Garcia MohedanoSeptember 6, 2015
    Chicken n' waffles! But what a chicken... Come before 12 if you don't want to spend time in the lane
  • tony r.
    tony rochaNovember 30, 2012
    I can recommend the Candied Yams and Mac n Cheese as sides. Fantastic.
  • Dadisi O.
    Dadisi OlutosinAugust 12, 2014
    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
  • Erina Y.
    Erina YoshidaApril 24, 2015
    Fried Chicken with collard greens & Mac and cheese!!! Authentic soul food. Est 1962
  • Henrik O.
    Henrik OscarssonMarch 27, 2013
    A soul food institution in Harlem. Smothered, candied, buttered, and chicken in all shapes. Great food.
  • Fabio F.
    Fabio FontebassoOctober 12, 2014
    Super special Sylvia's ribs and chicken has been great for us! Good solution for a tasty dinner in Harlem!
  • Paris D.
    Paris DickeyJune 6, 2010
    The fried chicken is absolutly succulantly delicious . Crispy yet when you bite into an subtle burst of amazing flavor ! The corn bread a fluffy sweet buttered baked treat . The collards ok
  • Nora B.
    Nora B.July 30, 2010
    Soul Food at it's finest. Famous for their fried chicken, but I wasn't too impressed. Try something different and make sure you have the Peach Cobbler for dessert. Great Prices! Read more
  • ZOE
    ZOEJuly 26, 2012
    Liked the ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and black eyed peas. Chicken breasts are also delicious.
  • Erika H.
    Erika H.November 8, 2011
    Ask for Twenty -- she's the nicest, warmest server in the place. She made our meal very special. Thanks, Twenty!
  • Antwaune D.
    Antwaune DavisApril 2, 2014
    I always stop here when visiting NYC......get the banana's amazing!
  • Andrea V.
    Andrea ValverdeApril 23, 2014
    I recommend Sylvia’s World Famous Barb-B-Que Ribs & Fried Chicken with 2 side orders and a cocktail
  • Candice L.
    Candice LepageSeptember 22, 2015
    Warm cornbread with a crisp top served with butter at every table! Score.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TorresJune 22, 2013
    Best soul food in NYC. Try the fried catfish. The baked Mac and cheese is amazing!
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