Sylvia's Restaurant

Sylvia's Restaurant

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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  • Lyndsey M.
    "And great live gospel music on Sundays!"(8 Tips)
    Frank W.
    "California Style (w/ Brown Gravy) Chicken & Waffles were awesome."(27 Tips)
    Jessie C.
    "Collard greens and Mac and cheese are delicious."(16 Tips)
    Craig T.
    "Bbq Pork Ribs & Fried Chicken With Coleslaw & Cornbread Sides"(14 Tips)
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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
  • 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.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 21, 2016
    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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Luis B.
    Luis BourgesAugust 21, 2016
    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!
  • 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!
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DoniniJune 4, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Andie S.
    Andie SleemanDecember 14, 2016
    Skip Red Rooster and come to Sylvia's when you are in Harlem. The food is insanely delicious (best fried chicken & waffles) and the staff is warm, attentive and welcoming.
  • 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!! :)
  • 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!
  • 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+.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • chi s.
    chi shiMarch 25, 2016
    Smothered chicken n waffles.. So filling and delicious. Service is excellent
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: http://bet.us/BHM
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonMay 6, 2013
    Try the Bbq Pork Ribs & Fried Chicken With Coleslaw & Cornbread Sides - So good! Bringing you next time Ann! :)
  • 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.
  • tony r.
    tony rochaNovember 30, 2012
    I can recommend the Candied Yams and Mac n Cheese as sides. Fantastic.
  • Hunter H.
    Hunter HarrisJune 27, 2014
    Great fried chicken, subpar waffles. Friendly service and a surprising array of cocktails on the menu.
  • Liena E.
    Liena ElhagemoussaAugust 31, 2013
    Amazing fried chicken!! Huge portions!! Great martinis!! Pretty cheap for the amount of food you receive!
  • 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
  • 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
  • ms
    msMarch 12, 2015
    My first chicken and waffles experience... I was not disappointed. Plus the collard greens were SO GOOD
  • Guest of a Guest
    Sylvia Woods aka the "Queen of Soul Food" founded her restaurant in 1962, creating one of the most popular soul food eateries in the country. Read more
  • 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
  • Henrik O.
    Henrik OscarssonMarch 27, 2013
    A soul food institution in Harlem. Smothered, candied, buttered, and chicken in all shapes. Great food.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthNovember 13, 2010
    The smothered chicken is good, and the collard greens are the best I ever had. Go there around 5 on a Saturday to get seated right away.
  • Tamar T.
    Tamar ThomasJuly 5, 2015
    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.
  • 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!
  • ZOE
    ZOEJuly 26, 2012
    Liked the ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and black eyed peas. Chicken breasts are also delicious.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TorresJune 22, 2013
    Best soul food in NYC. Try the fried catfish. The baked Mac and cheese is amazing!
  • 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!
  • E
    EApril 24, 2015
    Fried Chicken with collard greens & Mac and cheese!!! Authentic soul food. Est 1962
  • 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
  • Antwaune D.
    Antwaune DavisApril 2, 2014
    I always stop here when visiting NYC......get the banana pudding...it's amazing!
  • Tamara B.
    Tamara BrickersonJanuary 13, 2012
    The BEST CORNBREAD known to man!!!! Mac and cheese, greens, and fried catfish all delicious!!!
  • 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
  • Randa E.
    Randa EasonMarch 3, 2014
    Always the best soul food in Harlem!!!! Never disappoints despite others preferences/comments/reviews.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsNovember 1, 2016
    Delicious! Lunch specials are a great deal and the staff is so friendly
  • Candice L.
    Candice LepageSeptember 22, 2015
    Warm cornbread with a crisp top served with butter at every table! Score.
  • سليمان
    Touristy and really not the best fried chicken in the area, but a nice experience worth the trip regardless
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony McCulloughMay 21, 2013
    Thought I was gonna be sitting in a gentrified wasteland, but no I found it as charming as I thought a soulfood restaurant should be. It didn't loose it's soul. Thank goodness.
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey McAdamsJuly 18, 2010
    Amazing food! Friendly service! And great live gospel music on Sundays! As a Southern transport in the Big Apple, I highly recommend!
  • Michael D.
    Michael Ducille JrJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles was delicious. Everything is very affordable as well.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJune 2, 2013
    Try the Red Velvet Cake - One of the best. That frosting is rich.
  • P G.
    P GMay 17, 2015
    Wonderful experience. Food was wonderfully spiced and large portions!
  • Dawn H.
    Dawn HayesJanuary 20, 2013
    The real deal or as close as you will get these days. We met Sylvia the last time we were here. She recently passed away.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroApril 2, 2012
    An institution in Harlem, but Sylvia's now has tons of competition. Grits are good :)
  • D O.
    D OSeptember 15, 2015
    Nice restaurant with pretty good soul food and really nice service
  • Brotha K.
    Brotha K.May 26, 2015
    Enjoyed the food and very nice staff. Meatloaf was on point and try the candied yams.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CameronFebruary 7, 2016
    The fried chicken waffles were delicious. Great service and atmosphere!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 15, 2010
    If you need a little comfort food, head over to Sylvia's for some authentic, lip-smacking Southern soul food.
  • SomeBizarre S.
    SomeBizarre StevoNovember 2, 2012
    Don't eat the collard greens then all great taking good care love and devotion
  • ƄƑıƞe
    ƄƑıƞeFebruary 29, 2016
    go Harlem Chicken & Waffles w/ collard greens and garlic mashed potatoes on the side!
  • Camille D.
    Camille DanielJuly 20, 2013
    Had the fried chicken. Good, well seasoned and not greasy. Also had scrambled eggs, nothing unusual regular eggs.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HillMarch 25, 2015
    Lunch special plate is on point
  • Tendai R.
    Tendai RukoboNovember 8, 2015
    Fried chicken is delicious and Mac cheese is great.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsFebruary 24, 2015
    Collard greens are a must. Skip the lemonade.
  • AB S.
    AB SampongAugust 30, 2013
    Wheat toast & buttery grits dashed with pepper! The only way to start the weekend!
  • Tyler C.
    Chicken and waffles are delicious!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJune 2, 2013
    Try the Biscuits - Complimentary biscuits. Excellent.
  • ShowOff Marketing
    ShowOff MarketingDecember 8, 2013
    Awesome food with a relaxed family atmosphere
  • Brittany
    BrittanyNovember 27, 2014
    Food is AMAZING!!!! Chicken and waffles were beyond good!
  • Pet S.
    Pet SMarch 10, 2012
    Fried chicken & Mac/cheese is insane. Try the black eyed peas & potato salad!
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RossiApril 2, 2011
    The smothered chicken is excellent and be sure to save room for the peach cobbler!
  • Bond N.
    Bond NJuly 8, 2013
    Catfish and grits is a winner, you won't be disappointed
  • Big T.
    Big T.May 8, 2013
    The banana pudding is served cold. Ask them to warm it up fo ya!
  • Nick B.
    Nick B.November 2, 2014
    Fried chicken. Mac & cheese. Everything. Except the red velvet cake.
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    Good old fashioned soul food: Corn, collard greens, mashed potatoes, corn bread, chicken smothered in gravy
  • Porter M.
    Porter MasonAugust 29, 2014
    Oh my Lord, this is the best non-homemade Mac and cheese I've ever had.
  • Ken T.
    Ken TaylorJanuary 4, 2011
    Don't get the ribs and fried chicken combo unless you're really hungry, huge meal with 2 sides. Good value tho.
  • Mariella S.
    An unique and delicious tradicional food experience At Harlems!
  • Susanna A.
    Susanna AnFebruary 12, 2015
    Gospel brunch is a nice experience; the singing is entertaining. Food is overrated -- southern fried chicken is dry.
  • Louis J.
    Louis JohnsonJune 5, 2013
    The Harlem Haberdashery family loves this place; Everything is better now. I can't stay out of this place.
  • Heidizzle
    HeidizzleApril 4, 2013
    Amazing staff - amazing food - make sure you're hungry!
  • Kim M.
    Kim McDecember 28, 2015
    As a kid, I heard the food wasn't good. As an adult, I didn't like the food. My cousin and his fiancé came to Harlem for the first time wanting to eat there and they were not pleased with the food.
  • Monica E.
    Chicken with waffles!! Love it
  • Mia A.
    Mia AndersonAugust 9, 2013
    Banana Puddin gets a thumbs up, w: friendly service !
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony McCulloughMay 21, 2013
    I don't often say this, but I actually got teary eyed eating the collard greens at Sylvia's. It reminded me of my mom's...
  • jose r.
    jose rJanuary 20, 2012
    better than gladys knight's in Atl? hard to say, chicken & waffles are just as good, if not better
  • Raul M.
    Raul M.March 11, 2012
    Get early, get mimosas at the bar witha generous pour from bartender and be patient before you get a table
  • Wandering B.
    Wandering BaileyNovember 21, 2014
    Such lovely staff. Had the chicken and waffle.
  • Nekeisha W.
    Nekeisha WilkinsonJanuary 19, 2016
    Tweety is a dope server. I honestly enjoyed her service more than the food.
  • Paco A.
    Paco ArreguiSeptember 14
    Música en directo de 12 a 4 pm. Mucho estilo, resume el espíritu de Harlem. Pide ( aunque suene raro) pollo frito con gofres, y de postre el pastel de melocotón.
  • 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 Frederic T.
    Jean Frederic TahonApril 14, 2013
    Un accueil parfait un service exemplaire et une cuisine delicious.
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