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Sylvia's Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“cornbread” (163 reviews)
“fried chicken” (221 reviews)
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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, yams and potato salad. It was okay. The chicken was really greasy and the potato salad didn’t have potato chunks it was more like mashed potato salad. The server was nice and the ambiance was good. The cornbread...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

My friends in New York took for Sunday brunch at this delightful restaurant and I was blown away by the soul food!! What is more there was a live singer there who allowed us to sing with her!1 What a blast! I loved the atmosphere...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We’re in town and my husband would like to try a type of southern comfort food. The reviews on TripAdvisor that he read were mostly good and I had been to this place once and had good experience, so we got a reservation on line,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sylvia’s is an institution in Harlem and it’s easy to see why. The pictures on the wall show displays Sylvia’s accolades and some of the amazing people who have graced the joint. We were waiting a while for a table but it was worth it....More

1  Thank Helen G
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love being a part of Harlem, Helen, and we're so happy to know you're a fan. It's also wonderful to hear you loved our soul food. We do offer reservations through Reserve.com, so if you ever want to plan ahead a visit here and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was at the top of our bucket list to visit from Australia and I’m glad we did. The wings were so deliciously crispy and the sauce on the ribs was great too. The atmosphere was lively, if you want a great experience, I’d...More

Thank BecBelle
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're honored to hear we were at the top of your bucket list! Our live Gospel Music is from 12:30pm to 4pm, so we're sorry you missed the singing. It's great to know you enjoyed your meal though -- thanks for visiting! Hope you had...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sylvia's was part of my itinerary on our trip to NYC from Seattle. It was well worth it. The food was great. My ribs are better but Sylvia's sauce is awesome. And the waffles and chicken was amazing. Especially the waffles. The restaurant is very...More

Thank Vnvet68
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're honored to have been on your NYC itinerary. It sounds like you make some amazing ribs, but we're glad our sauce could impress. It's also great to hear that Tweety could do such a wonderful job helping out. Thanks for the review! Best, Sylvia's

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a worship in Harlem what could be the best option for a lunch? Of course the soul food. Harlem is full of restaurants with a great fame but I couldn't wait to go to Sylvia's one because I am a big fan of Man...More

Thank elr0ndk
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for coming and enjoying gospel brunch with us! We're so glad to know you loved singing and eating. The Chicken & Waffles are the perfect choice, too. Hope we can welcome you back again! Best, Sylvia's

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Read and heard much about Sylvia’s fried chicken. I think it’s tasty but not specially good. The restaurant seem to have lots of history and stories judging from the numerous pictures, news articles and plaques hanging on the walls. It seems that Sylvia is a...More

Thank Jason H
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

While you overall enjoyed your time here, Jason, we're sorry we didn't impress more. We have a variety of classic soul food dishes, and if you'd ever want to try us again, we'd love to find something better suited to your preferences. Take care, Sylvia's

Reviewed 19 December 2017

Raised in the deep south, but subjected to my wife's northern California cuisine for 35+ years. You know, raw vegetables, quinoa, kale, organic this and that and nothing deep fried. So a Sunday brunch at Sylvia's was the ticket. Very very good fried chicken, not...More

Thank philo128
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It sounds like you know and love your soul food, and we're so happy to know you were in heaven with us! We loved having you for Sunday Brunch and your review is appreciated. Hope we can have you back for some bread pudding! Best,...More

Reviewed 19 December 2017

I first heard out about this restaurant on a BuzzFeed video on YouTube. Since we were staying in a VRBO in Harlem, we knew we had to go to Sylvia's. We got there shortly before 8:00 PM and even though we had a reservation, we...More

Thank Nealn
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad to hear that Buzzfeed could help you find us! We're also so happy to know that the corn bread was such a hit. Although the Gumbo wasn't quite your wife's favorite, it's great that the rest of the meal impressed. Thanks for...More

As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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Patty S
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I’m sure they will do whatever you like the staff was very friendly.
3 June 2017|
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Response from 322dawng2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a full service bar
10 March 2017|
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Response from eliseljh | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on the time of the day when you're there. I was there twice for dinner during my one week stay in New York last October, and didn't have to wait for more than 5 minutes. Unless you are coming with a big... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660
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