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Sylvia's Restaurant

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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
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08:00 - 22:30
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Rennes, France
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading about Sylvia's online and seeing it on 'Man V Food', we we're adamant to get out to Harlem for a meal in this gem. The restaurant is nothing much, one side diner style and the other side a sit down restaurant, but somehow you can't help but feel that you're down south! The staff are so friendly, hard... More 

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Thank Emerbc
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in to give us a shot! It's always nice to have new folks stop by and try us out, and we're glad you enjoyed the free cornbread. Hope you make it back to town soon! Best, Sylvia's More 

County Meath, Ireland
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before we travelled to the US last month we'd been told about this place and when we went there for dinner one night we certainly weren't disappointed! We arrived at about 5.00pm and we were seated straight away. We had ribs and chicken with mac 'n cheese, buttered corn and potato salad with some wine and beer! Delicious! If you'd... More 

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Thank RetiredGent1960
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

We love meeting travelers -- thanks so much for coming to see us while you were in the states!! It's great that we lived up to all your expectations, and we're thrilled that you were a fan of soul food. Can't wait to see you again on your next vacation. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited by recommendations of our tour guide. Plus I had heard lots of stuff about the place. The wait wasn't long and it was a nice crowd. The food was less then average. Everything was barely ok. Customer service was sloooowwwe. Waitress was nice but barely came to the table. I asked for my fish to come crispy it... More 

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Thank msshamara
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

This really doesn't sound like us, and we're sorry it was your experience after being pointed our way. Everything should hit your table hot and just the way you ordered it, but it sounds like we dropped the ball. As for the wait, it can definitely get busy here but that's no excuse for long waits. I hope you'll give... More 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had bought items in the grocery store from Sylvia's and liked them but was not prepared for the wonderful food and aromas. The service was second to none. I had the fried chicken, Lima beans and mashed potatoes. All four people in my party were extremely happy with their meals and service. Will definitely go again.

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Thank Jill H
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Jill, we're glad that you've enjoyed our products that you've gotten in the past, and we're thrilled you came by to see things first hand. Thanks so much for your kind words -- it's great to hear that we knocked it out of the park. Hope to see you guys again real soon. Sincerely, Sylvia's More 

New York City, New York
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is packed. More people were waiting for a table by the door. The room we were in was a bit tight. I'm amazed that they got the orders right given the chaotic scene. The servers were courteous. Most of us ordered the traditional chicken and waffle. You get to pick white meat or dark meat. The chicken was... More 

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Thank Pei-Cen L
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Pei-Cen, even when we're busy, we know how important great customer service is, so it's great to hear that things went smoothly despite the crowd. We're sorry if there was a bit too much sauce on your chicken and waffles, but we hope things were tasty otherwise, and we'd love to have you back again sometime -- let us know... More 

New York City
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had a late lunch here last week. We both ordered the ribs and fried chicken combo plate with mac & cheese, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and potato salad. There were all very, very salty! Service was pretty quick and decent. The restaurant looked nice as well with photos of famous guests on the wall.

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Thank ViscountJohn
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

John, while I'm glad that you enjoyed the service and atmosphere, we apologize if the food was a little salty. Since we cook everything fresh, we're always more than happy to take care of issues like these right away if you let us know about them. We appreciate the review though, and we hope you'll give us another shot at... More 

Ruthin
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have wanted to try proper Chicken and Waffles for some time and so glad I chose this place to break my cherry! The fried chicken was the best fried chicken I have ever had. I didn't even realise you could make chicken taste that good. My wife is a veggie and had the veggie platter which is a choice... More 

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Thank Eliamy B
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Eliamy, we're so glad you finally got to try chicken and waffles, and we're even happier that they hit the spot. We want to make sure that everyone has something for them, so it's great to hear that the veggie platter was good for your wife. Can't wait to see you again for another helping of chicken and waffles! All... More 

Blacklick, Ohio
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome, the food is GREAT!!! Great portion sizes. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with menu questions. Service was great!!! Highly recommend this place for all your down home Soul Food. Ms Sylvia's should be in every city.

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Thank Dawn M
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Dawn, soul food is all about big servings -- hope you got plenty to eat! Thanks for your support; we're glad you loved it here. Can't wait to have you back again. All the best, Sylvia's More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Nice lunch not expensive, good service. The liver is definitely worth trying and the Sugar Hill beer is also worth trying.

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Thank Michael A
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Michael, we don't see any reason why good food needs to be pricey -- glad you were a fan of your meal. And of course, a beer is always a good choice. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

You really should consider giving this a try, how much more authentic New York can you get.We waited for about ten minutes to be seated (albeit near the noisy kitchen) but the Soul/Motown background sounds soon distracted me. We visited on Saturday afternoon but I'd imagine a reservation for Dinner might be advisable. 'Daily Specials' are great value, although Saturday... More 

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Thank Kelvin M
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this review

Kelvin, thanks for visiting us while you were in Harlem -- hope you had a great time in the area. It sounds like the food was a hit! We appreciate all your kind words, and we can't wait to see you again on your next visit. Best wishes, Sylvia's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 40
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:30
Thursday
08:00 - 22:30
Friday
08:00 - 22:30
Saturday
08:00 - 22:30
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Harlem

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Harlem
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 you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighbourhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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