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Rack & Soul

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258 W. 109th St., New York, NY 10025 40.803459 -73.967041
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-222-4800 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: BBQ, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$

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    6 out of 10


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Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Cathedral Pkwy./110th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering


  • Full Bar


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Delivery Area

79th St. to 125th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.


This venue is closed.

Charles Gabriel, a Harlem luminary known for the peerless pan-fried chicken and soul-food buffet at his Charles’ Southern Style Kitchen, has infiltrated lower Manhattan (lower for him, that is), entering into a consulting partnership at the new Rack & Soul. The casual upper-Broadway spot, with its Greek-coffee-shop layout and disarmingly friendly service, serves the full gamut of southern-style cuisine, with a pit smoker overseen by co-chef John Wheeler. The chicken, ordered with a fluffy round waffle as one of the two included sides, is crisp, golden-brown crust, moist meat, and a well-seasoned flavor that induces uninhibited bone gnawing and finger licking. Although the space is plain, with red vinyl booths and a designated takeout counter and entrance, Rack & Soul, unlike Charles’s uptown HQ, does offer wine and a couple of unusual beers, like Louisiana’s Abita and Gosser from Austria. There is iced tea and lemonade, of course, and the usual dessert suspects—a supersweet banana pudding and a decent red velvet cake—trucked in from a Harlem bakery.

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