328 Lenox Ave., New York, NY, 10027
nr. 127th St.
By TRich on 7/27/2007
This was my second time going to Sylvia's in 2 years. Each time I went with a large group so we were in the reserved section. The service wasn't great at all. The food was served family style. They just didn't put enough food on the tables. Just recently (last Sat.) I visited it again. It was worse this time. The food just wasn't good. The service was horrible and the same people. We kept asking for more food. It's like they weren't prepared. You had to wait so long for ribs that people started getting up and leaving. We kept asking and they kept saying it's coming but nothing. I didn't stay to wait for the dessert. Many people were disappointed. They need to do a better job with big groups and get the food tasting right.
By coreyguia on 3/29/2009
We were a small group, had everything prepaid, gave the waitress the voucher and thought we were trouble free. The spare ribs were rancid, the fried fish soggy in oil, rice, cornbread decent, collar greens best - the experience far from "OH SO UNIQUE". Jazz from loudspeakers, a singer came for 10Minutes - this was the experience - no not entirely - we were about to be ripped off . Our NYC tour guide was not sitting at our table, therefore we were eyed as a good "rip off" group. The Manager presented us with a $60.00 bill for some "open difference". We were about to pay it, when one of the group informed our tour guide, who confronted the "surprised" Manager, (who had not expected us to be with a local representative) gave him some well deserved "no way Jose", called immediately the local agency - who reconfirmed, that we were NOT to pay anything. After leaving the restaurant we left for the airport to fly back to Amsterdam with a bitter taste in our mouth. There are 14'000 wonderful restaurants in NYC, any Deli or Diner in the city serves better food then this tourist trap called Sylvia's!"
By viennes on 12/18/2008
This restaurant might have been great some decades ago, now it is just an average tourist trap. The food has canteen quality, a real carbohydrate overload, breaded fish, breaded chicken, some mashy potato salad, some pudding-like desert at the end, everything a bit on the cheap side. Didn't feel any cozy Southern atmosphere there either. Positive point is the personnel which very friendly and effecient. Food was brought very quickly, almost like in a fast food restraurant, they are obviously used to cater large tourist groups. You won't miss anything if you give this place a miss,
By dudelovesfood on 8/7/2012
The first warning sign - Sylvia's ONLY has margarine. No butter. Sorry, but cornbread with a soybean oil spread is disgusting and I would say most of the food is mediocre at best with a slightly below-average diner quality to it. There is a certain charm to the dingy, bare-bones decor, and the staff is friendly, but that doesn't balance the entire experience. NY has some of the best restaurants of all types and prices in the world, and this is not one of them.
By adsong on 6/30/2003
In the heart of Harlem.A beloved NY institution,loved by us New Yorkers,tourists and suburbanites as well. Gospel Brunch on Sunday's,($21.00) Large portions.. Jazz on Saturdays,.Entrees for about $15.00.. Smothered chicken,grits,Cholesterol City,but once in a while , do it!!..
By toniaumo on 2/20/2010
i was interested in southern food so i decided to go to Sylvia's with my cousin. the service was amazing . our waitress was polite and timely. the food was okay. i would say okay because of the the temperature of the food. the price is affordable. and i have to say the lemonade is on point. i would eat there again. the bathroom is clean as well.
By DennisDickson on 3/8/2010
This is SOUL FOOD. Not an imitation but a Southern Family who came to New York and knows how to cook Southern Cuisine. We even met Sylvia Woods and her family. Somebody told me she sold her restaurant which I quickly found to be false. I loved the restaurant and will definitely visit during EVERY TRIP TO NYC. MUST HAVE IN HARLEM. Too many knock-off soul food spots around. This is the real deal.
By RecentGraduate on 3/8/2010
I had always known about Sylvia's but heard mixed reviews. I must say that the food was scrumptious. I had fried chicken, barbeque ribs, macaroni & cheese, candied yams, and collard greens. HAVE MERCY. Loved the fact that I met Sylvia's daughters and even grandsons. I definitely loved it. Loved the pictures lining the walls showing the history of the restaurant and all who have visited. A REAL Harlem Establishment. Must support family owned business...a dying breed. Especially ones that stay true to their cause.
By mitchmurr on 11/25/2010
As most...always wanted to, never got there, finally did and so glad we went. Crowded but not full, staff was very friendly. Had the smothered pork chops, fried chicken with waffles, candied yams, mac & cheese and sweet potato pie. All was very very yummy, especially the pork chops. They even have a "Harlem Golden Ale" beer that was very good though it is really made in Saratoga, NY. So glad we went and look forward to going again. For those who want to but are "concerned" about heading north of the Park, c'mon, get over that and get some tasty food.
By bobbyann on 10/13/2006
As a gift my daughter took me to Sylvias and the service was magnificent. We were in a large party going to see the Color Purple. The food was hot and delicious. Fried Chicken, greens, rice all were cooked to perfection and served hot. I truly loved Sylvias