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Sylvia’s

328 Lenox Ave., New York, NY, 10027
nr. 127th St.
212-996-2669

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 8
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

67% would go back.

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Well,Bless My Soul Food!

By adsong on 6/30/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!!..

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481 out of 874 people found this review helpful.

Oh Thosse Collard Greens

By bobbyann on 10/13/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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

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366 out of 714 people found this review helpful.

thanksgiving

By wade on 11/28/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

FROM A PERSON FROM GEORGIA, LET ME TELL YOU THAT THIS WAS THE BEST FOOD I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME. THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THE EMPLOYEES WERE SO FRIENDLY. I CAN SAY THAT I HAVE NEVER HAD SOUTHERN FOOD TO TASTE AS GOOD IN GEORGIA AS IT WAS AT SYLVIAS. THE ONLY THING I DID NOT LIKE WAS THAT SYLVIA TOOK OFF THANKSGIVING DAY WHEN I WAS THERE, SO I DID NOT GET TO MEET HER. ON MY NEXT TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY, I WILL EAT AT SYLVIAS AGAIN

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390 out of 824 people found this review helpful.

2nd Time around. It isn't good.

By TRich on 7/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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234 out of 499 people found this review helpful.

Best Ever

By jac1 on 12/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had the opportunity to eat at Sylvia's and have not stopped talking about it since. I have worked as a chef in a few very fine dining restaurants and Sylvia's is right up there with the best of the fine dining establishments. The food is plentiful and full of flavor. The service is great and the location was easy to access. I would go again and I highly recommend Sylvia's to anyone who wants a true "soul food" experience.

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181 out of 354 people found this review helpful.

tourist trap

By viennes on 12/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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,

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86 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

Rip-off tourist trap!

By coreyguia on 3/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

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!"

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95 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

Searching for something new?

By Jessicamp on 4/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is one of the best restaurants I have visited in the city. Sick of midtown, we ventured into Harlem and found this great spot. The food is awesome, the service is great and the atmosphere is good too! We were really bummed that we were heading out to a game and couldn't take the left overs home because the food was amazing!! Best corn bread I have ever had. Definately a place to check out. Easy to find, and easy to 2,3,4,5,6 trains.

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88 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

Like Home

By sisteraed on 12/30/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

10 of my friends visited Syliva's in 2003, we had to wait over 45 minutes even with reservations, we shopped until it was time to be seated, we refused to go elsewhere, the customers waiting were internationally inclined, the food and price was the bomb, the service was professional, the bathroom was very clean, we even had the chance to talk to Syliva personally and she gave us a good history. What impressed me about Sylvia was that she was leathered down and her outfit impressed me very much, because I too like leather and she looked good in hers.. I was in NY 12.29.09, and we passed by the Resaurant and the memories encouraged me to have another trip to NY and dinner again at Sylvia's. Annette Davis

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95 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

nice place

By toniaumo on 2/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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