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Posted by Dee on 10/03/2008
This food is THE BEST soul food I've ever tasted. ("I'm Sorry Mother, your food is good too"...my Grandma...lol) I sit at work during lunch on a daily basis craving it. (I'm doing it right now as I'm writing this review). I would go here for lunch every day but I can't b/c A taste of Seafood is too far. It would take too long to travel from Wall St. to Harlem, wait on line then travel back to work (I may not have a job by the time I get back, hehehe). "Pleeaasse, A Taste of Seafood Peops add another restaurant down here in the finance district where there is no soul food at all.
Posted by Tamika on 05/01/2008
I go to this place every week because the food here is some of the best soul food you'll ever taste in NY!! One thing that makes them different is that they put a lot of LOVE into their cooking somethign a lot of soulfood restaurants are missing in NY. Soulfood is not made by following a damn recipe otherwise it'll taste like crap! The only thing I didn't like was having to wait in line so long but that goes to show people will wait in line to get some of this good cooking. Although I wish they would have 2 cashiers regardless. They recently moved across the street into their new building and boy does it look Fabulous...beautifully decorated! Hope you love it like I do!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2007
I'll tell you a story, when I was little my mother used to sing in the kitchen while she was cooking. The aroma that rose from the pots and pans used to massage my imagination into vivid pictues of what I exprected to be on my plate after all was done. The truth of the matter is the woman could not cook, LMAO! My imagination was all I had because despite all of the aroma the end result left much to be desired. My siblings and I never had the heart to tell my 2 star chef of a mother that she need not bother with cooking and be the baker that she really is. Her sweet potatoe pies, chocolate cakes, and coconut pinapple cakes were to die for and are still unmatched. As the years moved on my siblings decided it was time to let her know how soul food is supposed to taste and took her to Taste of Seafood. Since then we are summoned to 125th at least once a week to pick up food for big momma. She tries desparately to figure out how to make her food taste just as good but somehow it comes out worse than before...hahahahahahaha!!! Her reasoning for missing the mark is - they must be working some roots on this here food (mind you her mouth is full of Taste of Seafood while she's fussing). If there is roots in the food (which there is not) then I guess my mother is voluntarily under the spell! Nonetheless this place will always have my business. Don't change a thing!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by HarlemsElite on 06/30/2007
a taste of seafood, is nothin short of excellent. i've been ridin with them ever since they were between "16"th (116) and lenox, and 7th avenues. the fish, and shrimp has always been spectacular, but they singlehandedly have the best macaroni and cheese on the island of manhattan. if you patronize them, make sure you get not one order but two. no even one comes close to scratching tastes surface in the takeout fried seafood, and sides game. their candied yams are great, so are their collards. even their baked goods, especially their variety of cakes is on point. make sure you dont plan on doin anything physically straining after your meal there, because their food, will knock you out like a tylenol pm.. its harlems staple of home cooking. i cant wait until the bigger location goes up across the street, and they shut down the hole in the wall. recommended. run, dont walk. but make sure you take no less than a $20 or you will be disappointed. worth every cent.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2007
I used to believe no one on the face of the earth was a better cook than my mother- and I have tasted great southern style food. I happen to catch a rarity walking down 125th one day, there wasn't a line down the street. For the first time I walked in since there was no line and I wasn't in a rush. I ordered something typical: fried fish, collards, and mac&cheese. I remember saturating the fish in hot and tarter sauce then finally taking a bite. It was a splendid euphoria. I bit into that food and damn near cried! Honestly though, the atmosphere needs a face life, but I don't even mind - between the staffs service and the "mom and pop" shop appeal; this place reminds me of the Harlem I knew as kid. It reminds me of a time when Harlem was a Reinassance. The feeling of community and care is in the food. I met my husband on line at this place. All I can say is if your watching your waist line stay home because it is truly addictive.
Posted by Taste of Seafood Addict on 05/03/2007
My grandmother is an excellent southern chef and this places even bets her (don't tell her I said that). Ooohey gooey mac and cheese. Colossal fried shrimps. Fresh fried fish. Crispy fried chicken. Southern style collard green. Yummy candy yams, desserts to die for (think red velvet cake, cream cheese icing, topped with chopped walnuts).... and the list goes on (potatoe salad, rice and peas, macaroni salad, catfish, etc.). Nothing comes out of their kitchen short of perfection. I willingly stand on line for an hour every Friday night for a plate of food. The line is so long that you'd think they were giving away something for free. And no one complains. I can't give enough praises to Taste of Seafood. It's a must try. Once you go once you'll be addicted. The only negative is that the place is old and needs a revamping and there is no where to sit in and eat, the food must be carried out...(their actually moving to a new location just across the street hopefully it'll be larger and have some tables for eating in). I could kiss the chef and the servers are warm and friendly. If I could I'd make an investment in this place. It's that good! Trust me.
Posted by Winnie G. on 04/17/2007
This is THE place for quick and easy soul food in NYC! Great prices and very good, homestyle food! I had driven past here a number of years before I ever went inside, and I always marvelled at the lines outside. And let me tell you, it's worth the wait!