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Posted by Terry on 10/27/2008
I had been here before and thought the food was good, not great, and it was a weekend and very crowded. Maybe because if was during the week and during lunch that I found the service to be better and the food was excellent. I took 4 friends visiting from California and they all loved it. We had waffles & fried chicken , cooked perfectly. The coffee was excellent as well.
Posted by CSW on 10/18/2008
This place does have GOOD soul food. I saw some of the poor reviews on here, and thought I assure you about the quality of food. Now I will be honest, the restaurant is small, and seating is difficult. Nonetheless, the wings and catfish is delicious. Also if you enjoy yams, and mac&cheese (little oily) but good nonetheless.
Posted by Ms. 313 on 09/20/2008
I love the waffles here I could almost eat them without the syrup. The fried chicken, fried whiting, mac & cheese, green beans, smothered pork chops, greens, and cornbread also hit the spot. It's all very close to the food I grew up on. I would stay away from the seafood platter though, because the crab cakes were NOT good. If there was no waiting outdoors (freezing in the winter) and more attention from the waitstaff, this place would be pretty much perfect in my eyes. I don't really expect elbow room in Manhattan restaurants anymore. Sitting upstairs is slightly better than downstairs for that at Amy Ruth's.
Posted by nikki on 09/06/2008
The hype of this place is crazy. First off, it's the size of a shoe box. There is no waiting area , you have to stand on line outside. It was winter when I dined there so standing in a line in the cold to be seated, did not make me happy. The place is so small you and the person your sitting next to is almost touching..."other customers". The food is not fresh. The fish was hard and taste like it's been frozen and very greasy.. the greens were over cook, mushy, and sweet as hell... the mac&cheese was a bowl of oil and cheap cheddar cheese...Just not good. The service was not good. The staff acts if they are doing you a service by wating on you.! This place is hyped up alot and that's why I went. But I was very displeased. And how are they going to sell kool-aid for $3.00?
Posted by Harlem Armo on 09/04/2008
I just had to write a review because I LOVE this place and am saddened to read some reviews that may deter adventurous diners from visiting. It is the BEST soul food in Harlem, hands down. I have been living in the neighborhood for ten years and have tried them all. Its the most consistent and has the best atmosphere. For people who complain about the food being too greasy, my response is, its soul food, not macrobiotic health food. Its gonna be comparatively greasy. That being said, I have never tried the smothered steak, because I am not big on the smothered dishes in general as the dishes by nature tend to be...greasy (duh). If you have never been you MUST have the fried chicken and waffles. The chicken is crispy and the waffle has always been perfect. I have never been disappointed by any of the sides (corn bread, collard greens, mac n cheese, sweet potatos..all yum!) The fruit punch is the best drink to order to wash it all down with! The service does get slow at times when there are a lot of people, but its a fun atmosphere so reland and enjoy the wait....its definitely worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/02/2008
i was on vacation in NYC last week. me and my spouse decided to go to Amy Ruth's, since we've heard good things about the food. I'm from Alabama, born and raised, so i had some reservations re: soul food in the North, especially since i personally think my grandma, mom and aunties are the best soul food cooks in the South:) The food was outstanding!!! awesome, awesome, awesome! I went for dinner, not for breakfast or lunch (hard for me to imagine eating waffles with chicken). Some of the food tasted like my mama's:). Highly recommended.
Posted by Southerner in NYC! on 08/18/2008
We also were excited to go after seeing on the food network. I, like the last reviewer, was so disappointed. I ordered the smothered steak and it was a plate of grease (and trust me, I am a southerner as a kid and I am not that picky!) I mean the steak was so thin and cooked so long you literally could not find it in the greasy mess that it was mixed into> And surrounding this pile of mush was yellow grease, it was a brown puddle in a puddle of grease! The mac and cheese was not seasoned well at all. The diner to our table to our left also did not eat hers for the same reason. Needed salt or something and VERY dry. The waffle was very cripsy and I thought it was good and the fried fish was good also (whiting I think) The sweet potatoes were not fresh, not mashed, just a hunk of a sweet potato with a sweet syrup poured over it! I think the fried chicken looked good but we didn't order so don't know taste. Really not great at all.Maybe go for eggs and waffles for breakfast before 11am.