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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.
Posted by Kim S on 08/10/2008
My wife and I had been FEENIN' to go to Amy Ruth's after seeing it on Food Network (Bobby Flay Throw down) The food was not good. I had the waffles and steak.. the steak was small and had NO presence I expect at least 6 to 8 bites of food from a steak. This was more grizzle bone and fat. The actual meat was tougher than it should have been. The waffles tasted watery. Like some one needed to add some salt or something to the waffle mix. then they have the nerve to give u these little butter sliver to spread on a belgian type waffle So I had to ask for more butter. Would you believe i ended up sprinkling a lil salt on my waffle just to give it a richer taste. Honestly Amy Ruths isn't what it's cracked up to be. If you want to say you went.. then by all means do so for the sake of water cooler conversation.. but if you're looking for one of those types of meals you remember for years .. No Sir. I'd rather fly to California for the day to eat at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle before i go to Amy Ruth's And trust me.. if i could afford it I would! and THAT's the TRUTH... RUTH
Posted by Tiffany H. on 06/07/2008
We recently dined at Amy Ruth's ,and we reallly enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the service was great. I had the fried whiting, and it was wonderful. It was not greasy like many other soul food restaurants. The other members of our party had fried chicken, honey-dipped fried chicken, smothered turkey wings and the seafood platter. The only complaint that came from the crowd was that they were too full. The greens were great and looked and tasted as if they were cooked in your grandmother's kitchen in Alabama somewhere. The baked mac and cheese was also a big hit. It had a layer of cheese about two inches thick , and it was seasoned perfectly. Everyone agreed that the yams were the "BOMB." The corn bread really gave the meal a nice homecooked feel. The service was great and our meals came to the table hot and prompt. We were really impressed and plan to return on our next visit to Harlem. Amy Ruth's is truely a Harlem landmark.
Posted by Ben on 05/21/2008
The food here is to die for. The macaroni and cheese and the greens are worth it alone. The coleslaw is the best I've ever had in my life. The smothered chicken or pork chops are like nothing else. This is really the taste of the South and I make a point to come once a week or so. Portions are big but the prices are definitely higher than the average place in Harlem. Service is very friendly and always fairly fast. The atmosphere is MUCH better in the downstairs part. Very comfortable and diner-y. Make sure to wear a belt that can be loosened after a meal here.
Posted by Shawn on 05/09/2008
Loved it, I had the waffles and shrimp, the waffles were a little dry but everything else I ate was fantastic. I went with a couple of friends so I was able to taste the ribs, greens, mac and cheese. They were all really good
Posted by Precious Moore, Brooklyn NY on 03/22/2008
I never trust too many soul food resturants. I went in thinking how good can this food really be. WOW to my surprise is was great. I had catfish and waffles absolutely delicious. I am taking my mom there for birthday. Best soulfood in harlem.