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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.
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.