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Posted by Lisa From NC on 08/31/2007
I'm a NC native, so I'm used to restaurants that claim they know southern cookin' and always leave thinking that they must think added grease equals southern. Amy Ruth's was a pleasant surprise! The green beans were lightly seasoned to perfection. The chicken livers were scrumptious and the cornbread....lordy me! When they brought out the macaroni and cheese, I was astounded! Not only did it LOOK just like my Mom's, it tasted like Mom's! (And my Mom's mac'n cheese is hard to top.) We went on a week night and there was no wait. We got good service and more than enough to eat. The prices were modest....especially for New York dining. Next time I'm in New York, I'm sure we will go back to Amy Ruth's... maybe more than once!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2007
Been here twice and the food is really good and tasty and they give you a good portion, I always have to do a doggie bag. The sweet tea is good too.....ready to go back....
Posted by Dirty South Vet on 05/30/2007
My recent visit to Amy Ruth's was fabulous. My husband and I heard the food was amazing, but we didn't have high expectations. Being from Memphis, TN; we eat good southern soul food all the time, so we figured that Amy Ruth's food couldn't be much different than what we eat ell the time........Boy! were we mistaken. The biscuits and waffles were the best I've ever tasted in my LIFE.....no exaggeration. The waffle just melted in my mouth. I had the chicken & waffle and my husband had the fried whiting both of which were outstanding. Now, a larger place would do wonders for this dining experience. The food is superb, but you can easily get turned off by the wait outside due to the VERY limited space inside the restaurant. Also, our waitress was doing the best job she could, but she was obviously getting flustered due to the number of tables she was responsible for. However, the food came out fast & was definitely worth the wait. I would definitely recommend that you not make a trip to NYC without visiting Amy Ruith's. Pros: FOOD! & hours. Cons: limited space.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2007
Great great food, but they are way too popular and successful to stay in such a cramped place. There is no waiting area- you must wait outside in all types of weather, and there are no seats or accomodations for the elderly who must wait. They don't take reservations-- but I was once waiting on line, the host was inside and didn't aknowledge me or ask me how many in my party (or anyone elso on line) but then a group of arrived-- the host rushed out, told us to move to the side and ushered them in. This happened to me twice and now my husband insists on boycotting. Too bad for me, I really miss the waffles, but I did feel as if I'd been mistreated.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2007
We recently had Amy Ruth's cater our mother's 80th birthday party in a local community room in New York City (Harlem). They did an outstanding job with the food and the service. The attention to detail, the professionalism of the catering manager and his staff and their sincere desire to make everything very nice is sincerely appreciated. We chose an old-fashioned Southern menu and they did an excellent job, food servings were plentiful. We heartily recommend them without reservation - a great job, a very good value and if another opportunity presents itself, we will surely be looking to use them again. A truly wonderful experience.
Posted by VA/PA Girl on 03/02/2007
I was interested in visiting Amy Ruth's after seeing the food special Isaac Hayes did on Harlem Restaurants, I still have a couple of them to visit, but love revisiting Amy Ruth's. My eye's float to all of the passing plates before ordering, but I always go back to the Chicken and Waffles and a couple of sides. The establishment is small but very warm, friendly and delightful, you never know who you'll see walking thru the door...there's something about being with our people that makes you feel at home. I've had great experiences with my guests over the past 5 years. Good tea, great service, food delish' and I believe greeted by the brother. As with southern culture, all regions/states have their own pref. & flair when creating southern cuisine, it's all good to the pallet! Please remember, olive oil, egg whites, canola and sugar subs do not exist in "Soul"...dine in moderation or just have a salad! Try Amy Ruth's for yourself! May see you there next week!
Posted by Jacksonville NYC restaurant aficionado on 02/27/2007
Finally made it to Amy Ruth's on a Sunday afternoon in January during my last trip to NYC. I have been wanting to go for the last several trips after hearing about it. Was greeted properly and treatly nicely throughout the experience. Found my fellow diners to be outgoing, friendly, and "just what the doctor ordered". Especially enjoyed interacting with two female roomates who are regulars here. The staff was busy but maintained efficiency. The food met and even exceeded my expectations. I depend on Zagat primarily and they rate this tops for southern/soul. I know that what I had was very good: honey fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens.(and the fried whiting and cole slaw the girls insisted I taste.) Also I found the price to be good for the quality and quantity I received, especially in NYC. Would like to know more about the few others that were not delighted. I wanted some of everything I saw, and I am a native of North Carolina that was raised and know good southern cooking. Try it, you will like it!