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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!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/23/2007
The food at Amy Ruth's is generally decent, but it's also pricey. If I remember correctly, the waffles are about $16. But hell, all of NY is pretty expensive these days. If you can stand the waits, then it's worth going to. Service is not always the best, depending upon how busy they are.
Posted by Kenyia on 02/03/2007
My husband and I dined at Amy Ruth's this past Sunday and we were both pleased with the food. Everything we ordered was excellent and they definitely give you more than enough in quantity. The Collard Greens were well seasoned with turkey (instead of pork). I especially enjoyed the Macaroni and Cheese because it was baked and it was not watery like some places make it. I ordered the Smothered Chicken which was well seasoned and moist. There was so much food on the plate that it was enough for 2 meals! As for the atmosphere, it is not a romantic or upscale restaurant. We sat upstairs and the noise level was pretty high for a dining establishment. I was a little surprised to hear how loud people talked and laughed. The waiters were a little disorganized; serving tables all over the floor instead of working in one section. Our waiter forgot my husband's tea and it took a while to find him and remind him. But by the end of the meal, the waiter figured out he'd better try to be friendly in order to insure he got a good tip! Also, I don't know why they have people lined up outside because there were so many empty tables upstairs that the "maitre di" could have easily brought everyone inside and gave them a table. I guess it's done to show how popular the restaurant is-if people are lined up to get in. Overall, this was a good value for New York and I look forward to trying them again.
Posted by Sandi R on 01/29/2007
I wanted to dine at Amy Ruth's for the last 5 years and finally had the opportunity yesterday. I am African American, both my parents are from South Carolina and I spent every summer of my youth in the south, so I KNOW southern cuisine and this was NOT it. I'm inclined to believe that this food will be appreciated by people who don't know anything about southern/soul cooking. The potato salad was watery, the sweet tea wasn't like any I tasted before. It was brown sugar water. You couldn't taste the tea. My boyfriend's short ribs had some wierd colored gravy on it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I will say the sweet potato (it wasn't yams) was ok. The guy at the door was very nice and allowed me to be seated while my dining partner parked the car and our server was very nice. DO NOT go here looking for "authentic" southern cuisine if you've had good soul food in the past or if you had Sunday dinner at your mom's house the week before. Amy Ruth does not compare and does not live up to it's repuation.
Posted by Jamar on 01/26/2007
I am a huge fan of anything honey-glazed and since Amy Ruth's has their own honeycombs on the premises, what better place for snarfing on top quality sticky chicken?! Except for the snobby maitre'd wanna-be riding on Carl's coattails who only acknowledged me after I pulled out a wad of bills, Amy Ruth's is the perfect place to go for fine dining and culture at a reasonable price...