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Posted by Daniel on 01/21/2008
We had read all the reviews here (and on some other websites) and were pretty excited about checking this place out. The jazz was a bit loud and overwhelming when we walked in but that wasn't too big a deal. But the food for me at least was not good. My fried chicken was good on the outside but not cooked properly and didn't taste good. A dining companion ordered the blackened fish though and said it was delicious, so I wish I had gotten that! The sides were decent but overall it was nothing too great. Also they added a gratuity on our bill and we were only 4 people but whatever we would have left more than that anyway. It also costs $5 a person on your bill if there is jazz. You can go but don't expect a wonderful life changing experience.
Posted by Dayle1011 on 10/27/2007
I've been going to Londel's since it's inception. During that time, I've gotten married, had my engagement dinner there, my wedding rehearsal dinner, baby blessing dinners and any thing else you can imagine. We are regular customers of their "private" dining space. The wait staff is wonderful. If you ever experience Winston, you will keep coming, I guarantee it. The food is great, I love the grilled chicken and the potato salad. What can I say, this is a great gem of Harlem. Oh, try the Sunday buffet, it's worth it!!
Posted by Future Harlemite on 01/22/2007
I went here with a friend around New Year's and it was a great experience. The food was excellent. We both got the fried fish with mac and cheese and sweet potatoes. I had requested mixed vegetables but they didn't have anymore which I thought was strange but the sweet potatoes were a great substitute. There was a jazz bad so that was definitely a bonus. My only complaint was that the atmosphere was very bland and the lighting was too much. Not good if you are trying to go out for a romantic dinner. Besides that I will definitely be back... soon!
Posted by Harlem Wanderer on 11/03/2006
Well I went to Londel's for my birthday, I had a reservation for 16 people. I called in advance the day before, and even visited the week before to confirm things. The day of my event, my guests arrive and there "are no reservations". Apparently the owner had written them down for the next day. So my friends (who traveled several hours to be there) and I had to wait outside (they wouldn't let us in) for an hour and a half in the cold. Once inside everything was fabulous! But by then of course I was pissed off. The food was great, our waitress was wonderful, but the owner left a bad taste in my mouth. As "making up" for his terrible blunder, the owner sent ME over a glass of Moet, what do the other 15 people who waited outside get? NOTHING! No birthday cake, nothing.. As a place to dine, it was fabulous. As a place to hold a dinner party, I wouldn't recommend it.
Posted by Shackie on 08/16/2006
I have eaten at Londel's on two occasions; both experiences were delightful. The restaurant's ambiance was simple, yet alluring. The servers were friendly and helpful about menu choices. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by L. J. on 07/11/2006
I love Londel's. The macaroni and cheese melts in your mouth. Although, the collard greens tend to be hard on the stomach and delicious at the same time. My favorite is their grilled chicken breast with the spiced seasoning (it's on the lunch menu, but they're kind enough to make it for dinner).
Posted by grinch on 05/04/2006
My trails to discover excellent soul-food fixins have taken throughout both coasts, and Londel's goes to the top of the heap (and far beyond). The atmosphere and service experienced here should be the touchstone by which other Afro-American culinary establishments are judged. I dined for the Sunday's buffet. The smells, tastes, sounds, and ambience convinced me that this is how heaven should be if not better. Every penny is worth the experience at Londel's!