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Posted by Anonymous on 06/30/2009
I was very excited to try this place out especially since I've heard so much about it. Unfortunately I ended up very disappointed. 1st we waited 45 minutes to have our orders taken even though it was not that busy, the chicken was too dry, the dinner menu forces you to pick a full meal and there is not a very good selection (eg you can't just pick some sides and eat those for dinner) there are absolutely no vegetarian choices, so don't even think about stepping in to this restaurant with any friends who don't eat meat, they add on all these extra charges for this that and the other. They have way too many rules as far as what you can choose to eat!! There's not even a salad on the menu. Really really disappointed.
Posted by anon on 06/08/2009
We went to Sylvia's to experience the soul food. My friend enjoyed the well prepared and seasoned catfish. I should have tried something other than the just OK ribs and overly sweet candied yams. The portions were more than ample. We found the wait staff and hostess most attentive to our needs. Unfortunately we found the Sunday Brunch scene a bit too loud.
Posted by cy-girl on 03/22/2009
The food was very regular for all the hype and it is priced like it is 50 blocks south.
Posted by Justin on 01/19/2009
After reading so many negative reviews, I was cautious about Sylvias, but wanted to go there simply to say I was there. We got right in as there were only two of us for lunch on a saturday. I had fried chicken with mac and cheese and collard greens, coconut layer cake for dessert. The fried chicken was perfectly seasoned, not oily or greasy at all..very very juicy and flavorful...the best fried chicken I've ever had. Mac and cheese was subtle, not in your face cheesey and collard greens were delicious as well. The coconut layer cake had a pineapple filling in between the layers which was a nice suprise. Service was adequate. Excellent prices for NYC...I payed less than $20 for my meal including dessert. I also met Ms Sylvia herself who apparently sits at her own table everyday and loves to talk to her guests. She signed my cookbook that I bought and was a very sweet authentic person.....and I'm still on a high from meeting one of the culinary legends of our time. I'm not an expert on Soul Food, but I do know what GOOD food is..no matter what the style..good food has good flavor, texture and apperance. The next time I'm in NYC, I'm taking the M60 bus from Laguardia to 125th and Lennox and walking the two blocks to Sylvias before I even put my luggage away...it was that good.
Posted by Lenox couple on 01/10/2009
there are several revered spots in harlem, sylvias being one of them. got the ribs there, not the best, not the worst. i enjoyed the collared greens, pretty impressed. the atmosphere was cool, we were seated quick. the service was so-so at best, waitress seemed nice but wasn't accommodating enough for the price of food. will give benefit of the doubt and try again. more to come?
Posted by Vixen on 11/05/2008
When I first moved to New York, the first place I wanted to go to was Sylvia's. My family made great soul food Sunday dinners and I've lived down South, so I know my soul food. I loved the collard greens they sell in grocery stores, so I knew I was in for a treat when on-site- but I was sorely mistaken. While the service and atmosphere were good, the food was a train wreck! Popeye's and KFC have better chicken, the mac and cheese was barely edible, and the collard greens tasted like they were straight from the can. If I'm in the restaurant, I expect the greens to be better than what sits on a shelf for weeks and months!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/21/2008
I went for lunch today with a friend. It was our first time at Sylvia's, and it surely won't be my last time. Everything I sampled, including the cornbread, chicken fingers, fried chicken, smothered beef ribs, collard greens, mac & cheese, yams, potato salad, velvet cake and peach cobbler was superb! All the food was fresh, flavorful, not greasy and not heavy at all. To be fair, I am from the northeast and am evaluating the food on a standalone basis, and not comparing it to what fare from yesteryear in my hometown. We were treated as if we were guests in someone's home, and not in the impersonal manner many restaurants typically deploy. When I was torn between 3 side dishes, my server said she would bring a small side of mac & cheese so I would get to experience that also. She also brought some cornbread for the road at the end of my meal. This gesture was both gracious and unexpected, especially because an 18% gratuity had already been added to my check. On the way out, we met Sylvia Woods herself. To summarize, this was an excellent meal that is well worth the trip.