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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.
Posted by chenita on 10/14/2008
I went to Sylvia's on Friday October 10, 2008. The food was so good. I had the fried chicken with collard greens and candied yams. Everything about this restaurant was a great experience. The people at the restaurant were very friendly, no waiting for a long period of time. I even got a chance to meet the owner of this awesome empire. If I'm ever in town again I will sure make a stop at Sylvia's.
Posted by Matthew on 08/24/2008
Started out fine, got our seat, ordered drinks and waited more than 30 minutes for our food. This was after we waited 20 minutes for our drinks. So, after waiting a solid 50 minutes for our food, I was starving! I dug in expecting it to be like the southern food back home in Tennessee. NOT! It was oily, salty, bland and tasted like it came from a can. I was feeling so disappointed, that I asked the waitress for the check after about 5 or 6 bites. Then we waited. After being gone for more than 10 minutes, she finally returned with the check. I paid with credit, waited another 10 minutes, signed the receipt and left no tip. Though the atmosphere was the best part, I am never going back to Sylvia's again!!!
Posted by kika on 06/08/2008
My friend and I were excited to make the trek from lower Manhattan to Sylvia's for dinner. A big mistake and a huge letdown. Classic fried chicken was dry and tasteless. Potato salad was a scoop of potato studded mayo. There was nothing fresh tasting in the candied yams and okra gumbo either. Only the collard greens packed some flavor. And it's all overpriced. A real shame.
Posted by local girl on 04/10/2008
Sylvia's, like others have written, is living on its reputation and the steady stream of tourists. Food is so-so, service is often bad. For better soul food, head 10 blocks north on Lenox to Spoonbread!
Posted by Chicago Ki on 03/07/2008
I was in NYC three days and I ate at Sylvia's twice. My favorite dish was the collard greens. The short ribs of beef and the peach cobbler were good as well.
Posted by SouthernGuy on 02/13/2008
Talk about living on a reputation! Anyone who honestly believes Sylvia's serves good soul food obviously has never tasted good soul food. The last time I was here was to take a friend who wanted to have a meal at this venerable restaurant. Once was enough for him, and he admitted that he should have heeded my warnings. The meats are actually pretty good still, as are the desserts. But pretty good isn't good. And the vegetables, mac n cheese and other sides are really mediocre. If you want to say they you've eaten at Sylvia's then go. But if you want a good southern-style meal, don't expect it here.