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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.
Posted by TammyG on 11/18/2007
I ate the catfish and nibbled fried chicken from a family's member plate. I must say the catfish was good along with the fried chicken. I have tried and ate from well-known soul food places in Chicago, Atlanta and LA and none come close to Sylvia's catfish and yams. The yams are to die for, Literally!! I say try it because you definitely have nothing to lose!!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2007
I ordered the fried catfish w/mac & cheese/greens/yams. I've had better catfish, my mom makes better mac & cheese but the greens and yams were on point. This was my first soul food locale and I enjoyed it! The employees were nice & funny and made the trip worth while. Remember you get what you pay for. It is an affordable place so you can't expect a five star quality...if you receive it great.