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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by dee on 04/07/2007
Coming from the midwest with DEEP roots in the south I'm convinced that NY'ers have never had really good soul food (healthy varieties or otherwise). The food I had the ONE time I ever plan to visit Sylvia's was like the one cousin in the family that can't really cook that well but INSISTS on bringing dishes to the potluck. It's not bad... but I can show you good. Good place for a bite if you got to have some fried/greasy/ whatever, but not a must see.
Posted by Decent neighborhood staple on 02/23/2007
The food is decent, but really things like mac and cheese, cornbread, and fried chicken are pretty typical. The best part is the yams. I'd say, on the whole, that I and my guest enjoyed it, but part of what you are paying for is the name. Also, the speakers on Gospel Sundays are cranked way up which makes it hard for you to hear anything else. Also, when they sing Happy Birthday, the gospel singer insists on singing the name of everyone who has a birthday at least 20 times, which is pretty annoying.
Posted by NYC Harlem Foodie on 12/18/2006
Sylvia's has fell WAY OFF. It is touristy and the food is reflective of that. It's just not that good. The good reviews must come from people who have never eaten soul food before.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/27/2006
The best Fried Chicken. Really good Mac and Cheese (but I've had slightly better) Great biscuits, and Greens. I hightly reccommend Sylvia's for Soulfood. Great Value too.
Posted by MichaelCarmine on 09/10/2006
After all I had heard about the famous Slyvia's, I was expecting something really ritzy or done up. It wasn't, but you know what? The food was great, and it was a really pleasant meal. I went for lunch on Saturday with a friend (I hear Sunday lunch can be out the door), and it cost 20 bucks! He had an omelet and I had the fried chicken and waffles with a side of greens. It was hearty, simple, soul food. I was deligthed. It didn't need to be decked out like somewhere in MIdtown. It was tasty and worth it. Don't expect to be blown away, but it's real nice eats.
Posted by Nikki on 08/04/2006
I went to NY for vacation from Ohio and Sylvia's was one of the places I had to visit. The food was outstanding. We arrived close to closing time and were still treated nicely and served promptly. I will definitely visit again on my next visit. I also got a chance to meet Ms. Sylvia who was warm and very sweet. I had mac n cheese, fried chicken and greens, with a slice of red velvet cake, and fresh lemonade. Yummy!
Posted by Calyandra on 07/28/2006
I can't believe the plethora of good reviews on here. I almost want to laugh but mostly I just feel sorry for the people reading the reviews and hoping that Sylvia's is the second coming of Southern food in the city. I went here 2 or 3 years ago and once was enough. I went with an open mind and a hopeful palate and left with a sour disposition and an abused tongue. Sylvia's may have been the bee's knees back in the day but honey child it has nothing to gloat about now. The chicken is OK. It's fried chicken, you can't really mess up fried chicken. The greens were flavorless. The Mac and Cheese was also poor. They served it to me luke warm and it was lumpy. I guess some of you like lumpy, cold mac and cheese. YUM. The ribs were paltry and an insult to the world of BBQ Ribs.