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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.
Posted by African Girl on 07/21/2006
Overpriced? Yes. Will you wait FOREVER for a table on Sunday? Yes. Will you shut up as soon as you take the first bite? Yes. I knew better than to go to Sylvia's on a Sunday, but my mother was in town and I wanted to take her. We waited over three hours. No joke. Although Mom was peeved, I wasn't in the least. Take my advice, if you are waiting at Sylvia's on a Sunday plop down at the bar order a few drinks and enjoy the live gospel music while wondering if what you are doing is a little sinful. If you know the words the singer might even let you have the mike. I had a ball. And if you just can't wait to eat order an appetizer and stop whining. There is NO PLACE like Sylvia's in the city. I am a North Carolina native and I felt like I had stepped back home and in church simultaneously. Can you get a plate of fried chicken somewhere else for less than $15? Yes. But I wouldn't want to have it anywhere else.
Posted by Justin on 07/10/2006
I took a friend here from out of town on a Sunday afternoon, and after much excitement, the long line we encountered made us think twice about waiting. We had about a 35 minute wait which certainly gave us enough time to review the menu, and we were seated. Since it was a Sunday, there was a "Gospel Brunch" underway, which meant that there were lively singers walking around the dining rooms keeping the crowd upbeat on such a sweltering summer day. It was probably one of the most authentic experiences anyone could wish for in Soul Food or the Harlem Renaissance. A Prix Fixe menu will allow you to choose from their classic Soul Food options (I chose the Smothered Pork which was amazing), with sides and cornbread that are superb. The service can be a bit spotty, especially when it's super-busy, but the food and the slightly inflated prices make it worth even the longest wait. You can always call and make reservations to avert the wait, but the food comes quickly anyway. Definitely worth traveling to Harlem for, and certainly a restaurant you'll want to return to.
Posted by fiore on 05/13/2006
Went there for Sunday brunch. Well, it's not exactly dietetic or light but it's excellent food in a wonderful athmosphere. Definitly worth going. Just enjoy the food, go on a diet tomorrow. The music is also great. It's a bit touristy but it doesn't pretend otherwise and, unlike most touristy places, the food is excellent. Highly recommended!!
Posted by southern girl on 04/24/2006
I am from Arkansas and after living in New York for over 15 years, Sylvia's still has some of the best soul food around. The fried pork chops, turkey wings, and chicken livers are the bomb. All of the sides taste pretty close to grandma's recipe. The breakfast offerings are also awesome. She makes the best salmon cakes and biscuits and it is one of the only places I have found that serves slab bacon. So, skip Amy Ruth's and spend your money at Sylvia's.!