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Sylvia's Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“collard greens” (124 reviews)
“cornbread” (154 reviews)
“fried chicken” (206 reviews)
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328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A warm welcome was received when we visited Sylvia's. We had built up an appetite before our visit. Good job we did because the portion sizes are big! The kids had chicken and waffles and I had the ribs. All were very good including the...More

Thank Facfiftyone
Reviewed 4 days ago

The menu seemed a bit pricey at first, but this is a nice restaurant, and the quality was good. Server was extremely friendly. I'm glad I finally went there.

Thank Cassandra M
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Cassandra, we're so glad our use of high-quality ingredients came through, and it's great to hear you were happy with our service, too. We hope to welcome you back for another meal. Thanks, Sylvia's

Reviewed 4 days ago

Best customer service in NYC yet! Great waiters, gave us good recommendations for our orders and checked in on us every so often. Drinks were always topped up and waiters gave friendly remarks while passing by. Great atmosphere, awesome fried chicken & waffles!!! Great place,...More

Thank JulianneMarieP
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Saying you received the best service means the world to us, Julianne, and we're so glad you were happy with our team. What's more, it's great to know how much you loved the fried chicken and waffles -- thank you for recommending it, too! We...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited with a friend on a Sunday evening recently. I had heard and read such rave reviews about the place I was a bit disappointed. I like wine with my dinner and there was a selection of two reds and two whites. I ordered...More

Thank FrancesM642
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We always want people to love their visits, Sylvia's, and we're disappointed to know yours wasn't what you'd hoped. It sounds like you did really love the chicken, so we're sorry the rest of your meal didn't match up. In addition, we always want our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Before the Amateur show at Apollo Theatre we had booked a table at this restaurant after we had done a lot of research. The first impression was we were greeted with a welcoming smile. The waitress Olga was very friendly to us and the other...More

1  Thank jacquelineelysee
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for dining with us -- we're so happy you chose to eat here. Glad to know you especially loved our cornbread. It's a favorite around here, for sure! Looking forward to next time you come for a meal and some memories. Warm...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the fried chicken & BBQ' ribs with sides of mac & cheese & potato salad It also comes with their excellent cornbread. We were staying in Times Square so a long distance from our hotel But so glad we did. Friendly staff Good atmosphereMore

Thank Carla H
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Great choice with the Fried Chicken & BBQ ribs, Carla! We're also glad to hear you loved our delicious sides, like the Mac & Cheese and Potato Salad. Thanks for making the trip to come see us. Hope to see you next time you're in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice time at Sylvia's. The restaurant was nice (a bit old-fashioned, but clean and suitable for a family dinner). We had chicken and waffles and BBQ ribs. The meat was good, side dishes so so.... In my opinion, the place right over...More

Thank Daria B
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Daria, we're glad to know you overall enjoyed your meal, although it's disappointing we didn't impress more. We always want our guests to feel welcomed and enjoy our classic soul food. If you ever want to try us out again, we'd love another chance to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are tourists from the UK and were advised by friends this was as good a restaurant as any for an "authentic" gospel brunch. They were right! We all thought the food was excellent, tasty with nicely spiced big pieces of fried chicken, tasty thick...More

Thank andyjansy
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for visiting us on your trip to NY! We're so glad to know you loved your Sunday brunch with us. It's also wonderful to hear that you could get the warm and friendly service we're known for. Thanks for taking time to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service, and great entertainment. I enjoyed the fried chicken, greens, black eye peas, and mac n cheese. The cornbread appetizer was also a plus. The live entertainment (singing) during the meal was also fantastic.

Thank AlwayzOnTheGo77
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It sounds like you're always on the go, so we're glad we could provide you with a great meal to fuel more adventures! Between the food, service, and music, it's fantastic to know you loved everything. Looking forward to next time! Best, Sylvia's

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a dream! After our church experience in Harleem we knew exactly what we had to try, and... incredible!!! Sylvia's was so much more than we could have imagined. The queue was quite big and we had to wait next to the bar. We ordered...More

1  Thank Miguel M
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's fantastic to hear you could enjoy some delicious Sangria while waiting, Miguel. Thanks for coming to enjoy a Sunday lunch -- it was great having you here. We've had some great people dine with us and we're honored to add you to the list....More

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bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
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3 June 2017|
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Response from 322dawng2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a full service bar
10 March 2017|
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Response from eliseljh | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on the time of the day when you're there. I was there twice for dinner during my one week stay in New York last October, and didn't have to wait for more than 5 minutes. Unless you are coming with a big... More
Anne J
2 November 2016|
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Response from SisBoston | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry to disagree with Adam0610, but, according to Sylvia's website, you can't make a reservation for brunch. With that in mind, here's what happened when we went -- we arrived about 10:30 a.m. and were about 20th in... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660
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