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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%
Travellers talk about
“collard greens” (120 reviews)
“cornbread” (150 reviews)
“fried chicken” (202 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:30All hours
$$ - $$$
328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh My Goodness I am so thrilled my family and I got a chance to eat at Sylvia's after hearing about it for many years. We were a party of four, visiting from Chicago, eager to dine there. At first it looked hopeless to find...More

Thank BevCredelle
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad you could have a chance to come visit us from Chicago! It's so wonderful to hear that you found everything so delicious. Anytime you need to fill up on some more soul food, we're here. Best, Sylvia's

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Sylvia's legacy restaurant has been serving locals, celebrities, tourists and international dignitaries for a half century. Sylvia & Harold Woods' 4 adult children now own, operate and carry on the traditions instituted by their parents. Uptown Manhattan in Harlem, this institution employs over 100 people...More

1  Thank mamahartsoul2016
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad you could come to see us -- especially on such a perfect afternoon. It makes us so happy to hear you enjoyed your chicken so much. We feel so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful area and are glad...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Excellent fried chicken, I would highly recommend the Harlem style chicken. My wife had the same but with gravy too - which was also amazing. The corn bread was warm and delicious too. Great ambiance and music. Lived up to expectations.

Thank obriendean
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We're thrilled to hear we lived up to your high expectations! Thanks for coming on by. Hope to see you and your wife back for more chicken and cornbread! All best, Sylvia's

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

This is a place that's been on my list of places to go to in NYC, however we rarely find ourselves in Harlem. So we finally had the perfect opportunity to Gia and it was a beautiful warm spring day and we were able to...More

2  Thank mribando
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

I'm so glad you could finally get a chance to visit! While I'm happy that the cornbread was the best you've ever had and that your husband really enjoyed his meal, I'm sorry we didn't totally wow you with your Chicken & Waffles. During our...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017

We are a young Australian family who made our way to Harlem to try the famous soul food of Sylvias after seeing it on TV. It was delicious.......... fried chicken, spare ribs, corn bread, mac and cheese, collared greens it was all we expected and...More

Thank T G
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Stopped in for dinner a little after 7:30 one night last week. Although people were waiting, as a party of 1 a table was available right away. Excellent service from the staff, from being greeted to the wait staff. Ordered the chicken livers with gravy...More

Thank Bob S
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks for coming in for dinner, Bob. Glad that from gravy to corn bread, you had a great meal. Although it can get a bit loud during our busier hours, thanks for bearing with us. Hope to see you back soon -- we'll have some...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Authentic soul food. When I got my first glass of sweet tea and sipped it, I knew I was somewhere special. From the fried chicken to the black-eyed peas, yams, green beans and collard greens, it was soul food done right. The only negative was...More

Thank Traveler5548
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

It makes us so happy to hear that from your first sip of sweet tea, you loved your time with us. We're so happy we could give you a good soul food meal. Thanks for the note about the sauce -- we appreicate any and...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

For years I've wanted to visit Sylvia's and this weekend I finally had the opportunity to patronize the infamous restaurant. I arrived after the lunch rush, so there wasn't a wait. The staff was very attentive and courteous. I was blown away by the menu...More

Thank nrlangford
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We're so glad you finally got the chance to come see us! Ending a meal with peach cobbler is always a great choice. Glad to hear you liked your meal, too. We can't wait to have you back! Warmly, Sylvia's

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We waited approx 30min to be seated before we were told that we cannot share the meals. We were not too hungry so we wanted to try and share different meals because the meals are really big. Also it was not possible to order starters...More

SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

We know it can be frustrating to encounter various restaurant policies, so we're sorry there was a delay in communication in this instance. Before 2 pm, we focus on other food items, like our very popular brunch. In this way, our kitchen can have the...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

I visited Sylvia's on a trip to New York from London with my sister. My boyfriend who had been to Sylvia's in January recommended it to us and said that we would not be disappointed by the food and he was right. My first time...More

Thank Miss_tayo
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

We're thrilled that you and your sister had such a great visit with us! Getting that good soul food before leaving NY is important -- so we're glad you could get your fill. Make sure to thank your boyfriend for us -- we're so happy...More

As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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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