NYC Eats: Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem

Every time I come to New York I always make a stop at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. By now I’m sure you’re aware of my love for soul food, and if you don’t, now you know. I FUCKING LOVE IT. I wrote about Sylvia’s before but it deserves it’s own post.

I’ve come to the realization that soul food is not that big in NYC considering that majority of their black population are Caribbean, so there’s Caribbean food everywhere. Not that I’m complaining because I sure did dabble in some jerk chicken and oxtails, but I always need my soul food fix and Sylvia’s is guaranteed to hit the spot.

7594890458_29d726ba51_zLocated in the heart of Harlem, Sylvia Woods has crowned herself as the “Queen of Soul Food” since opening up in 1962, and she has every right. The restaurant itself is pretty cozy and feels like you’re eating at your auntie’s house. Sylvia’s brings in a very diverse crowd of tourists, locals and celebrities. I wouldn’t recommend going on a Sunday because this place is popping from wall to wall. Not only will your wait time take forever, but you will be having your meal with the table next to you because it gets that crowded.

2 piece dark with mac n cheese and potato salad
Salmon croquettes with sweet potatoes and potato salad
Catfish with collard greens and mac n cheese
Beef ribs with greens and potato salad

All in all, the food is so damn good and the vibes are even better. You can’t go wrong.

328 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027 | M-Sat 8 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. | (212) 996-0660 |



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