Sylvia's Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 328 Malcolm X Blvd

    New York, NY 10027

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  • 212-996-0660

About Sylvia's Restaurant

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Monday To Saturday From 08:00 AM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 08:00 PM

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I took my wife and kids here and thought it was absolutely delightful! I got to meet Sylvia Woods and even members of the family. This is a family owned establishment which made it an even better experience. Somebody told me to go to Mannas..and that is owned by a Korean women ? Why wouldn't I go to a southern style restaurant owned and operated by people from the South instead. I LOVED IT!! Kids LOVED IT As Well. And Sylvia Woods was a sweetheart. Food was delectable!!

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★★★★★

I took my wife and kids here and thought it was absolutely delightful! I got to meet Sylvia Woods and even members of the family. This is a family owned establishment which made it an even better experience. Somebody told me to go to Mannas..and that is owned by a Korean women ? Why wouldn't I go to a southern style restaurant owned and operated by people from the South instead. I LOVED IT!! Kids LOVED IT As Well. And Sylvia Woods was a sweetheart. Food was delectable!!

Pros: Best Soul Food and Environment in Town

Cons: Slow Service on Occasion

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The hostess will tell you the wait is just 10 minutes but if the waiting area is mildly crowded you'll be waiting for an hour. Don't agree for being seated close to the entrance. It is like a train stop. It is too tight and too much back and forth. Remember to ask for everything at once because your waitress, although nice and friendly, might disappear for 20 minutes during your meal. The food is delicious and nutritious and the prices are reasonable but the overall dining experience is sub-par. I wish they will get it together and get more organized. I guess this will not happen soon since they don??t have to do that? customer will be still come there anyway.

1
★★☆☆☆

The hostess will tell you the wait is just 10 minutes but if the waiting area is mildly crowded you'll be waiting for an hour. Don't agree for being seated close to the entrance. It is like a train stop. It is too tight and too much back and forth. Remember to ask for everything at once because your waitress, although nice and friendly, might disappear for 20 minutes during your meal. The food is delicious and nutritious and the prices are reasonable but the overall dining experience is sub-par. I wish they will get it together and get more organized. I guess this will not happen soon since they don??t have to do that? customer will be still come there anyway.

Pros: Big portions, good prices

Cons: Uncomfortable, long wait, bad service

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Visited Sylvia's this past Sunday for their soul food bruch - unreal! Our waitress (Lee?) was so sweet, chatting with us and just being extremely friendly. The fried chicken and waffles were to die for - the waffles were so delicious, no syrup necessary. The fresh fruitpunch went perfectly with the meal. For dessert we ordered sweet potato pie, pineapple coconut cake and banana pudding - the banana pudding should be illegal. Everything was wonderful, and so was the live music. Can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

Visited Sylvia's this past Sunday for their soul food bruch - unreal! Our waitress (Lee?) was so sweet, chatting with us and just being extremely friendly. The fried chicken and waffles were to die for - the waffles were so delicious, no syrup necessary. The fresh fruitpunch went perfectly with the meal. For dessert we ordered sweet potato pie, pineapple coconut cake and banana pudding - the banana pudding should be illegal. Everything was wonderful, and so was the live music. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: chicken & waffles, desserts

Cons: none!

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Cons: We (my wife and I) when to Sylvia's for Mother's day. The first thing we noticed was that the staff seemed like they were mad at the world. Our waiter focused on one table (anglo) and ignored ours (african american (AA)) totally. At the end of dinning he even told me to get my own toothpick instead of him providing the correct level of customer service. As far as the food, the banana pudding contained hard banana chunks and seemed thrown together. The mac & cheese was very dry and lacked cheese.
Pros: The braised rib was off the chain, as well as the candy yams and green beans.
Overall: I support purchasing and dining in AA establishments to help the AA communities prosper, but not at the sake of good customer service. Sylvia needs to really evaluate her staff. Its time for a upgrade!!

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★★☆☆☆

Cons: We (my wife and I) when to Sylvia's for Mother's day. The first thing we noticed was that the staff seemed like they were mad at the world. Our waiter focused on one table (anglo) and ignored ours (african american (AA)) totally. At the end of dinning he even told me to get my own toothpick instead of him providing the correct level of customer service. As far as the food, the banana pudding contained hard banana chunks and seemed thrown together. The mac & cheese was very dry and lacked cheese.
Pros: The braised rib was off the chain, as well as the candy yams and green beans.
Overall: I support purchasing and dining in AA establishments to help the AA communities prosper, but not at the sake of good customer service. Sylvia needs to really evaluate her staff. Its time for a upgrade!!

Pros: Good candy yams, string beans, braised rib

Cons: Poor service, i.e. bad attitude, dry banana pudding, mac

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The meal I had was very good, smothered pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes & collard greens. However, the wait time was a little long and I was by myself. But when I was finally seated, Sylvia did apologize for the wait, she was very pleasant. They need a bigger waiting area and it was extremely hot in there. The bus boy was more attentive than my waiter. My waiter never asked if I wanted desert, although I was full from my meal, I wanted to take a piece of cake home with me, I got distracted while waiting for the bill so I never asked, but he should have asked me. Also, I was given a container by the busboy to put my own leftovers in. The products they sell were enclosed in a glass case, but most of the items they had listed weren't available, and when I asked about availability of an item, the person was abrupt like I was bothering him. Also, they were setting up for a big party and the busboy was sweeping the floor close to where I was eating, I did notice that the carpet could have been cleaner, it didn't look as though it had been recently vacumned or swept. It could be quieter, and probably would be if they piped in some soft jazz loud enough to sooth the patrons, thus a lot quieter. Overall, I would return again and plan to ask my sisters if they would like to attend the Sunday brunch that I hear is very good. If not, I plan to return again by myself since I love breakfast food!

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★★★☆☆

The meal I had was very good, smothered pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes & collard greens. However, the wait time was a little long and I was by myself. But when I was finally seated, Sylvia did apologize for the wait, she was very pleasant. They need a bigger waiting area and it was extremely hot in there. The bus boy was more attentive than my waiter. My waiter never asked if I wanted desert, although I was full from my meal, I wanted to take a piece of cake home with me, I got distracted while waiting for the bill so I never asked, but he should have asked me. Also, I was given a container by the busboy to put my own leftovers in. The products they sell were enclosed in a glass case, but most of the items they had listed weren't available, and when I asked about availability of an item, the person was abrupt like I was bothering him. Also, they were setting up for a big party and the busboy was sweeping the floor close to where I was eating, I did notice that the carpet could have been cleaner, it didn't look as though it had been recently vacumned or swept. It could be quieter, and probably would be if they piped in some soft jazz loud enough to sooth the patrons, thus a lot quieter. Overall, I would return again and plan to ask my sisters if they would like to attend the Sunday brunch that I hear is very good. If not, I plan to return again by myself since I love breakfast food!

Pros: The food was great

Cons: Too hot, very noisy, wait time too long, floor not vacumned

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It was a good experience! for a first timer i ate mac and cheese, fried chicken, and yams! It was really good!

we went on a saturday night and there was no wait!
the wait staff moved people in and out quickly.

only gripe is it was hot as hell in there!

2
★★★★☆

It was a good experience! for a first timer i ate mac and cheese, fried chicken, and yams! It was really good!

we went on a saturday night and there was no wait!
the wait staff moved people in and out quickly.

only gripe is it was hot as hell in there!

Pros: great food

Cons: hot!!!

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RIP off!, Tourist trap
We were a small group of people, had everything prepaid by our agency - gave the waitress the voucher and thought we were trouble free.
The spare ribs tasted fetid, the fried fish soggy in oil, the rice and cornbread decent, the best was the collar greens - the experience far from the promoted "OH SO UNIQUE". The music was jazz from the loudspeaker, one singer came around for 10 Minutes - this was the total experience - no not entirely - we were about to be ripped off .
Our NYC tour guide was not sitting at our table, therefore we where probably eyed as a good "rip off" group. The Manager of the restaurant came around and presented us with a $60.00 bill, saying that there was some "open difference" to be paid. We were about to pay it, when one of the group informed our tour guide who was waiting for us at the bar. The tour guide confronted the "surprised" Manager, (who had not expected us to be with a local representative) gave him some well deserved "no way Jose", called immediately the local agency (on a Sunday!!) - who reconfirmed, that we - the guest - were not to pay anything. After leaving the restaurant we left for the airport to fly back home to Amsterdam, with a bitter taste in our mouth after an otherwise wonderful 3 days in ol' NYC
Thanks to our tough NYC tour guide we were saved from a perfect rip off.
Our suggestion: There are 14'000 wonderful restaurants in NYC, any Deli or Diner in the city serves better food then this tourist trap called Sylvia's!"

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★☆☆☆☆

RIP off!, Tourist trap
We were a small group of people, had everything prepaid by our agency - gave the waitress the voucher and thought we were trouble free.
The spare ribs tasted fetid, the fried fish soggy in oil, the rice and cornbread decent, the best was the collar greens - the experience far from the promoted "OH SO UNIQUE". The music was jazz from the loudspeaker, one singer came around for 10 Minutes - this was the total experience - no not entirely - we were about to be ripped off .
Our NYC tour guide was not sitting at our table, therefore we where probably eyed as a good "rip off" group. The Manager of the restaurant came around and presented us with a $60.00 bill, saying that there was some "open difference" to be paid. We were about to pay it, when one of the group informed our tour guide who was waiting for us at the bar. The tour guide confronted the "surprised" Manager, (who had not expected us to be with a local representative) gave him some well deserved "no way Jose", called immediately the local agency (on a Sunday!!) - who reconfirmed, that we - the guest - were not to pay anything. After leaving the restaurant we left for the airport to fly back home to Amsterdam, with a bitter taste in our mouth after an otherwise wonderful 3 days in ol' NYC
Thanks to our tough NYC tour guide we were saved from a perfect rip off.
Our suggestion: There are 14'000 wonderful restaurants in NYC, any Deli or Diner in the city serves better food then this tourist trap called Sylvia's!"

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Fried chicken and garlic mashed potatoes were to die for. Mac&cheese and banana bread pudding were a little too dry but enjoyable nevertheless. House special cocktails were superb. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★☆

Fried chicken and garlic mashed potatoes were to die for. Mac&cheese and banana bread pudding were a little too dry but enjoyable nevertheless. House special cocktails were superb. Highly recommended.

Pros: great food

Cons: long wait

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Yes if your ready for some home cookn this is the spot. The mac n cheese n fried chicken off da chain....!

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★★★★☆

Yes if your ready for some home cookn this is the spot. The mac n cheese n fried chicken off da chain....!

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Okay so I said I wasn't going to do this... I mean... it's Sylvia's. But bad service is just bad service. I couldn't complain to anyone there because it didn't appear that anyone there cared. From the cashier who did not even greet me but instead just extended her hand for the ticket (and the same for my credit card) to my server who had me waiting for desert for 10-15 minutes. It must have been a good 10 minutes before it was even communicated to me that they were out of what I wanted in the cooler on the line and that someone in the kitchen was looking for more. And again, I was at the counter... it's not like my server had to walk to the ends of the dining area. When it finally came, it was like it had been whipped together. It was Banana Pudding and it had a few chunks of unripened banana or at least I hope that is what it was. I thought maybe I had bitten into plastic fruit. I didn't want to seem ungrateful after they had gone through all that trouble so I scarfed it down and left. Also. the counter could have used a wipe-down.

ADDENDUM: October 5, 2009. This place has gone from bad to worse. I will not be returning. The food was so bad that I stopped off at CVS for a bag of Lay's potatoe chips afterwards just so that I could have something with flavor. I would once go to Sylvia's and have take a photo of my plate as it looked too good to be true. What I got tonight was bland and on the colder side of warm. I ordered the fried shrimp entree but the shrimp was so lightly battered that they may as well have been grilled. There was absolutely no crunch and being that the batter holds the flavor... well... no flavor. I'm led to believe that the star chef only works on weekends. The times I have gone on a Saturday or Sunday, I??ve been floored and I propose that If they can't measure up on weekdays then perhaps a weekday menu with below average prices to match the below average quality of the food being served! I now wish I had walked ouot when my plate arrived instead of handing over $20 for garbage.

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay so I said I wasn't going to do this... I mean... it's Sylvia's. But bad service is just bad service. I couldn't complain to anyone there because it didn't appear that anyone there cared. From the cashier who did not even greet me but instead just extended her hand for the ticket (and the same for my credit card) to my server who had me waiting for desert for 10-15 minutes. It must have been a good 10 minutes before it was even communicated to me that they were out of what I wanted in the cooler on the line and that someone in the kitchen was looking for more. And again, I was at the counter... it's not like my server had to walk to the ends of the dining area. When it finally came, it was like it had been whipped together. It was Banana Pudding and it had a few chunks of unripened banana or at least I hope that is what it was. I thought maybe I had bitten into plastic fruit. I didn't want to seem ungrateful after they had gone through all that trouble so I scarfed it down and left. Also. the counter could have used a wipe-down.

ADDENDUM: October 5, 2009. This place has gone from bad to worse. I will not be returning. The food was so bad that I stopped off at CVS for a bag of Lay's potatoe chips afterwards just so that I could have something with flavor. I would once go to Sylvia's and have take a photo of my plate as it looked too good to be true. What I got tonight was bland and on the colder side of warm. I ordered the fried shrimp entree but the shrimp was so lightly battered that they may as well have been grilled. There was absolutely no crunch and being that the batter holds the flavor... well... no flavor. I'm led to believe that the star chef only works on weekends. The times I have gone on a Saturday or Sunday, I??ve been floored and I propose that If they can't measure up on weekdays then perhaps a weekday menu with below average prices to match the below average quality of the food being served! I now wish I had walked ouot when my plate arrived instead of handing over $20 for garbage.

Pros: Can't think of any at the moment

Cons: Below average service

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Love the food at Sylvia's. However, my most favorite appetizer ever is Sylvia's Sassy Wings. The hot basket of corn bread is especially tasty - could it be the buttery flavor that seems to melt in my mouth? Perhaps - whatever the reason - it sure keeps the waiters busy refilling our baskets. Be sure to order the pitcher of lemonade with your meal - it's simply refreshing.

5
★★★★★

Love the food at Sylvia's. However, my most favorite appetizer ever is Sylvia's Sassy Wings. The hot basket of corn bread is especially tasty - could it be the buttery flavor that seems to melt in my mouth? Perhaps - whatever the reason - it sure keeps the waiters busy refilling our baskets. Be sure to order the pitcher of lemonade with your meal - it's simply refreshing.

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I have lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years, but avoided Sylvia's because of the whole "food prepped for tourist" rumour.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the food is delicious. I order the the same meal- well seasoned and well prepared-every time I eat here. The sides are delicious, except for the yams which I recommend avoiding at all costs.

The service, unlike the food, is awful! The waitresses at the counter-area seem to always be involved in some indepth conversation with their friends and the dining room service is slow and a bit inattentive.

If this restaurant wasn't so centrally located and the food (and lunch specials) weren't so good...I would never come into Sylvia's again.

Another plus, Sylvia is often seated at a table right inside the first dining room. She seems like a pleasant and friendly person!

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★★★★☆

I have lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years, but avoided Sylvia's because of the whole "food prepped for tourist" rumour.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the food is delicious. I order the the same meal- well seasoned and well prepared-every time I eat here. The sides are delicious, except for the yams which I recommend avoiding at all costs.

The service, unlike the food, is awful! The waitresses at the counter-area seem to always be involved in some indepth conversation with their friends and the dining room service is slow and a bit inattentive.

If this restaurant wasn't so centrally located and the food (and lunch specials) weren't so good...I would never come into Sylvia's again.

Another plus, Sylvia is often seated at a table right inside the first dining room. She seems like a pleasant and friendly person!

Pros: Good food, good value, near subway.

Cons: Poor service!

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Low cost soul food. Sylvia's quality is a-ok with me and apparently all the other patrons that line up in front of the place for breakfast.

Great for a quick run in and out type of spot for to go too. The service could be better, but the food more than makes-up for it!

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★★★★★

Low cost soul food. Sylvia's quality is a-ok with me and apparently all the other patrons that line up in front of the place for breakfast.

Great for a quick run in and out type of spot for to go too. The service could be better, but the food more than makes-up for it!

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After hearing so much about Sylvia's, I had to try it while visiting Harlem. I LOVED the potato salad! However, I was disappointed with the cornbread. It tasted like it was cooked a day or two earlier. I also ordered the fried pork chops. Now, they give you 2 big chops, however, they are not seasoned very well...unless you add Sylvia's hot sauce to it. I am not a hot sauce lover, however, I really like Sylvia's hot sauce, which is why I ended up buying a bottle to take home. My husband ordered the liver and onions and enjoyed it. The mac n cheese is good and so are the collard greens. Next time I'll try the chicken, I hear that's it's good.

2
★★★★☆

After hearing so much about Sylvia's, I had to try it while visiting Harlem. I LOVED the potato salad! However, I was disappointed with the cornbread. It tasted like it was cooked a day or two earlier. I also ordered the fried pork chops. Now, they give you 2 big chops, however, they are not seasoned very well...unless you add Sylvia's hot sauce to it. I am not a hot sauce lover, however, I really like Sylvia's hot sauce, which is why I ended up buying a bottle to take home. My husband ordered the liver and onions and enjoyed it. The mac n cheese is good and so are the collard greens. Next time I'll try the chicken, I hear that's it's good.

Pros: Service and food

Cons: Cornbread

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This is probably the best soul food I have ever eaten. My friend took me there for lunch one Saturday and OMG...the food was absolutely delicious...

I ate the salmon croquettes and they were fantastic. Served with the usual sides, I really enjoyed the cornbread. Washed down with some homemade lemonade, it was great.

The prices were very very reasonable.

Although we waited for almost an hour to get a table, it was certainly worth the wait!

5
★★★★★

This is probably the best soul food I have ever eaten. My friend took me there for lunch one Saturday and OMG...the food was absolutely delicious...

I ate the salmon croquettes and they were fantastic. Served with the usual sides, I really enjoyed the cornbread. Washed down with some homemade lemonade, it was great.

The prices were very very reasonable.

Although we waited for almost an hour to get a table, it was certainly worth the wait!

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Sylvia's has been around for a long time and in the beginning the food was great but since she has been getting all of these tourists in her restaurant she doesn't cater to the people who kept her in business. She has gotten too commercialized for my taste and the food just does not taste that good anymore.

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★★☆☆☆

Sylvia's has been around for a long time and in the beginning the food was great but since she has been getting all of these tourists in her restaurant she doesn't cater to the people who kept her in business. She has gotten too commercialized for my taste and the food just does not taste that good anymore.

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Loved the food at sylvia's, waiters were very nice. The chicken and mac & cheese was very good. Price is worth it and they're not cheap with the food..Need more locations in the U.S

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★★★☆☆

Loved the food at sylvia's, waiters were very nice. The chicken and mac & cheese was very good. Price is worth it and they're not cheap with the food..Need more locations in the U.S

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I think Sylvia's is very over rated. I went there with my friend on a mid-day Saturday because the shark bar was not open as yet. We waited for half an hour for a table for two. Needless to say, the food was horrible. The chicken was nasty. I could not eat the food even though I was really hungry. I would not recommend it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I think Sylvia's is very over rated. I went there with my friend on a mid-day Saturday because the shark bar was not open as yet. We waited for half an hour for a table for two. Needless to say, the food was horrible. The chicken was nasty. I could not eat the food even though I was really hungry. I would not recommend it.

Pros: none

Cons: food

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I am a Brooklyn Born NYer, now living in North Carolina. Therefore, I have many people from NC ask me where to go in NYC for good soul food. I WOULD NEVER IN MY LIFE SEND THEM TO SYLVIA'S! The food wasn't good five years ago when I lived there and, from what I've heard since her children have taken over, it's even worse now! Although I can't see how it could have gotten any worse, but maybe it's because when folks get a little bit of publicity, they forget the loyal people who frequented their establishment when they were charging $5.00 a plate. Or, perhaps, they get a halfway decent review in a daily newspaper and the ink goes to their heads and they lose control. Whatever the reason, when someone asks me where to get good soul food, I don't even mention Sylvia's. Don't go there, don't tell your friends to go there, don't waste the $2.00 metrocard subway fare -- at least not to eat here. Not only is the food not up to par, the service is bad, rude and uninformed. I pity the fool that tastes Sylvia's "food" and thinks this is what real soul food is - IT'S NOT! And for you posters who gave this place 5 stars, next time you're in Harlem, grab up a local and don't ask them where to simple get a meal -- ASK THEM WHERE YOU CAN GET FED! 9 out of 10 times, they won't mention Sylvia's!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a Brooklyn Born NYer, now living in North Carolina. Therefore, I have many people from NC ask me where to go in NYC for good soul food. I WOULD NEVER IN MY LIFE SEND THEM TO SYLVIA'S! The food wasn't good five years ago when I lived there and, from what I've heard since her children have taken over, it's even worse now! Although I can't see how it could have gotten any worse, but maybe it's because when folks get a little bit of publicity, they forget the loyal people who frequented their establishment when they were charging $5.00 a plate. Or, perhaps, they get a halfway decent review in a daily newspaper and the ink goes to their heads and they lose control. Whatever the reason, when someone asks me where to get good soul food, I don't even mention Sylvia's. Don't go there, don't tell your friends to go there, don't waste the $2.00 metrocard subway fare -- at least not to eat here. Not only is the food not up to par, the service is bad, rude and uninformed. I pity the fool that tastes Sylvia's "food" and thinks this is what real soul food is - IT'S NOT! And for you posters who gave this place 5 stars, next time you're in Harlem, grab up a local and don't ask them where to simple get a meal -- ASK THEM WHERE YOU CAN GET FED! 9 out of 10 times, they won't mention Sylvia's!

Pros: Location/Harlem

Cons: Bad Service, Subpar Food, Overpriced

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People rave about restaurants today the same way they give standing ovations for every Broadway performance, no matter how ordinary. Ii felt this way at Sylvia's.

First, the positive: We we treated very graciously, plus the coconut cake was marvelous.

But the entrees were dry and tasteless (I had ribs, Mother had chicken). If it weren't for the sauce, my ribs would have had no flavor at all. The meat was dried out, not juicy or tender in the least. The black-eyed peas were bland, and the potato salad tasted like it was commercially produced, not homemade.

I give Ms. Woods and her family credit for keeping the business running for 45 years, but I cannot help but think the place is preying on tourists who are eager to tell people where they've eaten, not people genuinely interested in good food.

I'm glad my 75-year-old mother had a nice time, but I will not be returning or recommending the place, except possibly for dessert. If the red velvet and chocolate cakes are as good as the coconut, I will be quite happy.

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★★☆☆☆

People rave about restaurants today the same way they give standing ovations for every Broadway performance, no matter how ordinary. Ii felt this way at Sylvia's.

First, the positive: We we treated very graciously, plus the coconut cake was marvelous.

But the entrees were dry and tasteless (I had ribs, Mother had chicken). If it weren't for the sauce, my ribs would have had no flavor at all. The meat was dried out, not juicy or tender in the least. The black-eyed peas were bland, and the potato salad tasted like it was commercially produced, not homemade.

I give Ms. Woods and her family credit for keeping the business running for 45 years, but I cannot help but think the place is preying on tourists who are eager to tell people where they've eaten, not people genuinely interested in good food.

I'm glad my 75-year-old mother had a nice time, but I will not be returning or recommending the place, except possibly for dessert. If the red velvet and chocolate cakes are as good as the coconut, I will be quite happy.

Pros: Nice people, excellent cake

Cons: Dry, tasteless food and way too touristy

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TWO SIMPLE WORDS. AMAAAAAAZING DELICIOUS!!

I waited nearly 30 minutes with my then-bf for seats, did not have breakfast and it was extremely late for lunch but as soon as I put that food in my mouth, I couldn't stop! But when my stomach officially gave up, I packed everything, absolutely EVERYTHING off my plate and ate it the very next day! That next day, I craved for more!! Bottom line, sooooooo worth the wait!!! Usually when i'm starving like no tomorrow, i absolutely have no patience to wait, however, the food I had there helped me forgive them easily! :0)

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★★★★★

TWO SIMPLE WORDS. AMAAAAAAZING DELICIOUS!!

I waited nearly 30 minutes with my then-bf for seats, did not have breakfast and it was extremely late for lunch but as soon as I put that food in my mouth, I couldn't stop! But when my stomach officially gave up, I packed everything, absolutely EVERYTHING off my plate and ate it the very next day! That next day, I craved for more!! Bottom line, sooooooo worth the wait!!! Usually when i'm starving like no tomorrow, i absolutely have no patience to wait, however, the food I had there helped me forgive them easily! :0)

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I loved the food at Sylvia's. Maybe the best or 2nd best soul food I ever had. The waiters were nice and treated me good. They knew I was a tourist and the service was very good. I went in May of 2006. I look forward to going again in June 2007. The chicken and macaroni & cheese was so good. The price is worth it and they gave you plenty of food also. Need more locations in the US.

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★★★★★

I loved the food at Sylvia's. Maybe the best or 2nd best soul food I ever had. The waiters were nice and treated me good. They knew I was a tourist and the service was very good. I went in May of 2006. I look forward to going again in June 2007. The chicken and macaroni & cheese was so good. The price is worth it and they gave you plenty of food also. Need more locations in the US.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Hard to find since I was a tourist

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Great food and great service. What makes it better is that Sylvia is always around. Making sure that every is great. But please dig in to the food go with the chicken....yummy!!

2
★★★★★

Great food and great service. What makes it better is that Sylvia is always around. Making sure that every is great. But please dig in to the food go with the chicken....yummy!!

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I ate at Sylvia's after seeing The Color Purple two weeks ago and was very pleasantly surprised! I was with a large group, so there was no wait. However, the seating was extremely cramped and we had to then share the private dining room with another party. That is probably the only negative thing I can say about Sylvia's. The ambiance could use some updating as well. The food was great and the service was good as well. I will definitely return!

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★★★★☆

I ate at Sylvia's after seeing The Color Purple two weeks ago and was very pleasantly surprised! I was with a large group, so there was no wait. However, the seating was extremely cramped and we had to then share the private dining room with another party. That is probably the only negative thing I can say about Sylvia's. The ambiance could use some updating as well. The food was great and the service was good as well. I will definitely return!

Pros: Food

Cons: Cramped seating

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I was living in Harlem, so I thought that I'd give Sylvia's a try... I think that maybe the people who wrote all of the tourist guide-books didn't spend enough time venturing into Harlem to find the real soul food. Sylvia's is alright, but gets more attention than its worth. The food is pretty average, and they include 18% gratuity on the bill without really telling you. The Soul Food doesn't feel soul-ful, and the whole concept of the restaurant seemes a little bit forced. I don't know if Sylvia is still around, but maybe her original restaurant and kitchen have been swapped out for something less original and more high volume.

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★★☆☆☆

I was living in Harlem, so I thought that I'd give Sylvia's a try... I think that maybe the people who wrote all of the tourist guide-books didn't spend enough time venturing into Harlem to find the real soul food. Sylvia's is alright, but gets more attention than its worth. The food is pretty average, and they include 18% gratuity on the bill without really telling you. The Soul Food doesn't feel soul-ful, and the whole concept of the restaurant seemes a little bit forced. I don't know if Sylvia is still around, but maybe her original restaurant and kitchen have been swapped out for something less original and more high volume.

Pros: Fun for tourists

Cons: A tourist trap.

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I think Sylvia's is very over rated. I went there for sunday dinner with a group of five it was over crowed. We had to wait an hour and a half standing in the door way. The service was slow, the wrost soul food I ever tasted. The only thing I enjoyed was my ice tea.

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★☆☆☆☆

I think Sylvia's is very over rated. I went there for sunday dinner with a group of five it was over crowed. We had to wait an hour and a half standing in the door way. The service was slow, the wrost soul food I ever tasted. The only thing I enjoyed was my ice tea.

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Great soul food at great prices!
My friend took me here and everything was just great! Crowded but worth the wait to sit down to a pile of fried chicken and greens! Great time!

2
★★★★☆

Great soul food at great prices!
My friend took me here and everything was just great! Crowded but worth the wait to sit down to a pile of fried chicken and greens! Great time!

Pros: great food ,great prices

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inexpensive, especially for the amount of food on your plate, I don't know how people can say the portions are small. The service is decent, I was there twice on saturday nights, never waited more than 15 minutes to be seated, and things were prompt after that, even though they were really busy. Sylvia is always wandering around somewhere, you can't miss her, she is the woman everyone is having their picture taken with. Sylvias is a nice place to to go soul food, without paying too much.

2
★★★★☆

inexpensive, especially for the amount of food on your plate, I don't know how people can say the portions are small. The service is decent, I was there twice on saturday nights, never waited more than 15 minutes to be seated, and things were prompt after that, even though they were really busy. Sylvia is always wandering around somewhere, you can't miss her, she is the woman everyone is having their picture taken with. Sylvias is a nice place to to go soul food, without paying too much.

Pros: cheap eats, definately has some history, food is good

Cons: waiting for a seat

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We went there for Sunday brunch. There were a lot of people waiting for table. We waited for about 20 mins for table of 6. Gospel Sunday can be a little loud. The service is a little slow. They didn't care much b.c. 18% tips is included on each meal! Read the menu carefully so you do not double tips the waiters. Fried chicken was good, the sides are also great (yam & sweet potatoes were yummy) Too bad there were no corn bread served. Overall a good experience. Try this place at least once.

2
★★★★☆

We went there for Sunday brunch. There were a lot of people waiting for table. We waited for about 20 mins for table of 6. Gospel Sunday can be a little loud. The service is a little slow. They didn't care much b.c. 18% tips is included on each meal! Read the menu carefully so you do not double tips the waiters. Fried chicken was good, the sides are also great (yam & sweet potatoes were yummy) Too bad there were no corn bread served. Overall a good experience. Try this place at least once.

Pros: sides

Cons: services

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I went to Slyvia's today for Sunday Gospel Brunch with my boyfriend and his parents. Since they had never been to NY, we figured one of the places we would take them to eat is for Soul food. We were seated fairly quickly but not by the friendliest hostess I have encountered in NY. Once seated, and our waitress came over and took our drink and food order it was down hill from there. We never even received our beverages until after our meal came, when our food came part of our order was wrong and had to be returned. After getting our meal, it was just not good. I had pancakes with sausage, they tasted like ones from a box, heated in the microwave, no flavor and hard! The other members of my party thought there meals were just ok. At one point, we tried to get our waitresses attention and she ignored us and than we asked for more biscuits and never got them. I live in NY and there are SO MANY other great places to eat brunch. Do not get caught up in this tourist trap, you are bound to be disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Slyvia's today for Sunday Gospel Brunch with my boyfriend and his parents. Since they had never been to NY, we figured one of the places we would take them to eat is for Soul food. We were seated fairly quickly but not by the friendliest hostess I have encountered in NY. Once seated, and our waitress came over and took our drink and food order it was down hill from there. We never even received our beverages until after our meal came, when our food came part of our order was wrong and had to be returned. After getting our meal, it was just not good. I had pancakes with sausage, they tasted like ones from a box, heated in the microwave, no flavor and hard! The other members of my party thought there meals were just ok. At one point, we tried to get our waitresses attention and she ignored us and than we asked for more biscuits and never got them. I live in NY and there are SO MANY other great places to eat brunch. Do not get caught up in this tourist trap, you are bound to be disappointed.

Pros: The lady who sings the gospel music

Cons: The service, food, and customer service

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As a a resident of harlem i know a thing or two about soul food, and this my friends is far from good. The service was horrible, the bathroom filthy, and the food wasnt good at all. The macaroni and cheese was flavorless, the greens tasted like they came from a can, and the catfish had a weird after taste. After a meal that wasnt what me and my boyfriend expected we sat for a HALF hour waiting to get the check...really...we timed it. I heard from friends it wasnt what it use to be, but since we were shopping on 125th we decided why not try it...well we found out why not. The worse thing was Sylvia was sitting right by us in a meeting, you would think the service would have been better =/

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★☆☆☆☆

As a a resident of harlem i know a thing or two about soul food, and this my friends is far from good. The service was horrible, the bathroom filthy, and the food wasnt good at all. The macaroni and cheese was flavorless, the greens tasted like they came from a can, and the catfish had a weird after taste. After a meal that wasnt what me and my boyfriend expected we sat for a HALF hour waiting to get the check...really...we timed it. I heard from friends it wasnt what it use to be, but since we were shopping on 125th we decided why not try it...well we found out why not. The worse thing was Sylvia was sitting right by us in a meeting, you would think the service would have been better =/

Pros: Location, close to the shopping district

Cons: everything inside the place

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i went in for the first time..i had to look around to be helped.. some of the staff was just sitting around talking to themselves, then the other staff all looked busy. that is my only complaint. I think the staff should organize better, and be more attentive to customers. Also decor could be a little nicer when you walk in. Food is good, its fairly priced, and you should try it.

2
★★★★☆

i went in for the first time..i had to look around to be helped.. some of the staff was just sitting around talking to themselves, then the other staff all looked busy. that is my only complaint. I think the staff should organize better, and be more attentive to customers. Also decor could be a little nicer when you walk in. Food is good, its fairly priced, and you should try it.

Pros: Food

Cons: all the way on lenox , staff needs work

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I go to Sylvia's for breakfast. I sit at the counter and not in the dining room.
I love to soak up the ambience and talk to the regulars...When you sit at the counter, you pay less and get more. You might also have to wait a awhile, it's always crowded.
The food is slamming...especially the biscuits, home fries and slab bacon. Talk about soul food, it puts a smile on my face....They have the best soul breakfast in New York.

2
★★★★★

I go to Sylvia's for breakfast. I sit at the counter and not in the dining room.
I love to soak up the ambience and talk to the regulars...When you sit at the counter, you pay less and get more. You might also have to wait a awhile, it's always crowded.
The food is slamming...especially the biscuits, home fries and slab bacon. Talk about soul food, it puts a smile on my face....They have the best soul breakfast in New York.

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When I went to NYC, I made it a point to go to Sylvia's for dinner. I thought it was going to be some of the best food I had ever eaten. That was not the case. The food was okay, but not as good as all of the hype. Also, I the bought Sylvia's canned collard greens and it was more stems than greens. I will never buy them again.

1
★★★☆☆

When I went to NYC, I made it a point to go to Sylvia's for dinner. I thought it was going to be some of the best food I had ever eaten. That was not the case. The food was okay, but not as good as all of the hype. Also, I the bought Sylvia's canned collard greens and it was more stems than greens. I will never buy them again.

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Flying from Little Rock, just to eat at the worl famous sylvia's was really a joke. The food was ok, except the mac and chesse was lumpy, cornbread too sweet, waitress not attentive and rushed, table too small, portions too small. margarita watered down, tto expensive for the portions. Any place would have been better.

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★☆☆☆☆

Flying from Little Rock, just to eat at the worl famous sylvia's was really a joke. The food was ok, except the mac and chesse was lumpy, cornbread too sweet, waitress not attentive and rushed, table too small, portions too small. margarita watered down, tto expensive for the portions. Any place would have been better.

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Went on a Saturday night in hopes of finding good soul food. Instead food was obviously served from a can and left something to be desired. Fried chicken was good...but how can you mess fried chicken up anyway? Stay away from the ribs. Mac & Cheese was lumpy and barely warm. If I were you I'd really consider going somewhere else to eat if you like good food.

1
★★☆☆☆

Went on a Saturday night in hopes of finding good soul food. Instead food was obviously served from a can and left something to be desired. Fried chicken was good...but how can you mess fried chicken up anyway? Stay away from the ribs. Mac & Cheese was lumpy and barely warm. If I were you I'd really consider going somewhere else to eat if you like good food.

Pros: Served quickly

Cons: , Diner atmosphere

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Sylvia's is actually one of those places that you should check out when you are in New York City. Though most tourists do not appreciate Harlem for what it is; I always take first time visitors down 125th St. and straight to Sylvia's. Clearly, this is not the best eating in the city, but it is the best in Harlem without a doubt. Further, if you pay attention to the pictures and articles on the walls you will soon notice that you are dining in a uber cool spot.

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★★★☆☆

Sylvia's is actually one of those places that you should check out when you are in New York City. Though most tourists do not appreciate Harlem for what it is; I always take first time visitors down 125th St. and straight to Sylvia's. Clearly, this is not the best eating in the city, but it is the best in Harlem without a doubt. Further, if you pay attention to the pictures and articles on the walls you will soon notice that you are dining in a uber cool spot.

Pros: Corn Bread, Desserts, Decor

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The food is good and no, they do not add the tip. I go there fairly often and for 11.95, I get really full. I tried Amy Ruths and they have nothing on Sylvia's. I was disappointed with Amy Ruth's and that place is way more expensive than Syvlia's. The mac and cheese and greens are delicious. There's jazz music on Saturday afternoons.

2
★★★★☆

The food is good and no, they do not add the tip. I go there fairly often and for 11.95, I get really full. I tried Amy Ruths and they have nothing on Sylvia's. I was disappointed with Amy Ruth's and that place is way more expensive than Syvlia's. The mac and cheese and greens are delicious. There's jazz music on Saturday afternoons.

Pros: good food, good music on sat.

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sylvias isoverrated since letting her children run the resturant food quality has gone done she went commercial and the canned food is a digrace to my memories i was happy all the times when my parents brought me from college all i wanted was sylvias collard greens a few years later i went back and was upset with the quality . people who never ate sould food thought it was the best my roommate had nerve to bring some of her canned product and asked me to hook it up?
i never went back i would one day give it a try just to recapture memories again i would love to tell her how i feel i am not the only one who feels like this . if this message could reach her tell her to kick everyone out of her kitchen and do it like i know she can

1
★★★☆☆

sylvias isoverrated since letting her children run the resturant food quality has gone done she went commercial and the canned food is a digrace to my memories i was happy all the times when my parents brought me from college all i wanted was sylvias collard greens a few years later i went back and was upset with the quality . people who never ate sould food thought it was the best my roommate had nerve to bring some of her canned product and asked me to hook it up?
i never went back i would one day give it a try just to recapture memories again i would love to tell her how i feel i am not the only one who feels like this . if this message could reach her tell her to kick everyone out of her kitchen and do it like i know she can

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March 17, 2003

Sylvia's should be boycotted for perpetuating the worst in "soul food." The atmosphere is touristy; the food is tasteless, heavy, and rarely made from fresh, natural ingredients; the wait staff is hurried; and the bill of fare comes with the tip already included - even for parties of two.

One of the measures of any soul food restaurant is its cornbread. Sylvia's is dry, crumbly, overly sweet, bitter, and tasteless. Moreover, it was impossible to get butter to go with the cornbread. It came with two offensive packets of margarine. Imagine a restaurant that is too cheap to provide butter!

Sylvia's is for tourist and others who are easily misled about what quality, Black southern cuisine is. And it is outrageously over-priced for the quality and atmosphere one gets.

Our main courses were inedible.

Stay away!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

March 17, 2003

Sylvia's should be boycotted for perpetuating the worst in "soul food." The atmosphere is touristy; the food is tasteless, heavy, and rarely made from fresh, natural ingredients; the wait staff is hurried; and the bill of fare comes with the tip already included - even for parties of two.

One of the measures of any soul food restaurant is its cornbread. Sylvia's is dry, crumbly, overly sweet, bitter, and tasteless. Moreover, it was impossible to get butter to go with the cornbread. It came with two offensive packets of margarine. Imagine a restaurant that is too cheap to provide butter!

Sylvia's is for tourist and others who are easily misled about what quality, Black southern cuisine is. And it is outrageously over-priced for the quality and atmosphere one gets.

Our main courses were inedible.

Stay away!!!!

Pros: Harlem, Harlem, Hatlem

Cons: Food, Prices, atmosphere

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I had heard that Sylvia's was over rated but I wanted to give this place the benefit of a doubt. I went for breakfast this past summer. The service was good but for such a famous restaurant and the prices charged, I thought the ambiance would be better. I was also praying for a spectacular breakfast(which didn't materialize) The meal was just average(I can do just as good for cheaper). I'm going back to NYC this month but not to Sylvia's. P.S breakfast cost $40 for a party of 3 (we only order eggs, grits sausage, toast and a cup of coffee) Rule of thumb. DON'T BELIVE THE HYPE!

2
★★★★☆

I had heard that Sylvia's was over rated but I wanted to give this place the benefit of a doubt. I went for breakfast this past summer. The service was good but for such a famous restaurant and the prices charged, I thought the ambiance would be better. I was also praying for a spectacular breakfast(which didn't materialize) The meal was just average(I can do just as good for cheaper). I'm going back to NYC this month but not to Sylvia's. P.S breakfast cost $40 for a party of 3 (we only order eggs, grits sausage, toast and a cup of coffee) Rule of thumb. DON'T BELIVE THE HYPE!

Pros: harlem, good portions, well known spot

Cons: food quality, ambiance, price

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I heard so much about Sylvia's and wanted to go and when I did, I wish I hadn't! What you hear is not only overated, but a bunch of LIES! The food was the worst, like an earlier reviewer said, it taste like food just came out of the can and then it wasn't even hot. The prices are just too damn ridiculous! What we had, they need to give it away to the dogs out in the streets! We had to send our food back twice and they still didn't get it right. Ever heard of an invention called the MICROWAVE!!! And this is supposed to be a Soul Food place!!! If that's the case I need to open me one up! I'll never, ever, ever, ever go back!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I heard so much about Sylvia's and wanted to go and when I did, I wish I hadn't! What you hear is not only overated, but a bunch of LIES! The food was the worst, like an earlier reviewer said, it taste like food just came out of the can and then it wasn't even hot. The prices are just too damn ridiculous! What we had, they need to give it away to the dogs out in the streets! We had to send our food back twice and they still didn't get it right. Ever heard of an invention called the MICROWAVE!!! And this is supposed to be a Soul Food place!!! If that's the case I need to open me one up! I'll never, ever, ever, ever go back!!!!

Pros: seating

Cons: a con job!

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This restaurant was excellent about 5 years ago. Now the food is just decent. There are many other places in Harlem (less well known) where you can get better food for less money. It doesn't make any sense to go here when places like Copeland's and Spoonbread are not far away.

1
★★★☆☆

This restaurant was excellent about 5 years ago. Now the food is just decent. There are many other places in Harlem (less well known) where you can get better food for less money. It doesn't make any sense to go here when places like Copeland's and Spoonbread are not far away.

Pros: service, ambiance

Cons: pricey, "blah" food

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My aunts took me here and the food was good. Even tough some people said that this place over-rated before we went . I am glad we didn't listen to them. The staff was okay and it was affordable. I enjoyed my self.

1
★★★☆☆

My aunts took me here and the food was good. Even tough some people said that this place over-rated before we went . I am glad we didn't listen to them. The staff was okay and it was affordable. I enjoyed my self.

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I think this restaurant is severely over-rated. The food tasted like it was poured out of a can! I went after church and could have done without the singing. I was the one in my group (from out of town) that insisted on stopping here. It was a big mistake!

1
★★☆☆☆

I think this restaurant is severely over-rated. The food tasted like it was poured out of a can! I went after church and could have done without the singing. I was the one in my group (from out of town) that insisted on stopping here. It was a big mistake!

Pros: menu selection

Cons: food quality, service

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Sylvia's is teriffic, the service and the food lived up to the hype. Sylvia is extremely friendly and very attentive. I had the ribs (which were great), but take note,there is also a section for lower-calorie items too.

2
★★★★★

Sylvia's is teriffic, the service and the food lived up to the hype. Sylvia is extremely friendly and very attentive. I had the ribs (which were great), but take note,there is also a section for lower-calorie items too.

Pros: service, atmosphere

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Sylvia's is surviving on reputation alone. My family went one Mother's Day because it was one of her favorite places as a teenager. We all found the waitstaff to be inattentive and the food either bland or salty. We are never going there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sylvia's is surviving on reputation alone. My family went one Mother's Day because it was one of her favorite places as a teenager. We all found the waitstaff to be inattentive and the food either bland or salty. We are never going there again.

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I have been to this restaurant 2 times in the last month, and I have no cons to write about. It is definately one of the friendliest restaurants in NYC. The trip is copletely worth it. We took my parents who are suddenly all about The Food Network, and anything they profile, they want to see. So they were psyched to go. The ribs are out of this world. The chicken and waffles are tremendous, and that iced tea! Granted, if you have brunch there, you probably won't eat later, but it is soooo good. The singer on Sunday was really super, and loved what she did. Such a great experience. Just go. Although we waited 20 minutes for a table for 4, outside it was fine, but I imagine it would be cold in the winter.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant 2 times in the last month, and I have no cons to write about. It is definately one of the friendliest restaurants in NYC. The trip is copletely worth it. We took my parents who are suddenly all about The Food Network, and anything they profile, they want to see. So they were psyched to go. The ribs are out of this world. The chicken and waffles are tremendous, and that iced tea! Granted, if you have brunch there, you probably won't eat later, but it is soooo good. The singer on Sunday was really super, and loved what she did. Such a great experience. Just go. Although we waited 20 minutes for a table for 4, outside it was fine, but I imagine it would be cold in the winter.

Pros: the food, entertainment-Sunday, service

Cons: its not in Brooklyn

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I love this place and always try to take visitors here. Really that's just an excuse to get some corn bread, black-eyed peas and greens! The fried chicken is some of the best around. The portions are generous. The prices are good. There are lots of tourists and usually at least one tv crew. If you can get in - go for the gospel brunch. Deserts are great too though usually - there's no room left for desert! You may have to wait to be seated but the service is great. Highly recommended and worth the trip.

2
★★★★★

I love this place and always try to take visitors here. Really that's just an excuse to get some corn bread, black-eyed peas and greens! The fried chicken is some of the best around. The portions are generous. The prices are good. There are lots of tourists and usually at least one tv crew. If you can get in - go for the gospel brunch. Deserts are great too though usually - there's no room left for desert! You may have to wait to be seated but the service is great. Highly recommended and worth the trip.

Pros: corn bread, black-eyed peas, greens

Cons: wait to be seated, far from midtown, tour buses

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As an out-of-towner, I heard about Sylvia's by word of mouth. My sister & I decided to stop by on our return from downtown Manhattan. We both decided to take our dinners home and I found the service to be courteous and fast. The portion sizes were very hearty. I ordered the fried chicken, yams, macaroni & cheese, collard greens and corn bread. The chicken was some of the best I have eaten. My sister ordered the ribs, macaroni & cheese and string beans. She was also quite pleased. The only draw-back is parking. Parking is very limited. We had to walk several blocks but it was well worth the stroll. Sylvia's reminds me of The Gingerbread House in Oakland, CA which serves Cajun style food and is family-owned and operated.

2
★★★★☆

As an out-of-towner, I heard about Sylvia's by word of mouth. My sister & I decided to stop by on our return from downtown Manhattan. We both decided to take our dinners home and I found the service to be courteous and fast. The portion sizes were very hearty. I ordered the fried chicken, yams, macaroni & cheese, collard greens and corn bread. The chicken was some of the best I have eaten. My sister ordered the ribs, macaroni & cheese and string beans. She was also quite pleased. The only draw-back is parking. Parking is very limited. We had to walk several blocks but it was well worth the stroll. Sylvia's reminds me of The Gingerbread House in Oakland, CA which serves Cajun style food and is family-owned and operated.

Pros: Courteous, Fast, Moderately Priced

Cons: Parking

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