Amy Ruth’s


Portraits of jazz giants hang on the walls of this perpetually packed two-story Harlem fave. A bottle of Frank’s RedHot dresses every table—a sign of the soul food goodness to come. Indeed, the richly battered catfish or the fried chicken and waffles platters (many named for famous African Americans, including Rev. Al Sharpton, and Doug E. Fresh), served with your choice of white or dark meat, go down peppery-sweet with a splash of the hot stuff. Long spears of delicately fried okra are delivered without a hint of slime, and the mac ’n’ cheese is gooey inside and crispy-brown on top. Titanic helpings of cinnamon-crusted peach cobbler and thickly iced red velvet cake lend the menu a grandmotherly touch.

Venue name: Amy Ruth’s
Address: 113 W 116th St
New York
Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd
Opening hours: Mon 11am–11pm, Tue–Thu 8:30am–11pm, Fri, Sat 8:30am–5:30am, Sun 8:30am–11pm
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 116th St
Price: Average main course: $13. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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