Amy Ruth’s

Restaurants , Soul and southern American Harlem
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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
Contact:
Address: 113 W 116th St
New York
10026
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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Adam V
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Really enjoy the place, but in my mind there is stiff competition (even as close as a few blocks away). To start, obviously, the food is good. How good depends a lot on individual taste and preference. This is old school soul food so maybe that would be the best comparison (as opposed to neo-soul, or contemporary American/updated versions). The atmosphere and decor are nice, welcoming and spacious. As has been mentioned, the service staff are friendly but actual service can sometimes be slow. The staples are well thought out and delicious (though calorie-wise probably enough for a week); some specials, rotating items, and less-ordered sides may be more of an after thought. A pleasant surprise is dessert - make the extra effort to leave enough room for a spoon or two. The wait for a table can be long, but I think that's a good sign - the place is well known and loved, which I think adds to the experience.

Evelyn D

I LOVE Amy Ruth's! I used to come here a little too much when I lived in Harlem. Some of the best fried chicken in the city, hands down. Be warned though, on Sundays the wait is crazzzzzy so come at an off time.

jeffrey f
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Not as soulful as we would have liked !

Living in both Birmingham Alabama and New York I was very excited about Amy Ruth's. We went to see the Broadway Inspirational Voices at the First Corinthian Baptist Church, about a block away. More about the BIV

in another review.


The ambiance was very good, the smell and look of the food as we entered was encouraging. We ordered the Reggie Harris, honey dipped fried chicken, the Monday Special, Pepper Steak, The Ludacris, fried jumbo 

chicken wings.


The honey fried chicken was excellent, the pepper steak good, but the jumbo fried chicken wings arrived lukewarm. The sides were mostly disappointing, the red beans and rice, was anything but, the mashed potatoes lame, the green beans weak. The coleslaw and greens were, on the other hand, excellent.


There was no Pepper Sauce for the greens, there was hot sauce. A glass a wine ordered with the meal had to be asked for three times, and when a question was asked of one of the staff when the server couldn't be located, the response was " I don't serve food"


Maybe we came on a bad evening, Monday, but with the ever increasing "soul food establishments" opening in New York, the food and service needs to be uniformly good.

While for those unaccustomed to this type of food, Amy Ruth's can pass, for those who eat this fare on a regular basis, it did not meet expectations. 




M.

Amy Ruth's certainly does know how to settle a group of 10 into a total food coma.  The portions are large, so sharing is definitely recommended.  


Came in with a party of 10 on a Saturday night, and they were actually able to accommodate us without much wait at all.  The space is larger than the front appears, so don't let the initial entrance appearance fool you, there's a whole other room to the side.  


For dinner, I sampled the Honey Fried Chicken, potato salad, mac n cheese, and mashed potatoes.  2 sides come with your entree, but we ordered a few more for everyone to share.  The complimentary corn bread was delicious.   I definitely recommend the mashed potatoes, but wasn't too fond of the Honey Fried Chicken.  Potato salad was good, but nothing particularly stood out as amazing. I also got a lemonade to drink, hoping for something refreshing, but instead it tasted like straight up sugar water, you couldn't even taste the lemons at all!


Service was all right, service a bit hard to flag down since it was a busy night.

Meredith R
tastemaker

If this isn’t your go to for fried chicken in New York, you’re wrong. Please take the time to put on some stretchy pants, venture up to Harlem and dig into the Southern Honey-Dipped fried chicken. It comes with wet wipes for a reason, and you will likely use all of them as you go through the drippingly delicious chicken and sides.

The space is big enough that the wait goes pretty quickly. The food is good enough that the crowd is a mixed bag of tourists and locals whose only obvious commonality is a love of good fried chicken.