Restaurants , Soul and southern American Harlem
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Photograph: Courtesy Sylvia’s

Sylvia's, a soul food restaurant in Harlem, has been a neighborhood staple since 1962.

Venue name: Sylvia's
Address: 328 Lenox Ave
New York
Cross street: between 126th and 127th Sts
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 125th St
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Evelyn D

Solid soul food institution, great fried chicken, super friendly service, strong and tasty drinks as well. And don't get me started on the mac n cheese and desserts!The only downside is that this is probably *the* tourist spot for soul food. Sundays are crazy usually so come at an off time. More than worth stopping by!

Adam V

One of, if not the best, purveyors of soul food in the city (world?). I cannot rave enough, but there are caveats. This is not a fine dining establishment - some of the food is extremely unhealthy, the decor and atmosphere at times is very 'homely' meaning plain tablecloths, perhaps loud noises from large groups, very relaxed (but attentive) service staff and greetings, etc. There is sometimes a pretty long wait and unless you hound the host/hostess they may forget about you. But now, on to the good stuff. The drinks are great (rum punch house special) - quite strong, and priced cheap. There are rotating specials, which are by and large not to be missed. And, of course, there are soul food staples (chicken and waffles) cooked any way you like, with house made hot sauce. Really great, really relaxing, probably unhealthy, but not to be missed.