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Sylvia's Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
+1 212-996-0660
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (43 reviews)
“collard greens” (128 reviews)
“cornbread” (179 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:30 Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lunch here whilst staying in Harlem. This restaurant is past its prime. We found it to busy with tourists. The tables were very close together. There was nothing exceptional about the food nor the service. In fact we felt rushed in order to facilitate more...More

Thank VeroniqueM68
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

During our NYC visit we dined at Sylvias Soul Food Restaurant. For a Sunday we expected a long wait at the popular eatery but we didn't expect for our name to be completely overlooks from the list. I went to the hostess prior to being...More

Thank LivingSassy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was the absolute best, my best friend & I went after having a relaxing day at spa castle. The chicken & mac & cheese was delicious, however I didn’t eat my ribs. I will go back there but a restaurant that label themselves as...More

Thank biggbaby12
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Nothing better that treating yourself to some soul food after a relaxing day at the spa! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the fried chicken and mac and cheese so much. It's a shame you're not a fan of our ribs, but different strokes for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi, we arrived at 12:30 pm for our Gospel Brunch reservations. Sat after a 40-minute wait. We selected outside, cause it was going to be faster service. We selected that area to seat, although Gospel music was not part of the experience. Ordered the waffle...More

Thank Deb S
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're really sorry to hear you weren't impressed with brunch, Deb. We can get quite busy on Sundays, and we apologize for the wait. As far as your chicken and waffles go, our team is always happy to help if you're not totally satisfied --...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’d read about Sylvia’s on a few blogs so we’re very keen to see what the fuss was all about & it definitely lived up to expectations. The waitress that served us was really friendly and happy to help and the food was amazing. We...More

Thank FrequentFlier319888
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mac and cheese is always a great choice! We're thrilled we could live up to the hype, and it's wonderful you enjoyed your meal so much. Even better that you found our staff to be helpful and friendly. We hope you'll join us for a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant incarnate the soul of harlem, starting from the food to the live concert in it, Fried chicken and pork ribs are a must, try them! staff was very nice and prices seems a lil nit high, but the portions are pretty big, It...More

Thank Andrea M
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the love, Andrea! We're thrilled to hear you found everything from the food to the live music to be so soulful. Even better that you thought our team was very nice. We hope you'll stop by again real soon. Best wishes, Sylvia's

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We was looking for a good Mexican food restaurant..and we pass by Sylvia's Mexican Restaurant at Eldrige Parkway...we can make better selection... Good service and atmosphire... food wise the best ever taste.Recomend this restaurant for GOOD MEXICAN FOOD.More

Thank Jose A R
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

While it's wonderful to hear you had such a great meal, we think you might have us confused with another Sylvia's, Jose. We're located in Harlem, and we serve soul food. If you're ever in the area, we hope you'll check us out, though! Cheers,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was a great experience. Food was good. Place has been around for decades. Presidents have eaten there. Good atmosphere and service was good. Definitely a place to add to your places to visit when traveling to New York.

Thank mari0fernandez
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the support! We're thrilled to hear you appreciate our history so much, but it's even better that you enjoyed dining here as well. Hope to see you stopping by again soon. Cheers, Sylvia's

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The leader of our conference took us to Sylvia’s for dinner. Unbelievable. The staff were friendly and accommodating..even though there were 20 of us. The locals were just as friendly, recommending various entrees. First - the cornbread was wonderful. Perfectly sweet and smaller grained. I...More

Thank GoPlaces281634
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Saying our mac and cheese tastes just like your grandmother's is definitely the ultimate compliment in our book! We're happy to hear you had a great time dining with us and found our team to be so friendly. We hope to see you again the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service and fantastic atmosphere.. We went for Sunday lunch and had a fantastic time.. the gospel singer was the icing on the cake. You can tell this is family business run with passion in honour of Sylvia who achieved great things and...More

Thank Gareth W
SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words, Gareth! We're thrilled to hear you had a fantastic time eating lunch here and enjoyed the gospel singer so much. We hope you'll join us for a meal again soon. Cheers, Sylvia's

As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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Desi d
3 September 2018|
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Response from Marcus J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. By subway (the easiest way) takes about an hour. Get off at 125th street. And walk about 150 yards. The food is delicious!
Sean K
16 April 2018|
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Response from Rob S | Reviewed this property |
Take the 2 train uptown from Times Sq - 42nd St all the way to 125th St. It’s a 1-2 minute walk from 125th St station
25 March 2018|
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Response from BecBelle | Reviewed this property |
We were there on Christmas Eve after a Sunday gospel service and ordered from the regular menu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-3702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-996-0660
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