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“Average & slow”

Sylvia's Restaurant
Ranked #842 of 15,866 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$40
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Harlem
Reviewed 7 October 2018 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 & basic chicken combo. Average. Just plain average. There are so many outstanding restaurants in NY, we won’t bother again.

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SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

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 -- all you have to do is let us know. We respect your decision, but if you happen to change your mind, we'd love another opportunity to exceed your expectations.

Wishing you all the best,
Sylvia's

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 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 can definitely recommend the fried chicken, mash, mac n cheese and green beans. It’s also the only time I’ve been to a restaurant where someone has hoovered under my chair whilst I’ve been eating! We loved it!

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SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

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 meal again soon.

Cheers,
Sylvia's

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Reviewed 4 October 2018

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 was a really nice experience. If you visist Harlem you have to eat here!

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SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

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

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Reviewed 25 September 2018

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.

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SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

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

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Reviewed 18 September 2018 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 would have been happy snacking on it alone. My chicken livers were perfect. The candied yams were so good. They melted in my mouth. The mac n cheese was my favorite...in fact, it is to die for. The perfect amount of creamy and cheddar on top. It tasted just like my grandmother’s....which is the ultimate complement.
They have adequate restroom facilities, a little cramped and dated, but I am not complaining.
There was no feeling that we were trying to get rushed out. So hospitable.

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SylviaWoods, Owner at Sylvia's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

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 next time you're in the area -- can't stay away from great cornbread for too long, right?

Wishing you all the best,
Sylvia's

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