Sylvia's 'Soul Food' Restaurant

328 Lenox Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10027


Founded in 1962, this world-famous Harlem soul food restaurant (think smothered chicken, fried catfish and collard greens) is so popular, it has spawned a line of Sylvia products, from triple-strength hot sauce and canned black-eyed peas to flapjack syrup and peach cobbler mix. What started as a 35-seater has evolved into a cavernous 450-capacity location that takes up most of a city block.

Photo: Clayton Cotterol


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Private Function Room(s)
  • WiFi
  • Good for Groups
  • Reservations Accepted
  • $$$
  • American (Traditional)
  • Soul Food / Southern
  • Live Music

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