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Must-See Harlem: 12 Great Things to See and Do

by David Kaufman

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  • Sylvia's Restaurant 
    328 Lenox Ave., 212-996-0660
    There's a lot to love about Sylvia's, uptown's legendary soul-food restaurant. Located in the heart of Harlem, on Lenox Avenue just above West 126th Street, it's been a local hotspot since Sylvia Woods opened it up back in 1962. There's a reason for that, of course—the food. The restaurant serves classic dishes, like barbecue ribs with Sylvia's signature Sweet & Sassy Sauce as well as waffles and fried chicken. It's a popular spot, so try and beat the masses by arriving in time for breakfast. Each day, Sylvia's opens hours before the crowds arrive and sates Harlem locals hankering for a taste of Southern goodness. Think crisp corned beef hash and hearty salmon cakes—both with eggs and homemade biscuits and your choice of grits or home fries. That's the charm of Sylvia's—old-school food with low-key, down-home service.


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