Founded by the self-proclaimed "queen of soul-food," Sylvia's has been has been serving up Southern delicacies since 1962. At this Harlem staple, all-white-meat fried chicken is served alongside either eggs or grits, and for breakfast, the Southern-style chicken can come piled atop hotcakes, fresh off the griddle. The baked ham and the mac & cheese are equally worthy of note, and the full service bar at the helm of the casual, unpretentious eatery, will help you wash it all down. But for a truly enlightening experience, stop by for Sunday Gospel Brunch, where steak & eggs come with Bloody Marys and Hail Marys, courtesy of live gospel musicians -- a gentle reminder that food, itself, is something of a religious experience (even while you consume a sinful number of hot butter-drenched waffles).
Known for its sublime soul food and for being a hub of Black culture that regularly draws politicians, celebrities, and loads of locals, this Harlem landmark is an undeniable powerhouse. First opened in 1962 by founder and culinary legend Sylvia Woods, aka “The Queen of Soul Food,” the restaurant has operated seven days a week for the last 60 years and remains a family affair, now run by the four generations of her descendents. Popular items include Fried Chicken, Barbecue Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese, and Sweet Potato Pie.
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After a comprehensive walking tour of Harlem, there’s no better way to end it than with a meal at Sylvia’s, the iconic soul food restaurant founded by Sylvia Woods in 1962. Even after nearly 60 years, Sylvia’s continues to feed, love, and nourish their community not only with their world famous dishes like fried chicken, corn bread, and peach cobbler—but also as an uptown epicenter for Black culture, justice, and social life that remains popular with celebrities, politiciations, and artists. Among countless others, some famous faces who have dined here include President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Whoopi Goldberg, and many more.