Syvia’s Restaurant in Harlem

So sorry to hear that Sylvia Woods of the much celebrated Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem passed away. Sylvia’s is a special spot. I wrote it up in my New York City with Kids book Check out Sylvia’s, her legacy will live on at this special restaurant in Harlem (it was a celeb magnet and Obama ate here in recent years, too.) You’ll love it! Here’s my write up.


328 Lenox Avenue,

For excellent soul food and clap-your-hands gospel music, head way uptown to Sylvia’s in Harlem. Sylvia Woods and her family opened this joint as a 35-seat restaurant in 1962, which blossomed into a popular Harlem restaurant which seats 450 people today. Praise the food: smothered chicken, grits, fried chicken, collard greens, and Sylvia’s famous BBQ ribs. Yes, there are burgers and chicken for non-adventurous kid’s (or adults) palettes; kids’ Jackson and Sam Weaver love Sylvia’s macaroni and cheese. The best day to visit: Sunday, for the gospel music brunch that sets a contagious life-is-good mood.


and I also wrote it up in my New York City Made Easy book, too.

Author: Laurie Bain Wilson

I write about travel, food and lifestyle, for outlets including The Boston Globe and As a contributing writer to, I was the site’s NYC expert and wrote dozens of pieces. I have also written for other publications and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out NY For Kids,,, Boston Herald, New England Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, New York Daily News, Parenting and more. I was a travel editor for ten years at a national glossy bridal magazine in NYC where I wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around planning honeymoons and destination weddings. I still write about honeymoons for bridal magazines. And I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters. I have written several travel guidebooks and a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. I also co-authored several Murder, She Wrote novels--they are Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit If you’re on Twitter, please follow me @laurieheather And my linked in profile can be found at

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