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Tried-and-true Harlem restaurant faves

Gospel brunch at Sylvia's

Gospel brunch at Sylvia's Photo Credit: Sylvia's hosts a gospel brunch every Sunday. (Brian Haskin)

For those seeking soul food in Harlem, here’s a list of must-tries:

Sylvia's
For going on 50 years, Sylvia's Restaurant has been the locus of Harlem's soul food scene. The weekend brunches — jazz on Saturdays, gospel on Sundays — are especially popular.
328 Lenox Ave., 212-996-0660

Miss Maude's
A casual, inexpensive option for home-cooked food, Miss Maude’s features all the classics. You wish you had an aunt who cooked like this.
547 Lenox Ave., 212-690-3100

Londel's Supper Club
Cajun cooking, Southern charm and historic Harlem converge at Londel’s, where Mr. Londel Davis has been holding it down since 1994.
2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-234-6114

Amy Ruth's
What more do you need to know except that Amy Ruth's menu contains a special called the Rev. Al Sharpton? (That's a chicken-and-waffles combo.)
113 W. 116th St., 212-280-8779

Melba's
Melba's opened in 2005 and quickly earned a dedicated following for its rewarding updates of Southern classics served in a pretty and sophisticated room.
300 W. 114th St., 212-864-7777

 

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