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Jul 19, 2003 11:10 PM

soul food in Harlem - United House of Prayer

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Has anyone else tried the food at the cafeteria of United House of Prayer for all People (125 and Fredrick Douglas)? What did you think?

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  1. I had an early supper there last week and was very impressed. As a total experience, it was one of the best soul food meals I've had north of the Mason-Dixon line. Between my companion and I, we had two different entrees--pig's feet (perfectly prepared) and meat loaf (I've had so much mediocre meat loaf over the years I'd given up on it--but this was excellent)--and three different sides--mac and cheese (again, excellent--in fact, the ONLY excellent soul food mac and cheese I've had in New York--real cheese, real texture), collard greens (in a chopped-up style I don't really prefer, but very well flavored and cooked just the right amount of time), and candied yams (hard to go wrong with these, and they didn't). The cornbread was undistinguished; the cake--a version of pound cake with a coconut-and-pineapple vanilla icing--on the other hand was superb, intensely buttery without being too heavy.
    The setting is spartan--it IS a cafeteria--but lovely people. A wonderful place. Open 'til 7 weekdays; I'm not sure of the weekend hours.

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    1. re: Dan

      Just had a stupendous meal there. Baked fish was flaky and peppery, covered with caramelized onions. Baked mac and cheese was crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Sweet potato was sweet but not too syrupy. Cole slaw was chunky, not too creamy. With beverage, under $10 all that plus cornbread.

    2. h
      Harlemite (not dolemite)

      I used to take tourists there on Sundays for lunch. Sylvia's is so crowded on Sundays and quality of the food on sundays there isn't very good. UHOP's food was great!! Home cookin' delicacies!!

      1. I was in NYC last year for the 4th of July and I ate there after I saw wicked. I had macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, fried to order fish and cornbread. It was delicious, much better than Sylvia's and three times cheaper. I will be coming back July 2014. I will definitely stop in for lunch or dinner.

        1. Does anyone know their hours on the weekend? This place sounds yummy.

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          1. re: gypsy

            Give them a call- phone posted at bottom of this blogger's review from sept '14. I suspect sundays are insane busy though

            1. re: gypsy

              The dining room is very large, so seats shouldn't be a problem. If you arrive anytime before services let out (my best guess is around 1:00), you won't get stuck at the end of a long line, either (service is cafeteria-style). That said, I suggest you try for the breakfast (8:00-11:00) that I missed out on.

              Dave Cook