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Harlem...where to go for Southern/Soul Food

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Hi.
I'll be in the city for a day trip this Saturday and I'm looking for a great place for fried chicken, biscuits, okra...all of that stuff. Where should I go? I've heard Sylvia's has gone downhill...Miss Mamie's Spoonbread has rude waitstaff and not too much on Charles Southern.

Can you square away the real deal from the rumors?

CHOWHOUNDERS ROCK.
Many thanks!

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  1. Sylvia's is the hands down favorite. The lunch I had there two months ago was just fine. My cohort had the smothered pork chop and loved it. I had the salmon croquette.

    1. Amy Ruth's. There is no better place in NY.

      1. I recently went to Charles Southern and loved it. The dining area is small and plain, but the staff was friendly, and it's all about the food there. The fried chicken was the best I've gotten in NYC since moving here (big pieces, good seasoning), great beef ribs that rivaled the chicken as my favorite item that day, great mac n cheese (not the best I've ever had, but the best in NYC I've had), and insanely good cornbread (dense and moist). Everything I tried on the buffet was great, and I barely saved room for cake...I'm glad I did! Their german chocolate cake was moist and flavorful without being too sweet. The only criticism I have is that their sweet tea and lemonade were too sweet, but it could have just been the day I went because I haven't heard/read this from anyone else. For $9.99 for the lunch buffet and $11.99 for the dinner buffet, I thought it was an exceptional value, and I can't wait to go back...I think about that dang cornbread way too much!

        1. I recommend you try Amy Ruth. I've heard wonderful things about Rack & Soul as well which is close to Columbia. There is a thread on the board for R&S.