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Oct 9, 2007 10:35 AM

Is Amy Ruth's the ONE?

After combing through the posts for one (just one!) soul food meal in NYC, I've narrowed it down to Amy Ruth's. Is there any better place that should replace Amy Ruth's as the ONE place to go for soul food?

Thank you so much for your help!

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  1. Not sure, as I haven't tried anywhere else, but I and my family enjoyed it a few months ago. Be prepared to wait a bit on line, outside the restaurant. FYI, it was just announced that they are opening another one on Fulton Street, in Brooklyn.

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    1. re: Shayna Madel

      They are under construction in the old Gage and Tollner location (they were there from 1892) I hope Amy Ruth's has a long and successful run as well!

    2. I may be being "touristy", but I loved Sylvia's

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      1. re: Tay

        Yes, you are "being touristy". Amy Ruth's and Londels are much better. The food at Margie's Red Rose and Charles Southern Kitchen is better but the atmosphere is not as nice.

      2. Amen to Margie's Red Rose Diner. But it really depends what exactly you're looking for. Are you craving a particular dish?

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        1. re: rootheee

          Who has the best chicken and waffles and macaroni and cheese? Desserts?

        2. I am a Charles fan but I think Amy Ruth's is almost as good.

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          1. re: tpigeon

            Where is Charles? I have a vague memory of reading about it in one of the local papers (don't ask me which) and it sounded great.

            1. re: Shayna Madel

              2837 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10039
              at 151st St.

          2. Amy Ruth's is in the top spot....for now...Another good place (Not Better, Not Worst) is .....The Pink Tea Cup ......on Grove Street (around Christopher and Bleecker) in the Village. Small but Excellent....gets crowded but always worth the wait.

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            1. re: brooklyngyrrl

              A vote for Charles here. The best fried chicken, although don't expect much atmosphere. Last time I went, the mac and cheese wasn't as good as usual but likely just the timing of my visit.