Soul Food in Harlem?
I've never been to Sylvia's, which is widely regarded as a tourist trap--the huge buses full of tourists that stop there certainly suggest that they are assured of business without having to work for it.
Melba's won some food tv show challenge thing for chicken and waffles, but my recent trip there was a complete disappointment. The chicken is much more moist and flavorful at Amy Ruth's. More here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51800...
I'm still waiting for GREAT place but the closest I've come to is Melba's. I haven't tried their chicken and waffles and from word of mouth have heard that they aren't really anything to write home about. Most people rave about the Chicken and Waffles from Amy Ruth's but they are no longer under the original ownership so I also cannot vouch for them. I've had the chicken and waffles from Spoonbreads and both were rather dry and flavorless. The best chicken and waffles I've had in Harlem was at the fast food spot called Harlem Wings and Waffles. The chicken was juicy and flavorful but the waffles were just okay. With the new redevelopment plan there will be plenty more restaurant choices in Harlem in the coming years.
113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026
Harlem Wing and Waffle
2394 7th Ave, New York, NY 10030