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Aside from Rack and Soul or Charles', what's the best place in Harlem for a pleasant, awesome, affordable, sit-down soul food lunch?

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  1. I hear Amy Ruth's is better than Sylvia's. True?

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    1. re: AlbertaHound

      it doesn't taake much to be better than sylvia's.....

      amy ruth's makes a mean chicken and waffle

      1. re: AlbertaHound

        True for some people. I hear a lot of negative comments about Sylvia's but when I used to go (about 10 years ago now when Sylvia was still there everyday) I always had a good experience.

        1. re: Uptownflavor

          i wouldn't say sylvia's is bad - just kind of middle of the road and uninspired. which seems to defeat the soul of soul food.

          and i can't discuss harlem without saying something about dinosaur bbq. so there.

      2. Billie's Black has a nice selection of side dishes that use pork and they offer some soul food favorites that you can't get everywhere. Their mac and cheese is awesome as are their cheesy grits.

        Melba's is a nice upscale place. My favorite dish is the beef short ribs. Some of their other dishes are hit or miss. Ask the server or the chef what he or she recommends or you can ask Melba herself. She will be flitting around in something flowy.

        Amy Ruth's is super casual as is Spoonbread. I am not a huge fan of Spoonbread but in a crunch they get the job done.

        Bon appetit!

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        Amy Ruth's
        113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

        Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too
        366 W 110th St, New York, NY 10025

        Miss Maude's Spoonbread Too
        547 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

        Billie's Black
        271 W 119th St, New York, NY 10026

        Melba's New Look
        4 Forest Ave Glen, Cove, NY

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        1. re: Uptownflavor

          Appreciate the tips - but that Melba's link is a beauty salon on Long Island. Here's the one you want:

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          Melba's
          300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026