Dear Valued Guest,

As you know, Sylvia’s has been closed for the last several weeks to embark on some much-needed repairs. We are diligently working to improve our kitchen operations so that we can continue to deliver the very best guest experience possible. Although things are taking a bit longer that we anticipated, we are very close to being able to welcome all of you back to dine with us in the coming weeks.

Your patience during our first-ever closing is greatly appreciated. Know that we will be back better than ever and prepared to make even more delicious memories with you! We are now taking reservations for November. Please go to to make your reservation. For urgent matters, please contact [email protected].

As we journey on this road to our 60th we thank you for supporting us through one of the toughest times of our 59 years!

Soulfully Yours,
The Woods Family


For almost sixty years, The Woods Family, owners of Sylvia’s Restaurant, the Queen of Soul Food continues to nourish soul food enthusiasts from all over the globe. Founder, Sylvia Woods acknowledged her numerous successes to her deep love of people and unwavering passion to give. To commemorate her family’s legacy as such, upon the passing of her husband, Herbert Woods in 2001 – The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Foundation (SHWSF) was created. To date, SHWSF has joyfully awarded $475,000 in college scholarships to students from Harlem and surrounding communities. In addition to financial support, the Woods Family, Committee of Angels and the Executive Director offer emotional and overall mentoring support to the students for the duration of their college life and beyond.

While awarding 9 recipients new scholarships, this year’s reception will feature a curated tasting prepared by 3 generations of Woods Family Chefs, paired with McBride Sisters Wines Collection.

Your presence or contribution will ensure that SHWSF continues to champion its belief system – “a higher level of education should not be a high-end luxury, but a right to all those who seek it.”