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

Sylvia’s Restaurant, The Queen of Soul Food 53rd party, opening of Sylvia’s legacy art gallery


Adassa “MaMae” Brithwright, S. Whittaker Portrait, Taniedra McFadden
Adassa “MaMae” Brithwright, S. Whittaker Portrait, Taniedra McFadden


The Woods Family, Adassa “MaMae” Brithwright, Leroy Campell, James O. Booker, S.H. Mayruk, S. Whittaker, Robyn Willard, The Sylvia & Herbert Woods Scholarship Recipients, Harlemites of All Ages.


July 31, 2015 – Sylvia’s Annual Community Breakfast Party treated over 500 guests to smothered chicken, grits, homemade biscuits & and a healthy serving of Harlem’s rich artistic legacy. The event was complete with live entertainment which made for a great side-walk dance party. Event highlights included a retirement tribute to beloved waitress, Adassa “MaMae” Brithwright, who’s smile and motherly service greeted Sylvia’s guests for 31 years.

Crizette Woods, Bedelia Woods, Kenneth Woods, Van Woods
Crizette Woods, Bedelia Woods, Kenneth Woods, Van Woods

“MaMae” was presented with a self portrait by artist S.Whittaker. Robyn Willard commissioned S. Whittaker to paint the piece of MaMae as a tribute to her service.

Robyn, Harlem royalty – great granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wells and S. Whittaker’s manager, shared her favorite Sylvia’s story of when her grandmother, a lawyer at Harlem Legal Services would take her to Sylvia’s to dine all time; especially when Wells closed. More information about Reign Entertainment Co and S. Whittaker can be found on their website:

Sylvia’s Community Guests
Sylvia’s Community Guests
 Lft. to Rt. Kenneth Woods, Crizette Woods, Bedelia Woods, Van Woods (Owners, Sylvia’s Children)
Lft. to Rt. Kenneth Woods, Crizette Woods, Bedelia Woods, Van Woods (Owners, Sylvia’s Children)

In “MaMae’s”retirement speech she ‘thanked guests for supporting Sylvia’s which kept her with a job, which put her daughter through school and is now a nurse.’ Crizette Woods, Sylvia’s youngest daughter, stated that those words are a true testimony to her mother’s legacy. In honor of Sylvia’s 53rd Anniversary, The Woods family has placed art from their private collection on limited view entitled “Sylvia’s Legacy Gallery.” Featured artist include: James O. Booker, Leroy Campbell and S.H. Mavruk. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 8pm Sylvia’s Restaurant.


Sylvia’s Restaurant 328 Malcolm X Blvd,  Sylvia P. Woods Way


Sylvia’s Restaurant, the Queen of Soul Food (TM) was founded in 1962 by the late Sylvia Woods with a seating capacity of 35, and to date is owned and operated by The Woods family. This world renowned culinary icon has proudly  served presidents, international dignitaries, celebrities and Harlem residents alike. For over fifty-one years, Sylvia’s Restaurant has continued to  flourish as “the world’s kitchen.” This family empire consists of a 450 seat  restaurant, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Sylvia’s Food Products – a nationally distributed line of products, and two successful cook-books. In 2001, in  memory of Sylvia’s late husband Herbert, The Woods family founded the Sylvia  and Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund which offers collegiate scholarships to  Harlem and local residents based on the belief system that “a higher level of education should not be a high-end luxury, but a right to all those who  seek it”. To date the fund has awarded 100 scholarships. Sylvia’s has  appeared in numerous national & international media outlets and has been saluted by President Clinton; United States Congress; Governor Pataki; Mayors Koch, Dinkins, & Bloomberg; and the New York Stock Exchange to name a few.