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#205: Sylvias Gospel Brunch for Waffles, Chicken

Sylvias gospel brunch

Sylvias Gospel Brunch in Harlem is a New York institution. If you can drag your butt out of bed on a Sunday morning, you’ll be rewarded with a bit of live gospel, waffles and fried chicken — praise the Lord!

Sylvias Gospel BrunchSylvia’s opened in 1962 by Sylvia Woods and her husband. While both are now gone, the restaurant specializing in soul food, remains in family hands. The only problem is that this popular neighbourhood joint is also on the radar of tourists and you’ll see tour buses outside and lineups out the door on a Sunday — as they don’t take reservations. Don’t do what I did and go on Mothers Day–you’ll have to get there extra early and the music didn’t start until way later. But the mimosas were flowing.

As for the Gospel, it’s compliments of husband and wife team Ruth and Clay Simpson. Ruth roams the floor speaking to guests tourists alike and breaking out every so often in gospel bliss. But the main draw for me was the good ‘ol fried chicken and waffles. What better way to spend a hung over Sunday than eating the grease of the South with a hair of the dog mimosas. I think if you can’t make it to church on a Sunday, this is closest to heaven you’ll get. Hallelluah!

Sylvias Gospel Brunch, Sunday 11am-4pm, 328 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem

Sylvia's Gospel Brunch

Sylvia’s Gospel Brunch – Chicken and Waffles

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