Sunday, April 08, 2007

Holiday Weekend Pilgrimage

We took a holy pilgrimage this weekend. No, not the The Way of St. James or the Hajj or Mount Kailash. No, we traversed the wild, crazy streets of midtown Manhattan and boarded the northbound train to Harlem! We took a visit to the Queen of Soul Food; Ms. Sylvia Woods and her temple, Sylvia's.

Since it's founding in 1962, Ms. Sylvia has been serving up some of the best soul food this side of Heaven.


We were greeted at our table by a basket of the best corn bread I think I've ever had. Really, some of the best I HAVE EVER HAD.

I ordered Fried Chicken, Mac 'n' Cheese and Candied Yams. OMG! The chicken was in line with a type of chicken we had a in Wisconsin a lot, 'broasted.' Broasted is a sort of blending or roasting and broiler. Divine! The mac'n'cheese. To die for. One of the top 3 I've had from a restaurant. The yams! WOW.

J-lo had the chicken as well and the collard greens and black-eyed peas. I don't care for greens, so no comment from me. I tried the peas, again, not a fan, but J-lo lurved them.

The Kara had the ribs, collard greens and Tomato Okra Gumbo. Ribs...So meaty and chewy and the sauce was...lip smacking...so much flavor and not all sugary or vinegary! The Gumbo...surprisingly good. I don't know if I could handle a whole bowl of it, but really good.

Of course, we had to have dessert. Red Velvet Cake. Mmmm. So rich and tasty. A little moist. Great icing.

Peach cobbler. Sweet. Really sweet. Good flavor, but mostly from nutmeg and cinnamon. Not very peachy though. Not fresh peaches either. But still tasty. More of a few small bites instead of a full serving.

Sweet Potato pie and I shut my mouth. Light. Rich. Creamy. Amazing!

OK, when I go again...cuz there will be an "again"...I will have a major fight with myself to determine if I should do ribs or chicken...or maybe the fried pork chops...or something "smothered." I would stick with my sides, candied yams and mac'n'cheese. Dessert...either the sweet potato pie or maybe I'll try the banana pudding I kept seeing people order.

And you know what was awesome...Ms. Sylvia was there...she was spending a lot of time sitting near the entrance, but she was also working! Good For HER!

Sylvia's
328 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 996-0660

6 comments:

ScottE. said...

One other treat from the weekend...I had my first Eggs Benedict and by extention my first taste of Hollandaise sauce! As I had no comparision, I thought it was pretty good. J-lo tried and said it was pretty good, but not the best. We were having brunch at a French place on 8th Avenue? Pigalle. Service there was BAD!

Dancer in DC said...

There are...no words. Well maybe a few.

Soul food is good, warm, comforting food done simply. It's rich, nowhere near food you'd eat on a diet, and you could care less.

This wasn't just an incredible meal, it was an incredible experience. I can hardly wait to go back.

joyous said...

Dammit, I'm going with you next time, I don't care what's going on.

Stef said...

Aw, man that looks good! Sweet potato pie shut your mouth! And I do like J-Lo's greens, so for him to like these they must be pretty good.

Brunette is a huge fan of red velvet cake... she'll be totes jealous.

Yeah, I probably need to plan another trip to NYC. I end up doing it every year, I should just expect it!

The Kara said...

Gents ~ my okra STILL hurts! So good to see you and try the culinary delights of the city with you. Next time we'll go here: http://www.bluehillstonebarns.com/

Barbara said...

I just drooled on my keyboard.