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The Top 10 Soul Food Restaurants In New York City

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Amy Ruths NEw YorkNew York is known for its skyscrapers and soul food restaurants.  With so many restaurants around it becomes difficult to choose the best 10, especially if they are soul food restaurants.  These are some of excellent soul food restaurants that you can try for a fine dining.


Sylvia’s - 328 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

This place is known as “queen of soul food”.  Here you can savor homey and authentic soul food at cost effective prices.  Entrees are low priced and laced with appetizing mixes such as mashed potatoes and greens.  The place is known for its barbeque ribs, and southern fried chicken. With its friendly and homely atmosphere the place is favored by both locals and tourists.


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


Ruth’s is a kid’s friendly restaurant, which serves authentic soul food. This place is particularly favored by diners due to its sumptous Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.  Ruth’s also serve some of the best brunch food and you can take away food parcels if you wish to avoid the crowd. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a celebrity like rapper Kayne West, and some others who frequent this place to savor  the authentic soul food delicacies.


Blue Smoke-116 E 27th Street, Flatiron District


It's the best place if you wish to root for slow cooked Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas styled barbeques. You can enjoy Kansas City or Memphis styled ribs and sweet potato fries over pleasant music.  After tasting tongue tickling food and hearing the music you can head towards Jazz Standard bar, which operates downstairs. Jazz Standard also serves Blue Smoke barbeques. Here you can meet some upcoming and established jazz performers entertaining the diners.


Jezebel - 630 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036


Most diners prefer this place for its lucidly romantic ambience, lovely home decors, and gyrating Jazz music .  Southern hospitality and old-world excessive helpings have helped to transform this place into a soul food heaven.  Soul food lovers swear by the Charleston she-crab soup, sweet & spicy honey chicken and spicy Creole seafood served at the restaurant.


Acme Bar & Grill -9 Great Jones Street, NoHo. 


You can enjoy appetizers at half rates during the Happy hours ( 4 to 8 pm) on all days. The place is also known for its differed varieties of hot sauces and live music. Also you can enjoy buffalo shrimp or the catfish, shrimp, or oyster Po’ Boy sandwich on all days, and chicken wings or fried chicken on Mondays.


Mitchell Fish & Chips - 617A Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn

One of the most renowned Soul food joints in Brooklyn.  Fried chicken, collard greens, okra, corn are some of the savories served at the restaurant.  You can enjoy these delicacies over a glass of fresh lemonade or a cup of southern iced tea . Also don’t forget to taste the sumptous sweet potato pies, served at the restaurant.  


Charles Southern Kitchen - 2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10039

This place serves best Southern-fried chicken, which is prepared in the cast-iron fry pans. All-you-can-eat buffet and Perdue chickens are chief attractions of the place.Although the decors are not impressive still you can see big line of people waiting for their turn to savor cornbread, pork chops smothered chicken, ribs, salmon cakes, and other side dishes . 


Soul Fixins'- 371 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Why don’t you get your soul fixed at Soul Fixins. You can enjoy homely and authentic soul foods at down home prices. The place is best if you wish to sample some quick soul food snacks.  Don’t forget to order BBQ chicken, mash potato & spinach.


Georgia’s East Side BBQ - 192 Orchard Street, Lower East Side


Although this is a small soul food restaurant with limited spacing capacity you can find the crowd awaiting their turns to savor happy hour sandwiches (which are served between 3 – 6 pm).  Enjoy the sandwiches and savor the ribs from Dinosaur BBQ and don’t forget to order the juicy pulled pork sandwich, BBQ wings. and collard greens. Also try digging your teeth into some flavorful brunches served here.


Mama's Food Shop- 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

This soul food heaven serves the best food in Mason-Dixon line. You can savor crispy fried chicken, baked salmon, molasses-glazed sweet potatoes, hearty bacon-wrapped meatloaf and banana cream pies at Mamas. Dont forget to visit the place for the weekend brunches that are served between noon to 5 pm.


Check out these soul food restaurants in New York for a soulful dining experience.


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The Top 10 Soul Food Restaurants In New York City