Pork Chop, Grits, Eggs and a biscuit at Sylvia's in Harlem










A normal breakfast for me usually consists of a piece of fruit (banana, blueberries or grapefruit) and some source of protein (greek yogurt, cottage cheese or eggs)… Every now and then I’ll sneak in a bagel or some kind of sandwich or cereal, but when I really want to treat myself for breakfast, I go all out!

The other day, I ran to Harlem’s ever-popular tourist haven Sylvia’s.  Anyone who grew up with a black mother or grandmother knows Sylvia’s is hardly anything worth raving over, but it’s easy access for me and it was recently graded an A, so every once in a while I’ll pop my head in and take something out.  And that’s just what I did for breakfast recently.

I ordered the eggs and pork chops (which is not on the menu) with grits.  It only came with one pork chop, but it was so greasy and big, I found it to be sufficient!  I came home and added my own shredded cheddar and it hit the spot.  Aside from the fact that I had to season it up with my own salt and pepper, for the most part I was quite pleased with my meal.  The eggs were fresh, the grits were smooth and the biscuit was moist!  YUMMY!  Who could ask for more?

So although Sylvia’s may not be the BEST soul food the city or Harlem has to offer, it definitely is good food.  I find it best to go for breakfast (during the weekdays), otherwise it’s overcrowded with tourists.  Sit at the bar and you can be in and out.  They also offer dining alfresco in the spring and summer, so take a friend.  And although it may not be as good as mom’s home cooking, Sylvia’s a must.  Already a legacy in New York City, it is totally worth going just to say you went!



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15 comments to “BREAKFAST AT SYLVIA’S (Sort Of…)”

  • Madi B., August 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    Makes me want to head over there now for this!! Next time I am there....I will be eating this for breakfast!!
  • Marci P, August 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    Looks so great!! I'm ordering the 'BJ Coleman' breakfast when I make my first trip to Sylvia's! Thanks for sharing
  • MELISASource, August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    I had the privilege of eating lunch at Sylvia's the last time I was in New York. You're critique is very spot-on: their food is not necessarily the best soul food, but it is very delightful and satisfying, and the portions are good as well. Next time I visit there I will definitely give their breakfast a try!
  • bjcoleman, August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    Thanks Melisa and everyone else for all of your commentary! :)
  • Kidney Hopes, August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    WE ARE A FAN ON FACEBOOK. here goes the pork chop again, u must be a BIG pork eater- looks good. Post more pictures. Thank you, your friends at Kidney
  • DeAnna, September 2, 2011 at 11:00 am
    I totally agree with your critique. I had the rib dinner a week ago and and it was just "ok". I figured I wouldn't return to Slyvia's, but your pork chop looks so good, I might have to go back for breakfast;-)
  • Krystal, September 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm
    That looks like heaven!!! Cheese grits are such a southern thing...that and sugar LOL
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    I want this - breakfast in bed this weekend! Looks great
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