Google “best soul food in New York City,” and Sylvia’s will surely be amongst the first to pop up. The Harlem mainstay has been an icon since 1962, and continues to attract large crowds of locals, tourists, and a ton of Columbia students. Hot ribs fall off the bone, pork chops call for finger-licking, and the fried chicken will take all your worries away. For a truly unique soul food experience, visit the restaurant on a Sunday for its Gospel Sunday brunch, where you get to eat alongside a gospel choir. Make a Reservation.