Amy Ruth’s Restaurant
113 W 116th St, New York, NY
I happen to be a big fan of Soul Food and Southern cuisine, but I have to admit, I don’t eat much of it around here, save for a few barbecue places that I like to go to (1) (2). Quite frankly I tend to save my Fried Chicken and Smothered Pork Chops, Cornbread and Greens for when I am travelling to places like New Orleans, North Carolina and Atlanta, because there’s not much great Southern food to go around in New York City.
I think I might need to re-consider my position on this, however. Recently I had a chance to attend a event upstairs at Amy Ruth’s, a rather well-known Soul Food place in Harlem. After the event, Rachel and I decided to head downstairs and check out what was being served in the main dining room.
Despite torrential rainfall that evening, Amy Ruth’s was utterly packed — a testament as to how good this soul food place really is.
The warm cornbread was of the dense, sweet type. Definitely one of the better versions I’ve had.
Every item on the menu is named after a prominent Black American. The first item in the Waffles section, Fried Chicken and Waffles, is appropriately named “The Reverend Al Sharpton”
Smothered Fried Pork Chops, with a rich gravy. Served with Mac and Cheese and Yams. Rachel begged for the yams recipe, but couldn’t coax it out of them.
Honey Dipped fried Chicken with Greens and Mac ‘n Cheese. Its a big chicken breast, deep fried, and then dipped in honey. I have to say that this is probably one of the best fried chickens served in the city, albeit at $14 a plate. The greens are some of the best I’ve had anywhere, and they are actually a bit on the spicy side, with a good touch of vinegar and hot chile pepper in them.
Here’s a closer look.