Black Ancestors : Sylvia Woods - Harlem's 'Queen of Soul Food' - Dies at 86

Jan 22, 2001
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Sylvia Woods - Harlem's 'Queen of Soul Food' - Dies at 86


New York’s legendary “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, whose iconic restaurant drew dignitaries and ordinary folk from all over the world to Harlem to taste her fried chicken, died Thursday at 86.

News that she died broke just as Mayor Bloomberg was paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of “Sylvia’s” at a gala reception at Gracie Mansion.

“We lost a legend today,” the mayor said. “Generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution.”

The Woods family said she was surrounded by loved ones when she lost her battle with Alzheimer's.

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Dec 20, 2004
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As'e to the queen of soul.

Can't tell you how many times i left Sylvia's asking her to marry me after eating some of her smothered chicken, mac/cheese and yams.....

People would come on chartered buses from all over, with hopes of getting a table and a glimpse of the queen of soul. Not to mention all of the other sould food restaraunt's that she inspired that tried to compete with her that just couldn't keep up with what she was doing.

When we were younger, to impress a female's, we would either take them to City Island, or Sylvia's and they would run back to their friends bragging about where we took them out to eat.

She will be missed.......


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Feb 28, 2009
Yes, she was a staple and an icon in Harlem and renown around the world.

My prayers to her family and friends.
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