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Sylvia Woods of famed soul food eatery passed away yesterday…

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July 20, 2012 by The ReadyWriter


She is famous in Harlem for her fried chicken, barbecue ribs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and other soul food delectable’s. And although she fed the famous, important dignitaries and ordinary people, her restaurant is like home because she remained humble.

Sylvia Woods put Harlem on the map, was even mentioned on television shows and in movies all because she gave her restaurant business her all. Whether you went to take your family to dinner, or politicians having summit meetings of black leadership, Sylvia’s was the first place that people thought of in Black America.

Other soul food restaurants followed her but there is no place like Sylvia’s. Her restaurant is the place that churches pack on any given Sunday afternoon. It’s my favorite spot to relax with my crew on any given Friday night. Sylvia’s is a family restaurant and dining there is liking dining at home, dining with family., in a comfortable atmosphere.

Sylvia Woods (pictured center above with two of her grandchildren), passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 86, surrounded by family and those she loved. I will miss seeing her because she was always there. She greeted my staff and I, when we celebrated my business anniversary at Sylvia’s in 2010.

Rest in paradise Sylvia, 😦 as your legacy lives on…

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47 thoughts on “Sylvia Woods of famed soul food eatery passed away yesterday…

  1. BBallen says:

    Beautiful post Ms. Bell 😦 beautiful!!!!

    R.I.P. Sylvia.

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  2. Bobby says:

    as long as they keep her legacy and recipes in tact..i’m good.

    r.i.p. ms. woods you did good!!

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  3. 2Thick says:

    my brother love her fried chicken. The deserts there are something else.

    RIP Sylvia.

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  4. alscream says:

    wipes tears 😦

    RIP mama woods. RIP

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  5. Acquitta says:

    may her beautiful soul rest in peace. 😦

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  6. Danny says:

    God bless her.

    may she RIP.

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  7. yes says:

    RIP 😦

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  8. Adam says:

    cornbread, ribs, collard greens, fried chicken. Anyone who can cook those well is a saint in my book. Sounds like she was really nice woman who just wanted people to be happy at her place. R.I.P. Ms. Woods

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  9. Nicole says:

    R.I.P. 😦 Queen of the best soul food restaurant Harlem ever had.

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  10. Gia says:

    😦 RIP Sylvia

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  11. Tammy says:

    Fam gave a news conference last night @ the restaurant.

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  12. Shawnia says:

    Sylvia will be missed.

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  13. Mahogany says:

    Sylvia was an awesome entreprenuaer, anytime you greet your patrons at the door yes that is a humble being.

    May she RIP.

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  14. Pointman says:

    RIP Sylvia

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  15. Tamala says:

    Ms. Sylvia Woods had a good life. God Bless her.

    May she RIP

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  16. Lexy says:

    RIP SYLVIA

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  17. Sane says:

    😦 Pray her family will keep her legacy alive.

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  18. Bird says:

    we love you sylvia 😦 rest in peace~

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  19. QueenC says:

    Those grandkids got some long gums holdin them teefist.

    RIP Sylvia

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  20. Starr says:

    Funeral in Mt. Vernon, viewing @Abyssinian in Harlem.

    May this great lady RIP

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  21. CoCo says:

    Heaven must be in need of some soul food. 😦 R.I.P. Ms. Sylvia

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  22. Pinky says:

    rip sylvia

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  23. BrownGirl says:

    “She greeted my staff and I, when we celebrated my business anniversary at Sylvia’s in 2010.”

    i remember you talking about that! May she RIP

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  24. SlickRick says:

    she leaves an awesome legacy behind.

    RIP Ms. Woods.

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  25. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    May the *queen of soul food* RIP

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  26. Cindy says:

    RIP

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  27. applebottomgirl2011 says:

    love me some sylvia’s fried chicken.

    r.i.p. queen of soul r.i.p.

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  28. CeoDawg says:

    Sylvia a real Queen~

    May God rest her precious soul in peace~

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  29. Cameo1 says:

    RIP Sylvia…Harlem’s own.

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  30. Dana says:

    R.I.P. Sylvia.

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  31. SoldierOne says:

    Rest in paradise Sylvia —>COSIGN!

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  32. Yasha says:

    R.I.P.
    Sylvia’s wake is today/tonight

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  33. Daisy says:

    R.I.P. Ms. Sylvia Woods. Your soul food will live on in our mouths and in our hearts.

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  34. Danny says:

    R.I.P. 😦

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  35. cameo1 says:

    Sylvia; Sherman who’s next? Don’t they go in threes?

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  36. Adriane says:

    R.I.P. Sylvia…I’m sure her funeral today will be fit for a queen.

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  37. Olivijah says:

    May God rest her soul.

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  38. Aceman says:

    R.I.P. Sylvia she didn’t just belong to Harlem she belonged to us all.

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  39. Felicia says:

    RIP Sylvia..true Queen of soul food.

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  40. Ionna says:

    😦 Sylvia will be missed but her good food will live on.

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