Living it up in Harlem

We just completed a short weekend trip to New York City.  We stayed at a Home Away uptown in Harlem.  It was a delightful one room with private bath. It was handy to the subway which we used to go everywhere.  If you haven’t used Home Away or Air BNB,  which is similar I highly recommend it.  We paid $145 per night in a place that was clean, with a kitchenette, a very comfortable bed, and very personable host.  It was our second time we have done this the first time was Marblehead.  In my mid we gave up nothing and saved at least $100 each. night. 

One of the best things about Harlem is Sylvia’s Restaurant.   I had heard about her famous soul food and finally had a chance to try some of it.  When I saw the menu which include fried chicken, fish, shrimp, collard green and sweet yams I told the waitress that I would like a side of everything.  The food is prepared with recipes that Sylvia brought with her from their South Carolina farm. For dinner I had the sauted chicken livers with gravy, onions and peppers with a side of okra in tomato and collard greens.  We returned the next morning for the fried shrimp and grits one of my favorites. 

Sylvia’s is an American success story.  Sylvia’s was founded in 1962 by Sylvia and her husband.  They had met in the cotton fields of South Carolina and made their way north for a better.  She worked for many years in a small diner until with a loan from her mother  who mortgaged her farm down south Sylvia bought the diner and expanded it today to what it is today. They now employ over 100 people and from a scholarship fund she developed has given out thousands of dollars. When you go in you will see many local people and they have been visited by many famous people like Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Bernie Sanders.  Sylvia died in 2012 but her legacy is being carried on by her children.  Sylvia’s is located at 320 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem New York.