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300 W 116th St, New York City, NY 10026-2062
+1 646-692-4935
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
24 Dec 2017
“Terrific cafe!”
19 Apr 2017
“Nice atmosphere”
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Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
300 W 116th St, New York City, NY 10026-2062
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

A great place for coffee and tea (love the pear tea), which is steeped and served beautifully. The mediterranian sampler plate is fantastic! Enjoy browsing the wonderful selection of African and artistic gifts. Most seating is communal and service is spotty when crowded. Late afternoon/early...More

Thank Ivy C
Reviewed 13 November 2017

I loved this place. I stayed in Harlem for 4 weeks and this was my favourite restaurant. As a solo traveller, I felt very comfortable eating here alone. The staff were very friendly and the food was perfect! Generous servicing. Great music too!

Thank Rellie22
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Took the advice of locals and went - everything was delicious. Very affordable too. Cool shop and music downstairs. As others have mentioned, the chairs are bit hard and have no backs, but it is still a great place to eat.

Thank TRWblues
Reviewed 20 April 2017

went there for breakfast and had an Israeli-like sandwich which tasted increadibly good! For 9 bucks not really cheap but worth it - I was stuffed afterwards. Many hipsters around trying to look cool with Macs :-)

Thank Johnny S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If the seats were more comfy I would go here more. The vibe is really cool - lots of little things to look at and merchandise to buy - reminds me of a coupla east village spots I used to go to. Everything on the...More

1  Thank suzanne v
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I went there with my friends and family on December 28 at around 11pm on a Tuesday night. I can't complain about the service, it was pretty good. There was only 2 bartenders including the owner but it was still pretty efficient. A hookah and...More

Thank Jomer P
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Decent Mediterranean food (but no better than a food truck) with a weird ambiance. Perhaps the owner has money; otherwise, this place won't last.

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The food is middle eastern and the menu is interesting but not extensive. Best picks are the dips and the spicy fried cauliflower as well as the deep fried eggplant. Service is good but the best bit is the live music which is easy on...More

1  Thank Cnw2013
Reviewed 11 July 2016

A friend brought me to Silvana's to spend a day working there and boy was he right for working there most of the time. The wifi speed is good enough, the coffee is affordable for New York standards and same goes for a quality meal!...More

1  Thank VGVisionary
Reviewed 2 June 2016

This review is for the basement of Silvana. It's a small space with regular tables and chairs in the front near a small stage and a back area where they have benches and low tables. There is a bar with a few stools. They serve...More

Thank Jen78703
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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28 February 2018|
Response from Rellie22 | Reviewed this property |
I was in the area for about a month. I don't recall seeing parking garages in the area - but I do remember seeing some up near 125th. Not sure if that's any help.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 17
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 W 116th St, New York City, NY 10026-2062
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 646-692-4935
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Established business owners of Yatenga World Music Venue and Yatenga French Bistro, Sivan Baron and Abdel Ouedraogo are veteran contributors to the music and dining scene in new Harlem. With the opening of Silvana in June 2013, the couple challenged themselves to create a space that appeals on just about every level- from the fair-trade organic coffee and teas (from Brooklyn Roasting Company and Miss Tea) to the hand-picked products for sale in its boutique to the delicious (and previously unavailable in Harlem) Middle Eastern cuisine to its world-class entertainment. When you first walk through Silvana's baby blue doors, you may be a bit confused, but one of its welcoming staff will quickly begin introducing you to all of its hidden treasures. On the street level, Silvana is a cafe/boutique which serves a full menu of Middle Eastern food (falafel, shawarma, shakshuka, etc) handcrafted coffee and tea beverages, as well as wine and beer and sells a wide, ever-changing variety of world and local goods- handmade jewelry from Israel, colorful Ethiopian bags and hats, t-shirts from an Harlem (by way of Israel) designer, home decor from India, Moroccan rugs and pillowcases, quirky wooden dolls from Burkina Faso, and much more- sure to satisfy any gift need that may arise. Sit at one of the vintage, cafeteria-style communal tables with swivel seats and you'll be joined by an eclectic mix of families, students, freelancers and interesting characters taking advantage of the free wi-fi and affordable food available in the cafe. If you come in the evening, you'll notice music drifting up from below. When you venture downstairs, you'll discover a restaurant/bar/lounge with a line-up of up to 4 live bands and 1 dj each night, open until the wee hours of the morning. The cabaret-style tables near the stage are decorated with pictures that invoke the spirit of the sights, sounds, and smells of a Middle Eastern market. Towards the back you'll find Moroccan-style tray tables surrounded by long benches and low stools, making it the perfect place to share a few plates and drinks with old friends or get to know a new date. Here you can enjoy the same yummy food as upstairs, with a signature cocktail (try the Luchini Green or the Wild Orchid) or a wide variety or 14 craft and traditional draft beers (try the Speakeasy Prohibition and, if you dare, the Delirium Tremens).
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