The Legendary Story Behind Harlem’s “Queen of Soul Food”

In this episode of Ghost Kitchen, we visit the iconic Sylvia’s, “the Queen of Soul Food.” Located in the heart of Harlem, Sylvia’s has been one of the most popular restaurants in New York City since its doors opened in 1962. We speak to Chef Marcus Woods and Tren’ness Woods-Black, who tell the story of how their Grandmother came to open this historic restaurant, how they continue to keep her legacy alive today, and why Sylvia’s has become an irreplaceable pillar of the neighborhood and the entire city.

With social distancing becoming the new norm, restaurants still remain an essential part of our community. Whether it’s pivoting to pick-up and delivery or lending a helping hand to those in need, these businesses are adapting with the times. Thrillist’s new show ‘Ghost Kitchen’ spotlights how these restaurants are changing and bringing people together, giving us a first hand perspective on how these establishments are serving a new purpose beyond just food.


Senior Creative
Jake Rasmussen

Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Senior Photographer
Cole Saladino

Danna Windsor

Zach Lapierre

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Doug Camberis

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Myra Rivera

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Emily Tufaro

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Development
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra Pace

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Matthew Kestenbaum

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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