444 W 42ND St, New York, NY | Directions 1003640.759532 -73.995256
Neighborhoods: Hell's Kitchen, Midtown
ok another reason not to use city search, the city of new york sold that portion of 42nd to a developer and the entire block was leveled in 05-06. And all those small and theaters are closed
Do NOT go here – This restaurant was completely atrocious. My sister and our friend went here to see our friends perform and that was the only highlight. The service was absolutely horrible, it was a hassle to be seated despite the fact that there was barely anyone there, our waiter did not check up on us and gave the wrong change. The food was terrible, we ordered the shrimp which was overly spicy without any flavor and about the size of a half dollar with nothing else and we were charged about $25 for it. The drinks were way overpriced. The people here need to learn how to run a restaurant properly.
First and Last time – There are two things good about this place. The first is that we were seated in no time even though we had no reservations on a Saturday night. The second is that it is decorated nicely. We were seated to a table that had no silverware, not even a napkin. Our waiter showed up two minutes later to take our order and showed up with our drinks 25 minutes later and they were not crowed. We were served our food and had to wait for silverware even though we pointed out we had none in the beginning. This was the last time we saw the waiter until we asked for the bill. The food was horrible. I had the Atlantic salmon. It was flavor less the yucca hash was burnt and the spinach was cold and tasted caned. Now I know why we need no reservations on a Saturday Night.
Never again... – This place charges a 17% gratuity for parties of 4 or more. The waitress looked like she worked in McDonald's...did not give us a wine list and embarrassed me when I asked for a particular glass of wine by saying I couldn't have that by the glass...would have known this if I was given a wine list. Had to track her down to ask what the specials were. Had to ask 3 different people to refill my water glass (approx. time 25 minutes).About desert... when my friend asked what the Red Velvet Cake was, the waitress replied "that's what they are having at that table" and pointed there. We were really angry that the gratuity was already included...she did not deserve one. We also needed change (couldn't find the waitress)and when my friend asked the bartender for it he said he didn't have it!!!!????? What a load of crap!
Soul-ful – Melt in your mouth corn bread with flaky blackened catfish- delicious. If you order the sweet creamy sweet potato soufflé you don't eve need dessert. Great date place with soft lighting, cozy tables with not so knowledgeable wait staff. My hubby had the roasted chicken, which he loved too! Also try the seafood gumbo- very hearty! Great stop for those heading to Port Authority
Satisfied – The food was okay but definitely not worth the price. Ambiance was the best part of the experience - the setting was dim, quite and velvety.
Had no complaints with the service. I'd go back for drinks at the bar, but only if I happened to be in the area...
Not impressed – I am the child of Black southerners and I was not impressed with this place! At the time that I dined there, not one of the chefs/cooks was a Black American. They were all carribean or mexican. The dishes were not made in the traditional sense and had an island/carribean flair. Most of my family was there for a family celebration and did not like the food at all. Haven't been back since. This place is for people who have no idea what southern-soul food is!!!
All good – My boyfriend and I came here when I was visiting from Houston. We had a really nice time and the food was good. I actually ate everything on my plate and that doesn't happen very often. It's a young to middle age crowd so it's a great place to meet people. Would I go back? Definately!
A great dining experience!! – You're going to LOVE Soul Cafe.
It's a young crowd and the atmosphere is lively. All the diners are having a good time.
The food portions are healthy and the food is absolutely DELICIOUS!!
A NICE SPOT – I frequent this place often. I am never disappointed. The entertainment is on key. Even the open mic nights. It gives me a good laugh. I don't think it's worth the $20 or $10. Just tryin to make extra cash. The atmosphere is good for a nice date. I never had a problem with the food. All dishes I've had was very good.
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