As recently as the mid 90s, soul food was the only choice uptown and then the neighborhood started to become diverse in many ways. Demographics changed, cheaper national chains such as IHOP started to appear in the neighborhood, real estate prices went up (along with food prices), residents became more aware of healthy eating options, and the ubiquitous bodega ended up appearing at every commercial corner. Smaller soul food restaurants eventually started disappearing as the old Harlem commercial landscape started to fade.
With that said, some of the traditional businesses have survived today and newcomers have also added to the culinary offerings uptown. Sylvia's and Amy Ruth's have stuck out the storm by attracting national attention and the tourist crowd that comes with it. Charle's Country Pan Fried Chicken is still around along with Londel's