""The amazing Sylvia of Silvia's (sic) up in Harlem passed away today. It was one of the best known eateries in Harlem and EVERYBODY went. R.I.P."" Actress Whoopi Goldberg pays tribute to Sylvia Woods, founder of New York's famed Sylvia's Harlem Restaurant. The 86 year old had been battling Alzheimer's disease for the past few years.