Melba's

4.6
41 reviews
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Enjoy Southern comfort food with a twist in a relaxing, casual setting at Melba's. Owner Melba Wilson opened its doors for locals and travelers alike to have a pleasant dining experience with great service. Fried catfish strips, barbecue short rib sliders and spring rolls filled with black-eyed peas and collard greens make delicious appetizers before feasting on the main course. Guests can choose from entrées like Melba's popular Southern fried chicken with eggnog waffles, which was a winner on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, as well as pan-seared sea bass and the barbecue turkey meatloaf. This restaurant also serves hamburgers, lighter fare and sides such as candied yams.

Melba's offers Saturday and Sunday brunch and caters business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best southern cooking in NYC. Excellent friendly service. Fun atmosphere. A must try

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!

And extra special that Melba greeted us ever so warmly!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Twas pretty good. Portion sizes are small for the prices. It was freezing inside the whole time. I believe one of the heaters was out. Great ambience tho! Great date spot! Would go again!

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MT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool experience.

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JE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciously authentic soul food and terrific ambiance. Melba’s treated us right. We will be back soon!

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DG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. We will visit this establishment frequently.

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CS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great vibrations! Would definitely go back!

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe is warm, like a spot to which longtime friends keep returning. The food is very well-prepared. The waiters pay attention without hovering. Unpretentious, real place. Try your luck, but a reservation may make more sense.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best soul food I've had in New York so far. I came on Valentine's Day, which is also my boyfriends birthday, and they allowed us to choose a slice of cake & had the entire restaurant sing for him. Really enjoyed it & I will definitely be back!

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, nice ambience, great service. I will again.

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WT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, per usual. The service wasn’t great but it didn’t overshadow my experience. My server expressed the issue with the timeliness of receiving our order without me asking. Management offered two items on the house.

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RV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great!! Price was what I expected for NY but they crammed us into a table in the corner that was hard to get in and out of. They definitely tried to make the most out of their space but it was uncomfortable.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious!! Staff was courteous and attentive. Can't wait to go back!!

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TD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good. I usually order the same thing but this time tried the wings and waffle and the appetizer rolls. All was well. My guests had the beef ribs and the empanadas. They enjoyed their meals as well. I was thrown off by them being short on menus for us (party of 3) but the service and attention made up for it.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I was a bit disappointed with my meal....the food was so good on my previous visits....the turkey sausage was overcooked and dry, and my waffle was a bit tough to cut...the service, however, was fabulous as usual.

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MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome staff! The went out of the way to assist us, show kindness, patience, and professionalism. My wife and I always bring friends to Melba’s and everyone loves it. Keep up the good service and the food remains better than the rest.

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It is not often that a restaurant owner make themselves available to its patrons- but Melba herself has been there, and stays amongst the people - making herself available to talk and mingle. True Harlem love!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday. I told my husband that I want to do something other than our traditional steak dinner - I wanted “soul food”. We always head from DC to NYC for my birthday. I’d been seeing a good friend of mine post on social media about Melba’s. I did a search for soul food and looked at the reviews. Then I searched to see how far we were staying.
We were greeted at the door by a nice guy who welcomed us. After being seated another nice young lady came by and told us about the menu.
I had the beef ribs, macaroni and cheese & greens. My husband had salmon, potato salad & macaroni and cheese.
The food was good. Dessert (pound cake) was excellent. They sang happy birthday to me. I’d definitely go back again.

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YV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melba's was my 40th birthday celebration dinner location. First time there, the food, the service and ambiance was perfect. If you want to experience exceptional soul food with a touch of classy! This is the place. Can't wait to go again.

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TR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful ambiance , service, food. The only thing that I was disappointed with what is the temperature. It was very cold inside. Diners were eating with their coats on — including me and my friend.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Saturday brunch ordered the fried chicken with french toast my son and brother ordered the chicken with the eggnog waffle. Yummmy! best fried chicken ever, crispy juicy and well seasoned.
Love the at atmosphere laid back , relax, fun with great background music.
Excellent service, my waitress was great she was attentive answered all our questions, gave recommendations. Thanks enjoyed brunch with family.

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It's my new fav in Harlem. Food was so good and Fresh. Loved every minute of my experience.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My relatives from South Caroline were so impresssed, and thank you for making my cousin feel so special on her Birthday. GREAT JOB, and wonderful dining experience!

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time dining with family, lots of energy in the restaurant. I Loved when the owner came in and had the waiters come back and sing happy birthday to a customer because she was not there when it was sung. Great Job! The food was Great, chicken and waffles were nicely season. Great night out.

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BP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

When we arrived and told them that we had a reservation it did not take us long to get seated. I was very impressed by how pleasant and professional the gentleman was at the door. I imagine he might’ve been the host or maitre d. The only disappointment was when I saw that people who sat down after our group were served before we were. I’m not sure if it’s because we had an appetizer and maybe they didn’t. The food was delicious and my chicken was hot, my macaroni and cheese was hot, and my greens were warm but not as hot as the other food. The waitet was good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend and I would come back again myself .

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TS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I love me some Melba’s. The fried chicken is to die for. Delicious! One suggestion. Extremely cold in the dining room. Air constantly comes in and my food got cold the minute the waitress placed in our table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here often, it’s my go-to soul food place. Being from Chicago and having my family originate Louisiana and Alabama it’s the closest thing I can get to a home cooked souther meal. I love the oxtails, catfish, fried chicken and the black eyed pea spring rolls. Great service and fast!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to dine after work and catch up with a friend or two. Excellent food and great location.

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing! Noise level high because Tuesday evenings is open mic night!! The food is so good! There are so many favorites that I have and I'm a picky eater!!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

It was to dark in the restaurant, I had to turn on my phone flash light to see the menu. Due to the cold weather myself and other customers had to move to different tables because it was a very cold draft by the windows. I could even enjoy my food because it was to cold in the restaurant. Food was luke warm.

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Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service!!

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and I would return again. One thing that was strange was we were pleasantly rushed out the door. I had traveled far to meet my friends so one would think that as long as we were drinking we should have been able to stay but that wasn’t the case. I’ve never seen that happen before in New Jersey so I thought it was strange.

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FH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s fish and chicken based soul. Everything is great! I highly recommend. One of my favorite place in Harlem. Been there several times.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food! Worth going there for weekend brunch or evenings

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H
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place for fried chicken and Mac & Cheese. Great drinks.
Fallou M our server was very accommodating. I definitely will return.
The fried shrimp delicious along with the fried calamari = excellent. Very fresh.

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w
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Melba's! It was our first time dining in Harlem and we really felt welcomed for Sunday brunch. We made a reservation in advance (a day or two prior), and I highly suggest you do too, as this place is very popular and rightfully so. Cheers.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Melba’s this was my first time for brunch there and I would do it again. The food was so good I’m hoping to use them for my wedding next year this was our special brunch day for just us two of our engagement. Hopefully we can use them for our wedding brunch style, Fingers crossed we will surely be back!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place with great atmosphere and food. We went for dinner and had a terrific time

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We stayed past the closing time finishing dinner and were still offered dessert, and felt no rush to leave. Food came out fast and had a really good time.

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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for comforting soul food! 90s music was the theme for our night, so no complaints from my party.

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