Melba's

4.6
318 Reviews
$50 and over
American
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 catered business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.
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Vashti
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food at Melba's was fine comfort food and the drinks were strong and tasty. Because the restaurant was crowded, our server was distracted and our needs weren't met on a timely basis.

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AllanL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav spot to eat at. And its been this way for years.

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MalikJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Melba’s was wonderful for my moms bday. Even got to hang with Melba herself! Great atmosphere, great people, delicious food.

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vipMariaR
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner, waitress was helpful and accommodating. My husband loved BBQ Meatloaf and Mac n cheese and mashed potatoes. Carrot cake was out of this world. I was disappointed because all Red velvet cake was gone….I didn’t have any dessert…

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vipIvyGoss
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed to delay our reservation and they were amazingly accomodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered catfish- fish was very small and only one piece provided. Provide two small pieces or one large piece of catfish.


Side items was not hot. Macaroni and cheese was not hot, could not see cheese melted. I took it home, heated it up and it was amazing!! Did not taste good and room temperature.

Overall I will return and I had great service and the food was still good!!

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Bookgirly
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Melba's artwork is beautiful. The holiday decorations and the music help set a nice tone! The food was delicious and timely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was very excited to eat at Melba’s. I grew up in Alabama and usually have to go back South for excellent soul food. I tried the spring rolls, which were an interesting idea but not particularly tasty. The fried chicken was delicious but the piece given was so small atop the waffle. The waffle to chicken ratio was off. Waffle was good but just like the ones I make in my own kitchen. I found myself disappointed in the meal because my expectations were high. It was fine but nothing special. Service was a little slow but not excessively so. The table next to us came in after us but orders were taken and served before.

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DeborahJ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time in New York and Melbas was referred to us by close friends and it did not disappoint. We will definitely be back. A great time and a good value for a holiday meal. We actually got to see Miss Melba but she was dining so we didn’t want to interrupt.

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FredG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An institution for all the right reasons. Another memorable and wonderful experience. Do grateful there are still places and people like this!!

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visitingfromtexasforweek
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful friendly staff. Food was amazing. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the city.

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vipBrendaS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for dinner. Loved the food and good music!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. Definitely will return after the pandemic has become endemic. It is a small dining room that was full to capacity. There were partitions but still not adequately able to social distance due to square footage.

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RobinK
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great but food was not as good as expected. There are other options that offer better value for money.

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SHIRELLD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Both the food and the service. Would highly recommend

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CarolynD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE ONLY THING, I WISH I COULD HAVE MET MS MELBA ~ #ATLANTASTRONG

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Ziva
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Loved the chicen and egg nog waffles. Will definitely come back next time I am in New York and will refer this restaurant to my friends and family. Great little gem in Harlem.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and amazing food

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JenniferY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service; got our group of 13 in and out in under an hour!

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vipKeitrinM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great cocktail and meal while visiting NYC.

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MIGUELT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Experienced Melba's in Harlem and had amazing time, good food, fun and fellowship. I will definitely be back

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reginat
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent , service was great Cockatails were worth the 14.00 so don't shy away .. heavy on the alcohol

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SharnaB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried chicken wings I've ever had. Free birthday cake was de

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KD76
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fire!!! Cant wait to go back. Amazing food n music

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to the Tamron Hall show and then had lunch at Melba’s. The food was very good and our waitress was very nice and attentive. I would definitely go back to Melba’s!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME experience! Will definitely come on next visit to NYC!

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VanessaH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience felt like visiting family for Sunday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good. I was a bit annoyed that the manager allowed two woman to be seated before my party.

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ShekeviaM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in they accommodated us right away. Staff was amazing, and the food is literally slap your momma good. The drinks are even better. It is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with a dear friend of 30 years and her hot husband

*Btw, I didn’t cancel. I informed the young lady who sat us that I had a reservation.

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Foodie4sure
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve now visited twice and I wasn’t disappointed either time. Chicken wings and waffles were so good, catfish and grits felt like home, and the sangria is on point! Definitely stop by and fill your soul

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome! The waitress was very attentive to our table without being pushy.

The food? Delicious

All covid protocols were adhered to.

Reservations are a must!!

Will not be disappointed with the food, laid back atmosphere or the service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very nice decor. Good food and nice & accommodating server. Music could have been more customer friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Everyone should go!!

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is absolutely incredible. The eggnog waffles are better than sex. You will have to wait a bit for your order, but it’s worth it

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. Delicious food and clean & safe restaurant. Love to eat at Melba’s.

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Bddinner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was great! Service was good, food was great! Loved the oxtails. Only minor issue for me, was half/half tea tasted like sweet water. No real tea flavor. But, I find that with most restaurants. Waiter promptly replaced with soda for me.

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Fashionista
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my husband's first time at Melba's and it was great.
The food was nice and hot and taste out of this world.
We had a great time.!
We will be coming back and bringing friends.

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure at Melba’s. I had my fav- Catfish & Waffle. Delightful as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was me and my girlfriend anniversary lunch and we decided to go to Melba’s due to the fact that our previous experience was out of this world. So being out of towners we decided to go back, but this time was horrible. We sat outside due to Covid reason , which was understandable but the outside area had no heaters, the waitress never came back to check on us but did with every other table. The honey tenders were nasty (to much honey). The soda was flat. I asked for a Arnold Palmer but was never informed they were out of lemonade so she decided to just squeeze lemons in it. The collard greens were creamy . Honestly just a bad experience. The only thing that was great was the candy yams !
Definitely will not be returning!!!

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You can order delivery directly from Melba's using the Order Online button. Melba's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Melba's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 864-7777.

Melba's is rated 4.6 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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