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Melba's

4.5
4.5
542 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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Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 864-7777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    For private events and catering, please contact our Special Events & Catering Director at: events@melbasrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    For private events and catering, please contact our Special Events & Catering Director at: events@melbasrestaurant.com

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Cross street

    Frederick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue)

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    B & C train at 116th Street (2 blocks away)2 train at 116th street (4 blocks away)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Comfortizers

  • Melba's Spring Rolls

    Rice, Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Cheddar Cheese in a Spring Roll Wrapper

    • Charleston Jumbo Shrimp

      • Buffalo Wings

        • Fried Catfish Strips

          With Chipotle Mayo

          • Auntie D's Mini Burgers

            Choice of Pepper Jack, Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese

            • Pulled BBQ Short Rib Sliders

              with Cheddar Cheese

              • Spinach & Cheese Empanadas

                • Fried Calamari

                  with Homemade Marinara Sauce

                  • Lemon and Honey Chicken Tenders

                    • Southern Crab Cakes

                      with Tarter Sauce

                      Healthy Comfort

                      Add to any Salad - Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Grilled Shrimp

                      • Grilled Vegetable Napoleon

                        Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Winter & Summer Squash with Buffalo Mozzarella

                        • Grilled Chicken Sandwich

                          On a Roll Served with Grilled Vegetables, Choice of Pepper Jack, Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese Additional $1.50

                          • Classic Caesar Salad

                            • Baby Spinach Salad

                              Fresh Baby Spinach, Julienned Red Onion and Cucumbers

                              • Summer Salad

                                Mesclun Greens, Carrots, Tomatoes and Cucumbers

                                • Organic Mesclun Greens

                                  Entrees

                                  **meal includes 2 side orders

                                  • Southen Fried Chicken & Eggnog Waffles

                                    With Strawberry Butter and Maple Syrup. Winner on "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay"

                                    • Southern Fried Chicken Wings & Eggnog Waffles

                                      • Fried Catfish & Eggnog Waffles

                                        • Wine Braised Short Ribs or Beef**

                                          • Grilled Wild Atlantic Salmon**

                                            • Pecan Crusted Tilapia**

                                              • BBQ Turkey Meatloaf**

                                                • Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass**

                                                  • Southern Chicken**

                                                    Southern Fried, Smothered or Grilled Cutlet

                                                    • Country Catfish**

                                                      • Trés Macaroni & Cheese**

                                                        A Delicious Blend of Pepper Jack, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese

                                                        • Charleston Jumbo Shrimp**

                                                          • Fish & Chips

                                                            • Deluxe Hamburger

                                                              French Fries, Lettuce, Tomato. Choice of Pepper Jack, Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese Additional $1.50

                                                              Side Orders

                                                              • Trés Mac & Cheese

                                                                • Low Country Collard Greens

                                                                  Seasoned with Smoked Turkey

                                                                  • Down Home Peas & Rice

                                                                    • Candied Yams

                                                                      • Sautéed Spinach

                                                                        • French Fries

                                                                          • Momma's Potato Salad

                                                                            • Roasted Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes

                                                                              • Chili Onion Rings

                                                                                • Eggnog Waffle with Strawberry Butter

                                                                                  Cannot be a substitute for a side order

                                                                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                  What 542 people are saying

                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                  4.5
                                                                                  4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                                  • 4.5Food
                                                                                  • 4.5Service
                                                                                  • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                  • 4.5Value

                                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                                    DestinyG

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    Celebrated my graduation here and it was great. The food here is amazinggggggg

                                                                                  2. CL

                                                                                    ChelsL

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Always love Melba’s not a time they don’t give what it’s suppose to give . Love Melba’s

                                                                                  3. S

                                                                                    Sunshine

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Very fun. Food off the charts. How do they make simple Macaroni and Cheese so good. Will be going back today!

                                                                                  4. H

                                                                                    Henry

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Absolutely amazing experience at Melba's. The food was some of the best I've had in New York, and the service was exceptional from every single person we encountered. Cannot recommend enough. I will be back as often as possible.

                                                                                  5. M

                                                                                    Mida

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food and great staff as always. Great atmosphere.

                                                                                  6. K

                                                                                    Kiauna

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Amazing restaurant & the food is amazing! Can’t wait to go back

                                                                                  7. S

                                                                                    Sonoma

                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                                    Great ambiance. Unfortunately it took over an hour for the good to be served and 20 minutes yo order. We were leaving town do had to box our food to go…

                                                                                  8. KK

                                                                                    KeleishaK

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                    overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                    They brought the appetizers the same time as the main course. Waitress seemed very overwhelmed

                                                                                  9. KS

                                                                                    KimberlyS

                                                                                    Indiana

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The food was delicious! Melba was in the restaurant and very friendly. For appetizers, we had the spring rolls and empanadas. My dinner entree was the chicken wings with an egg nog waffle. I highly recommend this restaurant. Glad we had reservations as the folks starting lining up before opening hours. It was so good. I forgot to take pictures.

                                                                                  10. M

                                                                                    kammageeM

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                                    The waffles - w/strawberry butter - are a must! Also the spring rolls & mac-n-cheese.

                                                                                  11. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    The food was outstanding and the service great.

                                                                                  12. PL

                                                                                    PhyllisL

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    Everything was very tastefully done. My biggest concern was not enough food on my plate. My fellow dining partner said she came on a weekday and had more food than what we received on the weekend. That's the only bad thing I have to say.

                                                                                  13. c

                                                                                    ceteve

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                    It took over 30 min for us to be seated even though we had made a reservation. This was the only complaint as everything else was great.

                                                                                  14. S

                                                                                    Slaphappy

                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                    Awesome, good food,

                                                                                  15. F

                                                                                    Finest

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                    Food was good and the service was good. Not upscale, but not a drab.

                                                                                  16. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    It was great!!!!

                                                                                  17. YP

                                                                                    YoPhillyMike

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great Harlem restaurant experience. Would go again

                                                                                  18. G

                                                                                    Gabby

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                    overall2food4service4ambience3

                                                                                    We had a good time for the most part. The food and service were very good. The only issue was we could not hear each other talking because of table next to us was very loud.

                                                                                  19. EL

                                                                                    ELABW

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience2

                                                                                    Always good soul food. The space needs a little updating and feels cramped. Still worth the experience.

                                                                                  20. YT

                                                                                    YvonneT

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Service was on point, server took time to support our ordering. Very pleasant personality. The time there was enjoyable and food was delicious Going back again

                                                                                  21. SB

                                                                                    SyreetaB

                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Amazing tradition southern food

                                                                                  22. NO

                                                                                    NORMAN

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The atmosphere was great, the service was excellent. They are friendly, all ways making sure ur good. Food was excellent drinks were good, I liked the Birthday celebrations they do, as soon as u give them ur name they seated u , I would recommend Melba’s to everyone.

                                                                                  23. PM

                                                                                    PriscillaM

                                                                                    Western NC

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                    Was really excited to eat here but the food was lackluster. Fried chicken was off the chain as was Mac and cheese. Potato salad was runny and no tasty. Server let me swap for another side — chose onion rings and there was no flavor. My kids ordered wings and sliders. No great.

                                                                                  24. a

                                                                                    anlnyc

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    I really enjoy dining at and ordering from Melba's. It's become my go-to for soul food over the other popular establishments.

                                                                                  25. BH

                                                                                    BarryH

                                                                                    Nashville

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The food was delicious and the service was great!! The highlight of our trip to NYC.

                                                                                  26. SV

                                                                                    SusanV

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    Kindly accommodated us outside though it was raining, and staff kept the great food and hot drinks coming!

                                                                                  27. LD

                                                                                    LynetteD

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    food is excellent and the atmosphere is pleasant.

                                                                                  28. B

                                                                                    Bertie

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                    overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                                                    It was a special dinner outing because it was our anniversary. However, the catfish and waffles were not that tasty. It may have been swai and not catfish. The waffles were mediocre. Strawberry butter was delicious. The carrot & coconut/pineapple cakes were scrumptious!! The ox tails, rice & peas and greens were enjoyed by my husband. Suggestion: clean the restroom a few times a day especially if there is only one to use.

                                                                                  29. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Dallas

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    The food and drinks were great!

                                                                                  30. LR

                                                                                    LorraineR

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Staff was pleasant and friendly. Food was delicious 👍and portions was more than enough. I even had enough to bring home. will definitely go back.

                                                                                  31. JM

                                                                                    JerryM

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The atmosphere was cozy and comfortable, the bathroom was very clean, the seating and lighting was just right.

                                                                                  32. MD

                                                                                    MonicoD

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food4service5ambience3

                                                                                    Fish & chips only one piece of fish? The outside stalls needed pads and ambiance. Service was great.

                                                                                  33. KR

                                                                                    KristinaR

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Hands down the best soul food I’ve had in a very long time ! Drinks , Service & Food 10/10 for me.

                                                                                  34. DG

                                                                                    DeniseG

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                    Use less salt on the fish other than that the food is tasty

                                                                                  35. DS

                                                                                    DeliaS

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                    overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                                                    I was not happy with the catfish. The collard greens was too sweet Not enough vinegar and the catfish was salty Peas and rice was very dry and hard. I’ve had dinner many years ago and it was absolutely delicious. But now… not so good

                                                                                  36. RA

                                                                                    RAVENR

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    The food was great down home southern cuisine. The environment was energetic and comforting. I loved the vibe.

                                                                                  37. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Wilmington

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    It was fabulous! The staff, food, and the atmosphere.

                                                                                  38. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Baltimore

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    We celebrated my wife’s birthday. The service and atmosphere was great. Also the BDay celebrated song was awesome!!!

                                                                                  39. M

                                                                                    Miffie

                                                                                    Hawaii

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    We were so happy to be able to eat dinner at Melba's. The food & drinks were excellent! Be sure to go to Melba's when you are in NYC!

                                                                                  40. m

                                                                                    mekaa

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                                    overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                                                    Service was not helpful had to ask for more water, no music was playing really disappointed

                                                                                  FAQs

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

                                                                                  Melba's is rated 4.5 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                  Booked 35 times today
                                                                                  Google Map for Melba's

                                                                                  300 W 114th St New York, NY 10026

                                                                                  Additional information

                                                                                  • Cross street

                                                                                    Frederick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue)

                                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                                    Harlem

                                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                                    Daily 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                                    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

                                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                                  • Parking details

                                                                                    Street Parking

                                                                                  • Public transit

                                                                                    B & C train at 116th Street (2 blocks away)2 train at 116th street (4 blocks away)

                                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                  • Additional

                                                                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                  • Phone number

                                                                                    (212) 864-7777

                                                                                  • Catering

                                                                                    For private events and catering, please contact our Special Events & Catering Director at: events@melbasrestaurant.com

                                                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                                                    For private events and catering, please contact our Special Events & Catering Director at: events@melbasrestaurant.com

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