Melba's American Comfort Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Fried Chicken Joint · Central Harlem
300 W 114th St (8th Ave.), New York, NY 10026, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 187 votes

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    Eyal G.
    "The chicken & waffle with strawberry butter is a classic."(18 Tips)
    guillermo a.
    "The waffles (as in fried chicken and eggnog waffles) are AMAZING!"(4 Tips)
    NoniShaney @missversatile C.
    "The Catfish Diner is amazing...and the side selection is very good."(11 Tips)
    Lennon E.
    "The fish and chips and the turkey meatloaf were delicious."(3 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • chicken & waffles
  • catfish
  • soul food
  • mac & cheese
  • collard greens
  • braised short ribs
  • brunch food
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • sangria
  • happy hour
  • lively
  • tilapia
  • music
  • French toast
  • garlic mashed potatoes
  • comfort food
  • casual
  • DJs
  • Jo S.

    Good soul food and great atmosphere.

    Jo Sakyi · October 6
  • Ricky S.

    Everything I had was good. Looking forward to my next trip this way.

    Ricky Sherrill · October 5
  • crys

    Get the salmon!

    crys · August 10
  • Nia

    Love the eggnog waffles with strawberry butter....yeah.

    Nia · July 17
  • Kerwin P.

    The smothered chicken and waffles is good. But be prepared to wait. The place is incredibly small and gets full in the blink of an eye. Service could use some refresher courses.

    Kerwin P · July 5
  • Courtney R.

    Fried chicken and eggnog waffles all day long. Great happy hour too!

    Courtney R. · April 20
  • Sherene T.

    Get the spinach side, it's sautéed in white wine!

    Sherene Tan · April 9
  • KDaddy

    Chicken and waffles and excellent.

    KDaddy · March 23
  • Brownstone Living NYC

    Foods a bit salty. Cute place though.

  • jasmine j.

    The food and drinks are good but the wait is ridiculous 😩

  • Siettah

    Loved the Fried Chicken and Eggnog waffles! Have a mango mimosa with brunch - not to sweet but not too bubbly. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming.

    Siettah · January 25
  • Barry P.

    Chicken an waffles

    Barry Phillips · January 24
  • Lea C.

    Fried chicken + waffles and a side of sautéed spinach. In heaven!

    Lea Ceasrine · January 19
  • Naomi H.

    Chicken n waffles = heaven. Make sure to come early or make a reservation since it's a small space. Worth every penny!

    Naomi Harris · December 31, 2014
  • Summer K.

    Who doesn't like Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles?

    Summer Kamigaki · November 13, 2014
  • Anthony

    lackluster chicken and waffles, lack luster service. don't bother making a reservation; they'll seat walk ins before you. You'd do better at IHOP

    Anthony · November 8, 2014
  • Marquelle T.

    Tres Mac and cheese is hard to resist. This is a small space so it gets packed very quickly.

    Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist · October 18, 2014
  • Akiko B.

    Some of the best soul food in Harlem. Can get a bit noisy with the acoustics but the food is always a win. Peach cobbler is bomb. Great service and lovely decor.

    Akiko Bombita · September 13, 2014
  • Jay W.

    Chicken and waffles

    Jay W · September 2, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Melba's as seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • William H.

    Just get the chicken and waffles - don't waste your time trying to figure out what magic flavoring is going on in the waffle. It's just going to blow your mind and there's nothing you can do about it.

    William H · August 23, 2014
  • Food Network

    Her crowd-pleasing Tres Mac and Cheese blends pepper Jack, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses together for a dish that goes hand in hand with comforting classics of collard greens and black-eyed peas. Read more

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
  • Abigail S.

    Make sure you get the hot sauce w/ your chicken. Best I've ever had. And the strawberry better is so yummy! I would put it on almost anything.

    Abigail Staples · July 26, 2014
  • Ingram L.

    The best soul food in NYC!!! You MUST get the Mac & Cheese!

    Ingram LeGrand · July 12, 2014
  • Chris V.

    Go on Tuesday nights for live music! Also, probably some of the best chicken and waffles ever.

    Chris Vierig · June 17, 2014
  • Erika L.

    Get the wine braised short ribs with the candied yams and mac and cheese. Just do it. You won't regret it.

    Erika Lopez Garcia · June 7, 2014
  • Lesliye E.

    If you don't love the Chicken & Waffles you're not human!

    Lesliye Emery · May 24, 2014
  • Nell

    The chicken wings and waffles are divine!!!! Service is on point and friendly.

    Nell · April 26, 2014
  • FredeRick

    Outstanding food & service.

    FredeRick · April 9, 2014
  • Ashley B.

    The waffle is underwhelming...

    Ashley Blackmon · March 2, 2014
  • Isiah K.

    Wasn't satisfied at all

    Isiah K · February 11, 2014
  • Laurie D.

    Believe every good word you read about Melba's within these 4sq tips. It's the truth! This place has set the bar pretty high, in my opinion.

    Laurie D. · November 6, 2013
  • Chrissy

    Chicken and waffles

    Chrissy · October 15, 2013
  • Shamil T.

    HIT, take a few sips, then add some more coke and really mix it up, also despite what the bill holders say, they don't accept Amex.

    Shamil Turner · September 21, 2013
  • Missnikki

    Food was delicious

    Missnikki · September 14, 2013
  • Ashley B.

    They changed the fries! :/

    Ashley Blackmon · September 13, 2013
  • Missnikki

    Food is good, nice ambience

    Missnikki · September 5, 2013

    Best chicken & waffles in NY · August 25, 2013
  • Phoebe L.

    Good food and friendly staff :-)

    Phoebe L · July 21, 2013
  • Cicely O.

    Good food. Good music. Great atmosphere.

    Cicely Oaks · July 14, 2013
  • tre\/

    Sunday brunch is pretty good. I had my usual, french toast and an omelet. Nothing special, but definitely good. The white sangria is a MUST try. Popular spot w/ limited seating so get there early

    tre\/ · June 5, 2013
  • Calvin C.

    First time eating Chicken/Waffle, now I'm hook. You can get a good meal and drink and feel grown about it.

    Calvin C. · May 30, 2013
  • Gilbert D.

    The catfish was divine!! Tight space but a casual feel definitely would go back. 👍

    Gilbert Deans · May 19, 2013
  • Minorita

    Indeed... The catfish is good and also short ribs . But service is really great ! I really love this place :)

    Minorita · May 10, 2013
  • Marcos M.

    Get the catfish and waffles. You wont be disappointed!

    Marcos Mejia · May 7, 2013
  • alissa n.

    Food was OK. Empanada was not a real empanada. Macaroni was OK.

    alissa nevita · May 3, 2013
  • alissa n.

    Came here for Harlem's Food and Drink. Wait was an hour long and the service was not good. People were friendly but our food came out before our drinks. Wasnt worth the $10 we paid for the bracelet

    alissa nevita · May 3, 2013
  • Nadia

    Catfish strips and spring rolls are a Must!

    Nadia · May 2, 2013
  • Michelle O.

    The salmon was on point

    Michelle Okeke · April 11, 2013
  • Eyal G.

    Terrific soul food. The chicken & waffle with strawberry butter is a classic. Tuesday night live band music was incredible R&B, great singer and keyboard. Local crowd, Greta atmosphere, great service!

    Eyal Goldwerger · April 10, 2013

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