Melba's American Comfort Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
  • Chris V.
    "Also, probably some of the best chicken and waffles ever."(20 Tips)
    guillermo a.
    "The waffles (as in fried chicken and eggnog waffles) are AMAZING!"(4 Tips)
    NoniShaney @missversatile
    "The Catfish Diner is amazing...and the side selection is very good."(14 Tips)
    Lennon E.
    "The fish and chips and the turkey meatloaf were delicious."(3 Tips)
116 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • chicken & waffles
  • catfish
  • mac & cheese
  • soul food
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  • Ryan E.
    Ryan Eick4 days ago
    They do a great chicken and waffles here
  • Santia V.
    Santia ValerioOctober 22, 2016
    The waffles were the highlight of the chicken & waffles. And my friends loved the short ribs. The sides dishes were ok. Our waitress was friendly and attentive which was much appreciated!
  • Wejdan
    WejdanJune 4, 2016
    Oh boy the sliders!!
  • NMarie
    NMarieApril 1, 2016
    Spring rolls are delicious! So were the catfish, tilapia and mac & cheese. Didn't care for the yams or spinach at all :-(
  • Kim G.
    Kim GillFebruary 28, 2016
    The catfish and cheese grits was delicious.
  • Angela
    AngelaJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Catfish, mac & cheese, sautéed spinach, white sangria ..... basically the entire menu is amazing
  • Jae W.
    Jae WatkinsDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Make a reservation because there's always a wait on weekends. Food is always great once you sit down
  • Ernest S.
    Ernest SakyiOctober 6, 2015
    Good soul food and great atmosphere.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillOctober 5, 2015
    Everything I had was good. Looking forward to my next trip this way.
  • crys
    crysAugust 10, 2015
    Get the salmon!
  • Nia
    NiaJuly 17, 2015
    Love the eggnog waffles with strawberry butter....yeah.
  • Kerwin P.
    Kerwin PJuly 5, 2015
    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.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.April 20, 2015
    Fried chicken and eggnog waffles all day long. Great happy hour too!
  • Sherene T.
    Sherene TanApril 9, 2015
    Get the spinach side, it's sautéed in white wine!
  • KDaddy
    KDaddyMarch 23, 2015
    Chicken and waffles and excellent.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Brownstone Living NYCMarch 15, 2015
    Foods a bit salty. Cute place though.
  • jasmine j.
    jasmine jeffersonMarch 8, 2015
    The food and drinks are good but the wait is ridiculous 😩
  • Siettah
    SiettahJanuary 25, 2015
    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.
  • Barry P.
    Barry PhillipsJanuary 24, 2015
    Chicken an waffles
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineJanuary 19, 2015
    Fried chicken + waffles and a side of sautéed spinach. In heaven!
  • Naomi H.
    Naomi HarrisDecember 31, 2014
    Chicken n waffles = heaven. Make sure to come early or make a reservation since it's a small space. Worth every penny!
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichNovember 13, 2014
    Who doesn't like Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles?
  • Anthony
    AnthonyNovember 8, 2014
    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
  • Akiko B.
    Akiko BombitaSeptember 13, 2014
    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.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WSeptember 2, 2014
    Chicken and waffles
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Melba's as seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay Read more
  • William H.
    William HAugust 23, 2014
    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.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Abigail S.
    Abigail StaplesJuly 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ingram L.
    Ingram LeGrandJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best soul food in NYC!!! You MUST get the Mac & Cheese!
  • Chris V.
    Chris VierigJune 17, 2014
    Go on Tuesday nights for live music! Also, probably some of the best chicken and waffles ever.
  • Erika L.
    Erika Lopez GarciaJune 7, 2014
    Get the wine braised short ribs with the candied yams and mac and cheese. Just do it. You won't regret it.
  • Lesliye E.
    Lesliye EmeryMay 24, 2014
    If you don't love the Chicken & Waffles you're not human!
  • Nell
    NellApril 26, 2014
    The chicken wings and waffles are divine!!!! Service is on point and friendly.
  • FredeRick
    FredeRickApril 9, 2014
    Outstanding food & service.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BlackmonMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The waffle is underwhelming...
  • Isiah K.
    Isiah KFebruary 11, 2014
    Wasn't satisfied at all
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie D.November 6, 2013
    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.
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyOctober 15, 2013
    Chicken and waffles
  • Shamil T.
    Shamil TurnerSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Missnikki
    MissnikkiSeptember 14, 2013
    Food was delicious
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BlackmonSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They changed the fries! :/
  • Missnikki
    MissnikkiSeptember 5, 2013
    Food is good, nice ambience
    GorgeousInGrey.comAugust 25, 2013
    Best chicken & waffles in NY
  • Phoebe L.
    Phoebe LJuly 21, 2013
    Good food and friendly staff :-)
  • Cicely O.
    Cicely OaksJuly 14, 2013
    Good food. Good music. Great atmosphere.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VJune 5, 2013
    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
  • Calvin C.
    Calvin C.May 30, 2013
    First time eating Chicken/Waffle, now I'm hook. You can get a good meal and drink and feel grown about it.
  • Gilbert D.
    Gilbert DeansMay 19, 2013
    The catfish was divine!! Tight space but a casual feel definitely would go back. 👍
  • Minorita
    MinoritaMay 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Indeed... The catfish is good and also short ribs . But service is really great ! I really love this place :)
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