Melba's American Comfort Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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  • Chris V.
    "Also, probably some of the best chicken and waffles ever."(21 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."(15 Tips)
    Lennon E.
    "The fish and chips and the turkey meatloaf were delicious."(3 Tips)
120 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • chicken & waffles
  • catfish
  • mac & cheese
  • soul food
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  • Felicia K.
    Felicia KimbroughNovember 18, 2017
    The Fried chicken was cooked to perfection and had great taste! Just beware the drinks are strong
  • Tohm S.
    Tohm SansaniAugust 27, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and pancakes 👌
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherMay 16, 2017
    Fried Chicken and Waffles are real good. Staff is very friendly. Good Southern Food.
  • Rogelio F.
    Rogelio FrancoisMay 13, 2017
    Catfish and Egg Nog Waffles t#ate deeeeelicious!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickFebruary 18, 2017
    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 T.
    Naomi TolsonDecember 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 :)
  • Marcos M.
    Marcos MejiaMay 7, 2013
    Get the catfish and waffles. You wont be disappointed!
  • alissa n.
    alissa nevitaMay 3, 2013
    Food was OK. Empanada was not a real empanada. Macaroni was OK.
  • alissa n.
    alissa nevitaMay 3, 2013
    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
  • Nadia
    NadiaMay 2, 2013
    Catfish strips and spring rolls are a Must!
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OkekeApril 11, 2013
    The salmon was on point
  • Eyal G.
    Eyal GoldwergerApril 10, 2013
    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!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 26, 2013
    Melba has been on Food Network. On Fat Chef. It may be from indulgence in the Egg-Nog Waffles with strawberry butter. Shortribs will knock 'em dead always. Management seems to have their own agenda.
  • Lizmarys A.
    Lizmarys ArizaMarch 23, 2013
    You must try the Mac & Cheese, eggnog waffles and catfish strips!
  • Wallace B.
    Wallace BachmanMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday nights. Live music. And it's GOOD!
  • CL B.
    CL BurkeMarch 10, 2013
    Short rib sliders = fantastic. Tilapia, mac and cheese (the best!!!), and garlic mashed - very good. Chicken and waffles - amazing, but want MORE chicken!!! It's that good! Skip the fries.
  • Killa K.
    Killa KaiFebruary 8, 2013
    The music is great! Throwback
  • Doug A.
    Doug AlexanderJanuary 19, 2013
    Fried chicken is excellent!
  • Lennon E.
    Lennon EnglishDecember 15, 2012
    The fish and chips and the turkey meatloaf were delicious. They make the perfect Sidecar!
  • Fadia K.
    Fadia KaderNovember 19, 2012
    truthfully - some of the best soul food , good enough for this southern girl!
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WhiteNovember 10, 2012
    Staff is very professional & accommodating. Had one little quirk with my food and they immediately gave me a new plate and took care of my bill. Food and drinks are amazing.
  • Shamil T.
    Shamil TurnerNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    H. I. T. Is the only drink you need.
  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KeeneNovember 5, 2012
    Everything is so good I don't know what to recommend! However, Champ is the best waiter ever :)
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WoodsSeptember 2, 2012
    Waffles are amazing & the customer service is great!
  • DLee
    DLeeAugust 12, 2012
    This might just be the best soul food in Harlem. Went here with a party of 12 and almost everything was amazing. Their candied yams are to die for.
  • Irving D.
    Irving DonaldsonJuly 18, 2012
    Crab cakes noCalamari a double thumbs up
  • Deja
    DejaJuly 14, 2012
    Brunch is wonderful* try to make it there on time
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CruzMay 9, 2012
    Their BBQ turkey meatloaf is amazing!
  • Kat J.
    The chicken & waffles are great and so are the mac & cheese, salmon, & mashed potatoes!
  • Ann P.
    Ann PApril 28, 2012
    Mac and cheese is to die for!
  • Herman R.
    Herman RileyApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The best catfish I've ever had.
  • Tara S.
    Tara SApril 19, 2012
    I probably would have liked it if I had never been to Ms. Mamies.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ColvinApril 18, 2012
    The place is small, so make a reservation well in advance. Tuesday nights are awesome for good Soul Food, Live Music (jam session), a Killin DJ, and Dancing over dinner. A top 10 thing to do in NYC!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroApril 2, 2012
    chicken and waffles, a magical marriage and god knows who came up with it. But thank you whoever you are!
  • Demaris B.
    Demaris BaileyMarch 18, 2012
    Long wait but hostess gave free mimosas. Come early as possible on a Sunday.
  • Chalant B.
    Chalant BritoMarch 14, 2012
    Since your at Melba's you must try the Sangria!
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiJanuary 29, 2012
    Chicken and eggnog waffles are LEGIT!!!
  • Eb the Celeb
    Eb the CelebJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pecan encrusted tilapia is everything! And the best appetizer is the spinach empenadas
  • Emerson H.
    Emerson HJanuary 14, 2012
    Chicken and Waffles
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel Figueroa LevinJanuary 8, 2012
    The service is amazing. The staff is delightful. And baby friendly too!
  • Chris V.
    Chris VolinskyDecember 9, 2011
    Catfish and collard greens were amazing. But be aware that they did not honor the foursquare 10 bucks off deal.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 4, 2011
    It’s kind of a secret, but Melba’s has the best soul food around. This tiny and friendly place serves awesome Chicken & Waffles, Mac n’ Cheese and Candied Yams.
  • Christen R. -
    Make sure your biscuit is hot before your waiter leaves the table.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 29, 2011
    Melba's opened in 2005 and quickly earned a dedicated following for its rewarding updates of Southern classics served in a pretty and sophisticated room.
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 19, 2011
    People come here for the Southern Fried Chicken & Eggnog Waffles, a dish that beat one of Bobby Flay’s in a Food Network throw down. — Mamajo
  • hafeez r.
    hafeez rajiAugust 15, 2011
    Damn, DAMN GOOD food, god I can still taste the Red Velvet Cake Read more
  • Philip R.
    Philip RobiberoJuly 18, 2011
    Awesome soul food. Make sure to leave room for some red velvet cake! Read more
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BJuly 17, 2011
    The most soothing and relaxing place to eat in Harlem, Not to mention the food is the BOMB
  • Justin M.
    Justin MashiaJune 19, 2011
    The food is amazing and mix that with a great environment and good music = best dining experience ever!
  • Willie M.
    Willie MccrayJune 19, 2011
    Try the catfish!!!! Nice thin and moist!!! Loved it!
  • Tyler D.
    Tyler DeeMay 23, 2011
    Amazing soul food. The neighborhood is becoming very trendy
  • Alexis
    AlexisMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has my southern stamp of approval! Chicken & waffle were amazinggggg
  • PeterF
    PeterFApril 22, 2011
    Great food, great atmosphere and excellent service.
  • DeeDee
    DeeDeeApril 21, 2011
    Sit at the bar afterwork and enjoy a 2 for 1 special and Real Talk with Heather B. She mixes a mean cocktail.
  • Josh W.
    Josh Weinberger (@kitson)April 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For brunch, consider having the free biscuit brought *after* your meal - loved it that way!
  • George L.
    George LakeApril 1, 2011
    Banging food (i recommend the braised short ribs or catfish), and the music is always on point. Don't want to sound mean but please refrain from bringing infants and their huge accessories.
  • Nabeel
    NabeelMarch 20, 2011
    Chicken and waffles are pretty good. Make sure to get the white meat (not dark meat).
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JonesFebruary 16, 2011
    Chef Kieth will blow you away. Be prepared to eat, drink and have lots of fun.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PNovember 25, 2010
    Best Mac & Cheese, don't tell my mom!
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 16, 2010
    amazing is an understatement. waiters are on their game, hostess is great, bartender is fabulous and the chef is simply divine.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DesmondOctober 9, 2010
  • Jean L.
    Jean LalondeOctober 4, 2010
    BBQ Turkey meatloaf - *** comfort food
  • Jean L.
    Jean LalondeOctober 4, 2010
    Soul food, soul music. Excellent.
  • Tyra O.
    Tyra OrangeSeptember 1, 2010
    Tuesdays are always fun. The catfish fingers and spring rolls are the absolute best!
  • Rob
    RobJune 6, 2010
    The place is small, but good. You might have to wait.
  • Will D.
    Will D👌🏾May 13, 2010
    Red velvet is a must.
  • Brenae L.
    Brenae LearyApril 28, 2010
    Red velvet cake is amazing.
  • NoniShaney @missversatile
    The Catfish Diner is amazing...and the side selection is very good.
  • guillermo a.
    guillermo acevedoMarch 20, 2010
    The waffles (as in fried chicken and eggnog waffles) are AMAZING!
  • Andy
    AndyFebruary 12, 2010
    Order pancakes or french toast and Melba own's red velvet, for dessert.
  • phil k.
    phil kimOctober 6, 2009
    try the fried chicken. spinach and yams are tasty sides. live music on Tuesday.
  • Jorge L.
    Jorge LegerApril 8, 2011
    White Sangrias #MustHave
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