Michelle Thornton Stecker
Great comfort food!! From chicken to the desserts, food was wonderful!!
Great music (my opinion, of coure) and most importantly, great home cooking. The plates are large and the service was very good. I finished my meal with sweet potato pie... that was amazing. More...
I love this place the food was delicious and the atmosphere was so refreshing. We had a family birthday dinner for my daughter. The wait staff were also very friendly. More...
Myself, my husband, aunt and uncle had a 5 p.m. reservation on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The food was just ok my family is from New Orleans, Mississippi and Cuba. I'm use to food that has more specialized seasonings. Being a Chef that teaches Culinary at a community college where I live. I specialize in teaching each Cohort of students Flavor Profiles for many types of cusine , knife skills, nutrition etc. Brian our server was very attentive and personable! With the exception, of the young lady with the long blonde braids. Who at the time that I was trying to get her attention. Acknowledged that she heard me when I said excuse me twice. Not only that the young lady looked at me like I was craaazy, I DID NOT APPRECIATE IT AT ALL!!! Also, the resturants decor and layout is beautiful and clean!! I can say I would go back to Melba's if I'm in the area..Nice meeting you Michael General manager is all about business.Chef Ramona More...
Hadn't been here in a while and glad to see that the service and food was still great. I had the wine braised short ribs and they were DELICIOUS - this is from someone who doesn't usually eat beef. Also our server, Olleigh, was wonderful. She was friendly and attentive. I will gladly come back again. More...
I was in New York for the weekend, and we wanted chicken!! Im an avid fan of the food network and one day I saw Melbas. Friends have told me how good this place was and the Fn confirmed it.We went in one late Saturday afternoon on an empty stomach. Trust me, this is a prerequisite to come here!!We had a friendly waitress.. Place is definitely cozy for a date night. I had chicken, mac.n cheese and greens. Lemme tell you, I very picky when it comes to mac, and greens and this place gets my stamp of approval. Mac and cheese tastes homemade and definitely no hints that it came from the box. Greens were good but a little to overcooked. Chicken was love! Hot flavorful and fresh.My friend had chicken, and waffles. Tasty tasty!!! Next trip: well their brunch and ribs!!This place is definitely a must!! More...
This restaurant has been recommended to me for YEARS by my Primo Antonio & tonight was the magical night to finally visit! My girlfriend and I were able to quickly get a table during the dinner rush and have the best server Olleigh, who made us first timers feel at home! She was super welcoming and had wonderful menu suggestions that made me think she read my mind moments after the introduction!Thanks to her, we were able to start off with the appetizers: Crab Cakes, Spring Rolls with the Strawberry Henny / Fruit Punch drinks! Then we received our main entrees, which were: signature southern fried chicken (dark meat) with eggnog waffles and marinated chicken cutlet with 2 sides of Mac & Cheese and Collard Greens. All food orders arrived at our table quickly and efficiently looking gorgeous as ever! We finished off the night with dessert being the savory goodness that was the Peach Cobbler with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and the Sweet Potato Pie that felt like a warm cozy hug from Grandma herself!Melba's has a warm living room atmosphere that invites all cultures and ethnicities into its doors with kindness and genuine smiles all around. We came in hungry and left completely satisfied! Thank you so much for the authenticity (especially when someone had a birthday and had everyone help sing the Stevie Wonder rendition) I cannot wait to visit this wonderful establishment in the future with more friends and family!Written by Joy More...
Friendly service. Good food. Although my date felt her potato salad is better...and no her name isn't Karen. Lol
Food & Service @ Brunch was amazing. Shrimp &Grits, chicken&waffles, catfish&waffles - all.was very flavorful and everyone at the table left pleased & satisfied overall. Great spot
I absolutely LOVE Melba's the food is always incredible! The staff is very sweet and accommodating and I always leave wanting to come back. I went a few times on Jazz night where the live band plays on Tuesdays with my boyfriend and his family. Melba is an Incredible, sweet caring Woman who makes you feel so welcomed. The atmosphere, the soul food, the music everything is a 5 Star experience. If you come to Harlem you HAVE to come to Melbas! More...
Service was good! Shown to our table right away. Took a large group order right away. No appetizers since we had an event to get to, but the food came out with gaps for different people! The food was very good though, fresh and tasty but not hot. The waiter forgot my drink order and I had to catch their eye a couple of times to remind them! I ordered a second drink but waiter forgot again and did not bring before we had to leave! Melba's has expanded since the last time I was there and the extra room made the dining experience more comfortable than in the past. Breakfast and brunch is the best here! More...
Great food! Very welcoming environment! I went with my mom & grandma who were visiting me & our server Shinnel K was super sweet & friendly.
awesome service and the chicken and waffles were to die for
Food was great and hot it also came quickly. Only thing I don't like a lot of stocks in my greens.
I loved Melba's. Great entrees and side dishes served in hearty portions. Try parking on the street and stop in for a drink and dinner.
The food is delicious there
Relaxed, chilled, atmosphere. Food is good with just the right portion.
If you're reading this Goooo! Their fried chicken, mac and cheese, and greens left me speechless. So delicious ❤
A great all around experience. The food was amazing.
Great staff and communal feeling in this place.First I was a bit flabbergasted that every 10mins there is a unison of Stevie Wonder Happy Birthday song (I did hear that Black neighborhoods seldom sing the usual "white" happy birthday song, and the rumor was true) being chanted in the entire restaurants, but after 2or 3 iterations I became one in that happy chorus.Very good food all throughoutWhen it comes down to each food item(Fried chicken, waffle, candied yams, collard greens, short ribs) I might have had better food in few different places but what's impressive is that while other places have stronger specialty in certain dishes, Melba's were much-above average and good in pretty much every 10+ dishes I tried. More...
Fast service and fantastic food!
Best soul food in nyc
Great food, great service, and good music. Really glad the music was “child friendly”. Next time we visit the city we will be back.
Found out about this place thanks to infatuation! We came here on Saturday for brunch -- at around 1:30 (they close at 2pm) and the place wasn't too packed which was nice! I'd say for brunch you have to get anything with chicken. If you get something else you are missing out/not worth getting. I got the chicken and egg nog waffles and man it was so so good! Best chicken and waffles i've ever had! I recommend getting the dark meat chicken (more juicy) only thing i was sad about was that there wasn't a good chicken to waffle ratio, a lot more waffle than chicken. Service here was great 10/10 our waitress was very personable! More...
This was my first meal in NYC from Seattle. Everything my group ordered was so good & the portions were perfect. I ordered the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and Mac n cheese. This place is definitely a repeater. More...
Beautiful Atmosphere...and Great food and Drink's
We had breakfast at Melba's and we weren't disappointed. Our server was Alysha and she took excellent care of us. She gave us recommendations on favorites and guided us in the right direction for some really good food. She checked on us and made sure that everything was perfect. My wife had the catfish and waffles and I had an omelette and cheese grits. Both delicious! We'll be back!Love from Detroit More...
Great place for soul food
Nice server , the host is pleasant and the atmosphere is comfortable the food was like home made cooking . I enjoyed the Short Ribs , MAC & Cheese and Collard Greens . I recommend this place for brunch which ends at a certain time check their website for accurate times for brunch . I believe there is a two hour wait after brunch ends then dinner begins Check first ! More...
Best dining experience in the week we spent in NYC.Incredible staff, energy, atmosphere...and the food!!Best Mac n Cheese I have ever tasted!!
I came here on two occasions.The first time, I came for dinner and had the Jumbo Shrimp with Mac n' cheese and French fries. I do not recommend the fries, they were just okay. The Mac n' cheese was amazing! It was heavy, creamy, and oozing in sauce-y, warm, cheesy goodness!Ordering the shrimp was a wrong move for me. I mean they were okay but it felt like a small or light portion somehow.My friend had come and had the ribs... I just had a few bites but her ribs were to die for! The portion size was huge and they were flavorful and full of meat on the bone. I really need to come back and get them. I'd also like to come back to try the mashed potatoes and gravy and collared greens as sides. I like how the entrees come with 2 sides included. The second time, I came for brunch and had the Smothered fried chicken, slab bacon, and home fries. The smothered fried chicken was delicious; the gravy really hit the spot. I had white meat which was $1 more. The slab bacon was nice as a concept for heavier bacon but I would not want to do it again necessarily. Overall, I enjoyed both experiences but think I like the dinner menu a bit more in terms of the options personally. I really need to go back and order the ribs! More...
Anne K Johnson
Great food greater entertainment
The food was good but the staff were ok
Hot fresh service was quick i am coming back
Dr. Keba Rogers
Great food and service!!
Great hosts. I know this wonderful family of cooks. Mrs Sylvia woods is Mrs Melba's Aunt. Janie may. The Dollard family. Lovely people
Happy they now take reservations. Best chicken and waffles in the city- hands down. Wish they had more items from their regular menu on the brunch menu such as Mac and cheese, collard and other sides. The catfish and grits was over the top as was the fried shrimp and waffles. Shared (still warm) red velvet cake. Service is great but they could use another waiter. Food comes out quick and delicious. Worth the wait if you didn’t get a reservation! More...
Food was great
Amazing fried catfish and amazing people.
Food and service on point....
Food was delicious. Being from Lousiana the only thing missing was some cornbread.
Best waffles I've ever eaten. Great service, lovely experience.
I FREAK'N LOVE THIS PLACE! It's so good I first came to Melba's for a late birthday dinner with my mom and aunt and I've been hooked ever since. The catfish is FIRE (amazing, excellent, superb). My go-to dish that I have become an addicted too, it's sinful.Today I brought my friend, it was his first soul food experience. Our waitress Olay is what I believer her name was. She was SO nice and helpful. She was bright and bubbly and over-all nice girl. Now my friend and I left in a food coma but it's worth it, perfect cheat meal. More...
yesterday was the first time dining at Melba's, it was recommend after I inquired about a good spot for chicken n waffles. the food was excellent. we had a party of 10. I sampled various items off the menu. wasn't disappointed with anything. I personally had the oxtails, mac n cheese n peas n rice. delicious. the strawberry Hennessy was very good. I will be visiting Melbas again . I also learned she is related to my oldest son Shaun thru his father's side of the family. ( that had nothing to do with the review) everyone was satisfied. More...
The service is very warm and friendly. Feels as if you’re with family and the food portions are generous and equally flavorful. Been there three times and had such a wonderful time each time. I totally recommend this venue. More...
Great food, great ambiance, best waiters in the world. My new favorite nyc restaurant. I will definitely be back.
Lorna Pixie Johnson
Great food and atmosphere.
Came here for brunch with the family and so glad I gave this place a try. Great food, drinks, and customer service. We all sampled the menu with chicken and waffles, shrimp n grits, catfish, salmon croquettes. Just wish they had some Macon cheese on the brunch menu but enjoyed nonetheless. More...
The Food was Fantastic
Excellent service and the food was delicious with an inviting presentation.
One word: Delicious. As one of the black owned businesses left in the are I had to go. The chicken and waffles were delicious and the brunch cocktails were strong. I'd go back over and over again.
Sunday Brunch A little bit of await I had to sit at the bar , seating Is difficult after 2:00 PM Brunch ends at 3:00 so it’s understood.The eggnog waffles were good . The Hostess was informative and Antonio was a pleasant server .Nice upbeat environment. More...
My first time there, food was delicious. Our server Olleigh was wonderful.
Friendly staff, solid egg nog fried chicken and waffles with strawberry butter are a must-try.
Service was beyond excellent... everyone there was friendly, helpful and attentive. We’d ordered catfish & waffle, chicken & waffle, sweet potato pancakes and waffle and turkey bacon— foods came super hot & tasty. My babies loved the foods. They ate everything. You will not be disappointed. Red sangria hits the spot for me. More...
Oxtail and crabcake were bomb. Went on a Saturday night it was packed!
I can't belive that you can eat something like southern fried chicken and pancakes or waffles with mapple syrup.... together. So in Melba's you can do it. Enjoy
Buena comida del sur con un gran servicio. Al lado de las iglesias con coros gospel.
I didn't eat have a dinner, but I had an appetizer and dessert. They were both delicious. The bathroom was clean and neat, which is why it deserves 6 stars. The staff was incredible as well. Going back soon More...
due volte a cena , due volte mangiato di tutto , cucina tipica soul molto buona e servizio molto cortese . La sera ambiente con luci molto soffuse , cibo speziato , ottime birre ( da provare la Ipa ) .. buono !
The food is always consistently good.
The food was great. The service was excellent. The host Michael was the best! I'd definitely go again. I realized after I left that Melba was there. Next time I'll get a pic!
Better than expected!I'm so busy I rarely have time to write reviews. And you know what they say- usually folks write something if it's really bad or really wow. I was really impressed! The service was top notch- even better than I received at fancy restaurants. Food and drinks came out quick and delicious. You can be sure I'll be going there again. More...
Nice ambiance. Delicious food (good sizeable portions). Nice and attentive wait staff.
I very much loved their dishes and customer service, great location very close to my house. The staff members are always friendly. Would recommend to others.
First time at Melba's and the food didn't disappoint. We ordered several appetizers and sides. My favorite was the slider. The meat was so tender and succulent. I also enjoyed the catfish. We ordered so much I couldn't finish my food. This will make a great snack for later. I couldn't give five stars as the restroom was hot and unkept at the time of my utilizing it. More...
Patricia B J.
Just came from Melba's with a few of my friends. We had a blast. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. I've been there 3 times within 2 months. You must try the delicous eggnog waffle with the strawberry butter, the crispy fried chicken, the catfish, the garlic spinach. And you must go for the brunch on the weekend and try the shrimp with the cheddar cheese grits! More...
Great food. Pleasant experience.Sunday morning brunch...this spot hit the mark. We chose to go at peak time so there was a little bit of a wait, but the food was worth it!
Cool place to have a drink. I did not eat here. Our bartender Curtis was on point!
Great food, excellent service
Andre dremuzik Willis
Great catfish mac n cheese and the drinks was poppin mixologist rich was on point with the drinks..had me lit by the time I left.
Not very expensive
We love the food which is reasonably priced and delicious, the portions are sizable too. We also love the Tuesday Open Mic, there is a fair amount of very talented people who show to perform.
Visited Melba's for the first time 2 Saturdays ago. I ate at the bar. I has two Mellini's along with an order of shrimp and grits and chicken wings. Food was delicious! Was happy to taste good soul food outside of my family's home cooking. Alicia was very nice and attentive even though it was quite busy. Awesome experience and I'd definitely come back! Thank you More...
By far the best oxtails I have ever had in my life!!! I recommend that you make a reservation. Was seated quickly, service was good. Really nice soul food menu. I thought their collard greens were ok (surprised that they were a bit on the sweet side) and the same for the yams, they were ok, but not sweet enough. I think next time, I will try different sides. Friends, had their spinach and cheese empanada app and that was really good. Desert, red velvet cake and sweet potato pie, just can't express in words, how good they both were. If in NYC, Melba's should be on your list. More...
Amazing food. Oxtails collard greens and yams are delicious. Also the chicken and waffles.
My brother-in-law took all of us out to eat at Melba’s. I’m the only one that was Vegetarian and they made a dish just for me. The food was absolutely delicious and I most definitely will be coming back again to eat. The waffles were to die for. This sangria drink was mixed perfectly. I had a great time. The staff was amazing. More...
Friendly-staffed restaurant with delicious fried chicken and ideal macaroni and cheese. The handsome bartender was attentive without being intrusive. Terrific meal all around.
Still dreaming about the catfish!I went to Melba's for the first time despite living in East Harlem for years! Food was excellent!!!We had spring rolls, crab cakes, Mac n Cheese, eggnog waffle, and catfish strips!! All were good. I didn't love the Mac n Cheese, crab cakes were full of fresh crab but a bit heavy on the mayo. It needed a lemon wedge. My friends loved the spring roll. It had a prefect thin crispy crust. But it wasn't my fave.Catfish Strips were OMG!! So fresh so perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. They. Were. The. Best. And I loved the waffle!!! The texture was great soft moist. I just wished it had a crispier crust.Catfish is a must there!! Drinks were inventive and well made but I didn't love mine ... I should have asked for non-well alcohol!Bonus is it's also on a strip of other cute restaurants. Several w outdoor seating and even a Paint and Pour paint your own painting and wine place! More...
Maitr'D was outstanding. Table wasn't ready as previous group (we were 7) and he kept us informed as to when our table would be ready (and was very entertaining).
This is my favorite soulfood restaurant. Each time i visit i feel like home, the staff are welcoming and accommodating. No matter what dish i order im never disappointed. Edwin and Mike were delivered outstanding service. Please stop by Melbas the next time your in NYC because you will always get a piece of home and happiness. Excellent food and service.. More...
Great collards and yams!
Aunree J. Houston
Melba's is my Sunday dinner soul food staple. We order take out just about every Sunday.
I was here last Thursday with a couple of friends. The service was very excellent. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. The place was quite simple and decent to the eye yet the ambiance was good, not bad. The food was very delicious and affordable. The food was delicious yet it's a bit pricy. That time I ordered Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, and Spring rolls. So far, I had a great time here at Melba's restaurant. More...
The food, ambiance and music was AMAZING! I went with my significant other and Melba's set the mood for the rest of the night.
Happy hour, the atmosphere is awesome, the workers a great! i love the chicken and waffles the catfish, calamari, wings the drinks
this was my second time going to Melba. The first time was about 8 years ago.I was pleased then and happy to say they have kept up the quality of food, service was impeccable. Looking forward to revisiting again very soon. More...
Excellent food, excellent service, we'll be back soon!
Service was impeccable. The food was fresh and delicious. I’m looking forward to going back again.
Great server and amazing food
Food was good. No bread served with meal but good none the less
Wow, the food here is unbelievably great! The fries chicken was some of the best I've had since my grandma used to make it as a kid. The pancakes where that perfect southern styles that, definitely not out of a box. The home fries, mouth watering they where so soft and tasty. The service was also great, our waitress was really friendly and on top of her game. Would definitely recommend this to anyone for brunch or any meal because I bet the rest of their food is great aswell More...
Early Saturday for brunch, this longstanding restaurant only had a few patrons inside. Was quickly able to sit down and order food as staff was ramping up for the morning.Though there are a lot of appealing options to try, absolutely had to get the Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles ($17 + $1 for white meat) and an Iced Coffee ($5). Dish comes out after ten minutes - two pieces of white meat chicken on a fluffy waffle with strawberry whipped butter to the side. Waffle is fantastic, not too dense but still able to hold some syrup. Chicken is breaded nicely; could use some more seasoning (helped by the hot sauce).While the service is quick, I wish I knew there was an extra charge on the white meat when they asked me. Also no prices listed for coffee/non-alcoholic beverages. Do want to try some of the other stuff, so will be back. More...
Outstanding southern style cooking with southern hospitality to match, and great live music. If you don't have a reservation you can get a seat at the bar.
Great chicken and waffles. A true star!
Might be the best fried chicken I've had. And definitely try the candied yams--i don't even like candied yams and they were fabulous, like eating dessert.
Wooooo! Catfish was amazing
Quaint uptown West Harlem vibe great menu and staff
Debra Green Threat
The short ribs of beef, Mac&cheese and collard greens was 10 fingers up. I had ordered some to go.
Mathieu de Vlieger
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Ristorante tipico per la Cucina afro americana, dove potrete gustarvi un brunch tipico dopo la messa gospel. Sappiate che la digestione sarà il vostro prossimo obiettivo, però merita.
Country Catfish with collard green and potato salad.... God Bless America for this dish. I cleaned the plate and left nothing for the trash. Definitely going back if not again this weekend, ASAP. Truly a south Gem and representation of southern cooking in New York City.***Take my money now kind of place*** More...
Will return! The food and the environment were the best.
I had their fried chicken, which was delicious but the amount of food it gives you for the price is not worth it. That probably the only draw back for their chicken. White meat is +1$ which gives you a breast. More...
The food and service was excellent. I had the catfish fingers appetizer, fried chicken with spinach and potato salad entree, and pound cake a la mode for dessert. I will definitely be back to try other items on the menu. More...
Awesome!! Love Melba's
Very good food.
I love this place!!
Beautiful place! Cozy! Delicious food and drinks.
Food was good and the service was excellent
Great food, good service.
I enjoyed the fries along with the mac and cheese and collard greens.
The noise level was high but there was a surprise birthday party going on.
Everything was Wonderful and They are Very Professional! The food was Awesome!!
I always have an amazing time here. The food and service are consistently amazing.
Melba's was amazing. The food and service were spectacular. Definitely a great addition to the community. My favorites were the mango mimosa and the egg nog waffle.
This place is a gem. We stopped in for lunch on Sunday. We were immediately seated and welcomed by our waitress. I ordered the eggnog waffle and catfish. My goodness! That was the best catfish I've ever had. Hot, lightly battered and meaty! I'll absolutely stop in next time I travel to NYC. More...
Good food. Cool servers. Everyone works a s a team. Attentive.
The food was delicious, and my server Olé was great as well. It was my first time there and I’ll definitely be going back.
Overall the experience was good. The staff went out of their way to accomodate us and the food was good.
Love the food, service and music is great!
Frank Bunkley Jr.
Great Food, nice ambienace, soft music. A hop and skip to Central park
excellent service, good vibe, and amazing food!!
Very good food........great service. I shall return....
Came here after an event nearby. Originally planned to go to BLVD bistro up the block but I've always heard good things about Melbas. We were seated pretty quickly for a Saturday evening. It took a little while for our waiter to get to us which was a bit annoying but I think the quality of the food mad me forget about that. The catfish melted in your mouth the collards and Mac and cheese was the perfect pair. Overall great home cooked southern meal. Planning to come back very soon More...
Food was great. The waiter was Wonderful. Was glad I made a reservation and didnt just walk in I think the wait would have been longer.
We arrived to our reservation late but the manager Michael seated us right away. Food was amazing, I finished my whole plate and that never happens. Had a great time. Our waiter was hysterical and attentive. Would definitely go back and bring everyone I know! More...
Melba’s was the perfect date night spot for my boyfriend and I’s summer vacation! The ambiance, food and drinks are great! This is a must try in NYC!
My second trip to Melbas was just as great as the first. The atmosphere is ol'skool Harlem. From the time you walk in to the time you leave, you will be jamming to old school r&b jams. The staff is so friendly.The food is Amazing. It is classic soul food. I had the Fried Catfish and Waffles.Every time I go to Harlem, I will be sure to stop by Melbas! More...
I had an amazing time the food was fantastic. Wish the portions were larger but I overall enjoyed my experience and definitely plan on coming again.
Very good food! Oxtails & Yams are a must! Brian was awesome!!! Louisiana ❤s Melba's!!
Walter C Goldberg
Best food on 8th Ave with sweetest owner
They would've had 5 stars if only there was AC... it's dangerously hot outside and for them to have people working let alone eating in an establishment with no AC is baffling.. but the food was great! It's a bit too noisy for my liking so next time I'll just order take out More...
Great food! They may have been understaffed when I went. The host was also our waitress and then we were passed on to another waiter. Not enough air circulating and needs new table and chairs More...
Food was GREAT, staff warm and welcoming. A/c not quite up to the heat wave but fans helped. Don't miss the fried chicken.
My group was greeted right away. The staff is pleasant. I ordered the spring rolls and catfish strips as my meal. Both were great and flavorful, I would definitely come back to try other menu items. The ambiance is so welcoming and I appreciate the black art throughout the restaurant. More...
Delicious meal in a great location.
Best time to go is a week day Tuesday evenings are great.
Brian was an amazing person made us feel liie we were welcomed the owner she was extremely welcoming!
No compliants - good food and service. Would definitley recommend to others.
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Melba’s is my favorite, I love the food, the service and the ambiance. I always recommend Melba’s to my colleagues if they want to have some great delicious soul food. Hands down the best!
Great hospitality, the atmosphere was awesome, and my date was the best part. oh yeah great food, that mac and cheese was everything!!!
Had the short ribs, Mac and cheese and collard greens. Everything was seasoned well and very tasty
Food was fantastic. Wanted to come back the same day for dinner.
Best chicken and waffles I have ever had
Turn it up Tuesday! So fun! ♥️ Thank you
Melba's is a MUST when you visit or live in Harlem. The food is off the Hizzie, like Kaplow! type good. The catfish (full stop), the macaroni & cheese (Lawd Jesus, slap yo' mama), the chicken and eggnog waffles with strawberry butter....CHILE PLEASE! Seriously where they do that at? And I haven't even talked about the ambiance, the great service and the live Jazz in the evenings. I'm straight telling you, GET THERE, this is not a game. You will be bringing everyone you ever met in LIFE back to Melba's! 100! More...
I’ve been to Sylvia’s and Red Rooster, also in the area. This place was recommended by someone. Melba is the niece of Sylvia. The food, the side dishes and the desserts were spectacular. The manager, Michael, and our waiter, Bryan, could not have been nicer. I would definitely go back. We had a party of 6 and it was great More...
Excellent Food especially the Chicken and waffles
I had the catfish with the spinach and mashed potatoes. Everything was excellent, highly recommended! #Harlem
My family in town visiting and we had a fantastic time at Melba's. They even met her this time and she was a joy. The food, as always is amazing and the jazz band playing was great.I would suggest the catfish either as the appetizers or for the main dish with the Chipotle dipping sauce. But those eggnog waffles with that strawberry butter......whew chile, hush yo' mouth. I want some as I type this right now.I STRONGLY urge anyone to go to Melba's. You will be writing one of these reviews too. More...
While this wasn't my best visit, I will always recommend it. My experience is usually stellar. My food wasn't perfect and my server improved along the way!
July 1st was my 1st time at Melba's. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday & we had a great time. The decor was nice, the atmosphere was nice & the food lived up to out expectations! We will definitely go back another time, & we've recommended melba's to a few of our friends. More...
Melba’s is Amazing! Food is so delicious. The restaurant is so cozy and welcoming and the drinks are amazing. Melba’s is just a all around great spot to hang out.
Always wanted to go. Our group was treated well. Food was tasty!
My go to spot. Happy hour is on point.
The best soul food in Harlem!!.... Pointd Blank!!!
Elegant and affordable. The staff waa personable and I would love to go back tomorrow.
I love it here I go every Sunday for brunch,great food and friendly staff
Food was OK could've been more tastier and warmer. Appetizers were good, eating space a little tight but wasn't bad for a place it's size, furniture needs updating. Energy and atmosphere was good. The worst was the constant interruptions from the busboys asking if you were done with your plates with partial to little food still on the plates which made you feel rushed and unable to enjoy the food and your company/family. Overall food was OK to good and would likely return for another experience different time of day just to see if it's a hit or miss. More...
Absolutely fantastic place to have a meal with family and friends. My daughters and I had dinner and low and behold, Neil Patrick Harris was there with his family and kids. No one bothered him and it seemed as though he was home. Very comfy indeed. More...
Service and food was great.
One of my favorite go to brunch places when I lived in NY. I visited this weekend and had breakfast Sunday morning. My favorite bartender was there and brought over a mocktail for my son. Always great service and food. Chicken + eggnog waffles or the shrimp & grits, you won't be disappointed. More...
Casual eatery with pretty good gastropub food. Service is nice. Mac and cheese, fried chicken, and Brussels sprouts are yummy.
Totally familiar atmosphere & good food
Loved the Strawberry Hennessey! The food was excellent, but the service needs to improve. The waiter never once came over to check on us to see how we liked the food, if everything was okay, and if we needed anything. Points definately deducted for that. More...
Nice, friendly servers
The food was great I had catfish eggnog waffles and cheese grits. I enjoyed it. Definitely will go back
Nicolas and olay treated us royally.
It was good but the oxtail is it just a little bit salty. Everything else was great. But you got to watch a bill the way to that I had added another dollar to my bill or to his tip I did appreciate that
Great chicken and waffles and great drinks. Open mic night is great.
The food was everything, and then some! Cat fish, potato salad, and collard greens
Good food, great pricing and Beautiful atmosphere. Nice for a date or to bring some out of town friends to sit back and enjoy so real soul food. Meatloaf PERFECT
Melba’s is a long-standing favorite. They never disappoint. The food, the atmosphere, this staff is on point!!! Generous, kind & welcoming. And, eggnog waffles are EVERYTHING!!! More...
We were warmly greeted and well taken care of. The food was delicious and Melba made us feel at home. We look forward to coming back!
I booked a reservation on Father's Day at Melba's for my boyfriend and myself to celebrate. As soon as a arrived, we were placed at a table for our reservation. There was a nice size crowd so I was hoping that was good sign. It definitely was. We had excellent customer service. Our waiter came and greeted us and gave us some of his suggestions. We got our drinks promptly and appetizers on time. We never had to wait for everything. We tried the signature drinks on the menu and the bartender was not cheap with the alcohol. I was pleased. Our food was amazing!!! I had the catfish dinner- it came with 2 sides. I got the Mac and Cheese and collard greens. I added an extra side of a waffle. Everything was so good and had a lot of flavor. I haven't had good soul food in a while especially greens and they were Perfect!!!! My boyfriend doesn't eat pork and was happy when they had beef ribs on the menu. They were very good and the meat was so tender it was falling off the bone. He was so pleased with the food he got a turkey meatloaf to go and he was so mad that he didn't get two orders. I will definitely come back and recommend to others. Thank you for the experience. More...
The chicken and waffles were simply amazing! The drinks were great and I couldn't have asked for anything betted from the greeting servics. I will definitely be back!
This was my first time eating here after living in Harlem for quite a few years.Every attempt trying to dine here was met with long waits. I can see why, the food was amazing!!There was nothing brought to the table that was not mouthwatering. More...
The food was excellent as usual. I've never been disappointed.
It was amazing! Great server and food was impressive.
The resturant could be bigger. Handicap friendly, not so much. My family included two 80 year olds with walkers and the host attempted to sit us in the back. OpenTable doesn't have special needs reservations. After we struggled for about 5 minutes, they were nice enough to sit us up front when asked. The food was amazing. The first order of grilled shrimp was slightly raw so they apologized and gave us a new order. The waitress seemed slightly overwhelmed but she did a good job. The restaurant was very crowded. There was a group of young people surrounding the bar that were very loud. The music was very loud. Everyone joined in to sing my 83 y/o grandmother Happy Birthday and the warm cake they gave her was out of this world. Thank you Melba's, I hope you expand. More...
Service was professional Bathrooms were clean Entrees were delicious
excellent spot! i would absolutely go back and recommend this place for friends! easily accessible too from the A/C line.
Melba's is excellent! We visited on a Saturday around 6 pm. There was a 20 minute wait for a table but we opted to dine at the bar. Service was quick - our order was taken when we were clearly ready and we received our food within 20 minutes.The food was AMAZING! I ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken was juicy and crispy while the waffle was light and fluffy - making the two the perfect compliments. We also got the fried catfish, which was cooked very well and crisped to perfection. The Mac and Cheese and Collard Greens as sides were also delicious.I had an excellent experience and will be returning again! More...
Never disappointed the best greens I’ve ever tasted. Only disappointment was that there was no peach cobbler left! Love this place!
Fabulous authentic Southern Cuisine. Definitely invokes feelings of family and home.
Great food and staff. One of the best restaurants I've been to in a while. I can't wait to go again.
Seated quickly. Brian our server was very pleasant. addressed any of our concerns. No major complaints.
Melba's has great food and portion sizes. The waffles are always light and fluffy inside. The mimosas are a little light, but that makes brunch go longer!The salmon croquettes were yummy with little filler. The fried chicken and cheese grits were perfect. More...
We were seated immediately. The food was very good. I had the catfish with waffle. I just wish our waiter was a little more pleasant. He didn’t smile until we asked him to . Will go back again More...
I really enjoyed the yams and collard greens.
Cherryl Hawkins Richardson
The food was delicious!!! I will definitely be back!
great soul food, just went to this restaurant tonight and the food was nothing short of amazing. i had the smothered fried chicken, mac n' cheese and rice and peas. best meal i have had in New York to date. The coconut cake was warm and melts in your mouth....a must try. More...
Debra Ann Mestre
Food was awesome !!! Can’t wait to go back again.
Visited Melba's for brunch on a Saturday with a friend and we were seated right Way. We shared an order of chicken and waffles, plus grits and home fries. Everything was delicious and service was great. Next time: I'd definitely return for dinner, as I want to try the short ribs and oxtail. More...
This was my first time at Melba's and it was great. I will definitely visit again in the near future.
The food was great and the service was exceptional the only problem I had was the flies . Everything else was great I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family
Nice low key place to get a quiet meal.
I frequent Melba's quite often. Never disappoints. From the Catfish, Meatloaf, Shrimp, and Mac and cheese to the chicken and waffles. Everything is always tasty. Wait staff is friendly and if you want to have a drink, check out their Sexy Sangria. More...
Decided to check place out because it's black owned and the reviews were great. Our party of 3 ordered catfish, Mac n cheese, yams, fried shrimp, and onion rings. Everything was good except for the onion rings but I'm not trippin. The catfish was so good. Perfectly fried and seasoned, not too fishy. Mac n cheese was amazing! Not too cheesy and the perfect texture. Potatoe salad - bomb af. The yams were mouth watering. Really wanted to try the peach cobbler but they were out. Would highly recommend this place and can't wait to come again. More...
First time here and the food and service was great.Definitely will come again next time I visit NYC.
Great food, good and positive atmosphere, great place to eat and hang out.
Absolutely love the food. I've ordered take out and also sat in for dinner without a reservation be mindful that the restaurant has two separate sides, one for reservations and one for walk ins. Either one is okay food is great regardless. Would be a 5 star but the food doesn't ever come out hot which is a bummer when dinning in. More...
where do i start Food was great . Yes it was crowded but we was seated right away. Great hostess and server . I was a party of 3 and our bill was 95$ including drinks . I'm from Philly and i will return my next visit but this time i'm bringing my mom . More...
Food is always hot and delicious. The bartender "Champ" is very charming & charismatic providing prompt service for drinks. .
the servers are attentive
I was looking for a comfortable, warm, intimate place to have my daughter’s baby shower. Melba’s was the perfect spot! We had more guests than anticipated but the staff was very accommodating. They were very attentive before, during and after the event. The food was absolutely amazing! We chose the brunch menu and every one was very pleased! I am looking forward to coming back with friends to try other items on Melba’s menu. More...
First, let's start with Melba's hospitality. True Southern charm! Now let's get to the food: catfish is lightly-dusted, crispy fried, never greasy; the mac n cheese, or should i say the cheese with some mac? And the collard greens are cooked just right, slight touch of vinegar but not overpowering.But the test of the night was the red velvet cake and I may have a new favorite spot! More...
One of the only places I know of in NYC that serves authentic and hearty soul food.
This place is amazing. The chicken, the fish OMG. Beautiful corner, nice jazz and exceptional service. Thank you so much. Will be back!
Chris G Murray
heard about when they were giving food to furloughed federal workers - any establishment that gives back to the community deserves my patronage. Have been twice since - food great, service primo, friendly atmosphere, plus have been immediately seated without reservations More...
Melba's Restaurant is the Bomb(Great) the food is Amazing the smothered chicken i had was a real treat to my pallet , the Chicken was crispy ,and moist ,what a perfect combination, in some places it is impossible to do both, The ambience was refreshing and I left knowing I would return and I'm from Boston ..
Melba's is your quintessential soul food restaurant right in the middle of Harlem! I treat myself whenever I'm in the area. They're known for their chicken and waffles (which is marvelous btw) but you have to try their other entrees. The fried catfish is perfect every single time I've ordered it. Their mac and cheese and potato salad tastes just like how my grandmother used to make it. I feel at home whenever I step inside. The hosts are always sweet and will go above and beyond to assist you. You have to try this Harlem staple! Who knows... you may even spot Melba herself sitting at the bar ;) More...
Great traditional soul food breakfast. Excellent through back!
Sue Ann M.
Never disappoints- great ambiance and food. Cat fish is a must, potato salad- not to mention the drinks.
First time for my husband and I. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had the chicken and egg nog waffle. The waffle had good flavor but I prefer my waffle to have a crispy texture. The chicken was fried hard which is usually how I like my chicken and it also had good flavor, was not greasy. Hubby had the catfish with greens and yams - he liked his food as well. My waitress was excited to know it was our first time there and gave us the rundown and highlighted what they were especially known for. She was very attentive to us but I noticed she was attentive to all her tables. So she was a good waitress and was very knowledgeable. We'll definitely go back again. More...
Great food, excellent service
The service was wonderful & the food was good & tasty
Great food and live music
Beautiful Restaurant that have excellent Food! One of the Best SoulFood spots in the city! The food is worth the price. I definitely will go back again.
I went to melba on sunday that was Easter sunday. When my brother and i arrived at the restaurant it was still closed. It opens up at 5pm on sunday. When the manager (Nicholas) came out he ask everyone if they had reservation. My brother been to this restaurant several times because he enjoys the food. We had no reservation . We were able to go in. Its not what you know is who you know. I ordered the grilled salmon. Sweet yams,potatoe salad and mac and cheese. And for dessert i had the coconut layed cake. The food was delicious. The mac and cheese was great. The grilled salmon was well seasoned.. I never had potatoe salad like this.If you have a sweet tooth then you would like the layed cake. It was a little to sweet for me but i took it home and eat it with my tea. I would differently recommend this restaurant. I would also recommend making reservations because the place its not to big but just the right size. And one more thing the music was very soulful. More...
Food and service was great
Brunch food was amazing!!!
Very nice atmosphere..very good food. Generous servings..
My family treated me to dinner at Melba’s for my birthday & to my delight the food and the atmosphere was perfect!The staff was kind enough to come sing the Stevie Wonder version of Hapoy Birthday and they allowed me to serve my own cake (for a small fee)My only request- I need a second plate‼️ Those Ox Tails were everything
Food and ambience at brunch is impeccable!
Raven Simone Harris
Food was amazing, service were great, hostess was awesome I definitely will be back again
Had the catfish with a side of collard greens and Mac & cheese. Catfish was seasoned well, and I liked that there wasn't too much batter. Greens weren't as sour as I like, but still hit the spot. Mac & cheese was spot on. More...
Chicken and eggnog waffles was delicious. So was their whiskey waterfall.
Great food most of the time. Last time I was there the food was really salty
Nice atmosphere. Great service. Food was good and did not take too long to come out. The music was on point. Loved it. Will definitely go back. Make a reservation because the place is small but cozy. We had one and was seated right away More...
Met this beautiful soul at events I work. Her food is amazing and her sweet potato waffles are always a huge hit.
Delicious food and fun atmosphere. Great artwork on the walls. Drinks looked good but didn't have them. Chicken and waffles were very tasty. Service was good but it was a bit of a wait More...
Good food, attentive and friendly staff. I will be back. I reccomend the chicken and waffles, with strawberry butter.You guess how they were.
Excellent service and great food.
Dirce Galbero Magri
Agradável, bom atendimento.
Food was amazing. I had the oxtails, mac & cheese and collared greens. Everything was tasty, favorable and hearty. I took home left overs. But maybe that was because I had the calamari appetizer which was also delish. More...
Worth the wait. Perfectly seasoned. Lightly fried. One of Harlem's best!
The service and the food were the best in Harlem. It was a true pleasure for us to have our date night at Melba's this week.
Was probably my third or fourth time at Melba’s. Always great food. Always great service. Definitely recommend.
Greeted with a very warm welcome! We were seated immediately which I was a bit nervous about since we made a last minute reservation for their very popular Sunday brunch! The food was deeeelish! I had the Salif special omelet and took bites from both hubby and my daughters plates! Hubby had their unbeatable chicken and waffles and my daughter LOVED her sweet potato pancakes. Looking forward to having another meal at Melba's very soon! More...
This place never misses when I visit. It was a pleasure to take my husband there for the first time. He really enjoyed everything - especially the drinks. We booked a reservation for when they reopened at 5 pm....there was already a crowd at the door but the host actually yelled out “does anyone have a reservation” and my husband and I were the only ones who did .....sat us immediately. You can’t beat that kind of service. More...
Great food and excellent staff
The food and Service was Amazing
My go to place to get chicken and waffles in NYC. Melba's always deliver. I love the food there. If you're ever in Harlem this is the place to eat. Harlem has changed a lot and there are many restaurants there but none of them come close to Melbas. The last time I went there, I got the mac and cheese with collard greens and their beef ribs. It literally fell off the bones. I'm obsessed with this place. Catch me there often. More...
The food the ambience and the service was impeccable!
Potato salad needs work though….
A great way to spend a Wednesday evening. The old-school R&B vibe and the delicious chicken and waffles, iced tea lemonade, and coconut layer cake made for a lovely combination.I also wanted to thank the manager for making up for a slightly bumpy beginning to our meal, as it shows that great service is a priority. Needless to say, I will be returning to this Black-owned restaurant in the future. More...
Really nice restaurant in the heart of the city, Harlem. 114th street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The chicken and waffles were the best. Great music played while you eat throughout the restaurant, featuring friendly staff. More...
Lovely place food was great atmosphere my first time there today brunch time I had the catfish waffles and the scrambled egg with cheese delicious and I had for my drink the sexy Melba that was delicious also I would go there again during the dinner hour
Food was very flavorful and only one drink needed. Great experience! Oh don't skip dessert, it's not pictured because it didn't last long enough, but I had the pound cake.
I love Melba’s food. The shrimp is always fresh and delicious. However, I did a takeout order for sweet potato pie. It was a disappointing sliver of a slice. I wish I could share a picture. Just a side note: The man handling the front entrance was very rude to the UBER drivers picking up the food. He was condescending. His comments sounded as if he was superior to the drivers. I thought that was unfortunate. I took a star for that. More...
Good and they have very big portions. The fried chicken on waffle with eggnog is amazing
Love Melba's. Never a disappointment. Had a great time with my sisters.
The food is excellent, especially the short ribs of beef, potato salad and candid yams. The mac and cheese, greens and shrimps are also very good. Nicholas and the staff are the best. I could not have asked for a better birthday dinner. I will definitely go there again. Thank you so much. More...
The food was awesome. The service great. I would highly recommend to make reservations. This place was crowded. But since we made reservations we were seated right away.
Good food and atmosphere. Haven't visited in quite awhile but I am sure that hasn't changed.
Really nice atmosphere the food was really good the waiting staff was excellent I would definitely go back
Consistently amazing!! 5 years if delicious food!!!
The waiter was nice the service was great. The drinks were over priced
The food was good
First time visiting. The service, ambiance, music, and decor was excellent. The food was delicious, well seasoned. It was an excellent experience!
Everything about my experience at Melba’s was incredible - from the service to the food to the Blackness of the whole place. They treated me to the best piece of red velvet I’ve had in my life for my birthday and sung happy birthday (Stevie Wonder style of course). I cant wait to go back! More...
BASE STILL WATERS
Eggnog waffles were great
I live a few blocks from this restaurant and have eaten here twice. The first time I had the catfish /Mac and cheese/ yams . Food was good. Last month , I went there for brunch. I had the grits and Spinach egg omelet which was good , my husband had chicken and French toast which he said was okay , my son had the chicken and waffles which is what they are famous for and my daughter had a burger . The food is good here , a bit pricey but so is everything else in this area . Portions are decent . Overall the food was good, nothing to rave about but it’s a decent spot . The staff was nice and the seating area isn’t too crowded. More...
Xavier Abreu Cedeno
Very small restaurant in Harlem. Friendly service. Our meals were served promptly but we waited more than half hour for drinks. I loved the entire restaurant singing Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder style) to the celebrant.The food was fresh, plated nicely, well prepared, and tasty. Everyone enjoyed their meal - Catfish, Rice n Peas, Spinach, Seabass, Potato Salad; Collards, Fried Shrimp, Fried Chicken, Salmon. Portions were not large but reasonable.Dessert was scrumptious - Chocolate Layer Cake and Pound Cake was served warm. So Yummy!My complaints are far outnumbered by everything right with my experience at Melba's Restaurant. More...
Food was great, but the bartender Mr Joe was the highlight of that evening, love this place
Food and drinks were great.
Awesome brunch spot. I wished they served southern vegetables of some kind.
Wow, great food and music
Always great to eat at Melba’s. She was even there that evening greeting and directing customers to their tables. I love black-owned businesses and Melba’s doesn’t disappoint. Great for a date or even just going out with friends. Good drinks and great southern comfort food. I truly enjoy the extra space she has now. No longer a long wait for seating. If you have a reservation, go a little earlier to find parking on the street. Favorite items on the menu: Melba’s spring rolls, catfish, smothered chicken and Strawberry Hennessy drink. Melba’s signature chicken and eggnog waffles are amazing too. You won’t be let down at her establishment. Go enjoy. More...
Great vibe and staff would recommend to anyone looking to having a great time
GREAT FOOD, NICE ATMOSPHERE, FUN PLACE.
A Harlem staple..must try if you're intown.
Small place but good atmosphere
Delicious food, great music, perfect ambiance and wonderful wait staff...Brian was the best!!!
Best of the best simple
Food was superb
Delicious food. A little tight in there but well worth it. They have strawberry butter for their delicious chicken and waffles that's just amazing . I didn't need syrup at all!
I give it a five star
The food is fresh and consistent. Great service. Favorites to try are Mac and cheese, the soul spring rolls, fried chicken and fried catfish, sweet potato pie and lemonade. This is one of the places where I take my family from the south south to eat. More...