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 Saturday and Sunday brunch and caters business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.
I would recommend Melba’s as a place for food to go and not stay. The service quality is horrible ! The first time I went had a great waitress but this recent time the waiter was terrible . Then the wait time for the food was even worse. We waited almost a hour for rumple dishes. Shrimps and waffles plus grits and shrimp . I mean you would have thought they went to the Atlantic Ocean to catch the shrimp.
My friends & I truly enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful experience.
The service was good but I felt the wait staff was stretched to the limit...at times it took the waiter a long tine to come over to us bc he had a lot of tables to take care of
Nice location and decent brunch menu. Mango mimosas were amazing. Our waitress was really nice but they could use more staff help during brunch hours
I have been to this restaurant for dinner in the past. However, this was the first time I had the opportunity to enjoy brunch. Great food and music along with a mature crowd. Good vibes.
Execellent time with my sisters while we ate exceptional food and great drinks. The service was also excellent...big shout-out to Brian, our server!
Me and my hubby went here to celebrate his 50th birthday at the recommendation of a family member and they did not disappoint! It had a warm family-style feel that we appreciated and at the end of our meal during dessert the staff and customers sang Happy Birthday and really surprised both of us. Our experience left us feeling warm, welcomed and wanted. We will definitely return to try different menu options!! Excellent..
The food here is always great, but really, the restaurant should serve cornbread. Can't be southern without cornbread
This is not my first time at this restaurant usually the food is awsome but this last visit left me unsatisfied. My meal was not as tasty as I am use to I could tell I was given the leftovers from the previous night. My food did not taste fresh being that I'm a cook and a foodie I could taste the difference from before and now.
We had 7:00pm reservations on a Saturday night and although it was a super busy night with lots of big parties we were greeted right away in a very friendly manner. We had a short wait for our table at the bar just long enough to order a drink. We told our waitress that we were on a time schedule. She was real attentive and accommodating making sure the kitchen and manager was aware of our time frame. We received our dinner on time and everything was delicious! Our only regret is we didn't have time to have dessert.
I liked the overall cozy feel of the restaurant. It's small and comfortable. The service was very good and our server Brian was patient and had good knowledge of the food menu and the drinks. The food was delicious and the drinks were well made. I will definitely go back. I do recommend making a reservation rather than walking in.
1. Even with a reservation my party of 2 waited at least 15 minutes for a table.
2. Our chicken on the chicken and waffles dish was too dry.
3. The Chocolate Girl Martini was very good.
Wonderful food, setting, and service! We can't wait to visit Melba's again. The collard greens are superb!
Too crowded. Too loud and noisy. Service is too slow. Food was average. Pricing is excellent. Limited menu. Dirty dishes.
The food was great! The service was good. The owners very friendly and professional.
Short ribs were over-cooked. Table next to ours experienced same. Waitress was not inconsistently watchful of her tables.
Customer service was good. Food was good, it was slow coming but good.
I love the food and always a great place to socialize and the drinks are on point all the time. The bartender Rich always knows how to make a great drink. My friend came from California and she loved the oxtails. And I had the grilled shrimp excellent.
I arrived for my reservation five minutes early, when I opened the door I was told to come back shortly they don’t open until 10. When I arrived exactly at 10 other people were seated so I don’t understand what happened here? The eggnog waffle lives up to the hype however I think the waffle maker or may not have been totally clean because there was residue and other flavors at a few spots on the waffle. It appears they had a big catering job. The service was good and prompt.
My Girlfriends and I had a Great Time. The Brunch was Amazing! The Music was Excellent! I will definitely be returning.
This place is great! The food was delicious and the service was really good. I'll definitely be back!
This was my first time dining at Melba’s. My expectations were met based on the recommendations I received. The food and drinks was great!!!!!
I will definitely come again
The food and service was great on Monday
The other room had a huge party which is fine but it caught me off guard.. there weren’t many people there but next door was a birthday party.
First I was reprimanded for being late, when I had previously emailed in a reservation change request and the reservation was supposedly changed. Then the food took two hours to arrive because the kitched made a mistake and said that our order was completed but it never was. The waitress never checked on us, we had to hunt the same manager that reprimanded me down. He ended up bring the food to us personally and comping the food but nonetheless my birthday celebration was ruined.
Overall an enjoyable time in historic Harlem
and I’m proud to be apart of the cultural experience which is Melba’s
The food was amazing, once it arrived. We appeared to be there during a rush. The food took what felt like a long time to arrive. We did not have appetizers so we were just getting restless when it came out to our table. Go hungry but don’t go “starving” or you may be a bit hangry by the time you get your meal.
The appetizers were fantastic and my friend's bass was wonderful but I got the signature dish, the fried chicken on the waffle and the chicken was really dry and stringy. I was sure I had gotten day old (or more chicken). This was very disappointing.
Very lively and wonderful atmosphere to celebrate my best friends birthday. THANK YOU
Great soulful restaurant! Exactly as advertised on website
Best southern cooking in NYC. Excellent friendly service. Fun atmosphere. A must try
And extra special that Melba greeted us ever so warmly!
Twas pretty good. Portion sizes are small for the prices. It was freezing inside the whole time. I believe one of the heaters was out. Great ambience tho! Great date spot! Would go again!
Deliciously authentic soul food and terrific ambiance. Melba’s treated us right. We will be back soon!
Loved it. We will visit this establishment frequently.
Great food and great vibrations! Would definitely go back!
The vibe is warm, like a spot to which longtime friends keep returning. The food is very well-prepared. The waiters pay attention without hovering. Unpretentious, real place. Try your luck, but a reservation may make more sense.
Some of the best soul food I've had in New York so far. I came on Valentine's Day, which is also my boyfriends birthday, and they allowed us to choose a slice of cake & had the entire restaurant sing for him. Really enjoyed it & I will definitely be back!
Amazing food, nice ambience, great service. I will again.
The food was delicious, per usual. The service wasn’t great but it didn’t overshadow my experience. My server expressed the issue with the timeliness of receiving our order without me asking. Management offered two items on the house.