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Melba's

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300 W 114th St, New York City, NY 10026-2780
+1 212-864-7777
Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to Melba's and we were not disappointed. The warm and inviting staff helps to create an at home atmosphere from the time you walk in the door until your departure; The manager Nadine is a friend to everyone who takes great pride in ensuring everyone dining is completely satisfied. The first visit I had the... More 

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Thank Rhonda S
Gary, Indiana
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were going to Sylvia's but when we saw the long line we went to plan B. So glad we did!! The food was excellent, the service was great, and everyone was gracious. We had the eggnog waffles with strawberry butter and fried chicken, and I was not disappointed in any way. The meat was moist and crunchy, and beautiful... More 

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Thank mzcyberella
London, Canada
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593 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us wandered in there on a Saturday morning. Coffee, chicken and waffles with syrup and hot sauce on the side. A side of slab bacon. Super friendly service. If you are looking for the authentic item, this place is it.

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Thank morl8tr
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OMGoodness! We went to Melba's solely on reputation and expectation and we left satisfied in the knowledge that the Southern cooking we were craving had been located! Fab food, try the fried chicken, and even better service. Take the "A" train and have a ball.

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Thank Brad P
Knoxville, TN
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Our family wanted to try another Harlem great that even the locals rave about & we found Melba's. Wonderful Southern comfort food and the friendliest service. Highly recommend the Chicken & Waffles with strawberry butter-delicious!

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Thank L D
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I'm a super fan of authentic soul food cuisine so when I go into restaurants for soul food. I'm usually skeptic about trying food at new places that I've never dined at before. Melba's trashed my skeptic concerns because the food was really good. I enjoyed everything that I ordered and so did my friends. Another visit is long overdue... More 

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Thank bkhoney29
Birmingham, Michigan
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92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Ate here recently with family. The food was very good - fried chicken and waffles-outstanding, and the short rib dinner was excellent. I would have loved some cornbread-no bread at all which was disappointing. The onion rings were amazing,but skip the fries- ordinary, at best. The grilled vegetable napoleon appetizer was excellent!. Sadly, service was slow and frustrating. The manager... More 

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Thank Beth100
New York City, New York
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Melba's is a staple in Harlem. Ive been going there for many years and its food has always been consistent. Good to see that she is still there. The bartenders and the waiting staff is attentive and the food come out fresh. A place to eat.

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Thank Ichaso17
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

A group of us had dinner here on Sunday night. The restaurant in closed between 3 and 5pm as they take a break between the lunch and dinner service. We arrived just before 5pm and within a few minutes the restaurant was nearly full! We ordered a variety of dishes and were not disappointed- the oxtail fell off the bone,... More 

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Thank BQLondoner
Bowling Green, Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Melba's has a great variety of food, and an excellent dining atmosphere. Whenever I visit NYC I am sure to visit at least once. My favorite food there is the Catfish Nuggets, and the service is consistently fast and friendly.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 W 114th St, New York City, NY 10026-2780
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-864-7777

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Harlem

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Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighbourhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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