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300 W 114th St, New York City, NY 10026-2780
+1 212-864-7777
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All 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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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Ichaso17
Level Contributor
60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank BQLondoner
Bowling Green, Ohio
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank michaelhugerbg
Bronx, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful Chicken and waffles, delicious cheese grits and eggs, good salads, good fried chicken. The food has a quaint, homemade feel to the meals. I will come again. Great service, too! We had a great time!

Thank john b
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Very unique food here. The waffles are eggnog waffles, and they are excellent. The pancakes are sweet potato pancakes and they are delicious. Everything was good. The service was a little slow, but all in all it was a great experience with excellent food.

Thank Cassandra C
Pearland, Texas
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I took a group of 54 people to Melba' s Restaurant in Harlem on Sept. 21. 2016 and the food was "Fantastic". I had the Catfish & Waffles with Strawberry Butter. It was to die for. Some had the Shrimp which were hugh & delicious and others the Chicken, Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese. All said it was great.... More 

Thank S H
New York City
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124 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

A friend of visiting NYC just happened to be staying in Harlem - across the street from the acclaimed Melba's. USA Southern or Soul food has been a hit & miss for me, mainly misses as Sylvia's (the short-lived Atlanta, GA location) was an expensive disappointment. A popular buffet by the lb/kilo Comfort food place ran by either Africans or... More 

Thank Rafiq J
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The staff is generally very good. The food is some of the best soul food in Harlem World. I think it is now better than Red Rooster, Sylvia's, Amy Ruth's and Charlie's. It is clearly a hidden gem. Moreover , definitely try the catfish appetizer, Fried chicken & waffles, sides of: mac & chesse, candied yams and sweet potato pie.... More 

Thank NoirROI
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This off the beaten path eatery is a nice place for informal dining, or a weekend brunch. Healthy versions of traditional soul food recipes make it a smart choice.

Thank Tracey B
Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Sometimes people I know when visiting New York are reluctant to go to Harlem. I wanted to go to this restaurant because I have seen Melba interviewed a few times and she was so impressive. Having been to Sylvia's and loving it (when Sylvia herself was still with us )gave me a measuring stick. We got there on a Sunday... More 

Thank tcumark

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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

Neighbourhood Profile
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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