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Posted by HarlemGirl on 01/10/2007
We chose Melba's for a nice "date night" close to home. At the door we were greeted warmly by the hostess that quickly took our jackets. My bf decided on the Turkey BBQ meatloaf with macaroni & cheese and potato salad for the sides. I decided to feed my craving and ordered the hamburger. While waiting for our food we took in the gorgeous surroundings. Dark wood walls coupled with mirrors around the perimeter make this place very cozy while giving the illusion that it is bigger than it actually is. The votive candles and fresh poinsettias were also a beautiful touch. The bar was well stocked and nice to look at. Our food took quite a long time to arrive but we were not disappointed when it came out. Both plates had generous portions that were laid out with great care to detail and design. The turkey meatloaf melts in your mouth and the mac & cheese was by far the best I had ever had. The hamburger was also a safe, somewhat satisfying choice and came with onion rings and tons of french fries. Once we finished with the meal, we were very happy and were ready to recommend this place to all our friends. As we paid for the meal and headed for the door we started to search for our coats on the rack where after a few minutes a woman (different from our original hostess) who wasn't doing anything except staring out the window finally said that she was supposed to help us and then informed us the charge was $2 per jacket. There was no sign, no tip jar or any mention of a charge when our coats were taken earlier. I would have happily left a tip but to be forced at the end without notification really left me with a bad taste in my mouth and caused me to lower my ranking of the service and value. This type of treatment may fly at downtown hotspots but I was shocked to see this happen in Harlem at such a small establishment. Although the dinner was great this issue with the coats left us quite disappointed with the entire experience.
Posted by KeysserSoze on 01/05/2007
I've been living in Harlem all my life and always felt disappointed that I had to trek downtown to have a good time at quality establishment. However, I've been so impressed by the new restaurants and lounges that take the chic soho-like formula and add a sexxxyy Harlem twist to it making it hip to the core while not looking tacky or forced. Anyway...Melba's. I was actually trying to get into Society Coffeehouse (i'll review it next) across the street but it was packed! My date and I waited a couple minutes to see if anyone left the tables but no luck. So we went across the street to Melba's.This is a chic, cozy restaurant. The decor is perfect. You even got your own DJ there from 7PM spinning the good stuff. We got in at 6:30 and by 7PM the place was packed. The bar area was full as well. They've got Mojitos...awesome mojitos! Chuck full of mint leaves (best I've had in a long time). The signature drinks are a bit on the expensive side, but with the Happy Hour deal and all they came out to $6 a pop. I had a second mojito free! I had a Po' Boy Catfish sandwich with spicy fries. Amazing...every morsel with the accompanying spread sauce! The fries had seasoning and were spicy. My date had the fried calamari. She loved it. Everything was enjoyable including our waiter. He couldn't have been more courteous, professional, and above all knowledgable of the menu. I never felt we had to wait long. I didn't get his name but he was tall, lanky with short cut hair and square framed glasses. Really cool guy! Definitely come to Melba's! Perfect for friends, dates (and first dates), or just having a good meal! The pricing is just right too.
Posted by Hooked on Zuchini on 11/09/2006
Was looking for some where to eat heard through the grapevine food there was really tasty,but they said we know you love music.....live music....go on a Tuesday you'll have a ball.....so I did....and I had a great food experience and danced in my seat and sang along to the great sounds. Had the Salmon with Collard Greens , and the Shoe String Zuchini. All I can say is YUM!
Posted by 3 ladies in the corner on 09/18/2006
A couple of girlfriends and I tried Melba's just last Sunday. I must admit the presentation was fantastic and the food was very tasty - once it finally arrived at our table. Good eats and great ambiance, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. We all dine out quite a bit, so we know a thing or two about a thing or two. We were seated in the area just to the right of the entrance, in the corner. I rememembered thinking as I joined my two friends for dinner and drinks, great spot! We're right here facing the kitchen and bar - they won't miss us. Boy was I wrong. We spent the better part of our two and a half hour dining experience waiting for water, drinks and food. Although it was well worth the wait, you musn't go there hungry. Thought about taking my Mother there, but decided against it because she would lose her mind waiting.
Posted by Ms. Harris on 08/14/2006
On Friday evening I had guest from out of town and searched for a restaurant that had ambience and good cusine. I found it in Melba's. The food was scrumptious and the waiter catered to our needs in a personable and friendly manner. I would recommend Melba's highly to anyone looking for an excellent restaurant. My only suggestion is that you extend your hours. It would be nice to come and have those tasty desserts as a night cap.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/30/2006
A friend and I decided to try melba's last night as we both live in the neighborhood. I'm really glad that we did. The food was pretty good. I thoroughly enjoyed my braised short ribs, garlic mash and spinach. I would have said that the food was great, but we ordered fried calamari and it wasn't at all tasty. My friend tried the chicken and waffle, it was decent ( but it's just as good at Amy Ruth's for less). Either way, it's a nice addition to the neighborhood. The service was good, the hostess and waitress were both very very friendly. I'd give melba's a thumbs up ( minus the calamari)