Unlike watching cinematic love scenes with your parents, food has the power to comfort the soul. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American comfort food, drinks, and more at Melba's in Harlem.
Since opening in 2005, Melba's has slow-cooked its way into the heart of Harlem. Owner Melba Wilson has muscled her way to comfort-food supremacy via the Food Network's Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, where her plate of southern fried chicken, eggnog waffles, and strawberry butter scored a sweet and savory knock out ($14.95). Go on to fulfill lactose-centric dreams with Melba's Tres mac 'n' cheese, a gooey, house-made bowl of pepper jack, mozzarella, and cheddar cheeses mixed with elbows of the non joint-related variety ($12.95). Brunch menus pit sweet-potato pancakes ($8.95), omelets (starting at $7.95), and French toast ($8.95) against one another like edible stacks of cards, and fresh fruit ($6.95) and grilled-salmon salad ($10.95) put a healthier hand in play. Stay postmeal and rub real elbows with everyone from local politicians to neighborhood regulars in an exposed-brick dining room that clamors with antiquity, thanks to its 111-year-old chandeliers, reflective marble bar, and reflective 111-year-olds swinging from chandeliers.