New Southern. Owner Melba Wilson serves Southern comfort food at her softly- lit, brickwalled restaurant, including fried catfish strips, Southern fried chicken with eggnog waffles and barbecued turkey meat loaf. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 300 W. 114th St., at Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212.864.7777.
Italian/American. NYC’s newest Olive Garden location offers unlimited soup, salad and bread sticks to start the meal and entrées such as crispy chicken ravioli supremo and classic stuffed mushrooms. Unlimited pasta dishes such as spaghetti in meat sauce start at $11.99. L& D (daily). $$ 100 W. 125th St., btw Adam Clayton Powell Jr. & Malcom X blvds., 917.534.7937; 2 Times Sq., btw W. 47th & W. 48th sts., 212.333.3254. SOLOMON & KUFF Caribbean. Caribbean fare (herb- grilled whole Atlantic porgy), craft cocktails and a wide selection of rums in a space modeled after an upscale tiki hut, with palm plants, mixed wood walls and barrels installed over the bar. D ( Tu-Su), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 2331 12th Ave., at W. 133rd St., 212.939.9443.
New Southern. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson cooks up soul food (red velvet waffles with chicken and bourbon maple syrup) in an open space accented with vibrant art by Cey Adams, Anthony Vasquez and others. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 2149 Frederick Douglass, Blvd., btw W. 115th & W. 116th sts., 212.206.2557.