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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Spotted Eating Chicken and Waffles at Melba’s

Plus, Shanghai favorite CheLi announces Flushing expansion — and more intel

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Three people sit in a booth around a small black table with yellow sunflowers and a restaurant menu on the table
Melba Wilson with the Duke and Duchess.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who were in town for the Global Citizen Live event at Central Park over the weekend — made time to swing by Harlem institution Melba’s for lunch on Friday.

On Instagram, restaurateur Melba Wilson said that hosting the couple was “a dream come true,” and it appears that Prince Harry and Meghan felt the same way. A diner at the restaurant told Page Six that the couple ate chicken and waffles, spring rolls, and catfish, among other dishes. The lunch at Melba’s was reportedly the first time that Harry has ever eaten chicken and waffles. “They were super nice to other customers and were overheard raving about the food,” a representative for the restaurant tells Eater.

Before leaving the premises, Prince Harry and Meghan told Wilson that they planned to donate $25,000 to the iconic restaurant to help support its pandemic recovery.

CheLi heads to Flushing

Shanghai stunner CheLi opened a new location in Flushing over the weekend, according to an announcement from the restaurant on Instagram. The popular spot has been on a tear since first opening in the East Village nearly a year ago, garnering critical praise for its inventive takes on dishes like drunken crab and fish head in pickled chiles.

And the Wild Son expands next door

In the East Village, casual bistro the Wild Son is taking over a neighboring location and opening up a lunch counter, according to EVGrieve. Co-owner Robert Ceraso tells the website that the new spot will only serve breakfast and lunch, and is expected to open in mid-October.

RIP to the drive-thru McDonald’s in Prospect Heights

NYC’s City Council has approved plans for a new real estate development on Atlantic Avenue in Prospect Heights that will steamroll one of the city’s rare drive-thru McDonald’s. Pour one out.