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JG Melon

1291 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.771069 -73.959587
at 74th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-744-0585 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Hamburgers
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Sun-Thu, 11:30am-3am; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$8.25-$25.50

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Upper East Side preppies have gathered faithfully at JG Melon since 1972, but its melon kitsch décor makes this local landmark look like it opened back in 1932. Under a pressed tin ceiling and dim yellowed lighting, ruddy-cheeked young men drink Bloody Marys next to casually attired older couples munching salads out of wooden bowls. Space is tightóthe narrow, old-time bar and kitchen take up most of the front room while patrons sit elbow-to-elbow in the back. This doesn't dissuade couples in suits from grabbing an after-work drink, but you won't want to impart any secrets in this jovial, noisy environment. The resolutely American menu is painted onto wooden boards and served daily from lunch until the wee-morning hours, with the famously thick, juicy hamburger acting as the house's signature dish. At dinnertime Melon's packed and lines run out the door.

Recommended Dishes

Cheeseburger, $8.50; cottage fried potatoes, $3.95

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