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JG Melon

1291 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10021
at 74th St.
212-744-0585

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

65% would go back.

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Travel Channel was Right!

By nickyc1983 on 7/24/2013

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

After reading some reviews on here I was very skeptical about coming despite rave reviews from the Travel Channel. I figured the staff would treat Tv personalities kind but maybe the real attitudes are for the everyday person. But i have to say me and my girlfriend had NO Problems with the staff. We ate lunch there on a weekday at around 12:15, Seated right away, ordered our burgers and bliss soon followed. First of all, the burgers and cottage fries came in like 5 minutes, i never saw food served so quick!!! Now, the food itself... Excellent. I've never had a juicier burger. Each bite was pure tastiness. I will def be going back, Highly Recommended!!!

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53 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

JG Melon burger arouses the taste buds

By Johnson008 on 3/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

When one enters the haven that is JG Melon on 73 street and Third Avenue, one experiences a heavenly sensation seemingly never before known. It is without a doubt the best burger I have ever had and i constantly yearn for more. Those 'in the know' order 2 burgers for maximum tastiness...

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188 out of 380 people found this review helpful.

BEST BURGER IN TOWN, EVER!

By facosta67 on 10/31/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been having burger at JG Melon since Dec 1989. It was introduced me by my Father and I thank him for that. The enviroment, the furniture, the waiters, table towel and, of course, the best BURGER that I ever had in my life. Since than (1989), I have taken people there and they all are very impressed. My son and my wife simply love that place and we "HAVE" to go back there everytime we come back to the Big Apple. Also I've indicate JG for everyone I know and go to visit NY. Don't miss the opportunity to have the Best Burger, not only in town, but in the world!

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74 out of 160 people found this review helpful.

Delicious Burger, Classic NYC Restaurant

By alexjaye on 4/11/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Don't mess with a classic NYC restaurant like JG Melon. It has great food, a cute theme, and a comfortable atmosphere. It is a restaurant full of regulars and it has been around forever - two huge reasons to at least give it a shot. The service is good and basic, the place is clean, and the burgers MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. The meat in the hamburger is so juicy and flavorful that you are finished before you can register what you just ate. After comparing it to Burger Joint and Corner Bistro, it definitely takes the cake for me. JG Melon's burger may not look like anything different or amazing, but close your eyes and take a bite and you will be in heaven. Enjoy!

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99 out of 196 people found this review helpful.

don't listen to the "1-out-of-10" reviews

By jhl37 on 5/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

the people who hated this place are idiots for going during normal dinner hours. clearly it is best late at night, when there are no lines and the place has cleared out. but the burgers are PHENOMENAL. best on the upper east side. just dont go till 11pm or later.

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298 out of 630 people found this review helpful.

One of the Best Burgers in Manhattan

By meatie501 on 1/3/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had to write a review given the ridiculous comments of the others on this website. I have eaten many a burger in this city and JG Melon's is in the top 3 if not the best. The burgers (both beef and turkey) are among the best I have ever eaten. The chili also serves as an excellent appetizer. Yes the servers can sometimes be short and space is cramped but your eating at a burger joint in New York!!! You're not at a 5-star restaurant and you should not expect the same kind of service. Plus, if you are not an annoying, whiny customer, the staff is actually very friendly. If you want a great burger and not afraid to wait or feel cramped, its definitely worth your while. However, if you expect to be treated like royalty then you'll probably receive some good old new york attitude and you should stay clear.

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355 out of 685 people found this review helpful.

DMANBURGER "JG Melon"

By DMANBURGER on 4/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I watched the guys crammed in their small kitchen molding the patties by hand and searing them on a piping hot flat grill, whilst busy patrons waited to be seated. I was seated along the wall and immediately felt the anticipation building inside of me as I watched tasty little burgers pass me at eye level, the scent of seared meat and dill pickle fill the air, along with the sound of cottage fried potatoes frying in the background. The menu here is simple featuring hamburgers, cheeseburgers, salads and an excellent chili. I observed Upper Eastside yuppies and staunch melon loyalists, while my I waited for my burger. It arrived plump and juicy on a soft unseeded bun and was presented to me open faced and adorned with pickle chips and thinly sliced red onion. My first bite was a dynamic collage of flavor patched together with the crisp saltiness of the pickles, seared robustness of the meat and the freshness of the bun. The thing about this burger that makes it so good is its simplicity, just great meat and a great bun. Now the perfect accompaniment to this tasty treat is JG Melons signature cottage fries, crispy half-dollar size potato morsels fried to perfection and served in a bowl, delightful to the last one! To be honest, friends keep telling me, "You need to review a bad burger so your site will have balance". Well sorry to say that I disappointed my friends again, because this burger was fantastic!

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145 out of 285 people found this review helpful.

Burgers for Brunch or Midnight Snack

By SocialistaNYC on 12/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The JG Melon burger is neither too big or too small, juicy, flavorful, and tastes like a classic! Pair with an expertly mixed Bloody Mary. This combination is perfect for brunch or for a sinful midnight snack. They also make a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs bowl of chili, topped with chopped red onions and chopped American cheese. Always order their addictive cottage fries (tastes good with a side of blue cheese dressing.) There is a kitschyness to the place but that makes it all the more endearing. Beware of waits during peak hours. Expect the jukebox to play "Hotel California" at least once during your meal.

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235 out of 483 people found this review helpful.

Here's the deal ..... & ONLY facts

By NYDublinMac on 10/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been a fan of Melon's for years. Anyone who says the burger flavour profile comes up short just doesn't know meat. As a genuine "foody" , a true culinarian, a devoted burger lover, and someone who has also been in many of the BEST meat packing facilities in the country I can say factually the burger meat here is as good as it gets. I also know the co.that supplies them their chopped meat and it has to be the way Melon's mgm't wants it or there's trouble. (and I have no vested interest or relationship with Melon's or their meat supplier). My ONLY interest is to clarify for those inadequately in the know about something as simple as damn good chopped meat. The decor and service are ok. It's about the burger, folks. Nothing else.

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128 out of 259 people found this review helpful.

The burger... is well... Alright...

By TheForestEnds on 3/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I was expecting an enormously appetizing burger at JG Melon, but what I apparently ordered was a mediocre burger. The meat was mildly tasty, the cheese bland, and I suppose the only redeeming part (besides the fries) of the meal was the bun, which was toasted just perfectly. For a better burger, I'd still head to Burger Joint, as cliche as it has become.

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