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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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I HATE this place

By FutureDentist on 3/4/2012

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I came here with 4 friends at 1am..some of us wanting to eat some just for drinks. the place was relatively empty. We sat down the waiter took our order and when only 2 of us ordered food and the rest drinks they refused to serve us. I would be understanding if it had been a peak time for business but it was 1am!! They ha so many tables available! I think this is absurd and am completely disgusted with this kind of disservice. I have been eating there for about 2 years at this point. All I know is that neither I nor my friends will ever go back. Their burgers are nothing special and the pie they have they get from the little pie company. So I can definitely live without ever going there.

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63 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Avoid Lunch at this Watering Hole!

By Gianettaswans0025 on 2/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Vaunted hamburger: Mediocre. My guest and I spent exactly one hour at this restaurant for a midweek lunch. The manager stood and glared at our table 9 times to get us to leave, beginning 10 minutes after we were served. I told him as we were leaving that an hour was not too long for lunch, and that his behavior was very rude. His response: this restaurant needs turnover; if you want to discuss business over lunch, go somewhere else. We will, and I suggest you do the same!

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156 out of 308 people found this review helpful.

Seen better days... the decor, among other things

By sglassNYC on 3/11/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

As nearby neighbors, we've gone to this place many times over the years. Our observation is that the quality has gone downhill, and our neighbors don't seem to go much anymore. I wonder if their reputation helps them attract burger lovers and bar lovers from around the city and beyond. We recently went to try it again and were disappointed in the food and lack of service. The wait staff always seems grouchy and over-whelmed. If they had time to serve, breathe, or smile, I'd be more likely to go back.

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56 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

also refused service

By nancybless1 on 10/9/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

This place could be a weekly, I'm too tired to cook habit except for the time I was quizzed on the way in about whether I was ordering dinner as well as a drink. I hadn't decided, and they said I couldn't sit at one of the several empty tables. This is a rude and pretty ludicrous way to treat customers.

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41 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

Utter mediocrity

By Icarus on 7/2/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Don't come here looking for life-changing burgers. It's an above-average patty (though not outstanding), but it comes unseasoned on a store-bought bun, served only with the obligitory translucent tomato ring and store-bought pickles. Seriously. Oh, and if you want to pay extra, you can add college-snack-bar-quality fries. Yipee. Burger lovers, stick to Rare.

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236 out of 567 people found this review helpful.

1AM, Burgers and Abuse

By mikey790 on 3/25/2014

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

You know the drill.. you stumble into the street, into the night air of Manhattan. That's when someone from your ensemble utters: burgers! You're not hungry, or rather you *weren't* hungry, until you heard it. Burgers. An epic notion. You're drawn to the glow of their sign, like a tractor beam. Enter. Sit. Wait. It's at this point you're attended to by a member of the waitstaff, who looks at you all like your presense is an utter inconvenience. And then it's burgers and beers, assembled around your table, as assigned. And, oh boy, should you have a complaint about your order; the thoroughness of the cook-through, or the neglect of cheese.. my the good lord have mercy on your soul. The waiter will retell the tale of your order, like he was a courtroom stenographer. Now, let it be known that if evening after evening, drunk burger-hunters were my clientele I too might be a surly, aggrevated man. So, I shall grant him some latitude, and consider his erstwhile dreams. Oh, and how were the burgers you ask? I was proper drunk, and ate the whole damn thing.. so, I suspect it was pretty tastey.

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11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Give me burger medium rare!

By teamco on 7/29/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is primarily about one thing, burgers. They got 'em, they're great. The scene is a neighborhood bar as gathering place. People come to be part of the mix, space is at a premium. Service takes a minamalist approach. If you are looking for a high-end experience go else where. If you are looking for a good gritty casual dinner out, and are dying for a hot, tasty, juciy burger with all the accoutrements, this IS the place! Be prepared to wait though, they take no reservations and everyone knows about the place. Put your name on the list, hang at the bar or outside, chat with your friends, and the twenty minutes or half hour (when busy) is well worth the wait. Go and enjoy.

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334 out of 687 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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153 out of 296 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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113 out of 227 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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232 out of 477 people found this review helpful.

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