1291 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10021
at 74th St.
By FutureDentist on 3/4/2012
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.
By Gianettaswans0025 on 2/10/2010
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!
By sglassNYC on 3/11/2012
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.
By nancybless1 on 10/9/2012
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.
By Icarus on 7/2/2007
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.
By teamco on 7/29/2005
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.
By TheForestEnds on 3/9/2009
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.
By NYDublinMac on 10/10/2010
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.
By SocialistaNYC on 12/24/2007
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.
By DMANBURGER on 4/30/2010
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!