1291 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10021
at 74th St.
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 meatie501 on 1/3/2007
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.
By jhl37 on 5/27/2007
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.
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 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 Johnson008 on 3/7/2008
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...
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 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 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!
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.