J.G. Melon

Restaurants , Hamburgers Lenox Hill
  • 5 out of 5 stars
(4 user reviews)
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J.G. Melon
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Rudin

The signature offering is a burger that invites comparisons to the revered Corner Bistro’s. Melon’s is pricier, at $7 for the very basic model, but it’s arguably just as tasty. Served austerely with a few slices of red onion and pickle, these handfuls must be eaten quickly, before the juice soaks through the bottom of the bun. Several of the genial bartenders, hosts and servers (in genteel ties and sweater vests) have been greeting patrons by their first names since the pub opened in 1972.

Venue name: J.G. Melon
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Address: 1291 Third Ave
New York
10021
Cross street: at 74th St
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–2:30am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average burger: $7
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Annalise M

Juicy, tasty burgers, crisp cottage fries, cheap beer, and charming old-school decor, complete with tons of kitchy watermelon knick-knacks. What more could you ask for? I mean that seriously.  

Joel M

Time Out has declared this the best burger in NYC and I have to agree (just don't go messing with the formula and requesting healthy variations). Very old-school New York and very delicious.  

Maria M
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Hands down THE best burger in NYC! This old school restaurant gives the place a warm feel, especially if you're crowded next to tons of people waiting for a table to open up. During peak times, expect to wait well over an hour to sit down. I recommend coming at an off-peak time for sure. The menu isn't extensive, but everything is amazing. The most common item to get is the bacon cheeseburger, and it is absolutely unreal. Can't recommend this place enough! And I would say it isn't a very touristy spot, but very well-known to locals.