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||Contact:|
1291 Third Ave
|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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Everyone says this is the best burger in the city...But only if you're looking for a traditional burger. There's not much frills to it as it's your classic burger or cheeseburger with not much to it. I had the cheeseburger and cottage fries (a must!) and it was definitely fantastic. I typically like to try my burger with a lot more variety so I would rank this in the top 5, but isn't one that I would go too far out of my way for.
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.
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.