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    J.G. MELON

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    J.G. Melon
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    Local Gems

    J.G. Melon

    1291 Third Ave., nr. E. 74th St. (Upper East Side)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-744-0585

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    • CUISINE

      American Burgers
    • HOURS

      Daily: 11:30am-4:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner; late night
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1972
    • PRICE (BURGERS; MAINS)

      USD 8.95-9.95 USD 16.25-27.95
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Hamburger; turkey burger; cottage fried potatoes
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Beer; wine; soft drinks; Bloody Marys
    • # OF SEATS

      50-75
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      77th St. (6)
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    VIBE

    For decades now crowds have been packing into J.G. Melon to enjoy Bloody Marys at the wooden bar or burgers at one of the rickety tables. The preppy patrons bumble along despite the semi-darkness (the low-low lighting is especially noticeable at lunch) and deafening noise levels (especially during peak hours), all for the no frills burgers: no fancy toppings, no cheese, no ketchup, no fries (those all come separately).

    CROWD

    Fierce burger loyalists, UES yuppies, young professionals, and in-the-know tourists.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Super casual; go with a fun top, designer jeans, and some cool yet comfortable flats.

    GO HERE WITH

    A friend; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The burgers, plain and simple.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Just because the place is famous doesn’t give the waitstaff license to be so snooty or slow. But then again, perhaps that’s part of the charm of the place. And the no reservations policy is a bummer.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Cash only. J.G. Melon is very popular at happy hour and at weekend lunchtimes–be prepared to fight for a seat if that’s when you’re coming. They’ve got a lot of burger alternatives on the menu, but we suggest sticking to classics like the hamburgers (be bold and order two if you’re really hungry) and the cottage fried potatoes. Also, you’re better off ordering bottled beers; the beers on tap come in small mugs.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Corner Bistro (New York); Fanelli Café (New York)


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