J.G. Melon

J.G. Melon

Burger Joint, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
  • The experts at Eater and Food Network recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Food Network
  • Guillermo Y.
    "Besides the obvious tip of "best burger in NYC", get a Bloody Bull."(19 Tips)
    Steve P.
    "Burger, cottage fries, chili, and apple or key lime pie."(34 Tips)
    Lenny N.
    "Bloody bull, beer and a burger is the way to go."(9 Tips)
    Claudia L.
    "Bacon cheeseburger, cottage fried & cheesecake!!"(34 Tips)
386 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • cheeseburgers
  • french fries
  • lively
  • authentic
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  • Ras M.
    Ras MaliceOctober 11, 2013
    I REFUSE to eat anything else today for fear it will ruin the aftertaste! Simply amazing burger & fries, delivered fast and hot. Nothing fancy, handmade, juicy beef burger done RIGHT! I'll be back!
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMarch 18, 2014
    Among the BEST burgers in Manhattan. Dine in with a loved one or grab it to-go with friends and find a nearby stoop. These juicy burgers were never meant to be eaten with utensils, folks.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Pubs don't come more oldschool, and some peg Mellon's burger as the best in the city. It's not, but along with Mellon's crispy waffle-cut fries and cold beer, it is a damn good show. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanJanuary 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes it's the best cheeseburger in the world! The question is; will you order a #bftt (burger for the table)? If you are with a group, do the right thing and get an extra making you the table hero!
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 7, 2013
    Since 1972, this kitschy Upper East Side burger joint has been sating meatheads. The cheeseburger is a bite of a bygone era, simple griddled on a flattop and medium-rare juicy. (Critics' Pick) Read more
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundAugust 30, 2015
    Definitely an old timers joint that is an institution in the city. Very similar to Minetta in that you would fully expect patrons to have been coming here every day for thirty years. Burger was just k
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 13
    A rare burger, recommended, came out in 2 minutes during a recent visit, boasting a charred exterior and a silky, crimson interior. Add bacon and American cheese, then season with a lot of salt. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    When dining solo, sit at J.G. Melon’s wooden bar and enjoy an outstanding hamburger and blood mary. J.G. is cozy and casual, and no one here will bother you. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Jen S.
    Jen StarAugust 16
    Serving burgers in its narrow space since '74. A perfect bar burger and highly recommended cottage fries & bowl of chili. Think of it as a living relic, a throwback to cheap eats meets preppy ideals.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 16, 2010
    The best nights are Sunday and Thursday nights. Get there at 6:30pm and have a bloody Bull while you wait. Bobby is the gate keeper for seating, make him your best friend and he will take care of you.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Jackson Harris
    Jackson HarrisNovember 17, 2015
    This place is a neighborhood staple. Don't forget to order a side of their French fries and be sure to bring cash because they don't accept credit cards. Sit at the bar and eat if you're in a hurry!
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • James M.
    James MarshallJuly 30, 2015
    Very similar to Corner Bistro in terms of overall aesthetic. Very similar burger too. Loved it. Cottage fries are a unique twist. I like the bacon at Corner Bistro more. But other than that, A+.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Leo S.
    Leo SumulongAugust 17, 2014
    Of the places in the city that do a great classic burger (high on quality basics, low on pretentiousness and distracting novelty), this has got to be among the top few. Meaty, cheesy, good.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The best cheeseburger in New York City. You get pickes and onions on the side, ask for tomatoes and lettuce as well. Get cottage fries and a Sam Adams on tap for $5. Can't get any better than that!
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Julie G.
    Julie GavellJuly 26, 2013
    One of the best burger places on the east side. I always bring out of towners here. So yummy their burgers.. It just prepared simply and that's some time the best way to do it.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Scott S.
    Scott SJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Free up your drinking hand since you don't need to look at the menu. Cheeseburger (medium) cottage fries, and a Bloody Mary. This is the most repeatable burger in New York. A proud institution.
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LeSeptember 19, 2015
    the juiciest and most traditional and perfectly cooked burger in NYC. bacon cheeseburger was great. service was quick. you can wait for a while to get a seat, but the wait is worth it!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StarkFebruary 2, 2013
    This place is always packed-if going on a weekend go early (noon) for lunch & you'll be fine. Burger was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside w/just a little pink (ordered Medium). Will be back!
  • Ben K.
    This place is classic. Nothing like a griddled burger, and theirs is perfectly crispy with a juicy center. Order the bacon cheeseburger and a side of cottage potatoes.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelOctober 31, 2016
    Much better than the west village location (this one in UES is the original). Get the cheeseburger and fries - also sit at the bar and meet Bobby, the bartender, he is the best!
  • hello_emily
    hello_emilyApril 25, 2016
    The bacon cheeseburger with cottage fries and a couple pints of lagunitas IPA 👍🏻 Great service and a really cool old school vibe.
  • Burgerspotting ..
    Burgerspotting .seNovember 11, 2014
    This burger is pure perfection. The meat is perfectly minced, juicy and has a unique flavor, with a crispy bacon that dream. Love the cheese and bread. Rating: 10 out of 10
  • Fotini🍭
    Fotini🍭December 22, 2016
    Really nice burger and we didn't have to wait long. On the downside, the place is quite packed and it's a matter of luck where you will be seated.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3, 2016
    Bacon Cheeseburger: Grab a stool at this divey bar and order your no-frills burger with a side of cottage fries. You’ll thank us later. Read more
  • Dan G.
    Dan GersonMarch 23, 2013
    An upper east side staple. Old school, no attitude spot. Great drinks and a kick ass burger done right. Cooked perfect, with a crunch on the outside, definitely in the top 3.
  • Julie G.
    Julie GavellMay 7, 2013
    One of the best burger places in the city. Just good simple burgers. Soo freaking good. I like this place more than shake shack. It does get crowded but its worth the wait.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously one of the best, no-frills burger I've ever had. This old school pub does it right. Sit at the bar when Mr David Parine is working and buy him a mind-eraser.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 18, 2013
    This neighborhood hangout grills the perfect everyday burger, has an extensive beer list, and the genuinely local feeling we all look for in a go-to bar.
  • Lanre A.
    Lanre AdedokunMarch 3, 2015
    Wow....definitely so far hands down best burger I have had in as long as I can remember. I went back twice in one day and regretted not getting two burgers the first time 👌👍👌👍👌👍
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 7, 2011
    In a world of trendy, fancy, gourmet burgers, JG Melon has maintained its old school mentality to create some of the best burgers in the city. Try the bacon cheeseburger.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.February 21, 2013
    The burgers are DELICIOUS but on the smaller side- if you're hungry order 2. MUST HAVE the Mozzarella In Carrozza: essentially it's grilled cheese made with French toast. SOOOO GOOD!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 8, 2011
    Grill master, Bobby Flay, thinks the best burger can be found at JG Melon in New York, NY on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Steve S.
    Steve SoleimaniJune 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    great burgers! i suggest fries and chili as a starter or even to complement your burger. scoop the chili with the fries. heck even put some chili on your hamburger.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 10, 2016
    Delicious, authentic burgers made just the way I like it: with pickles & onions! Get the cottage fries, trust me!
  • Pierre S.
    Pierre SOctober 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Do like the locals and get the burger. Cheeseburger is a classic. And get their weird beef broth Bloody Mary variant too. Nice little buzz for the weekend afternoon
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    One of the best burgers on the island of Manhattan. Great key lime pie. Super authentic, classic NYC experience. I feel like I'm in an episode of Seinfeld.
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovNovember 14, 2014
    The reputation holds true: you must get a Cheeseburger. Don't overdo it with unnecessary toppings. You'll find it to be one of the tastiest bites you'll find around.
  • Nick T.
    The burger is legitimately great, not a fan of the cottage fries. It's like the ugly stepsister of the waffle fry. The vibe is "upper crust slums it on second ave." Lots of ivy leaguers
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    Bobby Flay loves the griddle-cooked burger patty here for the nice crust it gets.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandMay 24, 2016
    Burger, cottage fries, chili, and apple or key lime pie. Get that pie. Key lime fab apparently. Expect a wait of an hour. Colleen & Paul agree on this.
  • Wejdan
    WejdanApril 3
    Been here 5+ times
    Yup, still the best burger in the city. Try the apple pie once you'll be back again and again for it.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 19, 2011
    Love the old school feel cash only outdoor and indoor seating and good prices. Have beer if u like simple good food there burgers are juicy and potato chips fries are yummy
  • Nongmorn C.
    Nongmorn C.yongJune 14, 2016
    The one of dish in NYC burger joint that I can ate all. Not too big. All fried side exclude.Good for health.Thanks for break me ha ha.
  • Corey B.
    Corey BeriganNovember 25, 2016
    Get a bowl of chili with cheese and onions, bacon cheeseburger, and a some cottage fries. Best in NYC.
  • Constantino D.
    Constantino Diaz-DuranFebruary 21, 2011
    I say keep it simple, and just enjoy the deliciousness that is this masterpiece of a burger, sans cheese or bacon. Maybe add grilled onions. Maybe. And share the fries--one order is plenty for two.
  • Nad M.
    Nad MilanEvaFebruary 28, 2014
    Bartenders provide great service. If you're looking for a quick bite, come before 4 and not between 1130 and 1..the wait is long, but is definitely worth it.
  • raul g.
    raul gutierrezAugust 19, 2011
    In a sea of thick unappealing uptown burgers, JG Melon is a standout. They've been serving the same solid burger since I started coming here in college many years ago. Also, pie!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJanuary 4, 2015
    Bacon cheeseburgers and cottage fries as everyone says but have to also rec the spinach, shroom, feta salad.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JaccarinoDecember 20, 2013
    A must if you are in New York, go in order shake burger and fries...sit down and prepare yourself for the best burger you have ever tasted!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 11, 2010
    The cheeseburger here is my favorite in New York City. Ask for tomato, lettuce, and pickles if you want them. They don’t come with the order automatically. - Amy, head of social media at Foodspotting
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