Mel's Burger Bar

Burger Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Morningside Heights, New York
  • Jessica T.
    "siberian husky- spiked shake is great!"(4 Tips)
    Jim M.
    "Burgers are awesome + beer selection is fabulous🍻😋"(12 Tips)
    Diana K.
    "The spiked milkshakes were good."(4 Tips)
    Benjamin B.
    "... bacon, and enjoyed the disco fries. Service was prompt, I am satisfied."(4 Tips)
147 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • milkshakes
  • french fries
  • lively
  • good for groups
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  • Eduardo A.
    I thought a burger place would have a recipe for a vegetarian burger that stick together, but Mel's burger falls apart unfortunately. Also, my fries were soaked in oil! Double frustration.
  • Ryan W.
    Update: The Backyard Burger is the best burger in America. Great beer selection. Skip the spiked shakes.
    Upvoted May 17
  • Hunter T.
    Hunter ThomasFebruary 24
    Long list of good burger options and plenty of sides. Local beers. There's always in space in back of restaurant. Service has a "take our time" approach.
  • Haley S.
    Haley SchoeckSeptember 14, 2015
    The fish tacos are really great and the sweet potato fries are unreal. Amazing beer selection.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJuly 27, 2015
    Really good burgers, got the dirty hipster and for the first time ever, used a fork & knife to eat it. It's a must try!
  • Michael T.
    Michael TJuly 22, 2015
    Great spot for burgers and fries, craft beers and sports. Truly epic selections of each! Beer flights and growlers. The spot to be for a big game.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkMay 8, 2015
    Classic burger bar: the meat is tender and juicy, the fries come in a variety of seasonings, and the milkshakes and beer match perfectly
  • zia o.
    zia osmanFebruary 28, 2015
    Consider customizing your burger the party and bun are pretty salty so it make become too salty in its totality if you get additionally salty toppings
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsFebruary 19, 2015
    Come for the burgers (they're all good), stay to complete the 40 beer Brew Crew challenge!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorDecember 28, 2014
    Not exactly sure who comes here for the burgers, but the bar "is a jumpin'". It seems those with $$$ to burn come to indulge in some later night revelry. Ask them about that beer club rewards program!
  • Foad T.
    Foad TorshiziDecember 12, 2014
    Excellent burgers! Beautiful interior. Courteous staff. Amazing alcoholic shakes. This place is perfect if you are looking for American food near Columbia.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TDecember 1, 2014
    Great to catch the game. Any game: Any sports. Brilliant craft beer selection. And the burgers, oh the burgers..!
  • jasmine j.
    jasmine jeffersonNovember 25, 2014
    The fried Oreos are amazing !!! Not a big fan of their fries however burgers are good and drinks are even better
  • Megan M.
    Megan MOctober 26, 2014
    The back yarder burger is the best burger I've ever had! Service is great and beer selection is plentiful!
  • Dang L.
    Dang LeAugust 25, 2014
    Burgers are really small for what they charge. Parmesan Jalapeño fries were delicious. Nice & crunchy, not too oily or soggy. But the ketchup had more flavor than the sauce that came with the fries.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MetzlerAugust 21, 2014
    Disco fries were good, if a bit over-drenched in the Gravy. The "Hot Mess" burger was excellent.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BishopJune 8, 2014
    Jalapeño Parmesan fries are a must. Also they give free shots when the Rangers score a goal if you're there during a game. 👍
  • Risa
    RisaJune 1, 2014
    For an iconic (& delicious) Americana experience, get the Back Yard Burger and the PB&J milkshake.
  • Alessia R.
    Alessia RestaMay 7, 2014
    Charged us when my boyfriend accidentally spilled his beer and the waitress offered him a new one.The first one still appeared on the bill.LAME They also didn't really clean up the mess.Won't go back!
  • Nicole Rae D.
    Nicole Rae DrummondApril 19, 2014
    Although I didn't enjoy my veggie burger, my man really did love his meaty cowboy burger and I must mention the great service - excellent staff!
  • Virginia L.
    Virginia L.March 29, 2014
    I really liked the food but if you split a check the "suggested gratuity" is calculated off of the grand total, which I have seen nowhere else. Tricky and if intentional that's not right.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KaoDecember 2, 2013
    The spiked shakes are a hit or miss. The Siberian Husky tasted like pure vodka but The Dark Knight was delicious.
  • Carla M.
    Carla MoyJune 23, 2013
    Love the Bo Burger (get it with the suggested pairing, if you are so inclined) - I have yet to have a bad burger of any kind here.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GJune 20, 2013
    I travel the nation looking for the best milkshake. I could have my own Food Channel show on the stuff, no joke. Spiked milkshakes here? Too "watery" and uneven distribution of ingredients. Try again.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MacchiMay 30, 2013
    This is the kinda place to go if you want a burger with a high cost-to-bites ratio. Although tasty, mine clocked in at $12 for 9 bites
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderApril 24, 2013
    The WIDoWMaKEr comes in at $11.90. It has a mountain of mac n cheese so skip the rest of the menu.
  • Julie
    JulieApril 6, 2013
    Doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you walk in it has a great decor & atmosphere. Food is ok and mimosa's are $2 for brunch. Cool, chill spot.
  • Bill T.
    Bill TothJanuary 5, 2013
    Most things are awesome (i love the Tennessee jed shake). avoid the cotton candy shake though; tastes like chalk.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HuebenerNovember 1, 2012
    The service here is terrible. Servers are uninterested in helping anyone. Better off going to Five Guys across the street. Better food, Better prices.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TomczykOctober 23, 2012
    siberian husky- spiked shake is great! (cookie monster ice cream, kahlua, and absolut. my favorite! <3
  • Greg B.
    Greg BayerOctober 16, 2012
    Mel's is a great, fun spot, always a good time and the food is great. Make sure to order the fried pickles and fried oreos, nothing better.
  • Aletha H.
    Aletha HaynesAugust 23, 2012
    The menu has been upgraded! Feeling like going all out? Try The Widowmakerburger with mac'n cheese and bacon and the parmesan jalepeño fries.
  • Ceasar
    CeasarJuly 15, 2012
    Food is awesome, beer selection is great also. Prompt, friendly service, our waitress could not have been nicer. Try the WTF and the Widowmaker. Honorable mention = bacon, sour cream & chive fries.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SperandioJune 24, 2012
    The service here was horrible. The girl bartendender gave us attitude and ruined our experience by giving us judgemental "looks" all night.
  • Anne
    AnneJune 24, 2012
    Never use a Groupon here otherwise shitty service! The bartender didn't want to do her job; one waitress rolled her eyes due to us ordering fries with our burgers; the others were just as dismissive!
  • Raymond R.
    Raymond RichardsonJune 16, 2012
    Love this place. Great burgers, fries and an awesome beer selection. Best of all really good service.
  • Liz S.
    Liz SwickApril 18, 2012
    Honestly I think the 5guys burger is just as good, but the atmosphere is cool. And they have fried oreos!
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.April 2, 2012
    Decent brunch. The eggs benny is pretty standard but with great portions. Bloody Mary's at brunch are only $2 but they aren't anything special.
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyJanuary 20, 2012
    The burgers at Mel's are good, but the really popular menu items here are the spiked milkshakes!
  • Pranay D.
    Pranay DharmaleAugust 18, 2011
    horrible service each and every time. Once, we were halfway through our 1st round - waiter asked for next round, we said we'd order in a few min - in about 2 min, the guy brings us our check !!!!
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FarrellMay 29, 2011
    Awesome turkey burger! Staff was super friendly. A little pricey- but great groupon deal. Love it there.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BrimmMarch 21, 2011
    Had a great juicy Cadillac with thick bacon, and enjoyed the disco fries. Service was prompt, I am satisfied.
  • Ethan P.
    Ethan ParkerMarch 5, 2011
    DISCO FRIEEEES! Sound freaky, but pretty awesome. Also, the brisket sandwich is good, but not great. Their burgers are insanely juicy.
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellJanuary 25, 2011
    Let down. Over priced, slow service, sub standard food. The 'atomic fries' for $5 are regular fries over saturated with tobasco just take the trip to shake shack
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 3, 2010
    classic burger fries and draft for $16.... great deal, service wonderful, great music, waiters are great. a true nyc uws must!!!
  • china
    chinaOctober 15, 2010
    This place is horrible. The service is junk. The bartender is rude. The burger is worse. Go to Le Monde or Community. You will not be disappointed.
  • Beth S.
    Beth SterlingSeptember 16, 2010
    Had the veggie burger and it was messy but very good. I go here mostly for Mel's rotating craft beer taps. Avoid late night if you're over 25.
  • Zach S.
    Zach SchauSeptember 5, 2010
    Burgers are garbage. Corn fed? Are you serious? 1991. Pepper much? Their medium rare is boa's very well done. Yikes. Will do my best to take this 'shit'stablishment to chapter 11. You're welcome.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BrownAugust 29, 2010
    24 bucks for a double bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a coke, but overall it was good. Just not shake shack good...with more overhead. I will be back to check it out again though
  • Tushar K.
    Tushar KhandelwalAugust 24, 2010
    Awesome new retro burger joint near Columbia! @melsburgerbarny has great burgers (bit overpriced), good shakes, and awesome dessert! =)
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