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🍻😋"(11 Tips)
    Renne H.
    "Fried OREO is extremely awesome!"(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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  • 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.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BishopJune 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jalapeño Parmesan fries are a must. Also they give free shots when the Rangers score a goal if you're there during a game. 👍
  • 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.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkMay 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic burger bar: the meat is tender and juicy, the fries come in a variety of seasonings, and the milkshakes and beer match perfectly
    Upvoted May 6
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenNovember 15, 2016
    $25 for 2hrs bottomless brunch, including entree (brunch menu only). Bottomless includes: bloody marys, mimosas, & screwdrivers. Service couldn't have been more friendly!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BayerOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Carla M.
    Carla MoyJune 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Hunter T.
    Hunter ThomasFebruary 24, 2016
    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.
  • Aletha H.
    Aletha HaynesAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The menu has been upgraded! Feeling like going all out? Try The Widowmakerburger with mac'n cheese and bacon and the parmesan jalepeño fries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TomczykOctober 23, 2012
    siberian husky- spiked shake is great! (cookie monster ice cream, kahlua, and absolut. my favorite! <3
  • 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..!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MetzlerAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Disco fries were good, if a bit over-drenched in the Gravy. The "Hot Mess" burger was excellent.
  • 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!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderMay 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Update: The Backyard Burger is the best burger in America. Great beer selection. Skip the spiked shakes.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Risa
    RisaJune 1, 2014
    For an iconic (& delicious) Americana experience, get the Back Yard Burger and the PB&J milkshake.
  • 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
  • Raymond R.
    Raymond RichardsonJune 16, 2012
    Love this place. Great burgers, fries and an awesome beer selection. Best of all really good service.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the burgers (they're all good), stay to complete the 40 beer Brew Crew challenge!
  • 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.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The WIDoWMaKEr comes in at $11.90. It has a mountain of mac n cheese so skip the rest of the menu.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BaileySeptember 7, 2015
    Great beer selection and very good burgers. That's enough for me to visit every time I'm on the UWS.
  • Jose L.
    Jose LugoAugust 16, 2012
    Mel's Burger Bar got a health rating of A with 9 points. Download the nyc health ratings android app to view and share restaurants on FourSquare Read more
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    classic burger fries and draft for $16.... great deal, service wonderful, great music, waiters are great. a true nyc uws must!!!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FarrellMay 29, 2011
    Awesome turkey burger! Staff was super friendly. A little pricey- but great groupon deal. Love it there.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Top 5 burger in New York City. Looking to try something new? Get the Dirty Hipster.
  • Nick Q.
    Nick QuinlanMarch 30, 2015
    Get the L.E.S. Burger. Probably one of the top ten burgers I've had in my life.
  • Tahtah P.
    Tahtah PrinceApril 8, 2015
    They have great burgers and a variety of beers. Onion rings and buffalo wings are good apps l.
  • Tushar K.
    Tushar KhandelwalAugust 24, 2010
    Awesome new retro burger joint near Columbia! @melsburgerbarny has great burgers (bit overpriced), good shakes, and awesome dessert! =)
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatFebruary 25, 2014
    This is a great restaurant that has delicious burgers, beers and milkshakes! Yum!
  • 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.
  • Senencito
    SenencitoFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place, just the right mix of ambiance and great burgers
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyJanuary 20, 2012
    The burgers at Mel's are good, but the really popular menu items here are the spiked milkshakes!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DalyAugust 3, 2015
    The classic burger is great. The potato buns are delish
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CApril 15, 2015
    Cool place to hang out if you're close to Columbia. Grab a drink.
  • Beth S.
    Beth SterlingSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoNovember 9, 2014
    Half a growler of beer is perfect for 4 people
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew McKenzieJuly 12, 2014
    What the burgers lack in diameter they make up for in height. Hope you have a big mouth.
  • Chaim
    ChaimSeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best draft beer selection in the area. It's almost all micro brews, and a lot of it's local.
  • Robyn G.
    Robyn GrierFebruary 18, 2015
    The French dip burger was amazing. Good draft beer selection.
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaMay 12, 2015
    Solid burgers, spacious room, lots of college kids.
  • The Tiny TieRant
    The Tiny TieRantJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Cotton Candy Milkshake - #vodka #sweet #drinks #noms #heavenly
  • Matt A.
    Matt A.September 18, 2013
    Burgers, beer, and lots of TVs that makes it perfect for NFL Sundays
  • Eduardo A.
    Eduardo AmorimJune 15, 2016
    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.
  • Ado D.
    Ado DeljaninFebruary 22, 2012
    You know a place is good when they can charge high price gor burgers and fries and get away with it ....i will deff be back
  • The Tiny TieRant
    The Tiny TieRantJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mac-n-Cheese Burger - #noms #bacon #pickles
  • Julie H.
    Julie HJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Unlimited wings sliders and pilsner beer for $25 during games!
  • Eric E.
    Eric EnrightApril 3, 2011
    The Broadway Burger is like a patty melt with bacon and jalepenos. I'll be back.
  • 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!
  • Jim M.
    Jim Masullo ⚾🍻🎸🎶August 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Burgers are awesome + beer selection is fabulous🍻😋
  • Sammy L.
    Sammy LJuly 15, 2015
    Backyarder burger, atomic fries, Mac and cheese balls, grilled cheese
  • The Tiny TieRant
    The Tiny TieRantJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon Chives Sour Cream Fries - #drool #noms
  • California
    CaliforniaOctober 15, 2012
    Order french fries with Parmesan cheese. Ceasar salad is pretty nasty
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CasielloFebruary 22, 2012
    get a milkshake here and then go across the street to Five Guys for burgers and fries.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidNovember 29, 2014
    The Back Yarder is the way to go.
  • christine h.
    christine hinzMay 31, 2013
    Been here twice w a Groupon, waitresses and servers were all lovely.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MarincolaOctober 20, 2014
    The california burger is a must!
  • Dmitry F.
    Dmitry FridmanFebruary 10, 2015
    great place to grab a burger and have a beer
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LifshotzNovember 21, 2015
    The burgers,obviously, are awesome
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroMay 7, 2014
    They have a menu just for fries. Yes!
  • Brooke
    BrookeSeptember 3, 2011
    Check out @MelsBurgerbarNY for spur of the moment flash specials/ mob specials/ free beer, etc and updates for foursquare users
  • PHUDE-nyc
    PHUDE-nycSeptember 1, 2010
    Broadway Burger is my new favorite, followed by a PBR or PB&J milkshake! Read more
  • Alexis E.
    Alexis EisenmanAugust 18, 2011
    I absolutely love this place. Just try the Hard Arnie.
  • Jackee B.
    Jackee B.November 30, 2011
    Get Dawn Tues, Thurs, or weekends. She's the nice Cali girl behind the bar
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GrayFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A fun spot but, unfortunately, food quality is uneven.
  • Jackee B.
    Jackee B.May 10, 2014
    Great selection on bloodies. Disco fries!
  • Pranay D.
    Pranay DharmaleAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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 !!!!
  • Jolene
    JoleneJuly 11, 2014
    Shrimp Salad! Disco Fries! Hot Mess! Why am I shouting?!
  • Kenny R.
    Kenny RiveraSeptember 21, 2010
    It's not shake shack, but Columbia students can consider themselves in the presence of a must-try burger in NYC.
  • Lenny S.
    Lenny SanchezFebruary 19, 2012
    Try their cookie monster milk shake it's AMAZING!
  • 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.
  • Jake W.
    Jake WuNovember 9, 2012
    Awesome fries and interesting beer
  • Bruno B.
    Bruno BarettaSeptember 28, 2014
    Bacon mushroom burger. Rare, of course
  • JeiHoodie
    JeiHoodieJanuary 22, 2011
    The person at the front said the computer downstairs is playing the music. I had to tell him the motown motown at this bar was off the hinges.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrownAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    love the Cadillac burger
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KramerDecember 21, 2014
    Great burgers and music
  • Paula F.
    Paula FerreiraAugust 3, 2013
    Classic burger. The best!!!!🍔
  • Renne H.
    Renne HuJuly 31, 2016
    Fried OREO is extremely awesome!
  • Nicolas J.
    Nicolas JezierskiFebruary 15, 2016
    Chili cheese fries / Cali burger
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KholodovJuly 4, 2015
    Best burgers in the area
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel Marco FernandezOctober 20, 2016
    The hot mess is delicous.
  • jill H.
    jill Harkavy-FriedmanNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chopped Cobb salad!
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here after 10pm, congrats your night is over
  • 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.
  • Andre N.
    Andre NelsonSeptember 2, 2013
    Always end with picklebacka
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