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J.G. Melon

) #380 of 9,165 Restaurants in New York City ££ - £££ American, Bar
1291 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
+1 212-650-1310
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cottage fries” (28 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (28 reviews)
“chilli” (21 reviews)
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All hours
American, Bar
££ - £££
1291 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I dream of this burger. you have to wait but it's worth it. every time i visit new york i end up having 1 or 2 burgers.

Thank MMKY1983
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite burgers in NY. It is very tasty and well cooked. The only drawback is that only accept cash.

Thank macarenaTenerife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch on May 13th 2017with an american friend of mine who likes a lot this restaurant. Always crowded by faithful american people. Good food and good beer on Tap; Six Point Sweet Action

Thank DF92200
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This place was voted as having one of the best burgers in Manhattan and I would have to agree. The burger was juicy and flavourful. It was a little pricey though, considering a side of fries are $6, this on top of the $10 burger...More

Thank buttercup1211
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff. No frills burgers, just the way they should be, cooked to perfection . Simple and convenient, historical location

Thank juni360
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We lucked out - went on a Friday around 1:30 pm and were seated right away. We shared a chili which had a great beefy flavor. Of course, we came for the burgers and they did not disappoint. So simple yet so good! Each bite...More

Thank JayBoy76
Reviewed 3 April 2017

So I just want to start this review by saying that J.G. Melon has an amazing bloody mary and some of the best chili in the city. I know this because I used to frequent J.G. Melon in my twenties when I lived in the...More

2  Thank mattyd267
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Group of 5, we turned up at 6pm Saturday night, very busy but very friendly staff, we waited at the bar, got served beers and wine, chatted to the locals and soon got moved to our table. We got the best moist, juicy burgers ever!...More

Thank lizr399
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We visited J.G. Melon a few months ago based on recommendations of it having one of the best burgers in NYC. It lived up to all expectations! The burgers are simple but juicy and absolutely delicious! The cottage fries are also delicious! The restaurant is...More

Thank ljp2704
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We have loved the hamburgers, steaks and atmosphere at JG Melon's for over 30 years. A neighborhood bar-restaurant, no reservations, you just wait your turn for a table or eat at the bar. Sandwiches, hamburgers, steaks are wonderful, service is quick and a bit curt...More

Thank pico1
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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Is there a JG Melon in midtown anywhere?
15 January 2016|
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Response from minniegirl01 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. It's worth going uptown to check it out.
Is it quiet
16 August 2015|
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Response from Jayne M | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a Sunday around 4:00 pm. We were away from the bar and it was relatively quiet for a Manhattan restaurant. It is small though and tables are close so I image it can get noisy at times.
Why is the food so pricy?
30 June 2015|
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Response from elveese | Reviewed this property |
Because enough people will pony up.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Bar
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
11:30 - 03:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1291 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-650-1310
  • E-mail