J.G. Melon

Coming from Austin, I have pretty high burger standards thanks to Hop Doddy’s. I’m not a big burger person, and I think I’ve only craved a burger, oh, about 1 time my entire life, but how I dream about those wonderful gourmet burgers at that Austin institution. This post, however, is not about Hop Doddy’s. It’s about J.G. Melon. Which happened to be just okay.

This is one of those places that would’ve been average or alright if I didn’t have such high expectations for it. The place was packed, and when we got a table we were extremely cramped. Fine, that’s how some places are in New York. Whatever. I already knew I was going to order a burger, because that’s the reason I heard about this restaurant in the first place.


Well I ordered a bacon cheeseburger (really, it’s not like I was about order a plain hamburger) and a side of fries, and there’s not really much for me to say. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. To me, it was the kind of burger I would eat at a friend’s barbecue, which hey, that might be exactly what some people are looking for! The fries were circular chips, and once again, just okay. I’m already a little biased because I love skinny fries, but still, I was hoping for a little more.

Maybe this is one of those places that people go to for the atmosphere and history, but I’m afraid I have to disagree with those who call it one of the best burgers in New York City. I’ll take Shake Shack or Umami Burger (especially Umami Burger) instead please!

Bacon cheeseburger and fries

1291 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021

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