1291 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10021
Date Dined: 11.11.11
JG Melon has been a New York staple since its opening in 1972. Obviously they are doing something right if they have been serving the same burger and fries since then. I am a huge fan of burgers and try to convince myself every time I eat one that they’re not thattttt bad for you- protein plus a few vegetables thrown on a light bun. The naughty part is the French fries- but I’ve never been one to turn down a potato of any kind. I’ll keep lying to myself.
JG Melon’s burger is a classic, simple burger. The meat (medium-rare of course) is juicy and dressed with a few slices of red onion, a few dill pickle chips and a slice of cheese (I went with cheddar). The ratio of lightly toasted bun to burger is just right and I like a little pickle and onion to freshen up a burger.
Yet, something didn’t quite add up. Despite all these seemingly good qualities, this burger did not stand out to me from a culinary point-of-view. The meat, while juicy, came slightly overcooked and lacked the real meaty flavor one looks for in a burger. The bun really added nothing to the party. It was just sort of there holding everything together. I found myself slathering on various condiments which I never do with a really good burger.
Alongside the burger, Melon’s is known for their Cottage Fried Potatoes which are basically a thicker version of a potato chip. They’re ok. I’ll probably stick my regular fries next time.
So my verdict here is- absolutely make the trip for one of the quintessential NY burger experiences but don’t expect the food to blow you away (sorry to all you Melon’s loyalists…).