If there's one thing I've learned in my many weekend trips to the Big Apple, it's that you better walk around the city and into bars, shops, and restaurants as if you own the place. Otherwise, you risk getting eaten alive by New York natives. It has taken me a while to get the hang of this, but I've learned to march with a mission at times other than when I'm a) starving, or b) desperately in need of a porcelain God.
I tend to hang on the Upper East Side since this is the area in which many of my friends and family reside. There are a lot of great eateries and social spots between the 70s and 90s. There are also a lot of watering holes that will charge you $16+ for a standard mixed drink or traditional hamburger. JG Melon is NOT one of these places.
I'd like to think of this place as a hidden gem, but approach the corner of 73rd and 3rd and you'll realize that this is far from true. Always bustling and always delicious, JG Melon is a must if you ever find yourself on the UES. The burgers are the ideal size, juicy, flavorful and under $10! Additionally, while the inside of the joint is quite narrow and run in a typical NYC fashion - quickly and without much regard for being friendly - you won't even notice the lack of space once you sink your teeth into a good ole classic, American dish. Pair it with a side of fries, a bloody Mary, and/or a few Coronas, and you've got yourself a nice little lunch place or kickoff spot for a leisurely Saturday.
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