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J.G. Melon

1291 3rd Ave. nyc


This classic Upper East Side institution serves what is considered by many to be the best burger in NYC. Open since 1972, the no-frills spot channels a laid-back, preppy vibe, which can be refreshing in a neighborhood teeming with Michelin stars. Usually packed to the gills, J.G. Melon is the perfect stop for an indulgent, family-friendly meal—or a late night snack (it stays open until 3 am). Fun fact: the revered restaurant makes a cameo in the Academy Award­–winning film Kramer vs. Kramer.

Written by Emma Pierce

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