The first J.G. Melon opened on the Upper East Side in the 1970’s, and now there are a few other locations around the city. They all have the same old-school pub feel, the same green-and-white checkered tablecloths, and, most importantly, the same burger. That’s really why you come here. It's the perfect size, and probably pretty close to what most people picture when they think of the word “hamburger.” We also like the fact that the fries here come in an oval shape, and, despite the fact that this UWS location is relatively new, it still feels like a classic NYC institution.
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Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
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Head spinning after a long day of getting dragged around Soho with the female? Find salvation in a crisp Blue Point Toasted Lager draft and steak frites at Jane. It’ll help restore the equilibrium. The predecessor to fratty East Village favorite, The Smith, Jane is its slightly more sophisticated older sister.
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JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
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