I've been living in New York City for about six years and only tried J.G. Melon for the first time this month. Yes, for shame. And I regret that I hadn't gone sooner—now I'd easily name their cheeseburger ($9.25) one of my favorite burgers in the city. Nick Solares wrote a great review of J.G. Melon back in 2008, but his words still ring true today. Here's an excerpt that accurately describes my experience:
Texturally it is one of the loosest packed patties I have had. It is deceptively airy and flaky. It crumbles easily and has that melt-in-your-mouth sensation that one associates with finer cuts of beef. [...] The pillow-soft white bun is so airy and light that it flattens around the burger yet somehow manages to remain intact.
Besides having a fantastic texture, the burger is also moist and full of sodium-enriched beefy flavor. I wish more burgers were like that. And that they were closer to me than the Upper East Side.
Check out an innards shot after the jump.
1291 Third Avenue, New York NY 10021 (at 74th Street; map)