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BY PAUL JOHNSON-CALDERON on Papermag.com
I reported to you earlier in the summer that Dorrian’s was the new it spot for both prepsters and hipsters alike. Well, in the spirit of Upper East Side WASPy-ness, I must now draw your attention to another blue-blood hang out…. JG Melon. Located on E. 74th and Third Avenue, the classic burger joint whips up the best burger I have ever had in my entire life! In a taste test between Melon’s and In and Out I assure you I’d pick Melon’s. I had dinner there last night with everyone’s favorite writer/journalist/celebrated social figure, Peter Davis, and ran into my dear friend and Moet Hennessey PR babe, Hadley Smith. As we were enjoying our burgers and bloody bulls (a Bloody Mary with beef broth; another thing that Melon’s is famous for), We noticed two black SUVs pull up with massive bodyguards, looking very “Men In Black.” Who were they there to pick up, you ask?? Why, none other than NYC’s own Mayor Bloomberg!! Other “famouses” known to haunt the iconic bar/restaurant over the decades include Grace Kelly, Brooke Shields, many a Kennedy, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, as well as Tinsley Mortimer and Dabney Mercer. Another Melon’s trivia fact that’s fun is that its interior was filmed for a scene in Kramer vs. Kramer.
My personal recommendation? Start it off with a cup of chilli, then move on to a bacon cheddar burger (medium to well) with a side of cottage fries. Top it all off with a bloody bull or two!
All this typing about Melon’s has me ravenous… See you there!!