After a great start to our Foolinary journey in 2016, we began 2017 with a trip to the highly touted Michelin-level burger spot: JG Melon. To me, JG Melon sounds like the name for a multinational banking corporation specializing in loan discrimination, insider trading, and tax-sheltering ponzi schemes. But, in reality, JG Melon’s expertise lies in the all-American classic: Hamburgers. Hamburgers might seem like a simple food with little room for artistry but mentions during Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show interview of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner’s Teen Vogue interview, and write-ups in every relevant food blog give JG Melon a layer of celebrity street cred to legitimize our reason for hosting a meetup there. But, while JG Melon is ‘on the up & up’, planning a trip there wasn’t as straightforward as one would assume…
JG Melon is a relatively small spot so we had to keep the RSVP-limit low (less than 10 people). Almost IMMEDIATELY all of the spots were taken up and the amount of people on the waiting list matched the amount of people RSVP’d. Since the Foolinary squad was bursting through the seams, we had to run it back and give JG Melon a second look. FYI: RSVPs are full and the wait list is packed AGAIN! BOOOOOMMMM!!!
Since this is a unique situation where I’ll be sampling a meal two meetups in a row, I’ll save a review for after the upcoming second meetup. For now, let’s discuss the confusing scenario of there being TWO JG Melons that are technically …not related. … That’s right, there are two JG Melons operating currently in Manhattan and it’s important that I break this down because we experienced some confusion on our end and I don’t want any of you going through the same thing.
There are two JG Melons: the original one in the Upper East Side & another newly opened establishment in the West Village. The original JG Melon opened in 1972 and is the creator of the world-class burger that has celebrities jizzing themselves; that’s where we’re hosting our meetups. The new JG Melon in the West Village purchased the license to use the name and original recipe but operates their establishment differently. When I say differently… I mean… they have a website, the original doesn’t. Part of the allure of the meetup itself was to take advantage of their happy hour special which was posted on said website. …Here’s the problem: that website is only relevant to the JG Melon in the West Village, NOT for the original Upper East Side location. ::facepalm::
So, of course, we showed up ready to run through an assortment of sliders & drinks. Once we sat down, we noticed the lack of happy hour menu on the table. We asked for one and the waiter gave us a look of pure disgust and informed us that there isn’t a happy hour menu in the same tone that David Icke’s undercover reptilians reserve for the 99%.
Make sure you don’t make the same mistake we did. If you want that happy hour special, hit the West Village JG Melon. If you want the vintage Michelin-level celebrity-lathered burger, hit the Upper East Side JG Melon. Consider yourself informed… 😉
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