Category Archives: ★★☆☆☆

JG Melon – an UES bastion of a dismal burger

My map is pretty weak on Upper East Side locations, so I was eager to add JG Melon, an old school watering hole famous for its burgers. Although it looks much older, JG Melon has occupied the corner of 74th and 3rd since 1972. For almost four decades, this tavern has attracted a loyal following that consists primarily of UES Yuppies and old-money Ivy Leaguers. There was a wait for seats during lunch, but Aaron and I were able to grab a table in the crowded room towards the back.

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Masala Times – a Bollywood flop

A loyal fan pointed out that I haven’t reviewed any Indian restaurants yet. I purposefully avoided doing so because I can get similar food at home for free; there’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal. I spotted Masala Times recently and was attracted by the popularity it had among NYU students. Masala Times goes above and beyond to create a Bollywood-movie theme, nicknaming menu items after film subjects and decorating the chairs with faces of actors. I went up and asked for the Chicken Box ($9.95) and got a Mango Lassi to drink ($3).

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Mamoun’s vs Taim – best falafel of the village

Mamoun’s is the popular choice for many falafel-lovers, but a few blocks north and a few more blocks west is Taim, another falafel joint. I skipped breakfast so that I could compare both of their sandwiches over lunch.

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Kelvin Natural Slush Co. – unnaturally sweet

Rather than take the subway to meet Derek, I chose to walk from Herald Sq. to Union Sq., passing by the tempting food offerings of Madison Square Eats. I already had plans for food, but could still grab a drink from Kelvin Natural Slush‘s truck, which I’ve been trying to locate since the summer. Despite the October chill, your brave (and curious) reviewer decided to try one. The “Arnold Palmer” looked promising so I asked the incredibly bored server for a medium ($4.00).

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Kuti’s Place

The Grade Pending sign should have tipped me off, but I proceeded to see what a Middle Eastern-West African fusion was all about. I ordered the Lamb Chawarma (sliced lamb, parsley, salad, tomato, ras-el-hanout, tahini) for $6 on a wrap instead of a baguette, which was actually a hero. I had money left over to ask about their homemade juices, but they don’t make that anymore. Instead I got an order of falafel ($4; 5pcs).

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