In October 2012, we had double-booked ourselves with The Hunt in Hoboken and a housewarming party for our friends’ new place on the UES. Having just moved out of that area over the Summer, it was nostalgic driving through the streets. The UES had been a great year of change. Many fun “Domestic Monday” dinners were had there with friends, and most importantly it was the birth place of PeanutPimpMama.com. With all of the fond leaf turning memories, I only hope the UES has been just as kind to them since.
The Hunt had turned out to be a full day of spirits and merriment. We were pretty full and pretty jolly when we had arrived at “Chez Cruzy-Crunch”. I was still kind of sad to see that upon our arrival the punch had been killed. The hostess with the mostess had turned a pumpkin into a punch bowl! She got the A for effort with that creation. Clearly the pumpkin had done its job well as things got a lil’ “cray” up in that piece.
We danced a lot and ended the night with the song Sandstorm. We were “Sandy” it was “Storming” and we were “Feeling it.” We were feeling the sand… We were the sand! Being the sand of course came with the price of waking up in a state only a proper NY Brunch could cure.
Anyone that lives in NYC (or any other city that is spoiled by a plethora of Boozey-Brunch choices) knows it’s hard to decide where to go. The last thing you feel like doing on Sunday morning is having too much of “a think” over it. However even after a post-party pub crawl, there we were on a Sunday early afternoon walking, talking, thinking and asking for directions. This girl is just happy she had her sunglasses.
After three failed attempts of entry and a bunch of threats of 30-45 minute waits we stumbled upon this guy. J.G. Melon located at 1291 3rd Ave., NY, NY (cross/73rd). It is an Upper East Side institution known for its burgers. Hardly an item to earn you a reputation for brunch with, more like a 3am snack… However they were willing to seat us and we were anxious to eat.
J.G. Melon is not where you want to go when your world is already spinning. The second you walk through the door it is sensory-overload.
You immediately enter into the noisy bar area with a very tight door space inconveniently placed right in front of the restaurant’s kitchen line.
This leaves this lady less than pleased with your presence while screaming for her side order of fries for table 25.
Ten to fifteen uncomfortable minutes later, we battled our way through the packed dining room floor and were ushered over to a corner window table which was a bit secluded (thankfully) and just right for a group our size.
Sadly, we found out this is the last place you want to go for a “Boozey Brunch” as they may be offerring all of the boozies… but not with a deal . Unfortunately all drinks are ordered à la carte. I think the Mimosa tab alone was $100.00…
We got right down to business and ordered drinks and waters all around.
For some reason I was craving salad like mad. I ordered it as my side dish although it came out first. It was a large wooden bowl of very crisp lettuce with a bountiful blob of some of the creamiest and chunkiest blue cheese dressing I have had in ages! I found it amusing that the only thing in the bowl besides lettuce and blue cheese was one little lonely sliver of tomato. Why bother?
One or two people decided to go for the gold by indulging in the burger experience J.G. Melon is known for. I can’t remember any comments being passed that they were life changing to any degree. I needed my breakfast since it was the first meal of my day. I chose an omelette out of the limited brunchy-options available. It came with some fried potato wedges (cottage fried potatoes) on the well done side. Eh, an omelette is an omelette is an omelette… While I wish I could be poetic about this, I can’t say I haven’t made better at home.
To J.G. Melon’s credit, it is a no-BS joint. It is a great venue to go get some burgers and beers for a casual night out or to replenish your post clubbing calories since they are conveniently open until 4:00am. Brunch may have been a flop, but it was the beginning of a sunny Autumn day in NYC with great friends and a lot of laughs. Nothing can beat that.
J.G. Melon (A CASH ONLY ESTABLISHMENT)
1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021
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