The bare-bones cheeseburger made famous at the J.G. Melon on the Upper East Side is a NYC classic that’s been praised by some of the city's toughest burger critics—high school students and middle-aged men in business suits—since the early '70s. The components here are simple: a griddled, hearty beef blend with American inside a slightly-toasted, soft, potato bun. It's the perfect bar burger—best enjoyed with a side of cottage fries.
How to order: Call 212-744-0585
The dish: Bacon cheeseburger
Nearest polling place:Robert Wagner Middle School, 225 East 75th Street
This landmark restaurant has been serving no-frills pub burgers on green checkered tablecloths since the 37th president was in office, and they’re still around to curb your burger cravings as you vote for the 46th. You’ll have to leave behind the cottage fries and classic martinis, but their juicy burger topped with crispy bacon and a slice of melted American cheese will fuel you up for even the longest of lines.
How to order: Stop by for takeout, cash only