We walked down 3rd Ave on our first day in New York on a welcoming December afternoon - 60-degrees, and the finest of a week full of fine weather - bound for lunch with The William Brown Project's Matt Hranek at JG Melon. We stood on the corner at 74th St. waiting for a table to clear and taking in the sounds of the city, when five young men spilled outside reeking of a long lunch. Each lit up a smoke and they contemplated loudly their next move; a joy ride was on order, so off they went, in high-cut cords and driving mocs, certain to wreak prepster havoc wherever they ended up next. Lo, the Holidays.
Sitting just inside the door, just up a step from the bar, we had a great perch to watch the Upper East Side kids returning home from wherever college to enjoy the cheeseburger and cottage fried potatoes. This is, I presume, the traditional rendezvous, and after a four a.m. wake-up and the ravenous appetite that inspired, it was a tradition in which we gladly partook.
1291 Third Ave (at 74th St)
New York, NY 10021