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  • Gara May 21, 2004 03:40 PM

Does anyone remember Patricia Murphy's restaurant in Yonkers? I was a little girl and I remember this very nice special occasion place. I can't remember exactly where it was though. Anyone have any memories of this place? Thanks!

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  1. I remember Patricia Murphy's and Lorraine Murphy's on Long Island - didn't realize they were in Westchester too!

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    1. re: Scribbler

      i believe the murphy family still owns milleridge inn and george washington manor

      1. re: byrd

        My husband, now 71, talks about taking dates there as a medical intern. He thought it was very elegant, a bottle of inexpensive American wine and the delicious popovers. However, it started his interest in good food, and he still loves popovers. I think it was in Brooklyn (I wasn't here and don't like popovers that much. However, I will try the recipe and thanks!) MAD

      2. re: Scribbler

        I remember the location on Northern Blvd in Manhasset. My wife and I used to joke that we'd drive past there and never see anyone younger than 70 going in. Ironically, when it closed a TGIF took its place. Talk about a different clientèle!

        1. re: Bill

          You weren't even allowed in that Northern Blvd Patricia Murphy's unless someone in your party used a walker. I remember it very well - none of us were disabled, but my mother loved the popovers. The waitresses really had a knack with older folks.

      3. Yes, I remember Patricia Murphy's very well. It was on Central Avenue, not far from where Filene's basement is now (Klein's used to be there). When I was about 5 I got into trouble for jumping into the fountain there. To me the place was the height of elegance, however, and I especially looked forward to the popovers.

        1. This is where my parents had their wedding reception in 1961. We used to go back every year on their anniversary and have a picture taken on the little bridge over the pond.

          1. My family used to go to Patricia Murphy's for special Sunday dinners. It was the first place that I had chicken curry, a very bland white bread chicken curry but it was a start. I'm not in that area very often as we now live upstate, but driving down Central Ave. a few months ago I noticed a location with gardens and parking in front that struck me as where it had been located.

            1. Yes, with very good memories. Our family went there for Thanksgiving and I remember the popovers.

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              1. re: gaw

                Patricia Murphy’s Popovers

                The owner wrote in her autobiography, “Millions of these fluffy delicacies are eaten annually”. The restaurant was a favorite place to go for special occasions and many of us had our picture taken on the little bridge over the pond at the Yonkers restaurant. The New York Daily News printed the recipe for their popovers in the September 26, 1984 edition of the paper. Here it is for those of you would want a little piece of nostalgia.

                This recipe makes 6 large or 9 small popovers.

                Butter or vegetable shortening
                1 cup sifted all-purpose flou1/4 tsp salt
                2 eggs
                1 cup milk
                1 Tablespoon butter, melted

                Put 1/3 tsp of butter or vegetable shortening in each indentation in a 6 or 9 cup muffin pan or use custard cups.
                Put pan in preheated 450° oven for 5 minutes while making batter

                Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Beat eggs with rotary beater, add milk and butter, and sift in flour, beating only enough to make a smooth batter. Fill hot muffin pans 1/3 full of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 450°, then reduce temperature to 350°and bake 15 minutes longer or until firm, brown, and popped. Keep oven door closed while baking.

                1. re: gaw

                  Patricia Murphy’s Popovers

                  The owner wrote in her autobiography, “Millions of these fluffy delicacies are eaten annually”. The restaurant was a favorite place to go for special occasions and many of us had our picture taken on the little bridge over the pond at the Yonkers restaurant. The New York Daily News printed the recipe for their popovers in the September 26, 1984 edition of the paper. Here it is for those of you would want a little piece of nostalgia.

                  This recipe makes 6 large or 9 small popovers.

                  Butter or vegetable shortening
                  1 cup sifted all-purpose flou1/4 tsp salt
                  2 eggs
                  1 cup milk
                  1 Tablespoon butter, melted

                  Put 1/3 tsp of butter or vegetable shortening in each indentation in a 6 or 9 cup muffin pan or use custard cups.
                  Put pan in preheated 450° oven for 5 minutes while making batter

                  Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Beat eggs with rotary beater, add milk and butter, and sift in flour, beating only enough to make a smooth batter. Fill hot muffin pans 1/3 full of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 450°, then reduce temperature to 350°and bake 15 minutes longer or until firm, brown, and popped. Keep oven door closed while baking.

                2. I used to live directly behind Patricia Murphy's. It is now a small shopping mall located between the entrances to the Sadore Lane and Carraige House apartments on Central Avenue. The mall anchor was (is) a Waldbaums supermarket. A Pathmark plaza is just north of the site. As a boy, my friends and I used to "tour" the gardens behind the restaurant. It was a very special place. You may not want to see how it looks today.

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                  1. re: Bob

                    Yes that is where it was, there is an outback and staples there now.

                  2. The spot,on southern Central Ave. now houses a depressing,desolate mall.Towards the end of its' run,P.Murphys' went downhill-rodents,dismal service,etc.It was a special occasion place for my family in the 1950s' though,we had good times there....my baby sister caused some excitement when she toppled backwards in her highchair,into the popover cart.

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                    1. re: M.K.

                      Here is the recipe for those wonderfully fluffy popovers.
                      This recipe makes 6 large or 9 small popovers.
                      Butter or vegetable shortening
                      1 cup sifted all-purpose flou1/4 tsp salt
                      2 eggs
                      1 cup milk
                      1 Tablespoon butter, melted
                      Put 1/3 tsp of butter or vegetable shortening in each indentation in a 6 or 9 cup muffin pan or use custard cups.
                      Put pan in preheated 450° oven for 5 minutes while making batter
                      Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Beat eggs with rotary beater, add milk and butter, and sift in flour, beating only enough to make a smooth batter. Fill hot muffin pans 1/3 full of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 450°, then reduce temperature to 350°and bake 15 minutes longer or until firm, brown, and popped. Keep oven door closed while baking.

                    2. Being a hostess at Patricia Murphy's ( Yonkers)was my first job. I was one of the young girls wearing a long green gown greeting patrons at the entrance - I do remember it well. Everyone remembers the popovers but does anyone remember the greenhouse with the large variety of orchids? They also had a perfume counter in the main lobby and a seperate gift shop. It was a great experience for me and eating all I wanted in the staff kitchen area was the best!!

                      1. My cousin worked there from working as a parking lot attendant to the head host in the Crystal Room. He worked there with 5 of his friends, one of them paged, one worked the front door, the other two worked in the cocktail lounge. I believe there is a book just written on the days they worked there.

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                        1. re: brandy

                          I spoke with him and he named alot of people he worked with names like Fitz, Liz, Betty, Tommy Trudy, Carol, Mellissa, Mike, Dick, EWddy, Gene, Marty, Johnny, Penny and on and on. There must have been lots of people working there

                        2. Yes, I remember Patricia Murphy's in Yonkers....I too was a little girl and I went there frequently with my family. That's why I got on line today. I have a big family dinner coming up and I was thinking about making "pop overs"....I'm glad that I'm not the only one who still remembers the resturant fondly...

                          1. My parents visited me from England when I lived in the mid-Hudson Valley, and my in-laws took them to Patricia Murphy's in Yonkers. Here is my father's account: We then went to a famous restaurant in Yonkers for dinner. It was called Patricia Murphy's and was a long, low, wooden building, with several floors very reminiscent of a houseboat (I think he means riverboat). It was backed up against a hill covered with trees and shrubs, and with flowerbeds laid out amongst them. there were pools in front of the place and nicely laid out flower beds. Inside it was really ornate, but at the same time very comfortable. Frances and I had Southern Fried Chicken, with vegetables, which were delicious. During and before the meal waitresses kept coming around offereing the specialty of the place, a sort of Yorkshire pudding called a popover. they were lovely. Also offered were honey buns and all sorts of cookies and pickles, coleslaw, melon pickle, curant jelly. Cost of meal, less drinks was $3.50. Well worth it. If you go there on your birthday they produce a small cake and a group of waitresses to sing Happy Birthday To You. Also provided is a picture postcard of the place, which will be mailed to any address you may wish. There seems no limit to the number you may send. There was a good cocktail bar in the foyer and also a miniature waterfall and masses of flowers.

                            I wish I had been there with him.

                            1. The Popover place? They had one in White Plains I think too, it was really interesting as i recall but Loved the Popovers.

                              1. I loved Patricia Murphy's. I was just a kid,but those popovers!!! They were on Central Avenue in Yonkers, I believe where Staples is now. It was such a pretty place!

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                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  We liked the Patricia Murphys in Port Washington.

                                  ~Fred19

                                  1. re: Fred19

                                    Yes, we went there too when I was a kid. I think there was also a Lorraine Murphy's on Northern Blvd.

                                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                                      Lorraine Murphy's was about a mile or two west of Patricia's. For some reason, we never went to Lorraine's. Mother's day was a half a day wait to get seated, but it was fun hanging out in their garden. Popover's and Honey Buns, green peas that were dark green, waiters from the Philipines and a room called the game room that had mohagany boxed picture frames with green felt with different games as themes.

                                      After the demise of Patricia's, there was a place called Ronnies, in 1967, that offered a prime rib plate for $3.99.

                                      ~Fred19

                                2. I worked there in summer of 1956, just before going off to college. I was a popover girl, if memory serves. One night, we had a group of customers who were sailing the next day on the Andria Doria. We were horrified to learn a few days later that the ship was in an accident at sea, and that a number of people, including some that had dined with us, had died. I also remember that the food was terrific, although the staff rarely got to sample any of the menu items.

                                  1. I never heard of it until this thread, and I lived, and my parents still do, just a few blocks away, since the early '70's. I went to Roosevelt HS just several hundred yards south of that location. When did it close?

                                    Nowadays there is Outback, and Viru Peruvian cuisine there, plus a Staples, and some small shops.

                                    Check out this video of an old home movie from 1956 of the place.

                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zcN...

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                                    1. re: JMF

                                      I liked Patricia Murphys in Port Washington. Mother's Day was a half day affair until you got seated.

                                      ~Fred19

                                      1. re: Fred19

                                        I worked for Lauraine Murphy in Great Neck in 1953, then graduated to Patricia Murphys in Port Washington in 1954 as a bus boy then elevated myself to waiter in Lauraine Murhphy Restaurant in Manhasset. This is how I paid for my NYU education in (1958).
                                        Yes the Pop Overs were the best. Now I look at photos for the memories since nothing exsits today. I knew both Lauraine and Patricia. When I took a date to Patricia Murphy on Central Ave in Yorkers, she escorted me around the restaurant before we sat down (1954).

                                      2. re: JMF

                                        That's an amazing video. I know where Staples, Outback and Viru are, and I would never have guessed in a million years that a location as lovely as Patricia's could ever have been there. Sad.

                                        1. re: JMF

                                          I will echo the others who are saying "amazing video." I think I caught a glimpse of the Croton Aquaduct in the background. I have lived in Florida for several years and appreciate the pictures of "back home." (And "just as I remember it", showing my age here.) Sometimes old Patricia Murphys-Yonkers postcards and menus are up for bid on EBay, too.

                                          1. re: JMF

                                            It was gone by the 79's, and Outback and Staples are such a sad replacement!

                                          2. omg the popovers that never stopped and the mind boggling gardens....i was there twice as a young girl, about 7 or 8 and i absolutely loved it.....i have never ever forgotten the timeless beauty of patricia murphy's <3

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                                            1. re: michelleann16

                                              My brother and I remember it well. When I was little, we were there with my parents and they made me go over to someone's table and ask for an autograph.....I had no idea who he was. It turned out to be Sidney Portier and he signed his name on my napkin. Of course, the napkin is long gone.

                                              My brother dug up an old menu from 1962....... Take a look at those prices!

                                              http://menus.nypl.org/menu_pages/54229

                                              1. re: NYmom1

                                                That is great! Those appetizers - tomato juice! Prime rib for $3.95. Loved that basked of popovers!

                                            2. can anyone give me Patricia or Lorraine Murphy's
                                              Pot Roast recipe? It was the best Pot Roast I have ever eaten!
                                              Thanks so much

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                                              1. re: harslp

                                                I did as good a Google search as I could, and found a lead, anyway. There was a Patricia Murphy's cookbook called The Glow of Candlelight Cookbook. Maybe you could keep checking EBay for a copy. Not to be confused with Patricia Murphy's autobiography, The Glow of Candlelight. About the only Patricia or Lorraine Murphy recipe I could find on-line was the popover recipe.

                                                1. re: Florida Hound

                                                  It seems that it is almost impossible to find The Glow of Candlelight Cookbook.

                                                  Patricia Murphy's autobiography, The Glow of Candlelight, also has a recipe section. Used copies are available at Amazon.com.
                                                  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin...

                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                    Just ordered one.

                                              2. Does anyone remember that on holidays they went all out I specifically remember the gingerbread house at Christmas time and the ice queen on the sleigh who gave out tons of candy. you could buy a kit to build your own gingerbread house

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                                                1. re: sz2109

                                                  I remember the decorations at Christmas but not the kits. That was a very special place. It was really wonderful and in a simpler time. Now a special place means spending hundreds of dollars for a meal.

                                                2. My mother worked for a company in the late 60's- I think it was Treasure Chest something or other- and I remember they had their yearly get together there...