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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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    Scribbler RE: Gara May 21, 2004 04:27 PM

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

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      byrd RE: Scribbler May 21, 2004 09:23 PM

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

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        Mad RE: byrd Jan 30, 2006 07:30 PM

        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

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        Bill RE: Scribbler Jun 5, 2004 10:33 PM

        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!

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          Bigbird RE: Bill Dec 24, 2008 05:43 AM

          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.

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        coffee lover RE: Gara May 21, 2004 04:37 PM

        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.

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          Siobhan RE: Gara May 21, 2004 08:15 PM

          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.

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            spector49 RE: Gara May 23, 2004 09:38 AM

            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.

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              gaw RE: Gara May 23, 2004 03:19 PM

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

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                gm RE: gaw Aug 12, 2004 10:23 PM

                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.

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                  gm RE: gaw Aug 12, 2004 10:23 PM

                  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.

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                  Bob RE: Gara May 27, 2004 07:11 AM

                  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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                    chowdom RE: Bob Dec 22, 2008 01:02 PM

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

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                    M.K. RE: Gara Jun 6, 2004 06:12 PM

                    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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                      gm RE: M.K. Aug 13, 2004 10:34 PM

                      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.

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                      Paula RE: Gara Sep 5, 2004 02:44 PM

                      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!!

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                        brandy RE: Gara Sep 14, 2004 05:19 PM

                        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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                          brandy RE: brandy Oct 14, 2004 02:50 PM

                          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

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                          Maureen RE: Gara Sep 26, 2004 03:58 PM

                          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...

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                            Sheila Bolsover RE: Gara Dec 22, 2008 12:46 PM

                            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. nbermas RE: Gara Dec 22, 2008 01:51 PM

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

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                                wincountrygirl RE: Gara Dec 22, 2008 02:45 PM

                                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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                                  Fred19 RE: wincountrygirl Dec 23, 2008 04:02 AM

                                  We liked the Patricia Murphys in Port Washington.

                                  ~Fred19

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                                    wincountrygirl RE: Fred19 Dec 23, 2008 05:07 AM

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

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                                      Fred19 RE: wincountrygirl Dec 25, 2008 06:36 AM

                                      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

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                                  jennifervizzo RE: Gara Jun 1, 2011 06:17 AM

                                  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. JMF RE: Gara Jun 7, 2011 07:59 AM

                                    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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                                      Fred19 RE: JMF Jun 8, 2011 05:04 AM

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

                                      ~Fred19

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                                        Edgarpauli RE: Fred19 Sep 1, 2011 06:05 AM

                                        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).

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                                        AnnaBaptist RE: JMF Jun 13, 2011 08:40 AM

                                        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.

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                                          Florida Hound RE: JMF Aug 25, 2013 04:42 PM

                                          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.

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                                            wincountrygirl RE: JMF Oct 17, 2013 03:49 AM

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

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                                            michelleann16 RE: Gara Aug 22, 2013 08:07 AM

                                            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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                                              NYmom1 RE: michelleann16 Aug 25, 2013 10:44 AM

                                              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

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                                                wincountrygirl RE: NYmom1 Aug 25, 2013 02:53 PM

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

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                                              harslp RE: Gara Oct 17, 2013 01:53 AM

                                              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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                                                Florida Hound RE: harslp Oct 17, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  JMF RE: Florida Hound Oct 17, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                  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...

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                                                    foodiemom10583 RE: JMF Oct 17, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                    Just ordered one.

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                                                sz2109 RE: Gara Oct 19, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                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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                                                  wincountrygirl RE: sz2109 Oct 20, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                  Burtcambry RE: Gara Apr 24, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                  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...

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