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Jan 15, 2007 08:14 PM

Murray Hill - French Bistro and Italian

We're at the Carlton, at 28th and Madison for 2 nights, and are considering the following after reading on Chowhound. Comments, and suggestions please.

French Bistro
Le Petite Auberge
Park Avenue Bistro

A Voce
Il Trulli

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  1. for bistro, Artisanal or Park Avenue

    for Italian--A Voce is a mess-can't respond to the others.

    1. I stayed at the Carlton last summer and I brought my boyfriend to Campanile. I always go there when I am alone in NY and he just loved it. The food is incredible. I have dinner at the bar when I am alone and chat a bit with the owner. He makes you feel welcome and the food is really good.

      As for french, I told myself that I would try La petite auberge and artisanal the next time I am in town. Some people knock it, but I had a good experience at Les Halles, dinner and breakfast.

      Have a nice trip!

      1. Artisanal is a brasserie, not a bistro. Ergo, it's big and quite noisy. It's particularly known for its cheese. I'm not a fan of the food.

        I like Park Bistro and La Petite Auberge, both of which are more intimate and cozy. PB's cuisine is of the modern persuation, and the setting has stylish Paris bistro-type ambiance. LPA serves classics, and the interior is like a charming little inn in Brittany.

        I haven't been to I Trulli in a long time. A Voce's modern Italian cuisine is wonderful, but the horrendous noise level when the room is full has kept us from returning.

        If you like traditional Italian, Campanile is an excellent choice. The food is expertly prepared, service is efficient, and the space is very attractive and comfortable. Truly a below-the-radar neighborhood gem.

        The Cafe at Country, in the Carlton, has very good food. However, I would caution about eating there when the place is packed because service can falter, and the noise level can be uncomfortably high.

        Enjoy our stay and Bon Appetit!

        1. Thanks for the help. Any deli's close by, heard of Sarge's - any even closer, or on the way to Madison Square Garden, looking for deli breakfast, bagel, lox, etc.

          1. Artisinal is very large and loud for sure. I have a different take on the food, I love it, have been there numerous times. One of the best onion soups in the city, they do seafood extremely well and you can't get a better hangar steak anywhere. And of course, there is always the cheese, of which they are famous for. Service is kind of spotty, but never so bad that you feel ignored; or at least I've never felt that way.

            I've only been to I Trulli once and it was a couple of years ago so I don't know about right now, but my husband and I had a lovely meal on his birthday. It's particularly enjoyable in the winter when the fireplace is roaring but don't sit too close - it's very warm! Very cozy place. Everything was lovingly made and served.