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shallots May 21, 2007 08:41 AM

My husband remembers that his family's favorite special occasion restaurant was called Patrice Murphy's. We've done some searches and it's not there any more, but we are planning a visit to his old homes and I'd like to find a place like Patrice Murphy's (I'm probably not spelling it right, sorry, but he left NYC before he learned to spell) for a special dinner for him.
Any suggestions?

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    JonL May 21, 2007 01:32 PM

    Patricia Murphy's! Hah! Google it (note the spelling) and you will get a bunch of detail. I remember the Central Ave. Yonkers one but to my amazement google informs me that there actually was a branch in Brooklyn Heights!
    My recollections date to circa 1960 with me around 7 so I can't provide menu details. I'm no food snob but my impression of P.M. is that is was a restaurant for newly upwardly mobile middle class folks who thought that THIS was high class dining----I remember fountains with colored lights in front. Just like the rich people dine! It was a destination for celebrations (graduations, etc.) . I can't help you with any recommendations of similar places but frankly Patricia Murphy's is about as obsolete as a Chop Suey house. But maybe there's a nostalgic theme restaurant that tries to resurrect 50's-60's naive chic. Good luck.

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      tckrjam Apr 8, 2008 05:16 PM

      I'm 67 years old and if my memory serves me right....the Patricia Murphy's in Brooklyn Heights was the first restaurant she opened during the depression.

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        addictedtolunch Apr 8, 2008 06:30 PM

        The one on Central Ave. was beautiful. I think it's where Red Lobster is now, but not sure. Parents made me dress nice to go there.

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          Stuartmc910 Apr 9, 2008 09:37 AM

          No, it was much further south, closer to Yonkers Raceway.

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          Fleur Apr 16, 2009 11:56 PM

          My parents and grandparents remember Patricia Murphy's very well. I am fourth generation Brooklyn Heights, and I can tell you it was not a restaurant for "newly upwardly mobile middle class folks". There weren't many of those at the time in the Heights.

          It was family restaurant and a neighborhood restaurant...a neighborhood that was not, at the time , filled with "newly upwardly mobile middle class folks".

          They tell me the food was delicious, and simple, very much geared to the WASPy, very toned down population of the Heights. My Mom always raved about the pickle tray and the famous Popovers. My parents thought the restaurant was great fun, much more fun than the Heights Casino, and the food was better, too.

          Mom told me the drink for kids, the "Shirley Temple", ginger ale with grenadine syrup and a cherry, was invented here.

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            JonL Apr 17, 2009 02:57 AM

            If you are going to appropriate my words, don't misappropriate them. What do mommy and daddy say about the Central Avenue restaurant about which I was writing?
            It was the place that Homer and Marge took Bart, Lisa and Maggie if they won the lottery, to dine like the rockerfellers of their mind.

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              Fleur Apr 17, 2009 11:29 PM

              This is a thread about Patricia Murphy's Candlelight Restaurant,. a Brooklyn landmark for many, many years. It was beloved by Brooklyn Heights families .Their Popovers became world famous. Along with Gage & Tollner, and Lundy's, growing up in Brooklyn was a treat, gastronomically speaking.


              This wonderful restaurants was a place with wonderful memories for many Brooklynites. Equating the decent people who dined there for generations with vulgar cartoon characters is bizarre. Your disrespectful reference to my parents and grandparents is out of place.

              There is a wonderful blog called Road Food with Down Memory Lane that has pages and pages of reminiscences about Patricia Murphy's Candlelight .

              http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.asp...

              ANYONE HAVE THE POPOVER RECIPE?

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                Fleur Apr 17, 2009 11:56 PM

                THE RECIPE:
                PATRICIA MURPHY'S POPOVERS

                PARAPHRASED FROM PATRICIA MURPHY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

                The New York Daily News printed the recipe for their popovers in the September 26, 1984 edition of the paper. This recipe makes 6 large or 9 small popovers.

                Butter or pure vegetable shortening
                1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
                1/4 tsp salt
                2 eggs
                1 cup whole milk milk
                1 TBS sweet butter, melted

                BEST OF YOU HAVE A POPOVER PAN, BUT A MUFFIN PAN WILL DO.

                Put 1/3 tsp of butter or shortening in each cup in a 6 or 9 cup muffin pan or Popover Pan
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                Put pan in preheated 450° oven for 5 minutes while making batter

                Sift flour and salt into a bowl.

                Beat eggs with whisk, add milk and butter, and sift in flour, beating only enough to make a smooth batter. Fill hot 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.

                Serve warm from the oven.

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          Stuartmc910 Apr 9, 2008 09:38 AM

          You may want to try Sarabeth's on Central Park South. has that same atmosphere. Food is very good.

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            Scribbler Apr 9, 2008 10:13 AM

            My husband and I were both taken to Patricia Murphy's in Manhasset for family dinners when we were kids. There was also Lorraine Murphy's, her sister's place. Is this all the same family? I remember the popovers..........!

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              Shayna Madel Apr 9, 2008 12:05 PM

              Ah, the 1960's memories...I recall the Patricia Murphy's in Manhasset (corner of Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road/Port Washington Boulevard) having fancy floral landscaping arrangements in front of the restaurant. Somehow tulips come to mind. I forgot about Lorraine Murphy's, but my sister mentioned it. It was always a "big deal" when we got to go to either place. I feel 6 years old again!

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              gcmx May 15, 2008 09:55 PM

              OMG ... what a pleasure reading this blog.

              i also was a patron of the Murphy restaurants.

              my parents frequented Patricia Murphy's, bringing me and my sybs all the time.

              does anyone know the original Popover recipe?

              i sure would like to know it . . .

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                larry6803 Apr 16, 2009 02:53 PM

                Someone mentioned that Milleridge Inn on Long Island is owned by the people who owned patricia and Lorraine Murphys.Its possible the menu very similar.Popovers to..
                They have also added healthier options,to keep up with todays times.

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                  phantomdoc Apr 18, 2009 04:11 AM

                  Seems that Milleridge has similar popover recipe.

                  http://www.milleridge.com/

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                    jinx Apr 21, 2009 04:31 PM

                    OMG is Milleridge Inn still there?? I can't believe it, I remember THAT was our special event go-to place (when we weren't going to Lundy's) in my childhood. I am pretty sure I was taken there for my sister's 16th birthday. I only vaguely remember Patricia Murphy's, although I'm sure we went there. Does anyone know what year it closed?

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                  sunbaby24 Apr 21, 2009 08:19 AM

                  I was in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, which also USED to have a Patricia Murphy's. The concierge had never heard of it. :( When I was a little girl, it was a huge treat to go there for Sunday brunch. I don't remember any of the food, except the popovers. I did a google search and found out it was torn down in the 80's to expand the Bahia Mar resort and marina, but that the gardens are still there. I still miss the popovers.

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                    Fleur Apr 21, 2009 01:44 PM

                    The one thing every child remembers about PATRICIA MURPHY'S is the Popovers.

                    Perhaps because they were so gigantic, and looked so pretty nestles in white linen napkins. Parhaps it was because when you popped it open, there was nothing but air. Light as a feather. They made Miss Murphy famous.

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