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May 21, 2007 08:41 AM

Patrice Murphy's or something close to it

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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  1. 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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    1. re: JonL

      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.

      1. re: JonL

        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.

        1. re: addictedtolunch

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

        2. re: JonL

          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.

          1. re: Fleur

            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.

            1. re: JonL

              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 .



              1. re: Fleur

                THE RECIPE:


                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


                Put 1/3 tsp of butter or shortening in each cup in a 6 or 9 cup muffin pan or Popover Pan
                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.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Scribbler

              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!

            2. 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 . . .

              1. 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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                  1. re: phantomdoc

                    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?