St. Vartan Cafe - Armenian Church 35th & 2nd
I am wondering if anyone knows anything about the outdoor cafe at St. Vartan's Armenian Church (on the corner of 35th and 2nd, I believe)...it's the massive church right outside of the Midtown Tunnel that looks like a fortress.
For the past few weeks, every time I have walked by there have been tables stacked up in the courtyard that were not being used...but tonight there was a full outdoor restaurant set up. I wasn't able to stop, but we saw a sign that said "St. Vartan Cafe."
If anyone has any info about what this is, how the food is, etc., please let me know.
i think the other replies are really unfair. i've lived in the neighborhood for a LONG, LONG time.
while there are alot of restaurants in murray hill. most are less than fair. While most cater to the just out of college crowd and are more about the pickup scene than anything. and a couple i don't mind ordering in from (blockheads) but wouldn't eat out at. there are perhaps 3 that step above that.
true st. vartan cafe is not union square cafe, but it does provide the neighborhood with a VERY nice outdoor setting and some sincerely decent food at reasonable prices.
my husband and i enjoyed a really nice dinner there last week and are planning on going this evening with our son. selfishly i'm hoping to keep st vartan in business. if only for the folks that think eating dinner at a restaurant doesn't mean cinema cafe.
if you lived around here you would really know what i mean.
Don't know about the Cafe, but didn't the Church used to run an Armeniam fest some years ago? Imagine the Armenian homecooking that could be available...