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What's good in Murray Hill?

maryelizabeth Aug 8, 2007 03:54 PM

I'm going back to work in a couple of weeks in the Murray Hill area (27th and Park). I worked there for 10 years, but left 4 years ago. What's good for lunch now?

Loved the Curry Hill restaurants, as well as the Afghan place on 26th & 3rd(?). What are your favorite restaurants in the area? New places, or maybe someplace I've just forgotten about?

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  1. LeahBaila RE: maryelizabeth Aug 8, 2007 06:30 PM

    Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine is awesome...34th btw 2nd and 3rd

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      Lucia RE: maryelizabeth Aug 8, 2007 06:40 PM

      Bamiyan is the Afghan place you're thinking of. I second the Ali Baba rec. Ethos is good for Greek. Penelope for a casual, American meal.

      1. jrazzle RE: maryelizabeth Aug 8, 2007 08:09 PM

        You might also check out Josie's or Rio Grande (also a good after-work place). As for 27th and Park, there's a good salad place (Wild Edibles) up the street on Park. Turkish Kitchen on 27th and 3rd is also good--similar to Ali Baba.

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          princeofpork RE: jrazzle Aug 9, 2007 07:14 AM

          Lamazou for great sandwiches!!

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            lfjacob RE: princeofpork Aug 9, 2007 10:32 AM

            Mmmm...Penelope's is delicious.

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              kalyse RE: lfjacob Aug 9, 2007 03:11 PM

              the upstairs at kalustyans on lex and 28th has excellent kebab, falafel, hummus etc pitas and platters.

              maybe a little heavy for lunch but im a big fan of ali baba and ethos.

              and wild greens is a good bet for chopped salads - on 29th or 30th and park. also guy and gallard cafe on park and 31st has a nice selection.

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            jrazzle RE: jrazzle Aug 9, 2007 07:13 PM

            Meant to say Wild Greens for salads, not Wild Edibles--although Wild Edibles has great fish!

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            abud RE: maryelizabeth Aug 10, 2007 09:12 AM

            I LOVE Turkish Kitchen lunches. Chennai Garden. And for a big after work treat (only open for dinner I think)--Vatan.

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              RGR RE: maryelizabeth Aug 10, 2007 09:59 AM

              If you want to go upscale, Eleven Madison Park, on the corner of Madison & 24th, serves lunch.


              Tabla and its less expensive Bread Bar, on the corner of Madison & 25th, serve lunch.


              A Voce, on 26th, just east of Madison, serves lunch.


              Park Bistro is temporarily closed. But when it re-opens, its new location will be on PAS, b/t 26th & 27th. I presume that, as always, they will be serving lunch.

              Urena, on 28th, b/t PAS & Madison, is closing on Aug. 18th, but will re-open in Sept. as Pamplona. Chef/owner Alex Urena will have a new bistro-style menu focusing on Basque cuisine. We'll have to see if he'll be serving lunch.

              Blue Smoke, on 27th, b/t Lex & PAS, serves lunch. But, frankly, I much prefer to head a bit west for what I consider the much more delicious bbq being served at Hill Country, on 26th, b/t B'way & 6th. Less busy at lunch than at dinner.


              And, btw, I'm a fan of Ethos, but they do not serve lunch.

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                maryelizabeth RE: RGR Aug 14, 2007 03:52 AM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. I have been to Tabla and loved it. Will have to go back.

                I assume Park Bistro is on the east side of PAS? Is the Park Avenue Country Club still on the corner of PAS and 27th? What's in the space that used to be the Globe in the middle of the block between 26th and 27th?

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                  cricri7 RE: maryelizabeth Aug 14, 2007 04:26 AM

                  If my memory serves me correctly, the park avenue country club has closed. I passed by it at the beginning of July and I said to myself that another restaurant had closed. I go twice a year and usually stay in Murray hill and there is a big turnaround in restaurants.

                  In the middle of the block between 26th and 27th...is this the block where there is Dos caminos? There is also Barna under the Giraffe hotel.

                  Go to Campanile on 29th street just off park avenue south, it is excellent!

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                    princeofpork RE: cricri7 Aug 14, 2007 06:12 AM

                    PACC is closed and in its place a new steakhouse is opening.

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                    RGR RE: maryelizabeth Aug 14, 2007 06:46 AM

                    Yes, Park Bistro's new location is on the east side of PAS, two doors to north of Dos Caminos. D.C. replaced Globe, and the entrance to Barna is right next to D.C. on the other side.

                    I agree with cricri7's rec of Campanile, a neighborhood "hidden gem." Nothing hip about the place. Just delicious traditional Italian food served in an attractive, very comfortable setting.


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                    jon RE: RGR Aug 14, 2007 06:04 AM

                    Ethos serves lunch on the weekends.

                  4. monalisawoman RE: maryelizabeth Aug 13, 2007 06:29 PM

                    Asia de Cuba! Try the Calamari Salad & the Tuna Pico. You will need a rez.

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                      nycgourmet RE: maryelizabeth Aug 14, 2007 12:18 PM

                      El Parador, the oldest upscale Mexican restaurant in Manhattan-- and not pretentious like many of the newer ones. Went there recently for the first time in 30 years and it was superb. Small dining room-- make a reservation. It's on 34th St. near 1st Ave.

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