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Jul 19, 2008 02:56 PM

Murray Hill Restaurant Suggestions - GOOD ONES

I live in Murray Hill and I tend to eat out everywhere else in this city. This area has a reputation for bad or mediocre restaurants. Has anyone found restaurants in this area that they just love? I have one Italian spot that I frequent - Trattoria Alba. The decor is a little cheesy but the service is great and the food is consistently good. Please share your Murray Hill food finds with me. I'd like to explore my neighborhood a little more. Much appreciated!!

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  1. Ethos and Ali Baba are very good.

    1. I agree that Ethos (Greek) and Ali Baba (Turkish) are good options.
      Ali Baba's menu on MenuPages.

      Cosette - Teensy, charming French bistro with very good food.

      Sarge's Deli - First-rate pastrami and other tasty stuff. Vast menu. Open 24/7. (See MenuPages.


      Pio Pio - Peruvian-style chicken.

      Wolfgang's Steakhouse - One of the Luger spin-offs.

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      1. re: RGR

        I can't tell you how many times I walk past these spots. Thank you! I'm a big French fan so I can't wait to try out Cosette. My boyfriend is not a big Greek food fan but I will definitely try out Ethos with a friend. As far as Steakhouses go, do you prefer Wolfgang's over Primehouse? They're so close I'd like to try the superior one.

        1. re: kissy28c

          We haven't been to Primehouse, but we're not going to bother because too many reports I've read have been negative.

          We've had dinner once at Wolfgang's. The food was very good, and service was fine. The landmarked interior space includes a gorgeous Gustavino ceiling.

          1. re: kissy28c

            Cosette which I had never been to--has been replaced by another tiny French bistro, the name of which I forgot but which I highly recommend, especially the steak frites.

            1. re: maxinem

              it's Le Parisien.

              Le Parisien
              163 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I mentioned the change in my 10/2711 post downthread. I, too, recommend Le Parisien. And, yes, the steak-frites are excellent.

                Le Parisien photos (including steak-frites):


          1. I'm not a really big fan of that neighborhood for restaurants, either. But I can tell you that Ethos ad Turkish Kitchen are very good. I also like I Trulli for Italian. I also seem to recall several fairly recent threads on the best Indian restaurants in the Curry Hill area, if you are into that.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              I Trulli is one of our neighborhood favorites. Fabulous fresh pasta!! We love eating al fresco too!!

            2. I stayed a couple of times in the Murray Hill area and always go back to a couple of restaurants. If you like Italian, you should try Campanile on 29th between Madison and park avenue south. The food there is excellent and the service impeccable. The owner is always present and takes care of his clients.

              The other is Artisanal. Their cheese fondue is excellent and their wine list is extensive. They have a great selection of wines by the glass.

              I always had breakfast at Les Halles and had dinner there once and liked it even if everyone on this board will tell you not to go there.

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              1. re: cricri7

                For some reason, I never think of Campanile as being in Murray Hill though I guess it is on the cusp. Regardless, it is one of our favorite Italians for the reasons you mention.


                1. re: RGR

                  I would also suggest Olana on 29th and Madison and I agree with Wolfgangs being very good.

                2. re: cricri7

                  As i mentioned I do love French but I had a bad experience at Les Halles (Park Ave location). It was unfortunate because the food was wonderful but the service was horrendous! I went on a Wednesday night, it wasn't packed, but it took over 20 minutes for someone to get us water and then another 10 to take our drink order. I probably would have left if i had not heard great things about the cuisine. I'm sorry to say I won't be back anytime soon but I may be tempted to try them out for breakfast - at the John Street location.

                  1. re: cricri7

                    I'm not a fan of Les Halles John Street location. However, we had lunch Saturday at the Park Avenue location and it was good. I posted a report on a Les Halles thread.

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Really? Good to know. I was planning on asking some co-workers to join me at the John St location for breakfast (I work nearby). Should I not bother? I'm glad to hear you had a good experience at the Park Ave location. Maybe I'll give them another try.