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recommendations needed for MURRAY HILL and surrounding area.

I will be visiting NYC at Thanksgiving and would very much appreciate recommendations from NYC Chow-hounds for each of the following type of restaurant in Murray Hill or adjoining neighborhoods. I will be staying at the Kitano 66 Park Avenue, At 38th Street.

FRENCH BISTRO
ITALIAN
FUSION

My wife and I will be bringing our 3 1/2 y/o son (who is very well behaved) so restaurants must be family friendly. We are looking for fine dining experiences without the stuffiness.

For French restaurants I was trying to compare the Artisanal Bistro with Les Halles and would be curious to know which of the two are considered better by the local foodies.

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Les Halles
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

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  1. A Murray Hill thread:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6790...

    I prefer Artisanal over Les Halles. SO liked Les Halles burger topped with foie gras.

    Convivio (Italian, in Tudor City - up the stairs past Grand Central Terminal) is not too far from Murray Hill.

    Don't know about kid friendly. Defer to hounds who eat out with little ones . . .

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    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    1. For Italian you might want to try Rossini's on 38 bet Park and Lex. It's Southern Italian that is ok for children. Certainly convenient to your hotel.
      If you want a nice diner style breakfast try Scotty's Diner on Lex and 39th or take a walk down to Penelope's on Lex and 30th for more unique breakfast offerings. On weekends there may be a wait but it's not too long.
      L'express on 20th and Park has decent food with a French twist but I would not call it "fine dining" It is certainly family friendly.
      If you like Asian try Mapo Tofu on Lex and 39th. Very interesting menu, great service and family friendly.

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      Scotty's Diner
      336 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Mapo Tofu
      338 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: Motosport

        L'Expresse, well, I went there about 3 years ago and found it mediocre and aggressively overpriced, for whatever that's worth.

        1. re: Pan

          Agreed, L'Express is way overpriced. An ok option if it's really late in the evening but prepare to get gouged.

          Not exactly Murray Hill but I'd say Gramercy Tavern would certainly be my first choice for the general area.

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          Gramercy Tavern
          42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

          L'Express
          249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

        2. re: Motosport

          The OP did not not inquire about Asian/Chinese. But since you've brought it up, Szechuan Gourmet on West 39th is far and away better than Mapo Tofu and the distance from the Kitano is marginal.

        3. You didn't mention Indian, but there are many Indian restaurants on Lexington Ave starting around 24th St and going uptown

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          1. re: jmmantel

            I don't know what you're thinking of on 24th St., but I'd say they start on 26th St. and go up to 29th St., for the most part. And yes, when I think of Murray Hill, I think of Curry Hill.

            Koreatown is also nearby.

          2. http://www.daciro.com/index2.htm

            on lex btw 33rd & 34th. No stuffiness. Casual downstairs, tablecloths upstairs. Plenty
            of choices .... check out the menu.

            1. Artisanal is far better than Les Halles.

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              Les Halles
              15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

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              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I agree that Artisanal is much better than Les Halles. Had a delicious brunch recently at Artisanal.