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Need lunch recommendations in Murray Hill

Just moved jobs from Jackson Heights to Park Ave - Murray Hill area. So far I love the area and am a bit overwhelmed for choice. I already developed an addiction to the cuban roast pork sandwiches at Tina's Restaurant over on Madison and after balking at the prices at Curry in a Hurry i got some delicious Haleem in Lahori Kabab across the street. So here are my questions.

Which are the best Thai, Mexican, Desi, Chinese and Italian (pizza) places - there seem to be a lot to choose from.

I also miss my South American stuff from Queens and have not seen any here - is there anything close by for rice and beans - other than the aforementioned Tina's - and lastly - as if that was not enough - is there any Afghan place nearby?

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Tina's Restaurant
179 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Curry in a Hurry
119 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Lahori Kabab
124 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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  1. dhaba for indian.

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    Dhaba
    108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    1. Szechuan Gourmet on 39th between 5th and 6th. Best bar far Chinese in the area. Stay away from Evergreen on 37th (or 38th) between 5 and Madison.

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      Szechuan Gourmet
      21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      Evergreen
      10 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

      1. For Afghani, there is Bamiyam, on the corner of 3rd & 26th. We haven't been in quite a while, but we've eaten there several times over the years. I think the food is o.k.., i.e., nothing to rave about.

        Eataly is not far from Murray Hill. The pizza there is good though, imo, not worth a wait of more than 10-15 minutes.

        Pizza at Eataly photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        Teqa, on 3rd & 30th, is a new Mexican spot. We haven't tried it yet, but I've heard good things about it from someone who opinion I trust.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordress.com

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        1. re: RGR

          IMO, stay away from Eataly- Way, way too touristy!!! And crowded too!!

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          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: sockster

            i'm a New Yorker and I eat at Eataly.

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            Eataly
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: coasts

              I finally made it to Eataly one evening -- had a fantastic focaccia with mozzarella and ham -- had to limit myself as we were heading out for dinner elsewhere. Yes, busy, yes, touristy, but fabulous. Thought the meat and fish was well-priced, as well.

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              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            2. re: sockster

              Crowded, yes, and there are definitely tourists, but it's not only the tourists buying up the fresh pasta and meat and produce.

              1. re: sockster

                While it is best to avoid Eataly on the weekends when it is a zoo, midweek, it isn't nearly as crowded. We've eaten at almost all the venues and have had some delicious food.

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            3. Where exactly is your office?

              I'm at 26th and Park, so a bit south from you. My coworkers like Defonte's, Lamazou, Baoguette, Roomali, and Vezzo. Talent Thai Kitchen is pretty good, especially their khao soi.

              The pizza and Mexican situation isn't that great and neither is the Chinese but there's a Grand Sichuan near. Happy to be proven wrong!

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              Lamazou
              370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Vezzo
              178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Roomali
              97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Grand Sichuan NY
              227 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Baoguette
              61 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Defonte's Sandwich Shop
              261 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Talent Thai
              210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

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                1. re: kathryn

                  kathryn, We had lunch at the new Bistro Lamazou last week. The food was delicious.

                  Bistro Lamazou photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                  1. re: RGR

                    Just checked out your pics. Much more upscale than I imagined. How did you like the overall experience?

                    1. re: princeofpork

                      Service could use a bit of polish. But, overall, it was a very pleasing experience. We intend to go back for dinner sometime soon because that more extensive menu has many dishes that interest us.

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com