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butterchicken2nan May 7, 2011 01:57 PM

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

  1. Motosport Feb 14, 2012 06:32 AM

    Jaiya for fabulous Thai
    Mapo Tofu or Hunan Manor across the street for excellent Chinese
    Grand Central Oyster Bar for oysters and chowder skip the rest of the menu
    Sarge's for a great pastrami sammich
    Vezzo has tasty thin crust pizza

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    Grand Central Oyster Bar
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

    Sarge's Delicatessen
    548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Vezzo
    178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Jaiya
    396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Mapo Tofu
    338 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Hunan Manor
    339 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      rossnyc Feb 13, 2012 06:12 PM

      L'amazou is the best for sandwiches. Chinese I stick with Noodles on 28th on 29th. I think noodles has better food when you eat in.

      Thai is tough in 3rd I go to all 3 near each other because they all have certain dishes that are great. ThaiNY has good prices. Jaiya has the best Panang I have ever had as
      well as Tom Yun soup (they bring fire to your table, how do you say no to that. ). Soi 30 also has some good Thai and cheaper then Jaiya.

      Indian you have to just eat at a lot of places. Check out Handi, all the cabbies go there.

      I have not found any good Mexican so I end up at Rodeo Bar.

      For Pizza I stick with Pastafina. They always have good slices available. If you like ala vodka sauce you have got to try their pasta with Pastafina sauce pink. It is ala vodkaish with some vegetables

      Make sure to go get a Carl's Cheese steak with the works and cheese wiz ASAP.

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      Lamazou
      370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Carl's Steaks
      507 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Noodles 28
      417 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Jaiya
      396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Pastafina
      388 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Rodeo Bar
      375 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      ThaiNY
      394 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Haandi
      113 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Soi 30
      430 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        butterchicken2nan Feb 13, 2012 05:32 PM

        Now that we have been in the area for about 9 months, just thought i would give an update on where we find ourselves eating.
        Immediate faves were Tina's, Haandi, Little Basil and EataPita (is there better falafel in NY? Doubt it.). Later we added Vezzo, Thai NY, Taan, the Murray Hill Diner and the spectacular Persian Grill Ravagh. Of course we still frequent the likes of Guy & Gallard, Europa Cafe (which has an entrance inside our building), Bread & Butter and Silo but usually for take-out or in the case of G&G - a burger with their great curly fries.
        I don't work for a bank so its unlikely even with a bonus if I will ever get to Artisanal, Wolfgang's or any of the old French places which still dot the neighbourhood, but I am quite happy with the area.

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

        Vezzo
        178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Murray Hill Diner
        222 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Ravagh
        11 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

        ThaiNY
        394 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Taan Thai
        17 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

        Eata Pita
        441 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

        Guy & Gallard
        475 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

        Europa Cafe
        2 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Little Basil
        153 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010

        Haandi
        113 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: butterchicken2nan
          rose water Feb 14, 2012 02:51 AM

          Ravagh spectacular, huh? I wrote them off years ago (along with just about every Iranian restaurant in NYC), but would love to revisit if they've improved. Can you tell me more? Thanks!

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            noodlelust Feb 15, 2012 07:34 AM

            I have to agree on this one. I am a huge Ravagh fan. Best kebobs and hummus in the city that I have tried and the portions are great.

            www.noodlelust.com

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              butterchicken2nan Feb 23, 2012 06:47 PM

              Best kebabs I ever tasted anywhere. Some of the best rice too - especially the one with cherries. Their babaganouh is awesome and they have a really weird frozen noodle/cream/rose water and cherry dessert which is one of the most unique dishes I have ever tasted.

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              Ravagh
              11 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: butterchicken2nan
                rose water Feb 24, 2012 04:41 AM

                Mmmm....I'm a huge fan of faloodeh, the rose watery shlushy with frozen rice noodles. Most places in the US don't really do it right, and serve up frozen blocks of hacked up noodles. If they do it well--slushy, long noodles--I'm totally there! (And mixing in with Iranian saffron ice cream, yum). Thanks for the info.

            2. re: butterchicken2nan
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              RGR Feb 14, 2012 10:22 AM

              "... or any of the old French places which still dot the neighbourhood...."

              The only "old" French bistro would be La Petite Auberge, a favorite of ours. However, after having been there for more than 30 years, the owners retired, and it closed in October.

              Other than Artisanal, the only other French spot is Le Parisien, but it's hardly old. Took over the space on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd about two years ago. Very good food and cozy ambiance.

              Bistro Lamazou (obviously, same owners as the boutique cheese and food shop with excellent sandwiches), opened about a year ago. Delicious Mediterranean/Moroccan cuisine and very nice surroundings. You might want to check the various menu options to see if any fit your budget.

              Bistro Lamazou photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157628486214917/

              The Three Hens, on the corner of Lex & 28th, might work for you. We've been there once for lunch and thought the food was pretty good.

              The Three Hens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157628626644979/

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              Artisanal
              2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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

              Bistro Lamazou
              344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

              The Three Hens
              115 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: RGR
                princeofpork Feb 16, 2012 10:33 AM

                I think Bistro Lamazou really missed the mark with the decor and the price point. The food is good but the atmosphere is just off. Its too dark for the industrial type decor and with a small client base it always appears closed or closing. I also think the price point it too high for the neighborhood.

                1. re: princeofpork
                  janethepain Feb 16, 2012 01:40 PM

                  BINGO. The decor is...very interesting. The price points are one level too high for the food itself. It never looks more than 25% full, probably because it is a big space. And the signs out front advertising belly dancing on Fridays makes me wonder how long it will last.

                  1. re: janethepain
                    princeofpork Feb 16, 2012 02:38 PM

                    Pull out the current furniture, put in some couches and low tables, focus on the great cheese and meat. Drop the entree prices a notch. Save the place.

              2. re: butterchicken2nan
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                butterchicken2nan Feb 23, 2012 06:53 PM

                Heard this week from some colleagues who went down to EataPita to find a huge CLOSED notice on the door - not sure if it is a vacation break or something more permanent - somehow I fear it is the latter- if that s the case its a shame because I loved their hummus and falafel.

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                kathryn May 7, 2011 07:40 PM

                Here's a good thread from last year:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698399

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                  kathryn May 7, 2011 07:35 PM

                  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
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                    butterchicken2nan May 7, 2011 07:54 PM

                    33rd and Park.

                    1. re: kathryn
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                      RGR May 7, 2011 08:07 PM

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

                      Bistro Lamazou photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626605328188/

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                      1. re: RGR
                        princeofpork May 9, 2011 08:52 AM

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

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                          RGR May 9, 2011 09:11 AM

                          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

                      2. re: kathryn
                        Pedr0 Feb 23, 2012 06:54 PM

                        Baoguette is great.

                      3. r
                        RGR May 7, 2011 03:27 PM

                        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@N03/sets/72157625940121158/

                        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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                          sockster May 7, 2011 04:14 PM

                          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
                            coasts May 7, 2011 06:46 PM

                            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
                              MMRuth May 7, 2011 06:57 PM

                              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
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                              kathryn May 7, 2011 07:36 PM

                              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
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                                RGR May 7, 2011 08:03 PM

                                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.

                                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                              sockster May 7, 2011 02:38 PM

                              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. thew May 7, 2011 02:11 PM

                                dhaba for indian.

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                                Dhaba
                                108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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