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May 24, 2011 03:05 PM

Breakfast , brunch & picnic lunch ? - Murray Hill recs please !

Hey all

Staying Murray Hill ( Shelburne Hotel on Lexington ) for four nights ( Thr - Mon ).

Have identified

-Penelope cafe ( ? ridiculous queues ? but would it be less so on , say, a Friday or Monday ? )
- Scotty's diner

as potential breakfast spots within easy walking distance of hotel


- Are these both good options ?

- If so, what in your opinion is best to eat in each ?

Plus this leaves two other breakfasts to find - where else in the vicinity should we not miss ?

Would be particularly interested in any places which have a totally different 'feel', or indeed food, to those listed above.

Oh and where nearby can we pick up reasonably priced food for a picnic ? - especially fresh fruit , cold meats, cheese and bread. Any good supermarkets or deli's in the vicinty of our hotel ?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom and guidance !

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  1. Totally different could be SmorgasChef in Scandinavia House on Park Avenue at 37th. Brunch on weekends starting at 11:00.

    As for groceries, Murray Hill has a couple of d'Agostino's, Food Emporium, etc. Nothing special. If you walk up to Grand Central Station you could try the market there, which is a number of stands with prepared food, bread, etc.

    Smorgas Chef
    58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    1. The Murray's in the Grand Central market has these cute individual pre-packaged cheese/fruit/meat trays that would be great for a picnic. Or you can obviously select your own fixins from the various vendors in the market. I also like the Amish Market on 45th near 2nd for interesting groceries.

      Murray's Cheese Shop
      Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

      Amish Market
      240 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

      1. If you want Jewish cold cuts, 2nd Avenue Deli is on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd. Lots of salads and other items for a picnic. But no cheese since it's kosher.

        Lamazou is a small boutique food store on 3rd Av., near 27th St. In addition to the superb selection of cheeses (the owner has a cheese cave in the basement), there's a variety of cold cuts and prepared foods, i.e., salads, etc. Their sandwiches are delicious. You could certainly put together a nice picnic from all those items, as well as from things on the shelves.

        For breakfast and/or brunch, I highly recommend Maialino, a favorite of ours for meals at any time of the day. Delicious food, friendly service, and very pleasant atmospherics. Not in Murray Hill but not a long walk to its location in the Gramercy Park Hotel.

        Maialino photos:

        370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Second Avenue Deli
        162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010