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Moderate priced Murray Hill area French or Italian

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Hi,
Will be in town with my husband and two kids (15 and 13) this Friday and Saturday. Staying in Murray Hill area and am looking for reasonably priced French or Italian . Does not have to be within walking distance as I'm actually not sure where we'll be around dinner time, but will probably be making our way back from shopping, sightseeing around that timeframe. Would love somewhere that I would not need reservations, since I'm not sure exactly what our itinerary will be.
Thanks!

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  1. I don't know if it's exacly what you are looking for but maybe Artisanal, it's a French Bistro, well known for it's cheese (fondues are great for a Autumn day) and their food is, IMO, very good. I know they take walk ins but this weekend is probably going to be tough everywhere. Also, "moderate" is a relative term so not sure if price point works for you.

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    Artisanal
    2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      I second Artisanal. Another possibility for French at a somewhat lower price point is Le Parisien on E 33rd.

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

      1. re: Elizabeth E.

        I like Le Parisien. However, doing a walk-in can be very problematical since it's teensy, and there really is no place to wait.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    2. Lots of decent Italian in MH. Try Coppals on 3rd and 28th, Trattoria Alba on 34th between 3 and lex.

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      Alba
      233 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

      Coppola's
      378 Third Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: princeofpork

        I disagree about Coppala's. The food is mediocre at best.

        Geography correction: Trattoria Alba is on 34th, b/t 2nd & 3rd (very close to 2nd).

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

      2. Three Italian places you might try:
        Sam's on 39th just off Lex and Fagiolini's on Lex and 39th. Both have decent food and reasonable prices. Sam's is a bit more creative.
        A little more upscale traditional red sauce place is Rossini's on 38th bet Park and Lex. They even have an opera singer some nights.
        We eat at all three regularly and enjoy. I would not put any of them in the "fabulous" category but then again the prices are reasonable.

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        Fagiolini
        334 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Sam's Place
        132 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

        Rossini's
        108 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. Once I have the turkey in the oven I am going to sit down and review. If anyone has additional suggestions, they would certainly be appreciated. Thanks so much - always find a gem or two when asking Chowhound folks.

          1. Haven't been there for awhile, but in the past I've had very good food at La Giara, 3rd Avenue between 33rd and 34th. Reasonably priced, and the early evening prix fixe is a real deal. Not quite as white tablecloth as Alba but a pleasant atmosphere and more interesting food..

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            Alba
            233 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

            La Giara
            501 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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            1. re: fhhsalum

              Agreed. Always have a respectable meal a La Giara

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              La Giara
              501 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016