Moderate priced Murray Hill area French or Italian
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.
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.
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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.
334 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
132 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
108 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016
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..
233 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
501 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016