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#1 Wilfrid1

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:28 PM

An easy one for midweek. See how quick we're covering the ground?

East side of Park Avenue to the river (so Union Square is excluded - that's going to be in the Flatiron); south side of 34th to north side of 14th.

Burgers at Waterfront Ale House and Molly's already noted. The Ale House has an ambitious pub menu altogether, and also serves unusual bar snacks like smoked sausages.

I used to live in this neighborhood, but I'll let some other people go first.
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#2 g.johnson

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:31 PM

I think your geography is out. I work in the Kips Bay brewery (no longer in operation alas) which is between 37th and 38th.

Anyway, it's a wasteland which makes Todaros the best place for overpriced sandwiches.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:31 PM

Kalustyans - best sort-of-Indian market
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#4 Wilfrid1

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:36 PM

I think your geography is out. I work in the Kips Bay brewery (no longer in operation alas) which is between 37th and 38th.

Anyway, it's a wasteland which makes Todaros the best place for overpriced sandwiches.

Can't always rely on business names. Take a look at a map, and I think you'll see everything uptown from 34th labelled Murray Hill. I am looking at a Hagstrom Atlas right now.


Kalustyans also has some inexpensive kitchenware; I'm told they make nice sandwiches upstairs, but can't remember the details. Are any of the Indian restaurants in that area good? I never found a good one, other than Kalustyans cafe when it first opened - and that was an atypical Franco-Indian operation.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:37 PM

Best BBQ spare ribs:

Blue Smoke. :lol:
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:40 PM

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:46 PM

Can't always rely on business names.  Take a look at a map, and I think you'll see everything uptown from 34th labelled Murray Hill.

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:48 PM

L'Express offers perhaps the only version of tablier de sapeur in the city (fried, breaded tripe), and it's pretty good.

Lamazou for a small selection of well-kept international cheeses, good breads, and an inexplicable variety of British groceries.

Roast goose when it's on the menu, or huge servings of duck and pig with traditional German trimmings as Rolf's.

Raw food summer rolls from Pure Food & Wine's take-out outlet.

Musette has decent pates and baguettes.

Edit: Useful link, Lippy.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:55 PM

I think your geography is out. I work in the Kips Bay brewery (no longer in operation alas) which is between 37th and 38th.

Anyway, it's a wasteland which makes Todaros the best place for overpriced sandwiches.

Can't always rely on business names. Take a look at a map, and I think you'll see everything uptown from 34th labelled Murray Hill. I am looking at a Hagstrom Atlas right now.


Kalustyans also has some inexpensive kitchenware; I'm told they make nice sandwiches upstairs, but can't remember the details. Are any of the Indian restaurants in that area good? I never found a good one, other than Kalustyans cafe when it first opened - and that was an atypical Franco-Indian operation.

Kalustyan's does have a small cafe upstairs with about 4 tables. I absolutely love the mujaddara (sp?)--a concoction of lentils and sauteed & fried onions. It's sold as a sandwich or by the pound.

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 03:58 PM

The French Butcher on (guessing) 2nd and 19th?

Grammercy Tavern Front Room for a very civilized weekend lunch.
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#11 Wilfrid1

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:00 PM

The French Butcher sadly departed, replaced by Gramercy Meat Market, selling organic meat (which I haven't tried). Gramercy Fish Co next door is okay, if not as good as Wild Edibles.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:10 PM

Chez le Chef - for most :lol: dining experience.
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#13 Wilfrid1

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:18 PM

I never dared risk that place. Looked quite bizarre, and it was hard to figure out whether it was a catering business, a restaurant, or what...? I could say some strange things about the adjacent Irish pub too, but not without plunging into the choppy waters of Anglo-Irish politics.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:38 PM

The French Butcher sadly departed, replaced by Gramercy Meat Market, selling organic meat (which I haven't tried). Gramercy Fish Co next door is okay, if not as good as Wild Edibles.

Too bad about the French Butcher.

There was, at least briefly, a good fish place on 21st or 22nd between Park and Madison.

I don't live in the area but have been staying at the Grammercy Park Hotel for many years (I still miss Lox Around the Clock) whenever I visit and, of course, keep an eye on the food places in the 'hood.
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#15 g.johnson

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 05:13 PM

Can't always rely on business names.  Take a look at a map, and I think you'll see everything uptown from 34th labelled Murray Hill.

Manhattan neighborhood names and boundaries

Even clearer map

Kips Bay Brewery is apparently in Tudor City. I shall sue the management.

The map suggests the Hospital is in "Medical City".
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