With so much to offer and so many desirable aspects, Murray Hill is an extremely appealing place to call home. With its close proximity and easy access to Midtown and Grand Central station, Murray Hill holds a comfortable, neighborhood-like charm while also being a step away from the bustling business district of the city. Located between Fifth Avenue and the East River, and from 30th to 42nd Street North to South, Murray Hill has become a destination of choice among young professionals, due to its affordability and prime location. The vast array of nightlife options and the many social characteristics of the area enhance the appeal, as Murray Hill not only offers an eclectic mix of restaurants, but also a plethora of casual bars and hip nightclubs. With luxury high rise buildings, pre-war townhouses and brownstones, and lavish condos and co-ops, Murray Hill has something for everyone. The historic feel of the neighborhood, coupled with the exciting atmosphere of 21st century New York, make Murray Hill a unique and vibrant place to live.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
You can undoubtedly find food of any ethnicity in Murray Hill, and the area is home to some of New York’s best eateries. Les Halles French Brasserie (411 Park Ave S.) has arguably the best steak frites in the city, and the delicious brunch at Penelope’s Bakery (159 Lexington Ave) will make you wish every meal was brunch-time. And if you’re really up for something fun, try Asia de Cuba (237 Madison Ave), where you can find Asian-Latin fusion cuisine, or Rare Bar and Grill in the Shelburne hotel, for their top-notch burgers and the outdoor rooftop bar. Murray Hill is also home to a small section of New York called “Little India,” so you are guaranteed to find the most authentic, delicious Indian cuisine in the city.
Murray Hill has quite a few landmarks of its own to boast of—the Morgan Library, the New York Public Library, and the DeLamar Mansion, as well as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building to name a few. You can also catch the latest movies at the AMC Lowes IMAX Theater on 2nd Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Street, or enjoy a live performance at the New YorkArtTheatre or the Jewish Repertory Theater. Nearby GreenacrePark on 51st Street off 2nd Avenue provides much needed green space and a play area for children.
The Lexington Subway Lines (4, 5, 6,) cut directly through Murray Hill, with the 5 and the 6 lines making two stops along Park Avenue, and the 4 express line going directly to Grand Central Station. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel is right at the outskirts of the neighborhood, and Metro North as well as the cross town 7 train can be taken from Grand Central. A number of local bus routes pass through Murray Hill as well.
Murray Hill is home to local public school P.S. 116 (MaryLindleyMurraySchool), and junior high school J.H.S. 104 (Simon Baruch). A number of private day care centers are located in the area as well.
Whether you’re looking for a typical sports bar, a more lavish lounge, or a disco-ball spinning nightclub, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Murray Hill. Bar Twelve (206 E. 34th Street) and Ginger Man (11 E. 36th Street) are two popular sports bars, whereas at Katwalk (2 W. 35th Street) and Bogart’s (99 Park Ave), there is a swanky, club-like vibe.
With many new boutiques popping up along Third Avenue, as well as the nearby Herald Square, there are plenty of options for shopping in Murray Hill. Additionally, a number of grocery stores and health food stores can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood, most notably Gristedes (748 2nd Ave) and D’Agostino (578 3rd Ave).
Other restaurants in Murray Hill:
- Aquamarine (713 Second Ave)- $$- Japanese
- Bloom’s Delicatessen (350 Lexington Ave)- $$- Deli, good for takeout
- El Rio Grande (160 E. 38th Street)- $$- Mexican
- Carl’s Steaks (507 Third Ave)- $- NY version of Philly Cheese Steaks
- Chez Le Chef (127 Lexington Ave)- $$- European, Café
- Evergreen Shanghai (10 E. 38th Street)- $$- Chinese
- Molly’s Pub (287 Third Ave)- $- Pub Food, Burgers
- Nirvana (346 Lexington Ave)- $$- Indian
- Nomado 33 (165 E. 33rd Street)- $$- Japanese
- The Water Club (The East River at 30th Street)- $$$- Seafood on the River
For more restaurants in Murray Hill, check out New York Magazine’s Restaurant Section: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in Murray Hill:
- BUtterfield 8 (5 E. 38th Street)- Lounge and bar
- The Hill (416 Third Ave)- Sports bar
- Mulligan’s (267 Madison Ave)- Irish pub
- Rattle and Hum (14 E. 33rd Street)- Excellent beer selection
- Third and Long (523 Third Ave)- Sports bar
- WhiskeyRiver (575 Third Ave)- Bar, Happy Hour
- Wine:30 (41 E. 30th Street)- Wine bar
For more bars and in Murray Hill, check out New York Magazine’s Bars Section: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- New York Sports Club (NYSC) (633 Third Ave)
- Absolute Fitness (124 E. 40th Street)
- Vanderbilt Health Club (240 E. 41th Street)
- Park Cleaners and Tailors (531 Third Ave)
- Murray Hill Dry Cleaner (129 E. 39th Street)
- Park East Cleaners (716 Second Ave)
- Sussex Wine and Spirits (300 E. 42nd Street
- Murray Hill Wine and Spirits (516 Third Ave)
- Park Ave Liquor Shop (292 Madison Ave)
- D’Agostino Supermarket (578 Third Ave)
- Gristedes (748 Second Ave)