Murray hill

Little Alley

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Overview:

Little Alley is a traditional Shanghainese restaurant in Murray Hill. The space feels modern and sleek with brick lined walls and a women in the dining room hand rolling dumplings (which you must love, obviously). The menu has a long list of traditional meat & seafood entrees plus rice & noodles which are all much better than your average Chinese food restaurant. The dim sum selection has all the soup dumplings, pork buns and potstickers your heart could desire. Overall this is a casual neighborhood spot great for a relaxing dine-in experience or take out, at a very low price.

Information:

Address550 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (646) 998-3976

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

https://www.littlealley.nyc/

Price: $$


 

Farmer and the Fish

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OYSTERS

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SHRIMP COCKTAIL

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ALASKAN KING CRAB

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FARMER'S SUSHI - wild salmon & big eye tuna, scarlet turnips & basil

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BACON RIB - yacon & green apple, chili-maple

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SEARED SCALLOP & FRISEE SALAD - crispy bacon & fingerling potatoes, sunny side up egg, lemon aioli

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CHEEKS & CHIPS - icelandic cod cheeks, cottage fries & farm greens

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BIG EYE TUNA BURGER - chili-soy glazed, mizuna greens & pickled shallots, wasabi aioli

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LOBSTER ROLL - warm maine lobster & bone marrow OR aioli, cucumber & fennel

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BRUSSEL HEARTS & BACON

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Address: 245 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

Phone(646) 998-5991

http://www.farmerandthefish.com/gramercy

Covina

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LEMON & RICOTTA PANCAKES - LEMON CURD, FRESH BERRIES & VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP

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SHAKSHUKA EGG CAST IRON SKILLET- SPICED TOMATO SAUCE, CHARRED GARLIC YOGURT, HERB CHUTNEY, FETA CHEESE, ZUCCHINI, MUSHROOMS

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HUNGARIAN POTATO FRY BREAD -  SMOKED SALMON, AVOCADO, SCRAMBLED EGGS, CRISPY, CAPERS, HERBS, LEMON CREME FRAICH

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COVINA BURGER & FRIES- SPECIAL SAUCE, AMERICAN CHEESE, DASHI PICKLE

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GRILLED CHEESE, TOMATO SOUP

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REUBEN

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BRIOCHE DOUGHNUTS - WHIPPED RICOTTA, SEASONAL JAM

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Address: Park South Hotel, 127 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone(212) 204-0225

https://covinanyc.com/

Blue Smoke

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Let me tell you something about Danny Meyer. Everything this man touches is exceptional. I don’t need to visit his restaurants in person to tell you that the food will be consistent, the service will be unparalleled, and the atmosphere will have been choreographed to make you feel like you cant wait to come back.

Blue Smoke is a departure from the high(er) end restaurants typically found in the Union Square Hospitality Group family. Both locations are spacious, loud and very casual. There is ample beer on tap, whiskey for days, and the atmosphere is laid back. You can enjoy the vibe for dinner, lunch, brunch, and even take yourself downstairs to their subterranean jazz club if the mood strikes.

The menu is packed with every southern comfort staple you would hope to find at your local barbecue watering hole. Executive chef Jean Paul Bourgeois was trained in fine dining but brought his Louisiana routes to this menu. Almost every dish will kill you and dammit there is nothing wrong with that. The fresh cornbread madeleines are excellent as are the warm chips with blue cheese and bacon dip. I dream of their spicy fried chicken served on biscuit dough and drowning in pimento cheese. Why isn’t everything on earth served with pimento cheese? Finally, as the name promises, they have plenty of smoked meat and you can combined endless combinations of porky goodness with every side dish your heart desires. Don’t miss the mac n cheese, it’s like crack in a bowl. Here’s what we had:

CORNBREAD MADELEINES

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DEVILED EGGS

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WARM BARBECUE POTATO CHIPS - Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip

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BUTTERMILK BISCUITS - Daily Preservers

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SMOKED TROUT SALAD - Butter Lettuce, Radish, Red Potatoes, Buttermilk Herb Dressing

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CUSTARD FRENCH TOAST - Blackberry Syrup, Citrus Zest, Black Pepper Creme Fraiche

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LAMB BELLY HASH - Pickled Sweet Peppers, Sunny Side Up Egg

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BRIGHT-EYED BREAKFAST SANDWICH - Biscuit Doughnut, Fried Egg, Pimento Cheese, Spicy Fried Chicken

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BLUE SMOKE BURGER - Grilled Bacon, Choice of Cheese, Choice of Side

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MEAT AND 2 - Ribs, Burnt Ends, Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese

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MEAT AND 2 - Pulled Pork, Grits, Potato Salad

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BLOODY MARY

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Address : 255 Vesey St 

(212) 889-2005

Address: 116 E 27th St ·

 (212) 447-7733

http://www.bluesmoke.com/

The Flying Cock

Sometimes I just dont have a lot to say about a place. This is one of those times. It's a bar in Murray Hill. If I was 22 and looking for frat guys, I would love to watch football here on the weekends. They have better than average bar food and the waitstaff is very kind. There you have it folks! Here's what we had:

Bar Nachos - queso fresco, mozzarella, cheddar, guacamole, diced jalapeños, sour cream

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Baked Egg in Avocado side whole

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Avocado Toast - smashed avocado, sea salt, pepper, diced tomato, onion, on toasted sourdough

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Waffle Sandwich -  bacon, fried egg over-easy, american, avocado, maple syrup

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Huevos Rancheros - fried eggs, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, beef chili, crispy corn tortilla

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Eggs Benedict: Canadian Bacon, poached eggs, toasted english muffin, hollandaise sauce, home fries

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Brunch Burger 16 fried egg, avocado, pickles, american, bacon

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Bacon

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Address: 497 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone(212) 689-6900

www.theflyingcocknyc.com

Natsumi Tapas

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Natsumi in the Theater District has opened up a sister restaurant, Natsumi Tapas, in Kips Bay.  The owner, restaurateur Barbara Matsumura, is no stranger to NYC dining. She is the leader behind 7 Haru Sushi locations and everyone’s favorite soup dumpling mecca Joe’s Shanghai.  The interior is a large sleek space lines with floor to ceiling windows, dim lighting and multiple dining rooms. You will be welcomed by a staff that is endlessly kind.

The food is Italian and Japanese fusion. I didn’t know I needed these two food styles melded but they came together on beautifuly modern plates with varying degrees of success. What exactly is Italian Japanese fusion you ask? Think spicy tuna flatbread topped with avocado and caviar. Or, basil pesto-teriyaki meatballs. There is a generous menu with ample selection of food, and I mean AMPLE. You could eat your way through tapas, seafood, pasta, sushi, and dumplings for days. The specialty rolls were excellent and I particularly recommend doing yourself a favor by ordering the Wolf Hall roll which is tempura fried and topped with spicy fish. The options are great for sharing and I would absolutely recommend bringing a big crowd. Here’s what we had:

CRUDO salmon jalapeno w. spicy sesame soy

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CRUDO hamachi w. balsamic vinaigrette

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TUNA TARTAR MARTINI  avocado, mango, yuzu miso, basil pesto

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BLUE CRAB DUMPLING   steamed, ginger soy vinaigrette

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KING CRAB DUMPLINGS 

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FRIED DUMPLINGS

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BEEF SHORT RIBS

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SPICY ROCK SHRIMP TEMPORA

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 SPICY TUNA CAVIAR FLATBREAD avocado, pepperoncini

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“LADY DAY” ROLL  tuna, salmon, spicy super white tuna, pepperoncini, crunch, avocado, mango

 

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“WOLF HALL” ROLL spicy salmon, spicy super white tuna, spicy tuna, tobiko over tempura roll

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Address: 323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

Phone(212) 889-2182

natsumitapas.com

Brother Jimmy's

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I could go to any restaurant in NYC. I work hard and food is generally what I choose to spend the fruits of that labor on. Among all of the innovative culinary meccas in this city, at the end of the day I really just want a bourbon on the rocks and some fried food in a place where I can be loud with my friends. Brother Jimmy's does that for me. 

This place isn't breaking the boundaries of food. It's just a good reliable bar with food that is much better than it needs to be. They have 3 locations in Manhattan all in high traffic areas. The spaces are huge, with multiple levels and dining rooms. You'll see southern knick knacks and sports memorabilia on the walls. The girls who work there wear clothing that barely covers their private parts. The crowd is young. The 22 year old me loved coming here to meet newly graduated frat boys. You'll also see lots of large post-work groups here for happy hour. Live music is frequent and pitchers of beer abound.  

Now for the food, I'm a huge fan admittedly. The menu is southern inspired with lots of bar classics, BBQ, and fried goodies layered in. Their barbecue wings are huge and addictively delicious. I have been known to take down two baskets of the best fried pickles I've ever had at their bar. Fried catfish bites, pimento cheese dip, and loaded cheese fries are some things I'd 100% recommend drunk snacking upon. 

Like any great bar they have a myriad of sandwich options. I giggled at the giant thick slabs of bologna on their sandwich with relish and mustard. It's surprisingly good & tastes like childhood. They offer freshly ground juicy burgers and perfectly crispy fried catfish sandwiches. My favorite is the insanely spicy hot chicken with pickles. Sop up that last bit of alcohol with an adorable cup of banana pudding. I honestly don't know why I'm not there right now. Here's what we had:

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PIMENTO CHEESE DIP - saltines, hot peppers & pickles

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FRICKLES - w/horseradish sauce

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CATFISH BITES- cornmeal crusted & served w/homemade roasted tomato sauce

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LOADED FRIES - pulled chicken. topped w/cheese, diced tomatoes, our original BBQ sauce & ranch

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BBQ WINGS - cut wings dusted w/our southern rub, smoked & basted w/our special sauce

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BBQ MINIS

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COUNTRY CATFISH- fried w/roasted tomato tartar sauce, avocado & tomato. served on Texas toast

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SMOKED BOLOGNA - w/mustard-mayo & pickle relish on Texas Toast

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DIXIE HOE CAKE - pulled pork. piled high on top a corncake w/cole slaw & chipotle BBQ sauce

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NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN - extra spicy, served on Texas toast w/extra pickles

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MAC N' CHEESE

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BANANA PUDDING

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Address: 116 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:(212) 673-6465

www.brotherjimmys.com/

 

 

Patrizia's

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Photo: Industrym.com

You know when the craving comes along and nothing else will hit the spot like red sauce Italian food. Patrizia’s is where I would go to satisfy that hunger. This type of food tastes like childhood to me. I grew up in Pittsburgh and there weren’t a ton of diverse culinary options. One thing that was readily available was good, solid Italian food. New York is of course no different.

Patrizia’s has multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The menus are similar but I prefer the Brooklyn location for the ambiance. The inside of the space is an expansive Italian trattoria with brick walls, red table clothes, and a wood burning oven.  Outside there is a large patio with gorgeous views of Manhattan and the Williamsburg Bridge. The staff is exceptionally kind and makes you feel like family.

On the menu you will find great interpretations of Neapolitan cuisine. Most dishes are large and made for sharing. You start with antipasti of roasted vegetables, fresh mozzarella, and baked clams. They will bring you sweet and salty prosciutto, shaved paper thin. Don’t skip the huge fried calamari with cherry peppers. For both pizza and pasta, the options are nearly endless as they should be. The Margherita pizza, straight out of the wood burning oven was hot & glossy with a perfectly chewy crust. If you still have room, I recommend the juicy grilled lamb chops. I can’t wait to return. Here’s what we had:

Mozzarella di bufala alla scapece - buffalo mozzarella with marinated zucchini & tomatoes

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Shaved Proscuitto

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Grilled shrimp

 

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Grilled baby polpo alla fuorigrotta - grilled baby octopus
Vongole alla positano - mediterranean clams with garlic and olive oil

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Eggplant Parmesan

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Calamari toscana - fried calamari in a cherry peppers spicy sauce

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Seafood Misto- lobster, clams, mussels

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Pizza Margherita - tomatoes, mozzarella and basil 

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Spaghetti all’ amatriciana - pancetta and onions in a marinara sauce

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Fioretti alla boscaiola - stuffed pasta in a mushroom, prosciutto cream sauce

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Grilled lamb

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Dessert platter

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Address: 35 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone:(718) 218-9272

www.patriziasofbrooklyn.com/