Neighborhood Spotlight | Murray Hill

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The warm and inviting Murray Hill sets out to strike a balance between a mellow residential atmosphere and an active nightlife scene. While only a few restaurants stand apart from the crowd, the neighborhood is dotted with many small and simple bagel shops, cafes and eateries, and an especially appreciated selection of Indian restaurants (yielding the fond nickname “Curry Hill”), as well as Korean noodle shops.

A daytime stroll to the East River is always an option to escape the bustle of midtown Manhattan, and a plethora of convenient transportation make travel throughout the city a cinch. Bounded by Madison Avenue to the west, 42nd Street to the north, the East River to the east and 34th Street to the south, Murray Hill remains connected to the rest of Manhattan through various subway stops, plus the beautiful Grand Central Station.

Historically, in the early 1900s, Murray Hill stood as one of Manhattan’s most upscale neighborhoods, its gorgeous brownstones occupied by wealthy New Yorkers. Over the course of the following century, the neighborhood became more affordable as these wealthy constituents traveled farther north, leaving an active nightlife and diverse dining scene in their wake.

Though there is plenty to do after work hours, the neighborhood retains a quietude during the day, especially in comparison to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where the activity never ends. And, as no New York City neighborhood is without its park; Bryant Park overlooked by the New York Public Library offers the perfect venue for any day.

Restaurants & Dining


108 East 38th Street

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A Murray Hill staple since 1978, Rossini’s is the go-to for northern Italian cuisine. Owned and operated by Romano Bernaz, his two sons Raymond and Gerry and his nephew Josip Cernjul, the restauranteurs attribute their success to a family philosophy to serve true Italian cuisine in an ever-evolving fashion.

Villa Berulia

107 East 34th Street

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Nestled in the heart of historic Murray Hill, Villa Berulia Ristorante has served the Murray Hill community for over thirty years. The establishment showcases exceptional Croatian and Northern Italian cuisine, with different specials every day as the chefs continue to fuse ancient recipes with modern techniques and their own flair.


Pookie & Sebastian

541 3rd Avenue

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This favorite retail shop offers sophisticated and casual women’s clothing, plus jewelry and accessories.

Dor L’Dor

301 East 41st Street

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This multi-brand boutique is the leader in the latest must-have women’s fashion and accessories, and renowned for creating the perfect closet for fashion-savvy clients.

Health & Fitness

IMX Pilates

265 Madison Avenue

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This beloved “chill” studio offers equipment-based Pilates classes, as well as hybrid workouts with spin, yoga and barre.

mang’Oh yoga

322 East 39th Street

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Opened in 2007, mang’Oh yoga is located on a quiet section of East 39th Street. The space offers a variety of classes offered seven days a week, including Sunrise, Lunchbox, Happy Hour, Candlelight and more.