If you're looking for a Murray Hill hotel, look no further than Westgate New York City! This neighborhood's history is as rich and diverse as the Murray Hill hotel history that lies within, hallmarked by a semi-normal, home-from-school, college town type feel that often finds its young professional travelers partying until the early morning among the pubs, sports bars, and 30-something haunts that line third avenue and Midtown East Manhattan. Visitors and residents alike often convene the evening with easy going (and romantic) walks on the East River, after an affordable evening dinner at any of the superior Korean, Indian or Sichuan food joints that give this local enclave the energy and youthful spirit it exudes. With several blocks of this urban area often dubbed 'Curry Hill' on account of its Indian-influences restaurant scene, this casual, down-to-earth neighborhood has something for everyone!
Possibly Murray Hill's longest standing neighborhood bar, Joshua Tree is a longtime favorite on 3rd Avenue that basically defines happy hour for the surrounding area. Jamming glammy music videos from the '80s, and centrally located between Penn Station and Grand Central, this local sports bar offers microbrews on tap, specialty drinks, and great comfort food choices, all amid 6 giant screen TVs, 10 90" plasmas, and sports networks a'plenty.
Address: 513 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
Cross Street: between 34th St and 35th St, on 3rd Ave
Hours: 11:30am-4am, Mon-Fri 10am-4am, Sat-Sun
As the head center for Nordic culture in the United States, Scandinavia House offers extensive programs that showcase the culture of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Enjoy diverse exhibitions and periodic film series, as well as musical events, concerts and other artistic performances, ranging from readings, lectures, language courses, and even children’s activities. Push your cultural limits and get your 'Swede on' at Scandinavia House!
Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Cross Street: between 37th St and 38th St
Hours: 10am-10pm, daily
Cost: varies by class or event
Bursting with unique Indian cuisine that goes well beyond your standard Indian fare, this contemporary lounge & upstairs dining restaurant brings together the best of classic Indian food and award-winning regional delicacies that focus on vegetables and seafood. A truly amazing assortment of savory courses that represent the seafood of India’s coastal regions, these spice-rich, tandoori grilled dishes highlight the pinnacle of Murray Hill's Indian food scene.
Address: 346 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
Cross Street: between 39th St and 40th St
A strong and timeless feeling surrounds the great walls of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, elevating 120 feet above 2nd Avenue and 34th Street in the middle of the hustle and bustle of it all. This peaceful sanctuary has always been part of the crowded New York Cityscape, hosting gatherings for young professionals, events for families, and a scores of cultural and musical performances, as well as educational workshops to locals and visitors alike.
Address: 630 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016
Cross Street: between 34th St and 35th St, on 2nd Ave
Hours: vary according to event and service
A true back-alley Shanghai joint, its name is translated from the Chinese word “弄堂” meaning “long tang”, which simply stated are the narrow, interconnected alleyways which are unique to Shanghai, and form the close-knit neighborhoods many call home, in an older and more intimate setting. This Shanghainese chef's soup dumplings & traditional plates are recognizable to anyone who grew up in that region, fusing nostalgia and true Shanghai flavor into one.
Address: 550 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
Cross Street: between 36th St and 37th St
Hours: 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm, Sun-Thurs 11:30am-3pm, 5-10:30pm, Fri-Sat
Honing in on Southeast Asian-inspired sandwiches, this bold Southeast Asian kitchen serves up Num Pang (Cambodian for 'sandwich') amid eye-grinding graffiti and blaring hip-hop music that make the culinary cacophony come to life in its own way. Braised Beef Short Rib and Coconut Tiger Shrimp Pang with toasted coconut are crowd favorites, with an endless variety of meat or vegetarian fillings available, all tortured pleasingly with spicy condiments.
Address: 140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
Cross Street: on 41st St, between Lexington and 3rd Ave
Hours: 11am-9pm, Mon-Fri 12noon-6pm, Sat-Sun