Photo by Aaron Gustafson

Photo by Aaron Gustafson

Did you just move to the Murray Hill neighborhood in Manhattan? Well hold on to your hat because you are in for a treat (or four)!  This cozy little neighborhood under Midtown East is known for some delicious eateries, lively pubs, and an unbeatably convenient location.  Here are the top five things to do in Murray Hill!

  1. Sure, Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side had Meg Ryan, but The 2nd Avenue Deli has something else that will make you say “o” – delicious sour pickles to make your mouth pucker! From Matzo Ball soup to brisket to pastrami, this kosher deli deserves a star on the Yiddish walk of fame.
  2. Smoke a cigar on the rooftop of the Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel at the Rare View bar. A menu chock full of fruity cocktails and the upscale furnishings are the height of modern elegance, while the stunning proximity to the Chrysler Building proves this bar lives up to its name.
  3. The landmarked B. Altman Building, home of the CUNY grad Center, is now among the most extensive research libraries in the city, but it once was the megalomaniac idea of a New York real estate mogul. Benjamin Altman, arguably the Donald Trump of his time, had grandiose visions for a city-block wide department store, though he didn’t live to see its completion.
  4. If sports are what you want, the Mercury Bar has it. From MLB to NFL to March Madness, the place to watch the big games are in their red leather banquettes or clustered around the long pine bar. To fit in the regular bar crowd, you should be into Jäger shots and popped collars.
  5. Visit the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue where works by leading scholars, musicians and intellectuals from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are regularly exhibited.  Catch a film screenings or wander the third floor galleries.

Looking for more? We publish regular neighborhood guides in our Newbie NYC section. And remember, if you just moved and realized your new apartment won’t fit everything you brought, we have a storage facility near Murray Hill that’s safe, close and convenient.