NYC Neighborhood Guide: Best Things To Do In Murray Hill

Murray Hill is a “famously fratty neighborhood” where “post-college co-eds fill the streets.” Translation: there are tons of restaurants and bars!

If you’re spending a night or two in the city, how do you know what’s good?

We’re here to help. We’ve handpicked the best restaurants, bars, and things to do in Murray Hill. Plus, if you’re gonna be driving, you can reserve parking in Murray Hill.


Where Is Murray Hill?

Glad you asked. It’s squeezed between Midtown and Kips Bay. It’s unofficial boundaries are 34th St. to 40th St., East River to Madison Ave. Here’s a handy Murray Hill map.


Best Murray Hill Restaurants And Bars

You can’t go wrong with any restaurant or bar in Murray Hill. Below are our top picks. This list was specially made by two members of SpotHero’s NYC team, Morgan and Arielle.

Baby Bo’s Cantina – You’ve gotta get the duck burrito.

Ethos Taverna

Notaro Ristorante

Salvation Taco has Mexican cuisine and cocktails, plus free ping pong and a rooftop bar in the summer.

Salvation Taco Rooftop


Nomado 33 has great sushi. Go with the sweet heart roll, snow white, and the naruto rolls.

Madison Bistro

Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza…great thin crust pizza!



2nd Avenue Deli for a traditional Jewish deli experience. We highly recommend the pastrami sandwich and matzoh ball soup (aka “Jewish Penicillin”).

Pastrami sandwich and matzoh ball soup at 2nd Avenue Deli in NYC's Murray Hill.


Best Activities And Attractions In Murray Hill

It’s a short walk to the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building
The Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
St. Vartan Park has a playground, basketball courts, handball courts, and a baseball diamond.

St. Vartan Park in Murray Hill
The Chrysler Building is close to Murray Hill too.

The Chrysler Building


Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal


Why Is It Called Murray Hill?

Good question. We’ll defer to the New York Times.

“The Murrays of Murray Hill were Mary and Robert, Pennsylvania Quakers who bought land between 33rd and 39th Streets in the 18th century; the area was known at that time as Inclenberg.”

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Other Murray Hill Neighborhood Guides We Love

Airbnb Murray Hill Guide

NYC.Com Murray Hill Guide

New York Magazine Murray Hill Guide

Compass Murray Hill Guide

What are your favorite spots in Murray Hill? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credits
2nd Avenue Deli Image via TripAdvisor
Salvation Taco image via this is it nyc
Empire State Building via Wikimedia Commons
The Morgan Library & Museum via Wikimedia Commons
St. Vartan Park via Jeffrey Seldman on Flickr

The Chrysler Building via Wikimedia Commons
Grand Central Terminal via Wikimedia Commons