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New to Murray Hill and need: local pub, cheap lunches, croissants, date nights, delivery

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New to Murray Hill and need: local pub, cheap lunches, croissants, date nights, delivery

brighton312 | Nov 16, 2012 03:07 PM

Hi everyone! I just moved to Murray Hill and need replacements for my East Village standbys.

Local pub (most important)
I was a regular at Klimat and will need a Murray Hill replacement. Key requirements: good comforting bar food, some good beers on tap (Eastern European a plus), laid-back, quiet, not fratty.
I thought Tavern On 3rd might fit the bill but it did not. It was the opposite of quiet and unfratty and they were sold out of all the good beers at 7pm on a weekday.

Lunches and delivery
Key requirements: Fresh ingredients! Can get a good satisfying meal for under $20 (or, ideally, under $10).
My EV favorites were: This Little Piggy, Empanada Bar, Dos Toros, Maoz, Zabb Elee, Korzo Haus, and that new teriyaki place next to Dos Toros.
I already like Lamazou, Kalustyan's, and Pio Pio in this neighborhood. Any other suggestions in that vein? I'm not too interested in all the Indian lunch buffets, have been to a few and none of the food was fresh-tasting.
These two threads are really comprehensive, but 1-2 years old. Some that sound interesting are Latin Thing, Vezzo, No. 7 Sub, Grand Sichuan. Any thoughts on these, or other suggestions?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783190
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698399

Salad
Where can I get a really good, fresh salad? I don't have any EV favorites for this one. Clearly I don't eat enough salad.

Thai
Where's the best Thai delivery? So far I've tried Soi 30 Thai (decent) and Jaiya (I really liked it).

Date night/dinners out with friends
This older thread has some good ideas but some of these places are closed:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/540370
I'm looking for entrees $15 or under.

Where to take tourist friends, parents, etc.
I always took them to Veselka because it was a novelty, the atmosphere was fun, and the food was basic enough that even the least adventurous eaters could find something. Is there a good neighborhood place like that?

Croissants: Where are the best in or near Murray Hill? I was a regular at Ceci Cela, Mille Feuille, and Dominique Ansel. If there's no good substitute in Murray Hill, how about in midtown in general?

Thank you in advance for your help!!

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