Murray Hill

Establishment neighborhood
Caffe Marchio
30 E. 30th St., Murray Hill
This little Italian cafe in the Redbury Hotel feels straight out of Rome. In the morning, we come here for some of the best espresso in the city, plus amazing Italian pastries, non-tooth-breaking biscotti, and great frittata paninis, which they'll pack up for you to take into the office. Around the lunch hour (and until 6), they serve light pizzas, sandwiches, and soups to a grab-and-go lunch crowd. We love to sneak in right before six for an affogato or a cocktail; they always have a white and red wine, plus Italian drinks like Peronis, Aperol spritz, and negronis.
Dover Street Market
160 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
Spanning seven narrow stories in Murray Hill (yes, Murray Hill), Dover Street Market is like a fair funhouse for fashion: Every nook, cranny, and balcony is lined with some of the most inspiring shopping set dressing in New York City. You’d expect nothing less from Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, who has an eye for the most cutting-edge labels around. Like its counterparts in London and Tokyo, DSM boasts a Rose Bakery, making this the sort of place where you can literally spend five hours.
Kajitsu (Closed)
125 E. 39th St., Murray Hill
A meal at this Japanese restaurant, whether for lunch (the only time you can have their incredible ramen), or dinner, is a truly artful experience, and an introduction to a slower, more mindful style of eating. For one, it’s Shojin cuisine, vegetarian food that’s served in Zen Buddhist temples throughout Japan. And for two, the cooked dishes are beautifully presented, in traditional ceramics that are sometimes hundreds of years old. Both lunch and dinner are tasting menu only, so it’s worth it to take the time to enjoy it.