Everyone has an opinion about East Village’s new Beef Patty Shop

It is understood that the best Jamaican patties – beef, chicken curry, yellow split peas or others – can be found in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. As for lower Manhattan? “There’s a Golden Krust near Union Square,” says Kyle Lamberty, one of three partners at Murphy’s, an East Village cafe that was reborn last month as a patty shop at 440 East Ninth Street. , near Avenue A. Its patties are flaky and generously stuffed, but that’s only part of the reason it’s turned heads.

The partially black-owned business attracts fans and skeptics from out of state and on social media for its well-designed interior and its $6 beef patties, among the most expensive in town. Coupled with the fact that Murphy’s doesn’t make its patties in-house — they’re trucked in from a Flatbush bakery that the team won’t disclose — some users have accused the owners of “gentrifying” the patties and lying about to be Black-possessed. (None of the owners is Jamaican, but two of the three partners are black.)

“Around here, you can only get them in pizzerias and bodegas,” says Neil Sneider, also behind the cafe.

Sneider moved from Atlanta to the East Village about a year ago, arriving in a neighborhood devoid of homemade patties. “I couldn’t find them,” he said. “In Atlanta, patties are everywhere.” He had no experience working in restaurants, but earlier this year he convinced Lamberty and co-owner Marvin Davis to turn their neighborhood cafe Murphy’s Door Cafe into one of the only patty spots in lower Manhattan. .

“It’s not a traditional version of a galette,” says Sneider. The East Village cafe stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends to cater to the neighborhood’s rowdy, late-night crowds, and its outsourced patties can be ordered with cashew cream and vinegar sauces spicy. A juicer dispensing five-dollar cups of homemade lemonade completes the scene.

A man in a black shirt fills a window with fresh patties.

From top to bottom: a puff pastry of beef; co-owner Kyle Lamberty filling a display case with fresh patties.

The patties come in three flavors: beef, chicken curry and vegetables, a mix of chickpeas, cauliflower, corn, carrots, zucchini and black beans that is an easy contender for one of the best city ​​meatless patties. At $6 each, they’re also among the most expensive, and putting one in a slice of coconut bread costs $2 more. (Many of the best patties in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx cost between $1 and $3 each.)

That price and Murphy’s unlikely location has made him a lightning rod for debates about identity and gentrification. According to the team, the online backlash appears to stem from a video shared by influencer @hungryartistny that shows Lamberty, who is Puerto Rican and not black, standing behind the shop’s counter.

“This restaurant is way too fancy for me to eat my beef patty,” TikTok user @iamkingjules said in response to the video. “I want to watch the lady in the back – the aunt in the back – pull my coconut bread out of the plastic bag it was sitting in.” The post has some 400 likes, with commenters calling out names of competing patty shops.

Another user @janenurse accused the restaurant of lying about being black-owned on July 28. Several users have since left one-star reviews on the restaurant’s Google page – where it identifies itself as a black-owned business – claiming its owners are lying.

According to the team, none of the shop’s in-person customers have raised any concerns about the owners’ backgrounds, and most people seem happy there’s a source of Brooklyn beef patties down the street. Manhattan, though they are bright blue and covered in hanging plants.

“People come from Brooklyn and Queens,” Lamberty says. “After the first bite, most people see what’s going on here.”

Murphy’s is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to midnight, Friday through Sunday from noon to 2 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.

A man wearing a blue beret walks past Murphy's, a cafe in the East Village.

Murphy’s, formerly known as Murphy’s Door Cafe.

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