Indian. Owner Anju Sharma pays tribute to an Indian mother’s kitchen at this authentic eatery, which features classic homestyle dishes, such as farm-raised Madras chicken and tandoor- grilled lamb chops. Starters include whipped edamame hummus, and main courses like chicken paittan are served with naan, rice and vegetables. L& D (daily). $$ 246 E. 51st St., btw Second & Third aves., 212.644.8330.
Steak House. Since the original location opened in Boston in 1985, this restaurant has set up shop throughout the East Coast, serving a menu of Northern Italian dishes, from handmade pastas to steak and seafood. B& D (daily), L (M- F). $$$ 447 Lexington Ave., btw E. 44th & E. 45th sts., 212.661.4810.
American. Nestled underneath the overpass directly across from Grand Central Terminal, this bustling café and bar is known for its all- day breakfast (Belgian waffles) and brasserie fare (steamed mussels with Dijon mustard). B,L & D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 90 E. 42nd St., at Park Ave., 212.286.9600.