MURRAY HILL+ MIDTOWN EAST+WEST
Danish/ Dutch. Nordic techniques and flavors are championed on a menu using wild and farmed ingredients from upstate New York, with specialties such as sablefish and salt-and-ash-baked beetroot. B & L (M- F), D (nightly). Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., btw Park & Vanderbilt aves., 646.568.4018.
Chinese/ Indian. Owners Salil Mehta and Stacey Lo fuse traditional Chinese and Indian flavors to form complex, heat and texture- driven dishes (e.g., manchow soup with crispy noodles), just as Lo’s grandfather did when he opened the original Chinese Club restaurant in Darjeeling, India, in 1914. L (M- F), D (nightly). 102 Lexington Ave., btw E. 27th & E. 28th sts., 917.388.3060; 208 Grand St., btw S. 1st & S. 2nd sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718.487.4576.
Mexican. Innovative Chef Alex Stupak fills homemade taco shells with beer-braised tongue, crispy yucca and Scotch egg with guacamole, tops tortillas with griddled head cheese and pickled veggies and fills crispy corn tarts with short ribs and roasted tomato salsa. L (M- F), D (nightly). 510 Madison Ave., at E. 53rd St., 212.858.9365. EMPELLON
TAQUERIA Mexican. The most expansive menu of Chef Stupak’s three NYC restos offers three kinds of ceviche, 10 taco varietals and a lengthy list of desserts, plus a Sunday prix fixe menu. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 230 W. 4th St., at W. 10th St., 212.367.0999.
Various. These busy food halls offer breakfast specialties and all- day options from a huge variety of NYC culinary powerhouses. Visit urbanspace nyc.com for hours and vendors. Urbanspace Vanderbilt, E. 45th St. & Vanderbilt Ave., northeast corner, 646.747.0810; Urbanspace 570, 570 Lexington Ave., at E. 51st St., 917.546.0102; Urbanspace Garment District, Broadway, btw W. 39th & W. 41st sts. No phone.