Named for the Mexico City neighborhood, this hip venue—with a antique silver trailer car built into the restaurant face and a glass-walled roof decorated with twinkling stringed lights—serves traditional fare by Chef Ivan Garcia. Everything is made in-house, from the tortillas to the salsas. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$
The quintessential NYC bagel—hand-rolled and kettle-boiled—is the raison d’être of this popular local eatery, with three outposts on the island of Manhattan. Classic deli sandwiches (hot pastrami or corned beef on artisanal rye with sour pickles and slaw), pastries (Russian coffee cake), smoked fish and deli meats by the pound are also on offer. B, L & D (daily).
Sleek, upscale and dimly lit digs set the scene for a menu that includes specialties such as kinoko no kama meshi (rice hotpot with wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables) and lobster no oven yaki (roasted lobster with shizo-ponzu butter). House-branded saki and housemade specialty cocktails are an offer at this contemporary Japanese staple, which has locations in 11 different cities internationally. L (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa). $$$
A top-tier menu of filet mignon, jumbo lump crab cake and steak tartare, a well-stocked wine cellar and a festive atmosphere and clubby lounge make this spot renowned the world over. L (Mon-Fri), D (Mon-Sat). Jacket and tie for gentlemen. The Upstairs at ‘21’ is an intimate and elegant salon with an exclusive prix fixe menu, $75. D (Tues-Sat).