April Bloomfield’s colorful, thrift-store-decorated taqueria inside the Pod 39 features two long votive-lit bars, plush couches for lounging and Ping-Pong tables in glass-enclosed nooks. First and foremost a place to imbibe, its Mexican-ish finger food more than delivers: think made-to-order tortillas packed with elevated fillings such as coconut-braised short rib and Berkshire pork carnitas. On nice days, be sure to check out the open-til-midnight rooftop space.
It’s not always easy to locate a good meal in New York’s most touristed centers: Too often, the fare you’ll find is overpriced and bland. It takes some work to find the best Mexican restaurants in NYC, the best bagels in NYC and the best Italian restaurants in NYC—especially in hectic hubs like Midtown. Luckily, we’ve done the scouting for you, locating these more-than-respectable bars, cafes and restaurants near the Empire State Building, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.
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