What you’re getting: De lechon tacos
This bi-level Mexican eatery by Julian Medina specializes in authentic, outlandish Oaxacan-style tacos (think savory dried grasshopper and cactus salad). There are plenty of insect-free dishes, too -- like the tasty suckling pig carnitas tacos -- but there’s a reason the grasshopper is such a popular menu item. Hop to it.
What you’re getting: Pizza
Tucked inside an office building, this hidden bakery owned by Bouley and Bouchon alum Roger Gural isn’t just turning out superior croissants and babkas -- come lunchtime, it’s also home to bubbly, freshly-baked pizzas and French sandwiches that make most deli orders look downright depressing.
Upper East Side
What you’re getting: Meijin miso beef ramen
It’s all about the beef at this noodle joint, which has honed a luscious, marrow-infused broth for bowls brimming with wavy noodles, fermented bamboo shoots, garlic chips, and green onions. Lunch service ends at 2:30pm, so don’t be late.