The word on the street is there’s a new taco spot nestled somewhere inside Grand Central Terminal, and we’re going to spill the beans. Dirty Taco slings cabesa, lengua, duck skin tacos, and more from the lower-level dining hall. The spot is upbeat and urban, evoking the stylings of L.A. street tacos. Dirty Taco taqueria is a concept by Armenian and Korean-influenced chefs Tae Woo Lee and Jake Geragos, who infuse their traditions and flavors. Like a food truck, stop by for a quick-to-go option and try out their unique weekly taco offering. This week’s special Taco is their “Add OCL,” made with onions, cilantro, lime mix, and mild or hot salsa. Wash it down with fresh aqua frescas or horchatas. Welcome the holidays with a frosty soft-serve ice cream. We’ll see you there at 89 E 42nd St.
Sam Sunny, a new intimate Korean bar and restaurant located in the center of Kips Bay, which serves authentic Korean food with a modern twist. We love the spacious setup inside, with over 80 seats, including the bar, booths, and tables. Many traditional Korean dishes like bibimbap, japchae, and spicy rice cakes are available. Locals rave about their perfectly cooked Korean steamed egg and their banchan. Sam Sunny gives off a chill vibe and is ideal for large groups, but you can ride solo and enjoy the atmosphere while you drink a beer or two. Find Sam Sunny at 517 2nd Ave. between 29th and 28th street.
So many great Sushi options in the city, so little time. How does one decide which to hit this week? Ondo Omakase in Noho attempts to distinguish itself by focusing on getting the temperatures of its fish and rice just right. The $120 16-course menu includes chutoro, young sea bream, and Japanese sea perch. Ondo’s website says, “We want to show people how big of a difference it is when you taste the perfect temperature of neta and shari, simple and delicious.” Locals are raving about their Spanish smoked mackerel and their lauded seared foie gras on top of seared A5 wagyu. The space is chic and modern, with a large waiting area and a comfortable chef’s counter. As one foodie online told us, “get yourself a food therapy and hit up Ondo Omakase,” who are we to decline this offer? Find Ondo Omakase at 301 Elizabeth St. between Houston St. and Bleeker.