The Underground Food Scene
Hidden beneath a generic office building in Midtown, Sakagura
remains one of the city’s best Japanese restaurants and is ideal for an expense account–worthy meal (there are more than 200 kinds of sake on the menu) without all the yuppie hoopla. On the other end of the spectrum is Dhaulagiri Kitchen
, an affordable Nepalese jewel box that stands out among the Indian stalwarts in Curry Hill. The eclectic specialties (khao salad with hanger steak and cod Provençal with chickpea puree) at new fast-casual eatery Made Nice
—from Eleven Madison Park owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara—are equally wallet friendly. But for the most literal interpretation of underground eating head to TurnStyle
within the Columbus Circle subway stop. The subterranean food hall features more than 30 local vendors proffering everything from Doughnuttery’s matcha-flavored confections to the meatball grilled cheeses at MeltKraft.