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Finally, in my neighborhood, there's a fun, trendy site to grab a bite to eat, in a space that is really different from everything else in Murray Hill. (Normally, I don't admit that I live in "Murray Hill" name and use "Midtown East" instead - it's just THAT uncool...)
Salvation Taco is a bit quirky. It has a ping pong table in the back lounge area and there is a cool vibe to the place. Again, much different (and welcome) to the 'hood.
It's also a part of the new Pod hotel - which has its own youth hostel-esque thing going on... But it doesn't distract too much from the restaurant/bar.
It's hard to put the menu into words - some is a bit on the salty side, but it's to be expected. But to call this place a Mexican restaurant would be wrong. It's really not. I mean, it has some Mexican inspired food, but it's a spin-off and more refreshing. Crispy pigs feet and the aforementioned crispy chicken feet are savory nibbles that one should at least try. I, personally, could only manage a miniscule bit of a chicken toe, but can fully devour a pig's ear. It was a big hit to order them for the table and they make great conversation pieces (see photo above for case-in-point).
I also enjoyed the Korean BBQ taco and the Morrocan lamb naan. Each are served as single (not really shareable) portions, and are completely delicious. The group I dined with also ordered the Jacob's Ladder Feast -which was really for about 3 people. It was a healthy portion of pickled veggies, sauces, corn tortillas and a large short rib. Everyone seemed to enjoy picking at the bones and making their own tacos.
Drinks were also good and plentiful. Two of us ordered the 5 Island Horchata, and, without ruining it, you should really just order one yourself. Have your camera ready when it arrives to your table, too.
I'd recommend this for a stop over anytime you're looking for a small bite to eat and a drink. I've been there for lunch and dinner, although I hear there's breakfast, too. Who knows, with it being so close, this place could become my "local". Oh - and try the churros with dark chocolate ganache with a nice cup of French press coffee before you leave.
P.S. If you're interested in the back story of Salvation Taco, it has to do with Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin team. Google it when you're there (there are iPads with free wifi in the lobby of the adjoining hotel). But go there. Keep it in business. It's very close to Grand Central Station, so there's no excuse to NOT check it out. Psssst! It might even make Murray Hill TRENDY! (Gasp!) Let me know what you think if you make it there - or at least, send an interesting photo of what you could do with crispy chicken feet. I'll post it. Seriously.