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What was once a women's residence owned by the Salvation Army is now the Pod 39, an "affordable luxury" hotel with closet-size rooms and a vast restaurant, bar and lounge called Salvation Taco. The Spotted Pig's April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman and Fonda's Roberto Santibañez are behind it, which means gutsy dishes and a hip scene. Whether or not you've got a room here, it's a great place to know about if you find yourself in Murray Hill or need something near Grand Central. Fiesta lights are strung around the bar, whose shelves hold an exhilarating selection of tequila, mezcal and rye whiskey. Design geeks: Take note of the copper faux skylights and I-must-have-those fringe lamps. Look for mushroom burritos and chilaquiles at breakfast, satisfying tortas at lunch, and at dinner an interesting selection of tacos, ceviche, salad and the sort of spare parts Bloomfield excels at (think crispy chicken feet and spicy pig ears).