High (Food) Court

Our guide to raucous Japanese flavors at the Plaza Food Hall

We have an unconventional way of dining on the Concourse Level of the Plaza Hotel.

The phase-two expansion of the Plaza Food Hall on Central Park South has introduced 20 kiosks and stalls, which include the Manhattan classic William Greenberg Desserts alongside new fixtures such as Luke's Lobster.

Our trusted game plan: Evade the slow-moving tourists and the selection indecision by building a twisted take on the Japanese bento lunch box—one that's designed for two:

1. First Course: Skip Sushi of Gari's novelty push-up sushi pops ($5) in favor of the menu's sleeper dish: a dainty fried whitefish sandwich ($18) encased in seasoned brown rice with a band of nori and swipe of tartar sauce.

2. Main Course: Tyler Kord is slinging a Plaza-exclusive No. 7 Sub Club, with turkey, Canadian bacon and BBQ potato chips ($13). But we make a beeline toward the umami-bombed cheesesteak of brisket, miso whiz, Funyuns and pickled jalapeños ($12).

3. Dessert: Finish with a towering slice of Lady M Confections' green-tea mille crêpes cake ($8). No less than 20 thin, lacy crêpes are stacked with alternating layers of pastry cream, then topped with a vibrant dusting of matcha.

The Plaza Food Hall, One W. 59th St. (at Fifth Ave.); theplaza.com