Your favorite downscale food, from where?
For years, Burger Heaven's chicken salad sandwich (go figure) has been my yardstick for all others: totally fresh and tender white meat, just enough mayo to hold it together, on rye. Love the chicharonnes de pollo at Fonda Boricua and Tony Dragonis's food cart at Madison and 62nd St. has grilled chicken platters that could hold their own anywhere.
What's your favorite downscale item -- or guilty pleasure -- when you're not enjoying the fancier and pricier offerings this board is loaded with?
mozzarepas from a street fair. ahhh..... heaven in a four inch round.
i love street food as a general category. in particular, i love corn grilled over charcoal, rubbed with any combination of lime / butter / salt / cotija -- sold all over the world from india to mexico.
if you want guilty pleasure... hmm... whenever i do road trips, i always keep my eyes peeled for a Wendy's. love those mandarin chicken salads, simulated chicken and all.
Ah guilty pleasure of mine as well! I love the spicy chicken sandwich but find it's even better when you slather on some of their honey mustard.
What about S'Mac for anyone in East Village or UWS? I find their mac 'n cheese (especially when you eat in) is pretty good comfort food... full of cheese and carbs.
My favorite downscale food (and actually one of my favorite comfort food) is the congee at Big Wong King on 67 Mott St. This is the only place that makes congee the right way with the right consistency and right rice flavor. All those Congee Village/Bowery/XXX are not even on the same league.
They also have very good soy sauce chicken and steam white chicken. Too bad they don't make good fried cullers and rice crepes.
Puerto Rican snacks: Cuchifritos Frituras
Chicharones: La Strada
Rotisserie Chicken: El Malecon No. 2
Fried ruffle fat: Bayan Cafe
Fried chicken: Popeye's
Soondae: Han Ah Reum
Hot dogs: Crif Dogs
Burgers: Five Guys
Deli subs: New York's Best (Water St.)
Indian take-away: Minar
Tiny Pork Buns: Moonhouse
Fish Balls: Cart outside the NRQW station on Centre and Canal
Buffalo Wings: 1849
Polish diner: Polish National Home
Snack Dragon - the nacharito ($3)
Veselka - sticky bun to take home and heat up later (20 sec on 50% power) ($2.75)
Caracas - anything delivered. I've never waited to eat there and find delivery pretty quick.
Pomme Frites when drinking at Bar 82.
Burritoville's dessert chimichanga - melted chocoate & banana inside.
Tako Yaki from that little place on 9th st (betw 2nd & 3rd aves)