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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?

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  1. I like my cuban sandwich from cafe habana, dumplings from vanessa's, frites from Pommes Frites.

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    1. re: kcijones001

      I've been wondering if I should try Vanessa's ever since we got their menu under our door. any specific recommendations?

    2. I love the beans and rice and sweet plantains at Caridad on 78th & Broadway.

      1. 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)

        1. Puerto Rican snacks: Cuchifritos Frituras
          Chicharones: La Strada
          Rotisserie Chicken: El Malecon No. 2
          Tacos: Tehuitzingo
          Fried ruffle fat: Bayan Cafe
          Fried chicken: Popeye's
          Kimbap: Woorijip
          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

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          1. re: JungMann

            Don't know what "fried ruffle fat" is but it sure sounds good! Great suggestions from one and all!

            1. re: City Kid

              It's typically called "chicharon bulaklak," and one of my favorite snacks.

              http://blogs.villagevoice.com/food/ar...

              1. re: City Kid

                Fried ruffle fat is actually fried pork intestines, which is really the best thing in the world, especially with ice-cold beer. Filipinos call this 'chicharon bulaklak,' which is kind of like 'crispy/fried flower.'

              2. re: JungMann

                I’m sorry but you lost me with your New York's Best rec – which they are definitely not. The delis around the corner on John & Pearl or the Jubilee Marketplace on John & Cliff are better options IMO.

                1. re: JungMann

                  Moon House closed. It's now Shanghai Kitchen and sounds like nothing special.

                  1. re: squid kun

                    aw dang! but have you eaten there yet? moon house was my shining star, my beacon on that strip . . . .

                2. I have to say, I always enjoy the burgers at Five Guys, and KFC!