Ah, hot oil! That magic elixir which, like King Midas of legend, turns all it touches to precious gold. Whether it's animal, vegetable, or mineral, what goes into the fryer comes out great, especially under the hand of a true "fry daddy."
French fries are the ultimate walking-around food, and this temple of frites might be the ultimate source for them. The twice-fried potatoes come in paper cones with a choice of dipping sauces, and you buy them from a window, pay, and then walk away, happy and greasy.
Just a straight-up British fish and chips place, but very good in its way (which is more than you can say for most of the ones in England.)
It looks like the moonport from 2001: A Space Oddysey, and the eponymous chef is almost never there, but this is a very fine Japanese restaurant, with first rate sushi and an underrated tempura program.
This brooklyn barbecue does a decent job with its pulled pork, ribs, and etc. -- but the real draw here is an out-of-control hot dog that is easily the borough's best.
This tribute to Italian-American sandwiches outdoes its original, and takes its tradition to a new and better place.
This quirky sandwich shop, on a remote street in an obscure area of town, has the distinction of serving the best po-boy in New York, and possibly even in New Orleans. Yes, I said it! The crisp bread, the blue point oysters, the delicate shrimp -- it's amazing. The chicken biscuit with cream gravy is almost as good, and the place is just so weird that it would be wroth visiting even if the food sucked.
Great heritage chicken, masterfully brined and pressure-fried, is the reason for being of Bobwhite. The place has won the fried chicken sweepstakes of the last few years by multiple lengths, but the chicken isn't cheap ($10+ for two pieces) and you often have to wait 20 minutes or more for it. That said this is the real deal and one of the best in NYC.
New York's most modern and creative take on contemporary Hong Kong-style dim sum, created by the brilliant Joe Ng. The place is tiny but bring a couple of friends so you can try everything.