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16. Because Where Else Can You Get an $11 Fried Sardine Skeleton?

Twelve of our favorite cheap and exotic treats of the moment.

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Court Street Grocers' turkey club.  

St. Anselm’s Butcher’s Steak
The best beefsteak bargain in Brooklyn. $15; 355 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St.; Williamsburg; 718-384-5054

Isa’s Sardine Skeleton
Beyond nose-to-tail: one plump sardine fillet served beside its deep-fried skeleton­—both crazy and good. $11; 348 Wythe Ave., at S. 2nd St.; Williamsburg; 347-689-3594

Danji’s Bulgogi Sliders
Like some kind of genius Korean-inspired improvement on the Philly cheesesteak. $12; 346 W. 52nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-586-2880

Forcella’s Montanara Pizza
It’s deep-fried then baked, and all the rage among pizza purists and iconoclasts alike. $10; 334 Bowery, nr. Bond St.; 212-466-3300

Court Street Grocers’ Turkey Club
The turkey sandwich that even turkey haters love. $12; 485 Court St., nr. Nelson St., Carroll Gardens.; 718-722-7229

Cocoron’s Yuba Dip Soba
Soul-soothing hand-crafted buckwheat noodles priced to move. $13; 61 Delancey St., nr. Allen St.; 212-925-5220

Momofuku Ssäm Bar’s Rotisserie Duck Over Rice
It’s duck and rice and the sensation that life, such as it is, may have nothing more to offer. $14; 207 Second Ave., at 13th St.; 212-254-3500

Earl’s Beer & Cheese’s Taco
Pulled pork on a giant scallion pancake. $10; 1259 Park Ave., nr. 97th St.; 212-289-1581

Boulud Sud’s Grapefruit Givré
The best use of a grapefruit since that Jimmy Cagney scene in The Public Enemy. $13; 20 W. 64th St., nr. Broadway; 212-595-1313

Parm’s Fried Calamari
It changes everything you thought you knew about fried calamari. $12; 248 Mulberry St, nr. Prince St.; 212-993-7189

The Beagle’s Burrata and Gin
Creamy burrata, parsley, braised celery, Arbequina olive oil, and a bracing mini-martini: the cleverest cheese pairing ever. $14; 162 Ave. A, nr. 11th St.; 212-228-6900

Minetta Tavern’s French Dip
Okay, it’s not cheap or exotic, but simply put, this is the sandwich of the year; fries included. $24; 113 MacDougal St., at Minetta Ln.; 212-475-3850


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