A dissertation on the pleasures of crackly roasted pork, squeezed into a fresh ciabatta bun.
Vanessa’s Dumplings ($2.25)
This duck-and-scallion monster is cheaper than David Chang’s famous version, and three times as large.
Double Shack Burger
Shake Shack ($7.25)
Ounce for ounce, the best deal in the ever-expanding burger galaxy.
Prosperity Dumpling ($8 per bag of 50 frozen)
During hard times, this little stand on Eldridge Street keeps the Platt girls fed for a month.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery ($3.50)
The eponymous, much-hyped artichoke pie is, to my mind, a sludgy mess. This thick-crusted, deep-dish slice is a work of art.
Char No. 4 ($9)
A state-of-the art version of this timeless delicacy, made with braised pork belly, pickled tomatoes, and romaine.
La Superior ($7.50)
Spicy vats of pork and melted cheese ladled over sourdough. Eat half of it and you’ll be set for a week.
Country Ham Biscuit
The gratifying Williamsburg breakfast classic is made with Kentucky ham, Grafton Cheddar, and a spoonful of artisanal fig jam.
Three generous burgers smothered in cheese and onions: ten bucks. The lunacy of Kenny Shopsin: priceless.