Festivale at 3D's Restaurant and Bakery in Crown Heights
What if you were really really hungry, and only had one dollar to spend? And weren't near one of those four-for-a-dollar Chinese dumpling shops?
A good answer to that question may be found at 3D's Restaurant and Bakery in Crown Heights--though I'm still not sure the place quite deserves to be called a restaurant, since it's really just a bakery. Nevertheless, the patties--both beef and vegetarian--are splendid, but those cost more than a dollar.
Instead, direct your attention to the glass case that is the repository of "festivale" (pronounced "fess-T-vahl"), the celebratory donut of Jamaica. These torpedo-shaped rolls are a dense as an "old fashioned" style donut--cakey and fluffy despite the sheer weight of the dough, and mildly scented with nutmeg (or maybe that's allspice, a spice native to Jamaica). And festivale are not as sweet as you might have feared, making it possible to actually eat an entire specimen.
In fact, for a dollar, they probably provide your entire caloric allowance for a single meal, and festivale are damn good, too. Have your meal and dessert at the same time in one cheap, hand-held treat. 743 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 718-399-0578