Welcome Crispy Mr. Chicken!

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A drumstick ($1.25), a thigh ($1.25)...and what part of the chicken is that third piece?


The part of commercial Brooklyn once defined by Williamsburg Savings Bank but now by Barclays Center can use some more cheap-food emporia, especially in the face of what will doubtlessly be an upscaling of the immediate neighborhood. Enter, just a block from the Pacific Avenue subway exit, Crispy Mr. Chicken, who smiles at you from the logo as if unaware of the tenuous nature of his mascotship, as thousands of adolescent and even tween chickens are killed on his behalf.


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Hanjoo Provides Koreatown-Style Cheap Lunch in the EV

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Piping hot and brought to the table bubbling, the squid and crab soup is a formidable lunchtime feed.


Korean restaurants can be rather expensive, and a dinner at one of 32nd Street's barbecues will run as high as $50 or more per person if you really want to satisfy yourself. But nearly all the bigger-ticket places in Koreatown offer amazing lunchtime specials, whereby a full meal of rice, miso soup, salad, pickles, main course plus -- the best part of the meal -- the pan chan, can cost less than $10. Now a similar spot has moved onto St. Marks, offering similar lunchtime specials.


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In Flushing, Street Cart Food Moves Indoors

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One of these dishes is #17 in our countdown, but which one?

Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

A few days ago, Fork in the Road detailed how Northern Chinese BBQ carts have been multiplying and extending their menus to include such unusual items as green beans and lamb kidneys. There's another tendency, too. Some carts are going brick-and-mortar, something we've seen in other street carts around the city, and one of the first to do so has recently appeared on Flushing's Roosevelt Avenue, a bao's throw from Macy's.


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New York's Beijing BBQ Carts Branch Out in a Big Way

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An assortment of brochettes from this innovative Chinatown barbecue cart is Dish #22 in our countdown.
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.


It was only five years ago that rickety metal carts with a funny round chimney on top started appearing in the streets of Flushing, two at first, then a half-dozen, selling Silk Road brochettes of lamb or chicken for the almost unbelievable price of $1 apiece. Reports at the time suggested that the carts had been imported from Beijing, where these kebabs constitute an important street food.

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7-Eleven's Italian Sausage: It Couldn't Be Any Good, Right?

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A sign in the window flogs 7-Eleven's Italian sausage, part of an aggressive fast-food campaign at area stores.


As I was walking past the 7-Eleven -- one has just gone in across from the Voice offices just south of Cooper Square -- the Italian sausage caught my eye and my hackles were raised. How dare they bomb into town, these reverse carpetbaggers, and try to sell us Italian sausages made somewhere else, when Italian sausages made here are the best in the world? Still, curious to try it, I swallowed my scruples and barged in the door.


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Vegetable Samosas at Little Pakistan Deli, Dish #87

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Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.


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Hamburger Special at Colador Cafe, Dish #97

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Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

[See More 100 Dishes: #98 Snow Fungus | #99 Pork Arista Sandwich]
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10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York

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Get this Korean fried assortment for less than $5 at Boon Sik Zip.

Despite the upscaling of restaurants in general, and common foodstuffs in particular, there is still hope for eating some great stuff, even if you aren't rich. We set ourselves the challenge of finding the best meals $5 or under, and this is what we came up with. Please tell us of similar places that you like. If we visit and do a piece - you'll get credit for it among the dancing electrons of Fork in the Road.

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Tired of Paying $15 and More for Ramen?

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This all could be yours...


As the price of ramen has spiraled due to its hipness, it's hard to find a cheap bowl anymore, and what was once the least expensive foodstuff, beloved of college students, has become almost a special occasion dish. But there are a few holdouts...return with us now to the old days of ramen, pricewise.


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Where's My Hot Dog? Perro Colombiano at La Casa de la Antojitos

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Look closely, and you'll see the frank cautiously peeping out at the right end of the assemblage.


Those who like their dogs topped with kraut and mustard will be shocked at the South American take on hot dogs. Take the perro Colombiano at La Casa de la Antojitos, a combination bakery and diner in Jackson Heights.


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