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Beaujolaise sausage at DBGB
Though DBGB's lengthy list of sausages flits from Thailand to Poland to Austria, we favor the classic French beaujolaise. The link harbors a rich mixture of pork, onion and mushrooms, balanced by a rustic side of creamy lentils. 299 Bowery at E Houston St (212-933-5300, danielnyc.com). $13.

Beaujolaise sausage at DBGB
Though DBGB's lengthy list of sausages flits from Thailand to Poland to Austria, we favor the classic French beaujolaise. The link harbors a rich mixture of pork, onion and mushrooms, balanced by a rustic side of creamy lentils. 299 Bowery at E Houston St (212-933-5300, danielnyc.com). $13.

Chicken patty at Jamaican Pride
This crisp and flaky half-moon pastry is Caribbean perfection, packed with ground chicken judiciously seasoned with allspice, curry and Scotch bonnet peppers that lend a tingling heat. 731 Flatbush Ave between Clarkson and Parkside Aves, Flatbush, Brooklyn (718-462-9751). $1.65.

Chopped liver at Sammy's Roumanian Steak House
This long-standing mitzvah palace has perfected its creamy chicken-liver mash, made tableside. For $9.95 extra, you can add a pile of grated radish and onions fried in rendered chicken fat—a.k.a. schmaltz—and you should. 157 Chrystie St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-673-0330). $10.95--$20.90.

Cumin lamb at Little Pepper
Slivers of Szechuan lamb are rubbed with crushed peppers and cumin. A final shower of fresh cilantro provides fragrant contrast to this incendiary combo. 133-43 Roosevelt Ave at Prince St, Flushing, Queens (718-939-7788). $13.95.

Currywurst at Wechsler's
This Berlin-style drunk food is a glorious mess of grilled and sliced Schaller & Weber sausage, smothered in a sweet, curry-spiked sauce and served beside hot skin-on fries. 120 First Ave between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St (212-228-1170, currywurstnyc.com). $6.

Dry chicken with three kinds of pepper at Metro Caf
Like a culinary Where's Waldo, you'll have to search for the itsy-bitsy bites of crunchy fried chicken, which are even better when eaten with the garlic-fried chilies, Szechuan peppercorns, and hot green and red peppers. 4924 Eighth Ave at 50th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-437-7980). $11.95.

Foie gras terrine at Recipe
A jar of satiny Hudson Valley duck liver confit and slow-cooked apricot-fig jam is delivered to your table with grilled brioche points for spreading. It's not for the fat averse. 452 Amsterdam Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts (212-501-7755, recipenyc.com). $9.

Potato Kishke at Driggs Meat Market
Forget chorizo. The sausage of the year should be this Polish mix of mashed potatoes and pork, poured into a natural casing and roasted to crispy perfection. 160 Driggs Ave between Humboldt and Russell Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-3602). $4.49/lb.

Sha-baklap at Cafe Tibet
You thought Caribbean beef patties were a guilty pleasure? These Southeast Asian varieties are flakier, juicier and more complex. Too bad they're not sold on every corner. 1510 Cortelyou Rd between 15th and 16th Sts, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-941-2725). Three for $7.75.

Spicy beef salad at Madam Geneva
The salad at Double Crown's romantic bar ditches lettuce for seared beef, teaming it with pickled green mango, tart pomelo and a fistful of crispy shallots. 4 Bleecker St at Bowery (212-254-0350, madamgeneva-nyc.com). $14.

Steak frites at Prime Meats
Twelve-ounce cuts of Creekstone Farms beef—redolent of that funkified, dry-aged flavor—plus chimichurri sauce make this $23 beauty the best steak for your dollar. 465 Court St at Luquer St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-254-0327, frankspm.com). $23.

Tacos arabes at Ricos Tacos
These rarely seen tacos resemble gyros: Flour tortillas are filled with griddled onions and juicy lamb that's rubbed with Middle Eastern spices. 505 51st St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-633-4816). Three for $7.

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Fuego Grande
Fuego Grande

Dry chicken with three kinds of pepper at Metro Cafe - Waldo seemed front and center to me. My dish presented nothing BUT nice sized, crispy chunks of chicken tossed with pepper. And what a tossing! The combination of the three fried peppers - especially the aromatic pepper corns - provided a wonderfully nuanced flavor. Sweetness, spiciness, and spice-ness - if that be a word - are all there. This dish starts out with a perfect spice level, but the more you eat the more you Heat. You'll surely want a dish of white rice. Surprisingly, it was the accumulation of the pepper corns that seemed to build the most bite. Interesting dish. The other offerings there fell flat, but this soared on a plume of pepper fumes!

Fuego Grande
Fuego Grande

Spicy beef salad at Madam Geneva - After numerous attempts to try this dish (usually the bar was too packed) I finally found this Gin joint roomy enough for a sample. Unfortunately, they have changed the menu since the adjacent resto changed their format. This is still a place to visit, as they really know what to do with a juniper. And there snacks are solid. If you ask nicely, the bartender will get you the signature Bone Marrow dish from the restaurant (not traditionally on the bar menu). Gin, gin, gin!