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Aloo balls at Brown Betty
At this Guyanese joint, orbs of hot-pepper--flecked mashed potatoes are fried until crisp, creating a brittle exterior that relents to a spicy, smooth core. 129-06 Liberty Ave between 129th and 130th Sts, Richmond Hill, Queens (718-323-6438, brownbettycafe.com). 75 each.

Aloo balls at Brown Betty
At this Guyanese joint, orbs of hot-pepper--flecked mashed potatoes are fried until crisp, creating a brittle exterior that relents to a spicy, smooth core. 129-06 Liberty Ave between 129th and 130th Sts, Richmond Hill, Queens (718-323-6438, brownbettycafe.com). 75 each.

Beer bread at Draft Barn
They're beer's new best friend: bite-size hunks of fried brown bread doused with salt—a crunchy-chewy drinking buddy. 530 Third Ave between 12th and 13th Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-768-0515). $3.

Everything fries at Robert's Restaurant at Scores
Instead of gyrating ladies, Scores' main attraction is a plate of fries as crisply dressed as an everything bagel's armor (poppy and sesame seeds, garlic, salt), awaiting a dunk in smoky paprika mayo. 536 W 28th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-868-4900, scoresny.com). $14.

Greek yogurt at Ninth Avenue International Foods
Thicker than peanut butter, tangier than sour cream, tongue-coatingly creamy and richer than Mayor Bloomberg: This gravity-defying strained sheep's milk yogurt, imported from Greece, is the food of the gods. 543 Ninth Ave at 40th St (212-279-1000). $5.99/lb.

Housemade pretzels at Prime Meats
A far cry from gummy street-cart pretzels, these German twists are as delicious as they are picturesque. Thin and crispy toward the bottom, soft and puffy where they curve, with a minimal sprinkling of salt, the burnished beauties are best warm and dipped into a pot of Bavarian mustard, or smeared with sweet Vermont butter. 465 Court St at Luquer St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-254-0327, frankspm.com). $3 each.

Taro cakes at New Golden Fung Wong Bakery
These dim sum standards are one of the few savories sold at this Chinese sweets shop—hefty rice-flour cakes studded with pork, shrimp and chunks of starchy taro root. 41 Mott St between Pell and Bayard Sts (212-267-4037). 75.

Tarte Flambe at Benoit
Sure, everyone loves pizza, but France's tarte flambe deserves equal adoration. Alsatian chef Pierre Schaedelin makes an outstanding version of this wintry thin-crust pie, topped with thick fromage blanc, smoky bacon and sweet onions. 60 W 55th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (646-943-7373, benoitny.com). $13.

Tutera at Txikito
The regal artichoke has been bastardized in plenty of hors d'oeuvres (think of the cheesy dip), but these crispy crostini treat the plant with the respect it deserves: Grassy, fresh artichoke hearts are chopped with nutty Roncal cheese and tiny bits of salty jamn serrano for a sophisticated canap. 240 Ninth Ave between 24th and 25th Sts (212-242-4730, txikitonyc.com). $7.

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