While the Serious Eats editors have stopped by Big Wong King for duck and chicken, I couldn't believe they'd never tried the spare ribs ($5.50).
They're like pig candy, Chinese ribs perfectly balanced in all ways. They're succulent, just fatty enough, but with plenty of meat on there, too; they're small, just the right size to eat one after another. The glaze isn't cloyingly sweet, and there's just enough of it to add that sweet backdrop without ever disguising the taste of the pork. I can't think of many better ways to spend five bucks and change.
Big Wong King
67 Mott Street, New York NY 10013 (map)