Pizza at Artichoke Basille's and Solo Pizza
When Artichoke overwhelms—either because of the richness of its food or the length of its lines—head over to Solo Pizza for a competent New York-style slice ($2.25). A cheese-laden wolf in sheep's clothing, the humdrum red and white color scheme belies the level of quality on display.
Yakitori at Yakitori Taisho
Soft Serve Creations at Dessert Club Chikalicious
Okonomiyaki at Decibel
This Way, That Way, The Other Thing, and The Popeye Way at This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef
Fries and Dipping Sauce at Pommes Frites
Chicken Wings at Kasadela Izakaya
Ramen at Rai Rai Ken
Rai Rai Ken: 218 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map); Open Until: 12 AM, Sun-Thu; 2 AM, Fri-Sat; 212-477-7030
Wackadoo Hot Dogs at Crif Dogs and Japadog
Beef, pork and turkey all get the tube steak treatment at Canadian chain Japadog, whose offerings take their cues from Japanese street foods. To wit: the Terimayo ($6.25) features an all-beef hot dog covered in a predictable-yet-delicious combination of teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and seaweed. High rollers, do take note of the Kobe dog topped with dollops of caviar.
Pudding at Puddin'
Burgers at Whitmans and Royale
When you name your burger ($8) after your establishment it had better live up to the hype. Luckily, the Angus beauties at neighborhood watering hole Royale offer a primer on the art of simple burger construction. A healthy (or unhealthy) fat ratio keeps things ultra moist, and the eggy bun does a fine job of sopping up the juices.