Fried sweet plantains are common enough, but at Cevicheria El Rey in Elmhurst they're exceptionally sweet.
These fried buns at Sunset Park's most notable dim sum parlor walk the line between savory and sweet.
Sanur isn't the best Malaysian restaurant in New York, or even in Chinatown, but it's an exceptionally cheap one with a funky basement dining room that encourages lingering. This crispy tofu salad is a regular on my ordering rotation.
I was not expecting Nyonya, a decent if not outstanding Malayasian restaurant we visit now and again, to make one of my favorite plates of chicken wings in New York. But they do.
These glazed chicken wings carry a serious black pepper kick; nostril-clearing fried fare we can get behind in Astoria.
How do you precede a mighty bowl of comforting chicken and coconut broth at Midtown's Tabata Noodle? These mild nuggets of juicy chicken ($6) with grated radish on top.
The Flushing Mall is doomed to close soon, but that hasn't stopped Diverse Dim Sum from setting up shop in the basement food court. A worthy bite: this beef- and greens-stuffed roll.
Considering how dressed up fried chicken can be these days in New York, it's nice to have a place that sticks to the basics, does them well, and keeps things at a reasonable cost. Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, a dimly lit nook of a restaurant in Alphabet City, is just such a place.
The chickpea flour batter that surrounds a pakora is more dense and crisp than your average vegetable fritter, but it's still all about giving love to the simple vegetable filling within. You get two types in the Mix Pakora ($8) at Benares.
Rhong-Tiam's roti and noodles are the main draw to this Gramercy Thai favorite, but if you're looking for a way to bulk up your order, yuca fries are a worthy addition.
We're on the hunt for the best Turkish food in New York, and while Ali Baba's pide, one of the restaurant's specialties, were more heavy than tasty, these Sigara Boregi ($6.50) hit the spot.
It's an American-Chinese rite of passage. You just haven't experienced American cuisine in its fullness until you've had deep fried shrimp with mayo-based walnut sauce. And if you're going to have it anywhere, you might as well have it at Amazing 66.
Think of these cakes as delicately fried mochi, coated in sesame seeds and stuffed with a sweet potato filling that's custard-soft with a bit of chew. The jolt of warm sweet potato flavor is enough to shock you out of the ma la monotony that can sometimes accompany even great Sichuan meals.
The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria offers a plate of three football-shaped croquettes with a cabbage filling that tastes a little Eastern European and a little...egg roll?
Sometimes the act of frying something completely transforms it into something new. That's the case with the Catfish Salad ($11.95) at Chao Thai, where the fried catfish is barely recognizable as such.
Mundo, one of Astoria's most charming gems, closed recently, and the new restaurantMezze Place is now using the same space. It won't replace Mundo, but if these creamy croquettes are an indication of the kitchen's prowess, I'll be back for more meals soon.
The "Sichuan" sauce at Shanghai 456 is hotter and cleaner than most, but the real thing to celebrate here is the fried fish itself: tender like a scallop with a fresh, clean flavor, and a thin, crisp crust that doesn't overwhelm.
When you find a spring roll that's more crisp than greasy and actually full of flavor, it's cause for celebration. So break out the party hats and head down to Cong Ly in Chinatown, a Vietnamese joint with friendly staff and a good command of the fryer.
It's easy to miss the sign for this place. After all, it's buried under an awning that says "Net Gen" in large letters, and the only marking for Bombay Chat lies below PASSPORT PHOTO and INTERNET/FAX. Yet despite the WTF mash-up, this place sells the best pani puri I've had in New York.
Though I've loved virtually everything I've tasted at Kin Shop, this fried chicken special may be a new winner.