Doubles at Ali's Trinidad & Tobago Roti Deli
Might be the best doubles ($1.25) this side of Trinidad. For a quarter of the cost of a Di Fara slice, you get a sweet and spicy chickpea curry that's flavored with tamarind and sandwiched between two disks of turmeric-scented deep-fried, naan-like bread known as "bara." Ali's curry and bara boast an herbal kick that somehow makes deep fried bread taste bright and fresh.
Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop: 1267 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11216 (map); 718-783-0316
Beef Sesame Pancake at XSG Dumpling House
As big as a burger and absurdly inexpensive, the Beef Sesame Pancake ($2) is filled with vinegar-marinated shredded carrots and cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, and lots of sweet-salty-fatty braised beef. The pancake itself looks like an oversized English muffin, crisp and sesame-studded on the outside and pleasantly chewy within.
BZ Grill Pork Gyro
Made from actual cuts of marinated pork—not one of those rotating logs of mystery meat. The cuts are placed overnight in a mixture of Greek spices before being stacked on a spit in the morning and loaded into the gyro cooker. The resulting sandwich is a pork-lover's dream—it's essentially a warm funnel of pita bread wrapped around a massive amount of the perfectly cooked meat.
Spicy Sausage Laffa at Olympic Pita
Their slightly spicy merguez-style sausages are piled into a laffa—enormous, doughy flatbread, similar to a naan, the size of a small pizza—pulled right out of the clay oven. We'd recommend the hot red sauce, but ask the guy to go easy: half a spoonful spread all over this enormous bread still left our mouths burning.
Sujok Pita at Al Safa
Wrapped tightly in foil, the pita was paper-thin and filled with two thin links of sausage, Persian cucumber pickles, and vinegared lettuce, tomato, and onions sprinkled with za'atar and dressed with a tart yogurt sauce. The sujok sausages, grilled to order, were similar to merguez, deliciously lamby, and had a wonderful snap and juiciness.