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Doubles at Ali's Trinidad & Tobago Roti Deli
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.

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Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop: 1267 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11216 (map); 718-783-0316

Beef Sesame Pancake at XSG Dumpling House
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.

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XSG Dumpling House: 5301 8th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-633-1588

BZ Grill Pork Gyro
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.

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BZ Grill: 27-02 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria NY 11102 (map); 718-932-7858; www.bzgrill.com

Spicy Sausage Laffa at Olympic Pita
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.

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Olympic Pita: 58 West 38th Street, New York NY 10018 (map); 212-869-7482; olympicpita.com

Sujok Pita at Al Safa
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.

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Al Safa: 8002 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11209 (map); 718-238-9576