Deviled Eggs, Cookshop ($5)
Cookshop's menu has a section of $5 snacks. These buttery Deviled Eggs, each topped with an anchovy fillet, were a highlight. Also quite good: anchovy dip with raw vegetables, even if the vegetables themselves were a bit lackluster. Honorable mention goes to Cookshop's sister restaurant Hundred Acres in Soho, where during happy hour (5-7pm M-F) all sorts of dishes, including chicken wings, cheese fritters, salt and pepper squid, and more, are all just six bucks a pop.
Spicy Fried Chickpeas, Al Di La ($4)
What to say about the fried chickpeas at this Park Slope institution? They're crunchy on the outside, they're creamy on the inside, with the earthy chickpea's flavor mingling with a ton of pimenton and just enough heat; it's the kind of snack that, while perfect for sharing, you want to keep all to yourself. Ditto for the rosemary-scented Roasted Nuts ($4).
Bacon Peanut Brittles, The Redhead ($5)
Like honey-roasted peanuts—but with the flavor of bacon added to the mix, as well as the occasional nub of chewy, pork. A consummate bar nut. The Redhead's menu also features Chips and Dip, homemade waffle-cut potato chips and onion dip. The sheer quantity of delicious, crispy chips makes this one of the best values in the neighborhood.
Hush Puppies, Blue Smoke ($3.95)
Blue Smoke's appetizers are all fairly pricey, but a pretty good plate of hush puppies with jalapeno marmalade is buried in the sides menu, along with their Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip.
Obanzai, Hibino ($4 each)
Cobble Hill's Kyoto-style Japanese restaurant Hibino has great sushi, but the real value comes with a constantly rotating menu of obanzai, small homestyle dishes. On the night I visited, those dishes included a milky salmon, miso and vegetable soup, fried taro balls, and Tofu Nanban Zuke (pictured)—marinated fried tofu topped with a carrot, ginger, onion and mushroom salad and served in a thin dashi.
Smoked Pork Nuggets, Char No. 4 ($4)
Ground-up scraps rarely taste this good: you may only get about five nuggets for four bucks (larger size pictured here), but the smoked pork is a bite of bacony heaven. For something a bit less processed, Back Forty in the East Village serves delectable Pork Jowl Nuggets ($4). An even smaller serving, but Back Forty compensates by using whole chunks of jowl rather than ground meat.