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What: soppresatta picante pizza, $16
Photo: Kent Wang/Flickr.com
Where: Motorino, East Village (and Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
An insanely good pie with tomato sauce, fior di latte, spicy soppressata, chili flakes, garlic, oregano, pecorino and olive oil. The brussels sprout pancetta pizza is probably better, but I always go back for the soppresatta.
What: lox and cream cheese on a bagel, (price varies)
Where: Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St.
The lone surviving Jewish "appetizing store" in the Lower East Side serves up super legit New York classics. Bonus: it is extremely close to Katz's deli where you can get a pastrami sandwich and relive the infamous orgasm scene from "When Harry Met Sally."
What: Korean chicken wings, $14.95 (dozen)
Where: Mad For Chicken, 314 5th Ave.
Yeah, Korean fried chicken is a thing in New York City, and for good reason — it's delicious.
What: spicy pork meatballs, $8
Where: The Meatball Shop, multiple locations
Four meatballs served with a choice of sauce and a stick of focaccia. The best part is that all ordering is customizable and a la carte. No reservations.
What: Chairman Bao pork belly bun, $4
Where: Baohaus, 238 E. 14th St, (Lower East Side)
Braised All Natural Berkshire Pork Belly Served with: crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. You can get the famous Momofuku pork buns elsewhere, but a dinner there will set you back a week's pay.
What: Double Shack Burger, $7.35
Photo: Simon Doggett/Flickr.com
Where: Shake Shack, multiple locations
You'll probably have to stand in the cold waiting in line for one of these, but they are worth it. Think of it as an expensive In-N-Out.
What: grilled octopus, $15
Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis/Flickr.com
Where: Taverna Kyklades, 33-07 Ditmars Blvd., Queens, and 221 1st. Ave., Manhattan
I don't know what they do to get the grilled octopus so tender, but it's just so, so good. You'll wait in line at the original Astoria, Queens location for sure. They don't take reservations. Beware, the portions here are huge.
What: Chinese dumplings (varies, cheap)
Where: Vanessa's Dumpling House, 220 E 14th St, East Village
You can't go wrong with the huge menu here, they offer dumplings with various fillings, steamed (pictured) or fried.
What: porchetta sandwich ($12 sandwich, $15 plate)
Where: Porchetta, 110 E. 7th St.
This might look gross, but it makes for a really, really good sandwich. Just look at those cracklings.
What: lobster roll, $15
Photo: Robyn Lee, Roboppy/Flickr.com
Where: Luke's Lobster, various locations
Don't get me wrong, dungeness crab is clearly superior to lobster in nearly every way, but since you're on the East Coast you might as well try a Maine lobster roll. Go