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Chefs dish on unexpected NYC faves

Crif Dogs and its unusual toppings is a

Crif Dogs and its unusual toppings is a favorite of Momofuku’s Christina Tosi. (FLICKR/ L.RICHARZ) Credit: Crif Dogs and its unusual toppings is a favorite of Momofuku’s Christina Tosi. (FLICKR/ L.RICHARZ)

In "Where Chefs Eat," (Phaidon) chefs selected their favorite places to dine in cities across the globe. Many selections were to be expected (Daniel, Jean Georges), but there were some surprises, too.

We chose four unexpected choices in NYC and asked the recommending chefs to explain.

-- Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar chose Crif Dogs, 115 St. Mark's Place, 212-614-2728 and 555 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, 718-302-3200,
"I have loved Crif Dogs ever since I first moved to NYC to be a pastry cook. ... They do a great job of combining perfect hot dog offerings (beefy frank, fluffy bun, killer coleslaw), with ... outside the box flavor/texture pairings while keeping it quick, easy, affordable, simple and filling."

-- Alex Young of Zingerman's Road House in Ann Arbor, Mich., chose the Halal Cart on 53rd St. and Sixth Ave.
"I will eat gyros there before a fancy dinner, after a fancy dinner, for lunch, before lunch, after lunch, and then I'll get several for the airplane ride home. ... The flavor of the meat and the dressing is perfect! I strongly recommend a dose of their hot sauce as well, and if you're feeling "formal," have the gyro plate. ... There are generally 30 to 50 people in line in the evenings."

-- David Pasternack of ESCA on W. 43rd St., chose Super Tacos on 97th St., 917-837-0866
"Super Tacos isn't fancy, but it's good, quick and satisfying. Everything you want in a late-night place."

-- Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune on E. First St. chose Kafana, 116 Ave. C., 212-353-8000
"Yugoslavian meats and salads, and a wine list made up almost exclusively of Serbian and Croatian labels. Hardly anyone in the room speaks English."

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