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1. BK Jani 276 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Don't be fooled by the paper plate: the halal dishes served at this Pakistani kitchen in Bushwick far exceed what's slung from the city's food carts. BK Jani chef and owner Sibte Hassan brings the cuisine of his native Lahore to Brooklynites the way they like it: in a graffiti-mural splattered, fast-casual space. Heed the hand-written signs on the wall urging you to "get the lamb chops!" and extolling the "damn fine burger," which is a juicy orb adorned with raita, cumin, mint, a grilled tomato and a chili-and-pomegranate chutney. Grilled meats, particularly the lamb, are show-stoppers: chop lollipops come out moist, herb-rubbed and eminently devour-able. It's fortunate that BK Jani lives on the corner of Maria Hernandez Park, because you'll need to walk this one off.