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10 Best Restaurant Dishes $12 and Under

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Lamb-Meatball Sliders: Locanda Verde, New York City

Except for the Italian goat cheese, every part of the lamb-meatball sliders is made in-house: Andrew Carmellini grinds the lamb with onion, simmers the meatballs in tomato sauce, then serves them on Parmesan-onion buns with cucumber pickles ($12 per order). They're fantastic and reminiscent of the old-school type—the kind one might think Carmellini grew up with. —Kate Krader

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