1. Crisp Lamb Filets with Chili Cumin at Szechuan Gourmet
New York, New York
The Manhattan outpost of this Queens standby brings Chinese mainland heat to the heart of the city. In the restaurant's signature lamb dish, tender filets are coated and fried until crisp, then tossed with ground cumin, Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, dried chiles, and scallions.
(212/921-0233; 21 West 39th Street, 10018)