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This Week’s Specials: Booze, Brains, and Balls

And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week.

Use your noggin.
Use your noggin.

Robert Sietsema slurps stews in this week’s 10 Best Soups in NYC. From borscht to matzo balls, he offers up the city’s tastiest picks.

Lauren Shockey tells you what kind of booze to buy in her holiday gift guide. Check out Shockey’s extensive list — and learn what to buy the alcoholics in your life.

Sparkletinis taste like a Four Loko-champagne mash-up. Spoiler: $8 faux bubbly is as bad as it sounds.

Lauren Bloomberg savors sufganiyot, a Hanukkah jelly donut of sorts, at Mile End.

Fork in the Road’s bloggers list their favorite New York dim sum spots, in Shockey’s weekly Tuesday Toasts feature.

Bad brains? Sietsema snacks on a beefy gray-matter sandwich in Bay Ridge.

Balls taste great — when made of pork!

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How About a Beef Brain Sandwich? At Karam in Bay Ridge

They don’t call it gray matter for nothing …

Organ meats are currently quasi-stylish, and it’s not uncommon to see sweetbreads, tripe, and liver on menus. Less common are kidneys, with brains more rare than that. In fact, when was the last time you ate brains? I did the night before last at Karam.

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The texture of the organ is disarming, somewhere between pudding and whipped cream; the color an otherworldly pale gray; and the flavor almost nonexistent, which is why the French bathe them in vinegary black butter, while the Pakistanis further obscure the texture and taste by scrambling the brains with eggs, into an orgy of cholesterol.

The Lebanese — as at Karam — simply roll them into tubular sandwiches on big round (non-pocket) pitas. Inside the Middle Eastern burrito are pickled root vegetables, tomatoes, lettuce, and parsley. You should open up the sandwich as shown above, and spoon in the wonderful white garlic sauce, which is something like strongly flavored mayonnaise and brings a burn to the lips.

The worst part about beef brains is — they look like human brains.

Karam
8519 Fourth Avenue
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
718-745-5227

Karam blazes into the night near the intersection of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue, Bay Ridge’s busiest corner.

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