Out of the Box

Fritzl's Lunch Box in Bushwick calls

A boon of releasing yourself from Manhattan's dining core: Your dinner bill is bound to be lower. Way, way lower, as Fritzl's Lunch Box–a new 19-seat beacon of deliciousness on a Bushwick block–proves.

Dan Ross-Leutwyler, who has done time at Roberta's, Fatty 'Cue, The Breslin and Vinegar Hill House, is behind the food and the tantalizingly prudent prices.

Hump day at Fritzl's heralds the arrival of Crazy Clams Wednesdays, where $22 will net you all-you-can-consume garlic bread, Caesar salad veiled in Parmesan shavings, and clams linguine buried under garlic breadcrumbs.

A recent visit had us splashing out on ricotta dumplings in a charred poblano cream sauce with tufts of peekytoe crab: At $13, it's the single most expensive item on the menu.

There are also baskets of beer-battered asparagus ($7), each tip destined for a dip in a crimson sweet-and-spicy sauce that utilizes raw scallions and palm sugar.

You're here, so go ahead and say yes to dessert. Especially a slice of banana cream pie ($5.50) from Williamsburg's Pies 'n' Thighs, where Ross-Leutwyler's wife is a partner.