A quipe (Key-pay) is the Dominican version of a Levantine kibbeh. The original takes on many guises; the variety adopted in the West Indies has an oblong, deep-fried shell of bulgur surrounding seasoned minced meat. Many quipes served by Upper Manhattan storefronts and street vendors are bland; sometimes they hint sweetly at cinnamon. This one offered not only the nuttiness of bulgar but also, as my dining buddy observed, an Old World flavor profile including pine nuts and cumin.
John's Fried Chicken
512 West 207th St. (at Post Ave.), Manhattan
(one of several locations)