With a touch of class and a long list of possibilities for shoestring, crinkle cut, topped and dipped with every flavor imaginable, french fries are no longer just a side item. Here are our picks for the best fries in New York City. By Emily Tamburri.
Hudson Square Exchange
333 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
At first glance, these may look like your average, run of the mill, shoestring fries. But with one bite, you just might be surprised. Hudson Square Exchange takes great pride in the intricacies of their crisp slices of potato. These fries are perfectly coated in a delightful truffle oil, which is decadent enough to satisfy as your entire meal. The golden fries have the perfect crunchy texture all the way through, and the truffle oil adds a layer of unexpected flavor on your taste buds!
If you’re looking for fries with a hint of sophistication, Extra Virgin on West 4th has the perfect fry for you. Extra Virgin has taken your average diner “disco fry” dish and has amped it up, adding some flair by replacing the slices of melted American cheese with a side of gorgonzola fondue dipping sauce. This allows you to smother each fry individually with melted tangy cheese, a perfect complement to the saltiness of the fries.
Fresh cut and fried twice, Pommes Frites serves up their thick cut Belgian style fries in your choice of a regular, large or double sized paper cone, which of course, could never really be enough. Pommes Frites prides themselves on their specialty fries, perfecting their recipe and sustaining the business on solely the sale of their one item, done right. Though the frites are a wonderful indulgence on their own, why not venture over to the exotic flavor pairs of their widely acclaimed fry sauces, like Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo or the Irish Curry? (For the Jersey side: A new location just opened in Hoboken).
Outfield Concourse of Citi Field
12301 Roosevelt Ave
New York, NY 11368
Baseball, beer and fries! How could you go wrong? A member of the Union Square Hospitality Group, Box Frites has been serving up Mets fans a no-fail mid game snack season round. Their fries are fresh cut to order and tossed in a variety of seasonings, such as Garlic Parmesean, and can certainly feed a crowd. Box Frites also offers specialty dipping sauces galore, so you are free to mix and match suggested combinations as well as create your own!
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What started off as a small to-go restaurant in Madison Square Park has little shops popping up across the country, however their big name has not lessened the quality of their great fries. These tiny eateries have become so popular, that many have now installed “Shack Cams” for hungry eaters to check out the size of the line before you go—saving you loads of time. Braving the line is always worth the wait though, because at the end will be a scrumptious plate of steaming, crinkle cut fries, ready to be devoured. Served up plain or with cheese, the Shake Shack team has perfected the art of the fun shaped fry.