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NYC’s 6 Best Potato Dishes

January 4, 2013 1:54 PM

The humble potato rarely gets the respect it deserves. The six dishes that follow, however, elevate the potato to something worthy of worship, or at least happy gobbling. By Jessica Allen.

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(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Taverna Kyclades

3307 Ditmars Boulevard
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 545-8666

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Not a dish for the faint of heart (or taste bud), the lemon potatoes at Taverna Kyclades live up to their name. At this Greek restaurant in Astoria, the spuds are roasted to almost-softness, then spritzed, slathered, and sauced with lemons, lots and lots of lemons. The citric acid brightens the potatoes’ inherent blandness, the potatoes give the lemon flavor some structure. Lip-puckeringly good.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Potato Pancakes, Lomzynianka

646 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-9439

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Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, boasts many Polish restaurants, but we prefer Lomzynianka, in part for its potato pancakes. Their fluffy crunchiness always makes us wonder why potato pancakes are often relegated in the United States to the December holidays. This restaurant makes the case for serving them year-round. A couple will set you back $5.50—one of the best, most filling deals in the city.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Shoko Sil Sil Ngoe Ma, Phayul

74-06 37th Road
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 424-1869

Shoko sil sil ngoe ma keeps us up at night. Well, not solely the dish itself, but also scheduling and train routes and wondering about exactly when and how we can next get to Phayul, the Himalayan restaurant in Jackson Heights where it’s served. Potatoes get sliced thin, then wok-fried with green peppers and Sichuan pepper, a salty, fiery mishmash, the culinary equivalent of a Black Sabbath concert. Temper the incredible spice with glasses of butter tea and sides of vegetable momos (dumplings).

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Patate Salsiccia e Provola, Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 220-1027

The patate salsiccia e provola at Zero Otto Nove, a pizza place on famed Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, troubled us at first. Potatoes on pizza? Isn’t that a little like adding sugar to a bowl of Lucky Charms? But the smoked mozzarella speaks to the sausage, and the smoothness of the roasted potatoes doesn’t compete with the chewiness of the doughy crust. Potatoes on pizza? Why, yes, thank you for asking. Too many carbs might never be enough.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Gujarathi Thali, Tiffin Wallah

127 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016
(718) 220-1027

India knows a thing or two about potatoes. The Gujarathi Thali combination platter at Tiffin Wallah offers two types: undhiyu and batata va. Undhiyu, a stew, generally uses several kinds of tubers, including sweet potato, along with eggplant and lentils; the result is rich and buttery. The deep fried batata vada cracks to reveal an interior of gently mashed potatoes, flavored with chilies, curry leaves, onions, mustard seeds, and turmeric. Best when dipped into mint chutney.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Octopus and Potatoes all’Amatriciana, Corsino

637 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-3093

OK, so potatoes might not be the star here, but they are an integral component of Corsino’s grilled octopus entree, counterbalancing the octopus’s firm meatiness. And, like an obedient child, the potatoes also soak up what’s given to them, in this case a sweet, spicy, gently acidic sauce. Make sure to save some bread to mop up every single bite and to sit close to the large windows at this trattoria to watch the West Village walking by.

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