Crispy, savory and salty – who doesn’t love a pile of french fries? These New York City restaurants are frying up some out of the ordinary plates with inventive ingredients and delicious toppings. By Sarah Shaker.
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Thrice Cooked Fries, Hudson Common
With six sauces to choose from, like Truffle Aioli and Georgia Mustard, the recently opened Hudson Common will have you indulging in their duck fat and sea salt fries all night long. Feeling adventurous? Try their uncommonly delicious Bloody Mary Bacon Fries, with picked okra, jalapeños, cheese curds and a fried egg.
The West Village’s Sotto 13 boasts their Chickpea Fries as a best-selling item, made from toasty chickpeas and shaped into fritters for an awesome start to your meal. The garbanzo beans leave these fries soft on the inside and fried to a crisp on the outside with a light seasoning. The dish is served with a homemade sun-dried tomato pesto for a non-traditional fry and dipping combo.
Smoked Meat Poutine, Mile End Delicatessen
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We’ve found the ultimate hangover cure. At Mile End Delicatessen, crispy fries are topped with cheese curds, melted by hot gravy and finally covered in their infamous cured and smoked brisket. This plate of fries is more than just a side dish – this is a full, hearty meal! Mile End offers this Canadian favorite at both their Brooklyn and Noho locations for your indulging pleasure.
Outfield Concourse of Citi Field
12301 Roosevelt Ave
New York, NY 11368
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Baseball, beer and fries — How could you go wrong? Box Frites has served Mets fans a no-fail mid game snack season round. 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.
Sweet Potato Bakes, Lucky 777 Chili
One of our favorite places for cheap eats in the West Village, Lucky 777 Chili, is serving oven baked seasoned potatoes, topped to your heart’s desire. Order up their Sweet Potato or Yukon Potato Bakes as your hearty base of fries. Choose from Pork, Beef, Turkey or Bean Chili then load on your favorite toppings, with over ten to choose from, including hot sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese, nacho crumble and tomato for the ultimate personalized in chili cheese fries.
Duck Fat Fries, Northern Spy Food Co.
Serving seasonal menus with locally grown ingredients, Northern Spy Food Co. in the East Village is a neighborhood favorite. Their Duck Fat Fries are a menu staple – and are more “fries” than “duck.” Served with malted spiced yogurt, the dish is a flavorful and hearty side to add to any of their main courses.
TOTchos. Oh yes, they went there. Offered as a special (or requested item), That Burger owner Dan Peterson, mixes his popular tater tots with ground burger, bacon, jalepenos, salsa, hot sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese for an out-of-the ordinary fry experience, known as TOTchos. One of our favorite spots for cheap eats in the East Village, That Burger offers tater tots on their everyday menu, alongside creative dipping sauces, like Bourbon Ketchup and Crabby Mayo.
Parmesan Truffle Fries, Catch
Truffle is all the rage in NYC lately, topping everything from popcorn to pizza. We dare you to try and resist this savory flavor when mixed with french fries. Catch, Meatpacking’s trendy dinner destination, is serving up Parmesan Truffle Fries, alongside their seafood heavy menu. This side dish is a great addition to any meal when sharing small plates with your party.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.