Best French Fries in New York City
For most of us, our first French fry experience took place at a fast food chain restaurant. Pre-frozen and basket deep-fried in bulk, these greasy, salty spuds had us at first bite. But as we’ve gotten older, our palates have evolved and standards changed. For reasons mattering to taste (and health), the fries of our childhood just don’t cut it anymore. Thankfully, the Big Apple is home to restaurants where potatoes are sliced and fried to perfection. From waffle to curly to spicy, here’s where to eat the best French fries in New York City.
Allswell, 124 Bedford Ave
Located on the quieter north side of Bedford in Williamsburg, this rustic American pub specializes in seasonally, locally sourced fare. While Allswell’s dishes may change, the French fries are a menu mainstay you can always count on. Thickly cut, fried to a rich golden brown, and generously sprinkled with coarse kosher salt, they are best enjoyed with creamy mayo.
Bobwhite Counter, 94 Avenue C
Don’t get us wrong, we love the culinary elegance of those thin, golden fries that are sprinkled with rock sea salt and served in paper cone with a side of fancy mayo. But sometimes the hearty wedge-style speaks more to our carb cravings. Served as a side in the Southern dishes at Bobwhite Counter, these fries are bigger with a pillow- soft inside and perfectly crisp exterior.
Mile End Deli, 97A Hoyt St
Canada’s greatest contribution to the culinary arts is poutine. Mile End Deli is a Jewish delicatessen whose founders have roots in Montreal, Canada. It also serves up some of the best poutine in town. Taking comfort food to the extreme, this stick-to-ribs-and-more meal is a mound of French fries topped with brisket, gravy, and cheese curds.
Avenida Cantina, 25 Avenue B
This Tex-Mex restaurant makes the list with its addictive curly fries. One bite of these crispy spirals whisks you back to childhood when diving into a fried basket at the local ice cream parlor & grill brought pure happiness. Avenida Cantina’s twisty spuds are seasoned to perfection using a mix of cayenne pepper, garlic, salt, and paprika. They’re best enjoyed with a margarita or cold beer.
Little Pepper, 18-24 College Point Blvd
Located in College Point, Queens, Little Pepper is a Chinese restaurant regarded for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. While perusing the menu, you’ll come across an item curiously named “fried potato in hot sauce.” This description translates to crinkle-cut fries spiced up with Sichuan peppercorns, cumin, roasted dry chiles, and salt. Like most of the food at Little Pepper, they are delicious and pack some serious heat.
Mother’s Ruin, 18 Spring St
This list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to waffle fries and no one does them better than Mother’s Ruin. Putting a unique spin on the classic side, this Nolita bar offers a version made with Old Bay Seasoning and served with chipotle mayo and caramelized onion-chive crème fraiche. They are the ideal late-night snack when you’ve had too many martinis.
Balthazar, 80 Spring St
Established by top restaurateur Keith McNally over 20 years ago, this iconic French bistro in SoHo is known for a lot of things including its pommes frites. Preparation is key here. Peeled and sliced potatoes are soaked overnight in water, blanched in peanut oil, fried (finally!), and then salted. Enjoy Balthazar’s fries alongside a pot of mussels or steak au poivre.
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