Like Batman needs Robin, Gotham's best burgers need their trusty side of golden french fries. In New York, those crisp potato wands can be found in all different forms, on menus that range from the best restaurants in NYC to tried-and-true cheap eat standbys. Whether you like them shoestring skinny or hand-cut meaty, with ketchup or with mayo, these are the best french fries in NYC to try right now.
Best french fries in NYC
That crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside consistency is the litmus test of a good fry, but the famed “chips” at April Bloomfield’s Anglo gastropub take the standard to another level. The long russet fingers—first boiled and then deep-fried twice in a soy-canola–oil blend—have a creamy potato center encased in an impossibly crunchy, sea-salt-flecked shell. The crags of golden skin latch on to every drop of the thick cumin mayo that’s served on the side. $9
In Gotham’s french fry kingdom, the golden rods from Keith McNally’s iconic Soho bistro have been a consistent contender for the throne, and for good reason. The russets are downright pampered—peeled, cut via a hand-cranked slicer, soaked in water overnight (to remove excess starch), blanched in peanut oil and then fried crisp to order. Dusted with imported French sea salt and served in a white paper cone alongside house-made mayo, the delicate, fluffy-centered frites prove that even a humble fry can be rendered elegant in the right hands. $11
Tucked away on a nondescript stretch of Orchard Street, this farm-to-table focused hideaway pays homage to its A-list British roots by serving up thick wedge-cut chips (also known as fries on this side of the pond) that are properly confited in duck fat, garlic and herbs for no less than two hours prior to meeting the fryer. Double fried, the husky russet taters are liberally tossed with Morton sea salt, topped with fresh parsley and chives, and served with a side of Sir Kensington’s classic ketchup. $7
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At this New York City neighborhood restaurant where family-style dining is encouraged, chef Ned Baldwin meticulously sources vibrant ingredients to create unfussy, crowd-pleasing dishes. On the side of their famed burger—or all on their own—scarf the spot's exemplary fries, soaked, boiled and fried Russets that are the perfect crispy vehicle for crunchy flakes of Diamond Crystal kosher salt. $6
Korean soup meets Japanese noodles at this Chelsea Market slurp shop, where steaming ramen bowls (pork, miso, tofu) come spiked with artisanal kimchi. For a Korean-ified take on a diner classic, scarf the disco fries, spuds layered with ramen gravy, cheese curds, funky kimchi and salty nori. $9
Matt and Emily Hyland hit it out of the park when they opened their thin-crust, wood-fired pizza spot, Emily, in Clinton Hill in 2014. Three years later, the couple is opening their first Manhattan location, taking over the former Blue Ribbon Bakery space in the West Village. Here, the Hylands focus on Detroit-style grandma pies, plus a selection of killer snacks and burgers. We love the Crowlers fries, curly fries loaded up with vegan miso queso, piquant pickled jalapeños, olives and peppery scallions. $10
All is very well with the thick-skinned, golden-brown fries at Nate Smith’s antique Williamsburg tavern. Though the New American menu changes seasonally, the fan-favorite frites are, graciously, always available. The Idaho tubers—cut into hefty cabin logs—adhere to the blanched-then-fried rule book, sprinkled with coarse kosher salt and served with a side of creamy house-made mayo. $5
The opening of J.G. Melon downtown incited ire among Upper East Side purists, who claimed that their beloved burger would never be replicated. But that unfussed patty landed on MacDougal Street in strikingly similar form in 2015, served on the familiar green gingham tablecloths and with the exact same time-honored frites that have accompanied it since 1972. Baked in cottage-style rounds, the crisp, rippled shell yields gently to a soft, piping-hot interior. $6
The Jewish-Montreal delicatessen honors its Canadian heritage with this gut-stickingly rich, munchies-ready import. It starts out innocuously enough: Medium-cut russet potatoes are fried skin-on and seasoned with kosher salt. But add a seemingly endless slathering of gooey cheese curds from Wisconsin's Ellsworth Creamery atop a generous pour of roasted chicken gravy and you've got an entirely different beast. Don't try eating this with your hands. $9 small, $12 large
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This Soho restaurant serves modern Japanese fare with a touch of French influence. The minimalist menu offers diners a few different options: They could either go for the omakase ($125), the prix-fixe menu ($55) or order a la carte. On a recent visit, the prix-fixe meal included seasonal sashimi, mackerel with truffle oil and Dijon mayonnaise, miso egg drop soup and several other dishes. If you’d prefer to pick out each dish yourself, you might be tempted by the wagyu beef with bell pepper jam ($39), uni with soy reduction and wasabi ($18) or the fluke with mountain yam ($13). To drink, order a bottle of sake ($31–58)—what else? The drink menu includes both beer and wine, as well.
Venue says: “Modern Asian eatery reside in downtown Soho. Prix Fix $55 per person for 7 courses”