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, served in restaurants that have some of the best dishes in NYC to tried-and-true cheap eats 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.
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Best french fries in NYC
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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
After a devastating gas explosion leveled the original East Village location of Pommes Frites, the beloved Belgian-style fry shop reopened in Greenwich Village just 14 months later. Thicker than their French counterparts, the double-fried Belgian batons—doled out in gingham-patterned paper cones—are spudsy vehicles for more than 25 exotic sauces, including sweet mango chutney, Vietnamese pineapple mayo and Irish curry. But you don’t need to slather on dressings—the golden, supercrisp frites are surefire crowd-pleasers on their own.
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
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Giulietta’s Cantina Club
This restaurant in the West Village amps up the romance of Italian cuisine with a menu focused on food meant to be shared. Start with a customizable cheese charcuterie board with porchetta, asiago, sopressata, gorgonzola or a whole host of other goodies (one for $7, three for $18 or five for $25). Follow that up with some burrata with grilled tomatoes and pesto ($15), ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers ($4 per piece) or savory lobster cannoli ($6 per piece). For the pasta course, you might order osso bucco ravioli ($16), risotto with pancetta and peas ($18) or spaghetti pomodoro ($16). There’s even a section of the menu dedicated to “aphrodisiacs,” like roasted oysters or grilled asparagus topped with quail eggs and slivers of black truffle ($16 each). To add to the romantic mood, Giulietta’s also brings in live jazz musicians every Wednesday and hosts a blues brunch every Saturday.
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