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. $6
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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 last summer, 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, $13 large
Dubbed Asian stoner food, the mapo chili tofu fries from Bushwick’s King Noodle are known to satisfy many a-craving. Picture a heaping bowl of crispy canola-fried Idaho wands smothered in a red-hot chili-pork-tofu sauce, torched American cheese and fragrant flecks of emerald onions. Mental image activated? Good, now go out and get some. $12
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Come for the applewood-smoked bacon burger, stay for the steak-cut, thrice-cooked fries. First slow-cooked in saltwater to ensure optimal brine, Atwood’s half-inch flavor bombs take a few plunges into the deep fryer in order to achieve what any self-respecting gourmand would consider potato nirvana. Bask in fry dipping glory with a side of house mayo and XO BBQ sauce (a secret recipe rumored to include more than 25 ingredients). $8
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Spoon Table & Bar
Forks jab and knives stab; spoons are the gentlest of utensils, so Spoon Table and Bar is aptly named. A cozy little nook nuzzled onto a desolate block abutting K-Town, Spoon is a surprisingly delightful New American eatery, featuring unfussy, seasonal comfort food. The host’s greeting could use a little work, but the otherwise cheery, brightly smiling staff makes up for any irritation immediately. The room is spare but lively, a convivial energy warming the elemental decor. Concrete floors and raw timber columns complement blonde wood table tops and white-washed walls, all illuminated by some of the most flattering lighting possible from woven cylindrical fixtures. The effect is like looking through a real-life blur filter, creating flawless complexions with zero unsightly shadows. The ambiance combined with the restaurant's modest prices, danceable retro soundtrack and plates conducive to sharing makes it a great date spot. Start off with a little pickle plate full of sprightly preserved vegetables to get your appetite up and running ($10), or picnicky snack of creamy deviled eggs spiked with bacon and chives ($8). Salads are categorized as entrees for a reason: they’d be difficult to polish off on your own as a starter, so either order them to split or add a grilled protein to make them a main. Heartier options include rustic skillets like four-cheese mac, meatballs with garlic bread and a homey pot pie (each $15). The mains are slightly elevated in culinary finesse, cos
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