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marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 06:12 AM

Ok-I have tried Pommes Frites on 2nd Ave--where else are the best fries in NYC????.thanks

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  1. bakedbeans RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 07:08 AM

    Sarges Deli on 3rd and 36th

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      Lucia RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 07:21 AM

      This topic comes up from time to time, so you might want to do a search. My favorites are Cafe de Bruxelles and Petite Abeille.

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        MMRuth RE: Lucia Jan 29, 2007 10:53 AM

        Haven't been for about six months, but love the ones at Cafe de Bruxelles - used to be our first stop after getting off a plane in Miami (before we moved back to NYC). My husband and a friend once ate 7 orders of them. If you go - the other dishes I like are the moules, the steak and the endive salad. I try not to stray to far from those based on past experience.

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        lconnor RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 07:36 AM

        Tartine in the West Village can't be beat, particularly w/the roasted chicken and guacamole.

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          marlie202 RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 12:04 PM

          Sounds good--will try Tartine and Cafe Bruxelles-thanks--I love moules too

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            elecsheep9 RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 12:09 PM

            Its not in Manhattan, but if you want to venture out to Long Island, there is this old burger stand on Merrick Road in Massapequa called "All American Drive-In". They have the best fries you ever can hope to have. Its not gourmet at all, and you certainly aren't gonna call these Pommes Frites, but I tell you, ask anyone who's spent time on the South Shore of Long Island where the best fries are, and they will tell you All American Drive-In.

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              TipsyMcStagger RE: elecsheep9 Jan 29, 2007 03:00 PM

              I agree! I grew up skateboarding distance from All American and hadn't been for many years. But I was on LI two weeks ago and stopped in. That place is sooo good...in the greasy, artery clogging, road-food kind of way! :)

              By the way, they cut their own fries from whole potatoes in the restaurant. Anyone who has read "Fast Food Nation" knows what's a rarity that is.

              Tipsy

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                elecsheep9 RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 29, 2007 08:25 PM

                I grew up in North Massapequa, not too far from Boundary Avenue and just about 4 miles up Broadway from All American. However, I had cousins who lived super close to All American, on Massapequa Avenue, a few blocks south of Merrick Road.

                People who never grew up with All American just don't understand what they are missing out on. I love their quarter pounder with cheese also. And the prices are sooo cheap!

            2. shirlotta RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 12:15 PM

              extra virgin in west village has really good fries - really nice crispy texture, thin cut (but not too thin), fried with herbs and garlic cloves, and served with gorgonzola sauce. YUM.

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                joe_restaurant RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 02:49 PM

                raouls in soho...and ask for the au poivre sauce for dipping. sinfully good!

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                  piccola RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 03:22 PM

                  I think it's telling that no one mentions Pommes Frites, which is basically a fry joint

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                    Lucia RE: piccola Jan 29, 2007 03:26 PM

                    The OP specifically asked for a suggestion other than Pommes Frites.

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                      piccola RE: Lucia Jan 30, 2007 03:45 AM

                      duh. that's what happens when you only read the subject line.

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                      elecsheep9 RE: piccola Jan 29, 2007 08:26 PM

                      I used to love B. Frites, the place that was a few blocks from the Ed Sullivan theatre. I was sad when they closed down.

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                      Sean Dell RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 05:03 PM

                      Balthazar.
                      Petite Abeille
                      And, for something different, Beppe, who call theirs 'Tuscan' fries, served with herbs and a little garlic. Oh dear. Quite fantastic.
                      Bruxelles

                      All American is going on my list for a Sunday lunch motorcycle ride when the weather warms up.

                      - Sean

                      1. DoctortedNYC RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 05:51 PM

                        I had excellent fries with an excellent burger at Artisanal last week.

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                          mr_fro2000 RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2007 07:07 PM

                          Depends on what style of fries you like. I prefer regular-sized shoe string fries (mickey d's size) to belgian-style fries.

                          I was PLEASANTLY surprised w/ the fries I had at Dylan Prime which were super hot, extra crispy and nicely salted.

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                            Drew E RE: mr_fro2000 Jan 30, 2007 07:14 AM

                            There's a place in the east village at Ave. A between 7th and 8th. diagonally across from Niagara. Little dump of a place...but the fries are excellent. The come in two sizes, $4 and $6. The $4 order is probably equal to 4 supersized McD fries. They've got a ton of toppings, all free, although they're (I think) Hellman's, not homemade.

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                              surly RE: Drew E Jan 30, 2007 03:49 PM

                              you're referring to the tiny no-name place on the west side of avenue a that also serves egg creams, right? i think a lot of old-timers refer to that place as "ray's", which was apparently its name back in the day.

                          2. tbear RE: marlie202 Jan 30, 2007 08:14 AM

                            I have said it before, and will say it again. Zip Burger on 52nd has excellent Belgian style fries and home-made mayo.

                            1. D...DF RE: marlie202 Jan 30, 2007 01:45 PM

                              Burger Joint at Parker Meridian (for the shoestring variety).

                              1. csw RE: marlie202 Jan 30, 2007 10:27 PM

                                union square coffee shop serves the best herb fries.

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                                  porkpa RE: marlie202 Jan 31, 2007 12:58 AM

                                  I have eaten fries at many, if not most of the places mentioned above. My favorite fries in NYC and probably anywhere else are to be found at the steakhouse Cite.

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                                    haleyjen RE: marlie202 Jan 31, 2007 12:07 PM

                                    Balthazar or Schiller's.

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                                      jwobkk RE: marlie202 Feb 1, 2007 03:02 PM

                                      The fries at Les Halles are outstanding...too bad I can't say that about the steaks.

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                                        Sean Dell RE: jwobkk Feb 1, 2007 04:01 PM

                                        Couldn't agree more. Which is why I prefer the steak frites at Balthazar.

                                        And, incidentally, isn't it funny how some recommend Schiller's fries, without recommending the mother ship?

                                        - Sean

                                      2. jinet12 RE: marlie202 Feb 6, 2007 06:24 AM

                                        I LOVE the pomme frites at Balthazar

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                                          Sean Dell RE: marlie202 Feb 6, 2007 07:38 AM

                                          Have we mentioned Petite Abeille in the above? I'm coming to have a new appreciation for their fries, washed down with a lovely Belgian beer? The terrible thing is that the place is one block from my office, which is a wicked temptation to put before a weak sinner like me..

                                          - Sean

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                                            esyle RE: marlie202 Feb 6, 2007 11:05 AM

                                            Artisanal, hands down.

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                                              R Washburn RE: marlie202 Feb 6, 2007 01:34 PM

                                              B. Cafe. Unfortunately, they don't have the same selection of dipping sauces as their old place (B. Frites), but the new place is great.

                                              They also serve the best $22 steak frites in Manhattan, IMHO.

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