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Belgian Fries in Manhattan

ambrose Mar 13, 2007 05:47 AM

I know this subject has been discussed before but it seems an update might be in order. Many of the places mentioned in earlier threads seem to have closed (maybe they've moved?) so the only one I've been to, and which I know still exists, is Pommes Frites on 2nd Avenue.

Are there others that are worth a visit?

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    elyseNY Mar 16, 2007 06:58 AM

    SoHo Park also serves Belgian style fries with a variety of sauces.

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    1. re: elyseNY
      NAtiveNewYorker Mar 25, 2007 07:36 PM

      ...and their (thin) burger is great.

    2. tbear Mar 15, 2007 02:45 PM

      Yeah, Zip Burger has really good Belgian-style fries - w/ tangy mayo.

      1. jza1218 Mar 14, 2007 10:14 AM

        Doesn't Zip Burger serve belgian fries. I could be mistaken.

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          jdream Mar 14, 2007 08:48 AM

          Also Belgian Beer Bar (vol de nuit) has only beer, fries, mussels (hit or miss), and wine (overall not so hot). I think most of the customers only go for fries and beers-- no worries!

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            TipsyMcStagger Mar 14, 2007 09:31 AM

            Never heard of this place but it sounds nice.

            CitySerach lists both Vol de Nuit and Le Frite Kot at 148 W. 4th. Are they one in the same or is one of these listing out-of-date?


            1. re: TipsyMcStagger
              kersie Mar 14, 2007 01:58 PM

              The Belgian Beer Bar *used* to have a stand out front where they sold their fries and mussels to go (think Pommes Frites with not quite and add mussels). It was an awesome lunch when I was in law school. Unfortunately, it closed about 3 or 4 years ago (never could find out why) but the fries are still available at the bar.... I just don't think the bar is open at lunch time.

          2. ambrose Mar 14, 2007 05:17 AM

            I should have been a little clearer in my OP. Is it possible to go to these places and have ONLY fries (and maybe a beer)?

            Just for fun, I Googled "belgian fries" and came up with a list of stores and restaurants recommended by the Belgian Consulate in NYC. Also includes places to buy chocolate! Page down in the link to find the places to sample Belgian food.


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              Lucia Mar 14, 2007 08:23 AM

              Both Cafe de Bruxelles and Petite Abeille have bar areas where that would be doable.

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                nycmegs Mar 15, 2007 06:20 AM

                As someone who has lived in Brussels I was spoiled by their amazing food and have yet to really find a great Belgian fry place. I went to Pomme Frites but the fries were a little over cooked for my liking. If only Frite Welt was in New York. This list looks great and I look forward to rtryeing ot the Belgian Beer Bar. :)

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                jdream Mar 13, 2007 11:24 AM

                Belgian Beer Bar aka Vol de Nuit on W. 4th between Washington Sq. West and 6th Ave. Great outdoor space and fries. Plenty of different sauces to get too. It's tucked back in a little courtyard, you almost feel like you've escaped New York...

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                  cimui Mar 13, 2007 11:25 AM

                  Jinx! =) I didn't know BBB was AKA Vol de Nuit. Is that the official name?

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                    jdream Mar 13, 2007 11:28 AM

                    yup the little tiny sign in the front says Vol de Nuit-- but I've always called it Belgian Beer bar. i guess that's for those who want to be fancy ;)

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                      cimui Mar 13, 2007 11:40 AM

                      Astonishing. 1) I didn't know they had a sign. 2) I've never heard anyone call it Vol de Nuit. Rad, though. It's like knowing the secret handshake to the cool kids club.

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                        mrnyc Mar 25, 2007 08:14 PM

                        it offically seems to go by both names. they have a website:


                        great brews and frites.

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                  cimui Mar 13, 2007 11:23 AM

                  Are the fries at Belgian Beer Bar really Belgian? Whatever they are, they're good sit down fries.

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                    Lucia Mar 13, 2007 07:55 AM

                    Actually, I'm pretty sure there has been a recent thread on this, but I can't find it. My favorites are Cafe de Bruxelles and Petite Abeille.

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                      bklynbiker Mar 13, 2007 11:20 AM

                      yep lucia knows her frites. totally agree. just had a great side at abeille, and bruxelles has always been unbeatable

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                      jsmitty Mar 13, 2007 06:24 AM

                      Yes a block or two from st marks. it's fab. double fried with tons of fun dipping sauces.....

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