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What other restaurants have fries like Balthazar?

I really like the fries at Balthazar. Thin, crispy, salty and great flavor. Suggestions for restaurants in NYC with similar fries? (someplace that serves them with good steaks or mussles???)

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  1. Cafe de Bruxelles has wonderful fries - and mussels. I also like their endive salad. Alot of other items on the menu are hit or miss.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Florent, in the meatpacking district. Quite possibly the best fries (of that style) in the city. .. arguably. No, I'm not trying to start that argument.

      But you'll like the fries at Florent, methinks.

    2. All too few, sadly.

      All McNally's restaurants have good fries, so that means Pastis, Schillers, Pravda and Lucky Strike (although I haven't been there in years). No idea about Morandi because I haven't eaten the fries there yet, and so far, I have no real urge to return.

      Petite Abeille, Odeon, Cafe Luxemburg are all similar, and among my current faves. All have outstanding fries. And there are others, but not numerous.

      - Sean

      1. Not my favorite area or atmosphere BUT Jubilee has great mussels and fries. Also, for a great inexpensive date Petite Abeille has really good one's too. I can only vouch for the one on Hudson, though I'd think they'd be relatively consistent across locations...

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        1. re: jdream

          Goblin market has great fries of that ilk and style....

        2. I just had Mussels & Fries at Tartine - loved the fries. Mussels were solid, but the fries....

          1. Markt - Sixth & 21st. Plus an amazing selection of Belgian beers.

            1. The fries at Balthazar used to be my favorite...now I love the fries at The Spotted Pig. A heaping pile of perfectly seasoned thin and crispy homemade shoestrings.To die for!!!

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              1. re: RawTunaFan

                I'll second that, Spotted pig's shoestrings are terrific - couldn't decide on an efficient way to eat the mountain of fries they gave me though, but I mean that in the best way possible

                1. re: RawTunaFan

                  Ciao Hounds,

                  I hate to be contrarian, and I love fries, of all sorts, from thick-cut fish-n-chips like you get in the old fashioned places in London, or the fancier fries in places like Balthazar. But I've never believed that shoestring fries really qualify.

                  Is it me, or am I missing something?

                  - Sean

                  1. re: Sean Dell

                    I'm with you - that is my *one* complaint about Pearl Oyster Bar - not that I don't eat the shoestring fries anyway.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Exactly! I always eat them at Pearl, but I'm never happy doing so.

                      -- Sean

                    2. re: Sean Dell

                      Not after you've tried the ones at Spotted Pig...I never really craved fries or much of anything the salty sort, but they are addictive. I'm also the type that never really got into shoestrings and loathe places like Island Burger that serve potato chips with their burgers rather than fries.... the shoestrings at Spotted are definitely something to be reckoned with!

                  2. I enjoy the fries at Casimir. The mussels are delicious as well.

                    1. My favorite fries are at Les Halles....and why not have the amazing steak frites while you're at it????

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                      1. re: bac528

                        The big French brasserie on 20th St. & Park has great fries - as well as fabulous steak tartare. It's not French Roast but looks like it, can't remember the name, sorry.

                        1. re: tsiblis

                          L'Express is the name.

                          Can't vouch for fries, used to go for brunch on occasion- fair omelettes & croque monsieur. Very crowded and full of itself.

                          1. re: dude

                            Same owner as French Roast, actually.

                      2. Whole Foods on Houston is awesome. I recommend getting some and heading across the street to Tom & Jerry's for a delicious beer.

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                        1. re: LESJojo

                          Ha! I did exactly that the other day! Love T&J's