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What other restaurants have fries like Balthazar?

lucybobo May 8, 2007 05:57 AM

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. MMRuth RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 06:06 AM

    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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      egit RE: MMRuth May 8, 2007 06:37 AM

      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.

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      Sean Dell RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 06:46 AM

      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

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        jdream RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 11:42 AM

        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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          jsmitty RE: jdream May 8, 2007 11:45 AM

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

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          billyeats RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 05:52 PM

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

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            rlk814 RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 06:29 PM

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

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              RawTunaFan RE: lucybobo May 8, 2007 07:32 PM

              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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                Souper RE: RawTunaFan May 8, 2007 11:14 PM

                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

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                  Sean Dell RE: RawTunaFan May 9, 2007 10:11 AM

                  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

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                    MMRuth RE: Sean Dell May 9, 2007 10:25 AM

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

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                      Sean Dell RE: MMRuth May 9, 2007 10:43 AM

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

                      -- Sean

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                      RawTunaFan RE: Sean Dell May 13, 2007 08:40 PM

                      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!

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                    princess43215 RE: lucybobo May 9, 2007 10:21 AM

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

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                      bac528 RE: lucybobo May 14, 2007 07:51 AM

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

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                        tsiblis RE: bac528 May 14, 2007 03:27 PM

                        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.

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                          dude RE: tsiblis May 14, 2007 03:57 PM

                          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.

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                            squid kun RE: dude May 14, 2007 04:41 PM

                            Same owner as French Roast, actually.

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                        LESJojo RE: lucybobo May 14, 2007 03:54 PM

                        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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                          roze RE: LESJojo May 14, 2007 07:01 PM

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

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