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Jan 25, 2008 12:19 PM

Good Poutine (With Cheese Curd!) in Manhattan?

Are there any places in Manhattan that do a good version of traditional poutine? By traditional I mean including cheese curds rather than simply melting cheese on the fries. Thanks for any suggestions! I'll be in NYC on and off in February, so I'd love to find at least one place that does this right.

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  1. I only know about Pomme Frites on 2nd Ave (7th St) that serves poutine with cheese curd. Other than Pomme Frites, I am not aware of places with poutine. hopefully other hounds can give you more sources!

    1. Don't bother with Pomme Frites. They changed hands so many times, the traditional fries are a pale comparison to the original. As for the Poutine, I have yet to find a local place that serves it like I enjoy in Montreal. This is one of the reasons we travel to Canada at least 4 times a year.

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      1. re: currymouth

        I actually like the new owners. The place is so much cleaner than years ago. And I really haven't found a deterioration in the quality.

        btw, even though Pomme Frites have poutine, I wouldn't recommend it there. I like my cheese curds to melt with the gravy and fries. The way Pomme Frites serves is, the cheese stays cold and hard.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          i found the key to the poutine at pomme frites is to order them, ask for extra gravy on the side and to take them home immediately, pop them into the microwave for an extra minute (that way the cheese melts properly)...its pretty good that way

          1. re: Lau

            Thanks. I'll try that next time I have poutine (which is not very often -- too unhealthy).

      2. I have heard about a restaurant called Little west 12th, I think, that serves poutine or something that looks like it.

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        1. re: cricri7

          I think Inn at Little W 12th has since stopped serving food and is now just a bar (at least according to Eater). Pommes Frites does have poutine w/cheese curd.

          1. re: Lucia

            Inn at Little West 12 does, and they have a couple varieties - classic, with tomato and a beef one. I was hoping to try the pork belly one, but they recently stopped serving it. The classic one was pretty tasty.

            1. re: kayonyc

              Forgot to mention that I have been there recently - in the last few weeks. they are serving food at the bar.

        2. Dive Bar (Amsterdam at 96th) serves poutine, and claims it's traditional with cheese curds and all. But I've never had it so cannot comment on either authenticity or taste. Please do report back if you find something.

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          1. re: LNG212

            I've had the poutine at Dive Bar - it's decent but not the greatest, either. The curds are there, but not melty.

          2. There is a place in Park Slope (4th Ave. @ Douglass) called Cooper's. It's an Australian/Canadian bar/pub/restaurant. I have had the poutine, and while it's not earth shattering, their fries are delicious and homemade, and they use curds. The gravy has a hint of something that doesn't work for me in that context (Rosemary?), but it is tasty. IMHO you won't find poutine such as that in that 24 hour diner place in Montreal (the name of which escpaes me), but if you're in Brooklyn, then go for it. Also, i would HIGHLY reccomend their lamb sandwich.

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            1. re: chowgirls

              This place sounds like a dead ringer for Sheep Station, down to the intersection, the poutine, the Australian/Canadian connection.

              Sheep Station
              149 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              1. re: squid kun

                Yes, that's it! I had a feeling I was messing up the name. There's a sign in the lower right window that says Cooper's. I think it's on a big red beer cap sign. Maybe that's an Australian beer?

                1. re: chowgirls

                  YES! Its beer from my old state.. South Australia. Ive been wanting a Coopers! Thaks for the tip!