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Good Poutine (With Cheese Curd!) in Manhattan?

hiddenboston Jan 25, 2008 12:19 PM

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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    kobetobiko RE: hiddenboston Jan 25, 2008 12:28 PM

    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!

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      currymouth RE: hiddenboston Jan 25, 2008 12:38 PM

      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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        Miss Needle RE: currymouth Jan 25, 2008 01:05 PM

        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.

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          Lau RE: Miss Needle Jan 25, 2008 02:26 PM

          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

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            Miss Needle RE: Lau Jan 28, 2008 07:10 AM

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

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        cricri7 RE: hiddenboston Jan 25, 2008 12:59 PM

        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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          Lucia RE: cricri7 Jan 25, 2008 01:02 PM

          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.

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            kayonyc RE: Lucia Jan 28, 2008 10:31 AM

            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.

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              kayonyc RE: kayonyc Jan 30, 2008 09:21 AM

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

        2. LNG212 RE: hiddenboston Jan 25, 2008 02:12 PM

          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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            MrsCommanderson RE: LNG212 Jan 29, 2008 07:59 AM

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

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            chowgirls RE: hiddenboston Jan 26, 2008 10:17 AM

            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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              squid kun RE: chowgirls Jan 26, 2008 10:57 AM

              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

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                chowgirls RE: squid kun Jan 26, 2008 10:59 AM

                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?

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                  minibrings RE: chowgirls Aug 28, 2009 05:58 PM

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

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              Olav23 RE: hiddenboston Jan 27, 2008 01:33 PM

              Shopsins has it in Essex St Market:


              Haven't had it though.

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                asdfghjkl RE: hiddenboston Aug 1, 2009 02:19 PM

                This is brand new in LES:


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                  cubanat RE: asdfghjkl Aug 1, 2009 04:21 PM

                  Try it with chopped pastrami....errr...I mean smoked meat for those Montreal-ers. It's out of this world.

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                    Lau RE: cubanat Aug 3, 2009 04:14 PM

                    ohh i hope its good, its like a block away from where i live and i love poutine

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                    cricri7 RE: asdfghjkl Aug 1, 2009 07:53 PM

                    This is a guy from Montreal that opened it and, good for him, it is working very well! We are all happy for him. Poutine is very good, though you can't eat it very often because of the many calories but once in a while it is an excellent treat;)

                    My favorite is Italian poutine...fries, cheese and spaghetti sauce!

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                      nooyawka RE: cricri7 Aug 3, 2009 03:07 PM

                      I can't wait. I had poutine like 3 nights in a row in Montreal x twice per night. Too bad it's summer and I'm on a diet. Looks like I'll just have to exercise 2x as hard. lol...

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                        windycity RE: cricri7 Aug 4, 2009 10:55 AM

                        That place looks great, and I have been wanting more authentic poutine for awhile. The rubbery cheese curds at Pommes just make me feel like I am eating drenched fries with too much gravy and gummy cheese.

                        But what really looks good on the Tpoutine menu are the sweet potato fries with cinnamon and maple syrup. I'm a sucker for good sweet potato fries - the other place that has a good sweet potato fry is Maoz in Union Sq.

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