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c11 Jul 7, 2008 08:25 AM

Looking for great homemade onion rings. The East Villiage/Gramercy area ideally but willing to go elsewhere on a good recommendation. Many thanks!

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    sloane Jul 7, 2008 08:34 AM

    Molly's has great onion rings. It's on 3rd ave. I believe between 22nd and 23rd street.

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    1. re: sloane
      harrison Jul 7, 2008 08:44 AM

      2nd for Molly's

    2. Spends Rent on Food Jul 7, 2008 09:18 AM

      Definitely try Stand on 12th between 5th & University- good burgers and excellent onion rings.

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        JungMann Jul 10, 2008 08:27 AM

        Didn't really care for the onion rings at Stand. Batter was too thick, not crunchy and didn't add much flavor. RUB's onion strings are pretty decent, though a little too greasy, so I'm still searching for the elusive apogee of onion ring goodness.

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          Spends Rent on Food Jul 11, 2008 07:06 AM

          Maybe it was an off night?
          I too don't care for batter that's too thick and not crunchy - which is precisely why I love Stand.

          Each time I've been there it's been very lightly battered and crisp.

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            JungMann Sep 16, 2008 12:08 PM

            I went back to try the rings again and got an order straight out of the fryer. They just weren't my style. I wouldn't call the batter light. It's got a definite thickness and heaviness to it, especially considering how much grease they absorbed. Flavor was okay, but not something I would go back for.

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        nativeNYer Jul 7, 2008 09:21 AM

        when i saw the title of the post, i immediately thought molly's and stand even before i read the replies. i would love to see what others come up with as i have a serious OR craving right now.

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          LloydG Jul 7, 2008 11:37 AM

          I love the onion strings at RUB - the best I've ever had, and consistently great. But note that they are string, not rings, so they may not be exactly what you're looking for.

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          1. re: LloydG
            yt28 Jul 7, 2008 03:21 PM

            Seconded! The rub reminded me of the Cajun fries at Five Guys.

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            kobetobiko Jul 7, 2008 12:42 PM

            BLT Prime has awesome giantic onion rings.

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              GA578 Jul 7, 2008 07:25 PM

              Second the BLT Prime suggestion!

            2. Miss Needle Jul 7, 2008 12:51 PM

              Not in the EV/Gramercy area, but I had some awesome buttermilk onion rings at Porter House at Time Warner. Then again, I love onion rings in all forms -- even at White Castles.

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                princeofpork Jul 7, 2008 12:58 PM

                Mollys is my choice.

              2. biondanonima Jul 7, 2008 01:47 PM

                Ruth's Chris has AMAZING onion rings. Huge, crispy - they're breaded in panko or something. Divine. That said, I love batter dipped onion rings too, but unfortunately I've never found any to my liking in NYC.

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                  roze Jul 7, 2008 07:12 PM

                  BLT Steak has HUGE crunchy rings. I also enjoy the ones at Molly's.

                  1. kcijones001 Jul 8, 2008 06:39 AM

                    Pete's Tavern

                    1. ssf36 Jul 8, 2008 12:00 PM

                      In midtown, Virgil's are actually quite fine.

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                        majorette Jul 8, 2008 01:14 PM

                        I can't rave about the rest of their menu, but Heartland Brewery -- at least the one by me in Midtown/Rockefeller Center -- has great onion rings: batter-dipped, big and crispy. The dipping sauce is good, too.

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                          Taylor.Watson Jul 8, 2008 06:10 PM

                          Personally, I don't know, but I'll quote Ed Levine as he usually knows whats going on:


                          " * Telepan: At lunch and brunch Bill Telepan serves what he calls his "volcano" with his most excellent hamburger. The volcano is a bunch of onion rings stacked horseshoe-style surrounded by a mound of superb french fries.
                          * Porter House New York: Michael Lomanaco makes the most beautiful burnished brown onion rings dipped in buttermilk and fried up just right so that the onion ring doesn't separate from its sheath when you pop it into your mouth.
                          * The Good Fork: Brooklyn's best onion rings (unless someone tells me otherwise) are the tempura-battered beauties found in Red Hook at the Good Fork. These babies come with the Good Fork's excellent hamburger, but they make a perfect side dish for just about anything else on the menu here."

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                            craig_g Jul 10, 2008 07:38 AM

                            Seconded on Telepan. I have only had the Molly's rings once but I thought they were a bit burned.

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                              steakrules85 Jul 10, 2008 10:16 AM

                              I have heard Craft and Craftsteak have good onion rings. How are Molly's fries?

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                                harrison Jul 10, 2008 02:56 PM

                                Very average - they must spend more time on the onion rings!

                          2. D...DF Sep 16, 2008 12:31 PM

                            The vidalia onion rings that accompany the steak entree at dinner at the ritzy Gotham Bar and Grill are easily the best I've ever had. I was pleased to learn on my last visit that the rings can be ordered a la carte, served with some interesting "marrow mustard custard" for dipping. You won't need a reservation to sit at the bar and have a beer and onion rings.

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                              GrMaLinda Nov 6, 2009 10:31 AM

                              IHOP once gave me an order of the best tasting, largest & crispiest onion rings I had ever eaten. Then the next visit to IHOP, small & greasy & most of them were almost burnt! What a disapointment!

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                              1. re: GrMaLinda
                                kansel Nov 6, 2009 10:41 AM

                                Bubby's does great Onion Strings. You can't get onion strings in the UK :( only onion rings which I love, but your onion strings are amazing :)

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                                intrepid Nov 6, 2009 10:56 AM

                                go to ..the chip shop in brooklyn..everyhting is fried...not healthy but real good

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                                  steakrules85 Nov 6, 2009 12:07 PM

                                  Best onion rings I have had in Manhattan....

                                  Del Frisco's, BLT Prime, Rare Bar and Grill, Smith and Wollensky's.

                                  BLT Prime
                                  111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

                                  Del Frisco's
                                  1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                                  Smith & Wollensky
                                  797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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                                    intrepid Nov 6, 2009 01:12 PM

                                    if youre ever in greenwich CT, do the onion rings at burger shakes and fries

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