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Feb 6, 2010 11:44 AM

best french fries

Although some might right them off for people under the age of 10, french fries are delicious. I was wondering were i could get the best fries in manhattan. while i am most curios about normal fries don't be shy about the best curly fries or sweet potato fries.
thanks so much

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  1. I can safely say the best fries I've had in the city can be found surprisingly at the West Branch, on the UWS.

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    1. re: beefchowfun

      I don't know if I am enough of a french fries aficianado to say they're the best, but I agree the fries at West Branch are very good.

      1. re: beefchowfun

        restaurant closed. Same chef (and presumably fries) as Ouest.

        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      2. cheese fries at the uws (not mad square) shake shack

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        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          ive never been to uws but i really like the cheese fries at shake shack. something about the cheese is meaty and like gravy.

          1. re: daffyduck

            one of my friends was praising the usw shake shack cheese fries last week. gotta try them.

            1. re: nativeNYer

              I like to get my cheese on the side because I find the fries get soggy too fast. But they're pretty good, I must admit, even though crinkle cut isn't my preference.

              1. re: kathryn

                yeah, i actually dont like the fries that much either but i just really love the cheese. i also ask for it on the side since it makes a good dunking sauce for burgers =). hard to go wrong with cheese and carbs.

                1. re: kathryn

                  the sogginess factor was my first concern but my friend insisted that she was surprised herself at the level of crispiness of this particular batch. she never orders cheese fries b/c of the sogginess factor but was with her brother who placed the order. she loved them b/c of the taste of the cheese (perhaps a mixture of two cheese types?) and the crispiness in spite of the topping. I'm not wild about their fries but I will try this.

            2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

              Yeahhh SS on the UWS was possibly the worst thing that could happen to my waistline and diet. Every so often when i'm walking home, i'll just swing by for an order of cheese fries. i don't even bother with a bag. just grab it and munch on it while walking home.

              1. re: kelea

                kelea, try the hot chocolate. it is not to be believed.

                [my sincerest apologies to the waistline, neighbor].

              2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                Also love the fries at Shake Shack UWS.

              3. I'd recommend Pommes Frites in the East Village. They are Belgian fries so they are double fried and super crispy. Also, there are a ton of dipping sauces you can choose from. Honestly, I think the fries are so delicious that I don't need any sauce. :) Just a warning, there is very minimal seating at this restaurant, so most of the clientele is takeout.

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                1. re: teresa

                  Pomme Frites, ironically, makes horrible pomme frites. The fries are stubby not very crispy fries. There is such demand for the fries that there is not enough time to fry the frites to a crispy condition. The sauces are interesting but the frites themselves aren't very good.

                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      I have never had PF but always wanted to try it and definitely will. Seems like the majority love it. But the fact that there is such a demand for them should be a great thing, meaning they are constantly whipping up fresh batches which should be fresh, hot and crispy.

                      1. re: steakrules85

                        High demand can also mean that shortcuts are being taken to appease large crowds, though.

                        1. re: kathryn

                          nothing lacks at pommes frites...always made to order, always cripy and delicious.

                          1. re: smokeandapancake

                            The frites are not made to order, this claim is nonsense. The fries are made in batches.

                            1. re: KTinNYC

                              Maybe I've only been there during high traffic but my fries are always fresh and crisp. While not mind blowing and definitely the sauce is the show there, it is by no means horrible in my book

                        2. re: steakrules85

                          I'm definitely in the minority on this one and I'm okay with that. Even Alain Ducasse rated Pomme Frites as the 2nd best in the city (Breslin was #1). I use to go here when it first opened but stopped once the quality fell. I've since read reports on Yelp that the fries are now not double fried. This place is novelty food because of the sauces. The lines are often out the door so I can't see how you get a well made product. There just isn't enough time to slow fry the first batch and then flash fry the second time.

                          BTW, I suspect the original owners are gone, I use to see the two women who owned the place making the frites but I haven't seem them in at least 5 years. I stopped getting the frites years ago so maybe the quality has gone back up but I doubt it from what I see when walking by and I walk by almost daily.

                      2. re: teresa

                        Maybe one day I'll have true Belgian fries, until then I'll get my fix at Pommes Frites. :) It's true the lines are very long these days. I admit I love most french fries, so that's probably why I still love Pommes Frites!


                        i haven't tried any of the fries here except the spotted pig but nycfoodguy has yet to fail me

                        1. If you like matchstick style - the fries with rosemary at Spotted Pig are great. At The Breslin you can get thrice fried, thick style fries that are pretty awesome but more 'potatoey'. I also like Balthazar frites.