The Absolute Best French Fries in NYC
Nothing against gnocchi (or vodka), but in our opinion, the humble potato only achieves its true potential when fried to a golden crisp. Here are ten of the city’s best takes on fries, from fast food-style to fancy-pants. Pass the ketchup.
Sticky’s Finger Joint
Our arteries may hate us for this, but we can’t stay away from Sticky’s gut-busting Bacon Mac Fries: a trifecta of guilty pleasures if ever there was one.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; stickys.com
The Spotted Pig
Calling these babies shoestrings doesn’t quite do them justice: They’re more like impossibly thin, rosemary-spiced wisps of pure magic. Sure, it helps that they come on a plate with the city’s best burger, but we would 100 percent demolish a pile of these on their own.
314 W. 11th St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-620-0393 or thespottedpig.com
What, you’ve never had kimchi fries? Better get to this Vietnamese-sandwich spot, stat. The combo of piping-hot fries, kimchi, spicy mayo, jalapeños and scallions (plus the optional but highly recommended addition of a runny fried egg), is nothing short of genius.
83-25 Broadway (at Dongan Ave.), Queens; 347-808-0887 or jojuny.com
There’s a reason this potato mecca inspires starry-eyed adoration from New Yorkers: Its double cooked, thick-cut Belgian frites are excellent, but what really seals the deal are the more than two-dozen creative dipping sauces (pomegranate teriyaki mayo, anyone?).
128 MacDougal St. (at W. Third St.); 212-674-1234 or pommesfritesnyc.com
Start with a mountain of fries. Smother with olive oil, oregano and feta. Broil until charred and melty. Achieve nirvana.
2702 Astoria Blvd. (at 28th St.), Queens; 718-932-7858 or bzgrill.com
Sorry, Bieber, but the title of “Favorite Canadian Export” goes to this gravy-and-cheese-curd-topped wonder (preferably with smoked meat).
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; mileenddeli.com
The NoMad Bar
Sometimes you find yourself in a fancyish restaurant and realize that all you really want is a big ol’ pile of fries. The Nomad understands this, and serves up some perfectly herb-seasoned ones served with lemon-Pommery mayo.
1170 Broadway (at 28th St.); 212-796-1500 or thenomadhotel.com
Would you opt for sweet-potato fries over regular fries any day? This Aussie spot ramps up the salty-sweet goodness with sweet chili sauce and a dollop of sour cream.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; rubyscafe.com
They may call them “chips” here, but don’t be fooled: They’re triple fried. And once you try one of these golden-brown beauties you’ll realize the third time’s the charm.
16 W. 29th St. (at Broadway) 212-679-1939 or thebreslin.com
Look, if fast food-style fries are your jam, it’s hard to beat the paradigm: McDonald’s. But this local spot turns out a near-identical version—salty, uniformly golden and served in a brown paper bag—that rivals the original (alongside a way better burger, we might add).
Two locations in Manhattan, burgerjointny.com