had a couple of food places she really wanted to try when she was in New York. Pommes Frites was one of them, so we went.Pommes Frites
123 2nd Av. (between 7th St and St. Mark's Pl./8th St.)
New York, NY 10003
Subway: Astor Place (sorry, no 2nd Avenue subway yet)
Pommes Frites is a straightforward kind of place. Everything on the menu is fried potatoes, Belgian-style, except for the poutine, which is fried potatoes, Quebec-style. Belgian fries come in three sizes: regular (pretty big) $4, large (really big) $6.25, and double (how could you possibly eat that much?) $7.25. We got a large and didn't finish it between us. There's a wide variety of sauces, including the traditional frites sauce (mayonnaise), tartar, dijon mustard, sweet chili, russian dressing, roasted garlic mayo, rosemary garlic mayo, pesto mayo, dill lemon mayo, smoked eggplant mayo, sweet mango chutney mayo, tandoori mayo, green olive mayo, horseradish mayo (one senses a theme), curry ketchup, honey dijon mustard, curry (hot or mild), peanut satay, parmesan peppercorn, blue cheese, dijon garlic mustard, Hawaiian pineapple mustard, barbecue sauce, sambal olek (a hot chili paste), Mexican ketchup, and cheddar cheese sauce.
The frites are served in the traditional paper cone, with sauce on the side. They're served good and hot, but the portions are so big that by the time you get to the bottom they can get kind of soggy.
You get one sauce for free. Additional sauces are 75¢ each, or 3 for $1.75. Also, you can get any of: ketchup, yellow mustard, Tabasco, malt vinegar, chopped raw onions, or sliced jalapeno for free.
I haven't yet tried the poutine, which is $3.50 for a small and $4.50 for a large. Depending on how big the portions are, this may be a good deal.
And what is poutine? To quote their website: "Poutine is a French-Canadian dish made from a combination of French fries, chicken gravy, and curd cheddar cheese.
"The cheese and the gravy are imported especially from Quebec to give our customers the most authentic and enjoyable experience."
I'm pleased to see that I can get poutine in New York--somehow, this isn't surprising--but Montreal is nearly as close for me nowadays, and I know
I can get good poutine there. It's a great snack on one of those cold winter days they do so well up in Quebec.