123 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Fries, whether French, Belgian, or Freedom are really tasty. But a restaurant that only sells fries? Fries are traditionally a side item, but can they make it when they are not paired with a hamburger or fish? If they are from Pommes Frites, I would say yes they can.
Pommes Frites is a very narrow, small place that sells Belgian fries. Located in the East Village, they have created quite a buzz for their twice fried fries. But that is only half the story here. The fries are good, but what make them outstanding are the tasty sauces to go along with them. Let's take a look at these spuds.
Here are two quick shots of the restaurant. Ordering is done at the counter and the fries are made right in front of you. The place kind of had an H. Salt kind of feel to it. The counter help was very nice, and allow you to try as many sauces as you would like to help you determine which one of the twenty-six sauces is right for you. They are very limited on seats here, so lots of people opt to get these to go.
The pommes frites are served in a paper cone, in three sizes. Above is the regular size, and it easily fed both Katie and I. The fries alone are crispy on the outside and cooked well on the inside. Not overly salted, but served scalding hot. It is best to wait a minute or two before diving into these, if you can.
What really pushes these fries to the upper echelon are the sauces they have here. Katie's choice was the Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo. I liked the sweetness of this, as it reacted nicely to the saltiness of the fries. It kind of created a yin and yang effect. My choice was good as well, the Roasted Garlic Mayo. Good consistency with this sauce. The flavor was very good, and I feel that I could have done shots of this sauce straight. Fortunately, no one dared me to do this though.
Pommes Frites was definitely worth the trip. Of course after leaving I was haunted by the thoughts of the other great sauces that were left untried, Parmesan peppercorn, wasabi mayo, and pomegranate teriyaki mayo among them. I guess that means we will have to make the 3,000 mile trip back across the country soon.
Out of five mussels, (because the national dish of Belgium is mussels served with fries), five being best to zero being worst, Pommes Frites gets 3 mussels.
For more information on Pommes Frites, click here: http://www.pommesfrites.ws/default.htm