18 December 2010

Pommes Frites: Authentic Belgian Fries, New York (27 Oct 2010)

123 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Late night craving for fries

I found my recent visit to the USA quite inspirational because I kept discovering places I wish we had in Sydney and thought would do really well. Pommes Frites is one of those place I could see being very successful on the busy night club stretch of Oxford Street or down on Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach throughout winter and summer. It's such a simple idea serving freshly cooked tasty fries with an abundance of different sauce options. The generous serving of freshly cooked Authentic Belgian fries ($4.50 regular) can easily be shared between 2 for a late night snack craving. I tried the standard Frites Sauce (traditional European mayo) which is free but there's so many other interesting ones to choose from — just ask for a sample if you're not sure. The place certainly draws a steady crowd from the surrounding bars with its late night trading hours of 1 am Sunday to Thursday and 3.30 am on Friday and Saturday. Staff work frantically to keep up demand and seem to keep their cool in the hot kitchen.

PROS: Freshly cut and cooked fries, Over 25 types of sauces, Fairly cheap, Clever paper cone serving which sticks easily in the table holes, Open very late
CONS: Nothing else on the menu except soft drinks, Very limited seating, Crowded service counter when busy, Have to wait for your chips to be cooked, Gets quite warm due to kitchen heat
MUST TRY: Authentic Belgian Fries with sauce of your liking

Authentic Belgian Fries ($4.50 regular size)


Sauce menu

Holes to fit your paper cones of fries

Service counter — some seating at the back

Not much space in the waiting area


joey@forkingaroundsydney said...

As a lover of fries I wholeheartedly agree that there should be one of these in Sydney. :-)

Richard Elliot said...

You were getting off the beaten track heading out to 2nd Avenue!

I'd never heard of this place. Great find.

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Very Lord of the Fries..!

Miss Piggy said...

I had fries like this in Amsterdam 12 years ago and they were so yummy I still remember them perfectly! We so need a Pommes Frites in Sydney.

Gummi Baby said...

As long as they are open 24 hours! Great fries any time of the day our night has my vote! :)

Maddie said...

As a New Yorker in Sydney I agree wholeheartedly with your food choices - Katzs, Shake Shake and Pommes Frites. I'm officially homesick!

Next time you go and get to 2nd Ave Deli (or any deli) I suggest ordering the following; mustard, mayo, ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a roll (or bagel).

Simon Leong said...

hi joey, possibly a few so everyone can enjoy them wherever they live :-)

hi richard, i was actually staying in an apartment in the area so it was pretty much a local for the time i spent in NYC.

hi tina, i think you're right although we need one in Sydney now and not just Melbourne.

hi melbatoast, i'd love to visit amsterdam for the fries now :-)

hi gummi baby, 24 hours would be cool for those very last night munchies and early morning munchies too!

hi maddie, so glad i got to visit some of your favs, it pays to do the research before going anywhere. your 2nd Ave Deli sounds great and on my wish list now :-)

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