The 10 Best French Fries in New York City, 2013 Edition
Pommes Frites, the late-night favorite on Second Avenue, is an obvious, maybe even cliché, choice when crowning best fries, but it's still one of the greats. Served in a gingham paper cone, the potatoes retain a crisp outer crunch with smashed insides. It's easy to understand why the fries here inspire lines that curl all the way around to East 7th Street at 2 a.m. The fries are fried twice, Belgian style, and add-ons like peanut satay, Vietnamese pineapple mayo, or "especial" sauce (mayo, ketchup, and raw onions) make a regular-sized order ($4.50) of these guys hard to pass up. 123 Second Ave.; 212-674-1234
Fried Zucchini Chips at Jack's Wife Freda
A staple of suburban diners, zucchini fries, when done right, can be even better than their potato counterparts. Warm liquid-y insides pour from a crisp outer shell -- and must be washed down with a swig of beer. The round chips ($6) at Jack's Wife Freda meet this standard. They're served with a few welcome spoonfuls of of paprika aioli and not fried all the way through, so some green peeks out. Newbies might burn their mouth on these extra-hot fries, but even a scorched tongue will be pleased.224 Lafayette St.; 212-510-8550
Three Letters' Moules "Poutine"
The moules frites at Clinton Hill bistro Three Letters does not look like the sidewalk cartons of poutine in Montreal, nor does it resemble the classic French pairing of moules frites. Instead, a pile of lightly browned fries are doused in white-wine gravy and graced with a few de-shelled mussels. There's no cheese in sight, the rich potato filling is creamy. Sandwich a mussel in between two fries for a perfect bite. 930 Fulton St., Brooklyn; 718-622-4679
Cole's Greenwich Village
Cole's, the West Village newcomer, is filled with leather booths, dark wood benches, and high-priced entrees. But above all is a silver cone of crisp French fries ($9). Served with mayo and ketchup, the classic potato slivers are browned on the edges, free of grease, and mushy on the inside. Dip them into whatever other dishes you happen to be nibbling, and admire the potatoes' ideal contours. 118 Greenwich Ave., 212-242-5966