The Best French Fries We've Had All Year: Dishes We're Digging This Week

Hannah Palmer Egan
In our dining escapades over the last week, we've consumed the best French fries we've had all year, slurped down one hell of a hot pot, and indulged in an impressive dessert. Here are the dishes we've been digging around town this week.

French fries at Chicane, 430 Broome Street, 212-226-5999
We're gonna go ahead and boldly declare that these are the best French fries we've had all year. Twice- (or perhaps even thrice-) fried, they're so crisp they snap open to unleash a puff of hot air, revealing light centers devoid of grease. They're nicely salted before they're served, and it feels kind of wrong to toss them into mussel broth and let them get soggy. Better to order them as a side to whatever else you're going to eat. --Laura Shunk

Spicy hot pot at 99 Favor Taste, 285 Grand Street, 646-682-9122
Sunset Park hot pot standby just expanded into Chinatown, and we can't stop thinking about the spicy hot pot, a bubbling, all-you-can eat meal loaded with whatever you choose: fatty beef or pork, tripe, tongue, blood, or brain, and, in honor of spring, floral sprays of watercress, chopped cabbage, bok choy. Best to tell your server to bring it all, and bring it quickly. Dip it all in burning Szechuan broth, floating with a heady slick of chili oil, and cool it down with a light BYOB brew. --Hannah Palmer Egan

Salted caramel donut at Flex Mussels, 154 West 13th Street, 212-229-0222; 174 East 82nd Street, 212-717-7772
At this subterranean shrine to the briny bivalve, it's easy to fill up on a decadent pot of mussels in a rich flavor like the Parma, which come swimming in salty Parmesan cream and sided with a cone of crisp truffle fries. Make sure to save room for Flex Mussels' donuts, which come in 10 unique flavors and deserve just as much of a spotlight. Served warm and dusted with sugar, the salted caramel donut bursts with rich sweet and salty filling that pairs perfectly with the vanilla bean dipping sauce. --Caryn Ganeles

Location Info


430 Broome St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

99 Favor Taste

285 Grand St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Flex Mussels

174 E. 82nd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tandem Bar

236 Troutman St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


240 9th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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