Best French Fries in NYC

March 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Whether served with a sprinkle of sea salt or bathing in a sea of duck fat, New Yorkers cannot resist the allure of the french fry. 

Burger & Barrel
SoHo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

"Trendy" burgers, "barrel beers" and "wine on tap" collide in a "high-energy" setting at this "happy" SoHo gastropub from the Lure Fishbar folks; if it’s "loud" and "lighting's so low you can barely see your food" , that suits the "cool" crowd.
Westville West
American · West Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Popular with "young 20s and 30s" , these "local hangouts" dish out "New Wave" American "diner food" with an emphasis on "heavenly" market-fresh veggies that make them a "vegetarian’s paradise" ; they’re often "crowded" with "elbow-to-elbow" seating, but "value" prices keep the appeal high.
Balthazar
French · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Keith McNally’s "legendary" SoHo brasserie "still delivers the goods" with its "magnifique" French fare ( "blissful" breakfast, "oh such wonderful" breads) and atmosphere straight out of "Belle Époque Paris" ; it’s "always buzzing" with "locals and tourists alike" , plus a "celebrity or two" , meaning the "tight quarters" can be a "madhouse" – but that’s part of what makes it "a New York classic."
Rare Bar & Grill Murray Hill
Breakfast · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

A "great variety of burgers" and "addicting" fries make these "relaxed" hotel eateries "standbys" for a casual meal; they can get "noisy" at prime times, but the rooftop bars are "excellent."
Lafayette
French · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

A "gorgeous" , "expansive" space with "plenty of room to breathe" lures "beautiful people" to this "bustling" all-day NoHo cafe that’s a showcase for Andrew Carmellini’s "hearty" French cooking; insiders say it "shines best at breakfast" , though the front bakery is a "great pit stop" for "delicious bread" and "delectable" pastries any time.
Mile End Delicatessen
Boerum Hill · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Prepare for a "different kind" of fress at these "hip, low-key" spots where the Montreal-style Jewish deli menu is highlighted by "killer" house-smoked meats; sure, the "bare-bones" settings can get a bit "cramped" , but even purists admit they give the old guard "a run for their money."
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Southern American · East Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

Offering over-the-counter access to the "super-tasty" , Southern-style fried chicken served at some of the Bromberg brothers’ other restaurants, this "functional" East Villager sells its "well-seasoned" poultry by the piece along with shakes and sides, plus beer and wine; it’s "a little pricey for fast food" , but late hours mean it's a good option "after your night out."