All this talk of $50 burgers and $19 hot dogs has me wondering, what places in the city serve the most expensive -- and, for that matter, BEST -- french fries?
Here are some of my favorites:
(The late) RUSSIAN TEA ROOM - I think they called theirs Potatoes Russe or something like that, they were dusted with finely chopped dill and were served with a sour cream and dill dip. Served in a white cloth napkin, what made them especially festive and possibly worth the $12 or $14 price was that each one had been cut into a star shape. Perfectly twice fried, making the outside lightly puff up.
'21' - Also served in a white cloth napkin, they were perfect french fries -- not too thick, not too thin, and not a blemish or stray skin to be found. Accompanying their excellent burger, which is now, I believe, over $21.
Any other places known for excessively expensive (and hopefully, especially tasty) fries?
I've had excellent fries, as should be expected at any decent Belgian restaurant, CAFE DE BRUXELLES (Greenwich Ave & 13th St). Served in a stainless steel cup, it's a great place to pop into and enjoy a good beer and fri(t)es while shopping or exploring the West Village. Probably around $6 - 8.
F&B on 23rd St offers their fries drizzled with truffle butter, and you can get "single splits" of champagne there, too, so this should be on this list.
CHICKEN RANCH #1 *used* to have some of the best fries for the money in the city -- thinly cut fresh potatoes, perfectly fried in fresh, nutty oil, bringing out the potatoes' natural sweetness. Now they have some vile frozen stuff -- I always hate it when a beancounter invades a perfectly good operation, and convinces them to change something to earn them an extra nickel per serving, the first step in a fall downhill.