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Pommes Frites is on Second Avenue at Seventh Street. | POMMESFRITESNYC.COM
Pommes Frites is on Second Avenue at Seventh Street. | POMMESFRITESNYC.COM

POMME FRITES

Year and years ago when David Letterman still followed Johnny Carson on NBC’s late night schedule, he did a gag bit about specialty stores in the old Bowery lighting district. In a store called Just Shades, he’d ask about all the different shades, and then inquire whether he could get some light bulbs as well. “Just shades,” was the gruff answer. And on and on for Just Bulbs and Just Lamps. Pommes Frites has made a wildly popular business out of just fries. Authentic Belgian fries, gluten free and made from fresh cut potatoes, to be precise. And, oh, what fries and what imaginative things Pommes Frites does with them.

Served in the paper cones you’d get them in at a Brussels lunch spot, you can enjoy them with Irish curry or rosemary garlic mayo or peanut satay or malt vinegar, raw onion, and jalepeño, or sweet mango chutney mango.

So maybe it’s not so much like that Letterman bit. Because it ain’t just fries.

The restaurant at 123 Second Avenue near Seventh Street can be very crowded, but at off hours you might well catch a break. Check it out at pommesfritesnyc.com.

 

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Updated 5:17 pm, July 20, 2018
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