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Waterzooi in Garden City serves their fries with (Credit: Gaby Chiha)

Waterzooi in Garden City serves their fries with a blue cheese sauce.

French fries on Long Island: Best bets

Magic happens when a freshly cut piece of potato meets a kettle full of bubbling fat. We steer you past the pre-frozen, batter-dipped, corkscrew-shaped varieties, straight to the aristocrats. A sprinkle of salt, a dip in ketchup (or, Euro-style mayonnaise sauce), and you're tasting paradise. With selections by Joan Reminick, here are our favorites.

Brownstone Brewing Company

At Brownstone Brewing Company in Ronkonkoma, the nutty-sweet
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At Brownstone Brewing Company in Ronkonkoma, the nutty-sweet fries are hand-cut off premises by the restaurant's meat supplier.

Relish

At Relish in Kings Park, burgers and sandwiches
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At Relish in Kings Park, burgers and sandwiches are accompanied by fine hand-cut fries.

Pastrami Plus

In his little kosher-style East Meadow eatery Pastrami
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In his little kosher-style East Meadow eatery Pastrami Plus, deli man Sal Gawish serves superior hand-cut fries. They’re square-ish in shape, crusted golden brown on the outside. Careful not to burn your mouth on the piping-hot, nutty-sweet interior.

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Waterzooi

Come to Waterzooi in Garden City for the
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Come to Waterzooi in Garden City for the mussels, stay for the fries served with a blue cheese sauce.

Ideal Wine and Cheese Cafe

A show stealer at Ideal in Huntington are
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A show stealer at Ideal in Huntington are the excellent hand-cut pommes frites, bronze, sweet and nutty. Served with garlic aioli.

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries

With several Long Island locations, Five Guys Burgers
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With several Long Island locations, Five Guys Burgers & Fries uses of potatoes from a variety of sources; the origin of what's served on a given day is posted. Hand-cut, skin-on tubers are first soaked in water before they're partially cooked. The moment an order is placed, they're plunged into hot peanut oil, emerging golden brown, crisp, creamy and sweet. They're seasoned with salt (or Cajun spice blend) and shaken into a cup that's placed in a paper bag. One more scoop goes in for good measure.

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Press 195

At Press 195 in Rockville Centre, the Belgian
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At Press 195 in Rockville Centre, the Belgian fries, hand-cut and double-cooked, are addictive.

Toku

Asian-fusion restaurants aren't generally French fry hot spots,
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Asian-fusion restaurants aren't generally French fry hot spots, but at Toku in Manhasset the signature fries, thick-cut and served with spicy mayo, are among Long Island's best.

Roots Bistro Gourmand

French bistro Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip
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French bistro Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip takes a detour to Belgium with its hand-cut fries, from foreground, Parmesan-truffle, plain with salt, and garlic and parsley.

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