Our story in today's paper on Long Island’s best French fries has generated some comments, my favorite of which came from TruthTeller. “The problem with lists like this,” she or he wrote, “is that one glaring omission destroys any sense of credibility the list might have. A list of the ten greatest rock bands of all time without the Beatles? A list of the 10 best movies of all time without The Godfather? A list of the best French fries on LI without Nathans????”
TruthTeller, you had me up until Nathan’s. I’d put the Beatles and The Godfather on my lists of, respectively, the best one rock band and the best one movie. But Nathan’s? Come on. They might be on my list of best chain fries, or best frozen fries, or even best remembered fries. In fact, one of the reasons I was so entranced by the fries at Deli King in New Hyde Park was that they reminded me of the way Nathan’s fries used to be. TruthTeller: Get ye to New Hyde Park!
As for the other comments, there were fries mentioned that we haven’t tasted (like the ones at the Moriches Bay Diner), and we will make it our business to get to them. And there are fries that we loved (like the ones at Taxi’s in Huntington) just not enough to put them in our topmost tier.
Then there are fries that we wanted to love and just didn’t. All three of us (plus our editor) were underwhelmed by the eponymous fries at Moules et Frites in Syosset. And while we like the fries at All American Hamburger in Massapequa (which are far better than the burgers), they don’t hold a candle to the ones at Five Guys or Bobby’s Burger Palace.
Better than Nathan's: The French fries at Deli King in New Hyde Park. Photo by Tim Fadek.