If French fries are your jam, you might remember back to 1983 when a small shop launched in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport dedicated to selling, yep, fries. Fascinated by the concept, Canadian entrepreneurs and brothers Jay and Hal Gould secured the Canadian rights to the New York Fries brand — buying it out completely in 1987 — and replicated the fry concept across Canadian food courts, leaving its namesake city behind.
Nearly 40 years later, the brand has finally returned to the U.S. market, with its first shop in Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.
The niche concept stars fresh cut, cooked-to-order Idaho potatoes, served plain (with your choice of dipping sauce like ranch or chipotle aioli), or loaded with a variety of decadent toppings including beef chili, pulled pork, queso, pickled jalapeños, salsa and crumbled bacon. Given the brand’s popularity and growth in Canada, a classic poutine — topped with brown gravy and Wisconsin cheese curds — also makes an appearance. Three sizes of fries are available, from $4.59 for snack-sized plain fries to $11.99 for large loaded fries. Additionally, the brand has evolved to feature a second all-American item: All-beef hot dogs ($5.79) with a slate of equally loaded frankfurter toppings.
Potatoes here are cooked in nonhydrogenated sunflower oil, and those with dietary and allergy restrictions can rest assured that nothing else touches the fryers, making New York Fries a vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly experience.
Over the coming months, an additional New York Fries location will open in the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.
New York Fries at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-227-3011, newyorkfries.com. Open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.