This wildly popular french fry restaurant just reopened one year after a deadly gas explosion leveled it — here’s what it’s like now

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Crispy fries and creamy sauces — a match made in heaven.
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For 18 years, Pommes Frites stood as a staple of New York City’s East Village, serving up overflowing cones of hot Belgian fries late into the night.

With a menu of only fries and 30-plus dipping sauces, the spot gained immense popularity and had a consistent line down the block.

But when it burned down in a tragic and deadly gas explosion last March, New Yorkers mourned the loss of the beloved fry joint. Now, 14 months later, Pommes Frites is back in a new West Village location.

We stopped by its opening day on May 23 to check out the new space. Here’s what a trip to the all-fries-all-the-time spot is like.


Pommes Frites’ new location sits at 128 MacDougal Street in the West Village, across town from its old East Village digs.

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We walked in around 6:15 p.m. expecting a crazy line for opening day. It ended up being moderately full, but it was nothing outrageous. I guess not everyone counted down the days until this place reopened like my friends and I had.

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The decor speaks to the Belgian theme with dark wooded walls and tables, and rustic metal details throughout. The restaurant makes the most of a small space with two long picnic tables, a high “window” seat facing a fake window, and a standing-room-only nook.

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A short wait in line gave us time to peruse the menu and decide what sauces to order with our fries. Pommes Frites offers a choice of seven free sauces such as ketchup, mustard, and malt vinegar — you can add as many of these as you’d like for no charge — as well as 28 premium sauces, which can be purchased one-by-one for $1.50 or as a selection of three for $3.75.

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With choices ranging from barbecue to wasabi mayo to sweet mango chutney mayo, it was difficult to pare down the seemingly endless menu. Everything sounded intriguing and indulgent.

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We ended up choosing a large order of fries with three sauces — parmesan peppercorn, horseradish mayo, and pomegranate teriyaki mayo — along with a large order of poutine. For those unfamiliar, poutine is a Canadian specialty that features gravy and cheese curds atop a generous serving of fries.

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Holes in the tables provide the perfect perch for your cone of fries — an especially helpful perk if you stop by after a late night out.

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Unsure if we’d be pleased with our choices, we decided to get our sauces on the side and dip the fries in individually. You can also get the sauces layered throughout the cone so that each fry comes pre-slathered in flavor.

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L to R: Parmesan peppercorn, horseradish mayo, pomegranate teriyaki mayo
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Thick-cut and golden brown, the fries were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Some of the fries at the bottom had lost their crisp by the time we got to them, but they still tasted good.

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The real standouts were the sauces, however. The parmesan peppercorn had a strong black pepper flavor with an unexpected kick. It was creamy and delicious, but exhibited little-to-no parmesan flavor.

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The horseradish mayo delivered exactly what the name promised: mayonnaise mixed with the unmistakable bite of horseradish. It perfectly complemented the plain saltiness of the fries.

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Sweet and creamy, the pomegranate teriyaki mayo tasted like a thicker version of teriyaki sauce. Despite an added hint of sweetness, you couldn’t taste the pomegranate at all. I worried this choice would be too fruity and saccharine, but the strong teriyaki flavor balanced out the sugar and worked perfectly. Though I’d order any of these sauces again, this one was my favorite by a mile.

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I can’t speak to how authentic the poutine was, but it’s hard to go wrong with gravy, cheese, and fries, and we finished every bite. However, I wished it had been served in a wider vessel or had the gravy layered throughout. The narrow cup left for a lot of naked fries under the top layer of gravy.

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The longer we sat in Pommes Frites, the more the place started to fill up. By the time we headed out around 7 p.m., stuffed to the brim with fries, the line started to snake out the door.

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Pommes Frites was as great as I remembered it. Whether you’re in the mood to have fries for dinner — always, amirite? — or want a late-night snack after the bar, it’s worth a trip.

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