It's Super Bowl time, which means after this, you won't have an excuse to shove your face full of bar food in the name of fandom. Thanks to this list of the six must-eat cheese fries in NYC though, you will have an excuse to shove your face full of bar food in the name of trying things that Thrillist recommends. You're welcome.
Mapo Tofu Cheese Fries
King Noodle, Bushwick (click here for address and deets)
This Asian-influenced, bar-food fusion dish is loaded with taste bud-electrifying Szechuan peppercorns, tofu, and scallions, all topped with "the choice of cheese fry connoisseurs" (which is you now!), American cheese.
Smoked Meat Poutine
Mile End, NoHo (click here for address and deets)
So depending on how you feel about classifying poutine as cheese fries, you could technically fight us on this, or you could enjoy these nice, potato-y fries, meaty gravy, and chewy, flavorful curds. Also, you should 100% add the smoked meat.
Littleneck, Gowanus (click here for address and deets)
Don't be afraid of just the slightest amount of high-mindedness seeping into your cheese fry world, because then you'd miss out on this plate that's sorta like a mix of cheese fries and a bowl of New England clam chowder, in the best way possible.
Rock 'n Roll Fries
Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg (click here for address and deets)
They transform crispy, thin-but-not-quite-shoe-string fries into a messy, funky, pile of awesome by dusting them with some Cajun spices, melting Provolone and cheddar on 'em, and then dumping gravy on everything because, gravy.
Irish Nacho Curly Fries
Croxley Ales, East Village (click here for address and deets)
It's possible that you've been so distracted by their great 10-cent wings that you never actually tried their Irish Nachos, which've got scallions, bacon, and some nice, stretchy mozz on top. Make sure you get them with curly fries for that little extra kick.
King Noodle's MO is all about hyper-Americanized Chinese food, while combining unique ingredients to develop delicious and slightly avant-garde eats. Leave it to the crew that gave us Dorito kimchee carbonara to come up with mapo tofu chili cheese fries, which feature mouth-tingling Szechuan peppercorns, tofu, scallions, and good ol’ American cheese.
Mile End Deli doesn’t fit neatly into a single category, serving non-kosher Jewish French-Canadian comfort food with a hipster twist. And yet, ironically but un-ironically, this has solidified it in the hearts of New Yorkers. Well, that and the absurdly succulent smoked meat. The meat masterminds here have crafted a true tour de force de fries -- poutine with cheese curds, chicken gravy, and the option to add smoked brisket (do it).
Crif Dogs is to hot dogs like Katz's is to pastrami and Russ & Daughters is to lox. The house-made dogs come in a variety of styles -- go big with one of the bacon-wrapped dogs, like the Tsunami, which comes with a healthy dosage of teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions, or keep it simple with the deep-fried corn dog (made with a super secret batter, of course). Crif Dogs' original location, in the heart of Alphabet City, is home to the phone booth entrance that leads to one of the city's most iconic speakeasies, PDT.
Littleneck has great seafood, 'tails, and an awesome clam poutine that you HAVE to try. Their selection and cuisine is a seafood lover’s dream. Check out this rustic-casual clam shack.
Brooklyn Bowl's a 16-lane strikers' paradise that combines the sleek amenities of Lucky Strike with the anti-sleek Williamsburgery of The Gutter. Blue Ribbon's famous fried chicken is on the menu and live bands replace the top 40 hits you're used to jamming out to under the disco ball of your hometown lanes.
One of a handful of locations in the greater New York area, the East Village's Croxley Ale delivers beer and wings in a dark tavern space complete with mounted TVs. Croxley might be a sports bar, but don't expect typical sports bar beer (read: Bud, Miller, or Coors). Instead, you'll find an expansive and rotating roster of craft beer from near and far, bottled and on tap. The food menu sticks to the bar food canon (that's a good thing) with sauce-covered Buffalo wings, crispy mozzarella sticks, and mounds of nachos.