NYC Tour De Poutine

The Last Supper Poutine: Shopsin’s

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This quirky lunch counter inside the Essex Street Market serves up the poutine to end all poutines — a giant bowl of super crisp French fries completely doused in the requisite dark gravy and cheese curds and then topped with not one, not two, but three runny poached eggs. The seemingly bottomless bowl is an amazing feast, but do exercise caution. Because Shopsin’s is only open ’til 3 p.m., when most of my “real job” friends are unavailable, I had to approach this monstrous meal on my own, and while I didn’t come anywhere close to finishing, suffice it to say my stomach was not on speaking terms — or more accurately, was on speaking terms — with me for the rest of the day. 120 Essex Street, $13

Poutine Lite: Sheep Station

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We love that this Australian pub in Park Slope makes room on its menu for a great Canadian dish, and they start strong, with beautiful golden-brown fries — thick but not too thick. Unfortunately, they seem to be afraid of really embracing the whole poutine mentality, drizzling on just a few cheese curds and a woefully small amount of gravy, which tasted canned and was way too salty. Our tasting team recommends the fries on their own, but this isn’t the best stop for poutine, unless you’re unsure you’re ready to handle the real deal. 149 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. $6

Street Poutine – Pommes Frites

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This late-night East Village standby gets plenty of props for their double-fried Belgian fries and wide array of dipping sauces, but they also deserve credit for their less frequently ordered poutine. Served just like it is at many Montreal establishments, in Styrofoam to-go cups, Pommes Frites’ version is designed to keep you warm on that winter walk home, and while neither the gravy or cheese curds were the best of what we tasted, the grease-soaked fries are great as always, and they do an excellent job on the ratios — ensuring that every bite has a well proportioned mix of all ingredients. Bonus points for being the cheapest poutine in NYC. 123 2nd Avenue, $5.

Elitist Poutine: Hotel Griffou

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OK, fine — we didn’t actually visit ever NYC poutinerie. Our tasting team decided to skip this West Village hotspot, most well-known for Leo and Lindsey sightings but also home to some ridiculousness known as duck confit poutine (seriously!) The place sounds a little too scene-y for my tastes, plus the food gets not great reviews and Yelp-ers report they don’t allow photos anyway. But if anyone has tasted this dish, we’d love to hear your thoughts. 21 West 9th Street, $12 (Photo: The Jedi Foodie)

Best Poutine In Show: Mile End

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This just-opened Brooklyn eatery, named for a hip Montreal neighborhood, aces poutine with a classic version that features a super-thick, housemade chicken-mushroom gravy (there’s also a just-mushroom version) and cheese curds from Silver Moon Creamery in Maine, by far the lightest and freshest we sampled on our poutine tour. But they top themselves by finishing the dish with bits of savory smoked beef brisket. In fact, with a laid-back atmosphere; friendly service (owner Noah Bernamoff gladly chatted with us about ingredient sourcing even while busily slicing his straight-out-of-the-oven brisket); and Stumptown coffee to boot, Mile End may be my favorite new NYC restaurant. Note: they’re struggling a bit to handle Brooklyn’s surprisingly feverent appetite for Canadian cuisine, and as of now are only serving from 8am ’til whenever they run out of meat (usually between 3 and 4 pm). 97A Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, $8 – $11

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20 thoughts on “NYC Tour De Poutine

  1. My horizons have officially been widened. Something tells me that might not be the only thing Poutine helps to widen. Awesome!

  2. Hummmmm! Poutine.

    Please dont miss the Poutine festival in Drummondville Québec next summer.
    But first make sure you system is in good shape.

  3. Ah the amazing Poutine! I grew up in a small town in norther Ontario just 30 miles west of the Quebec border. Poutine is a food group in that part of the country..its on every menu of every respectable fast food eatery and if it’s not the patrons will definitely make you put it on there. I grew up eating it and I can’t say enough about how delicious it is, but and there is always one, I don’t eat it any longer for health reasons, but I do admire it from a far and I always will. If you’ve never tried it I recommend that you do, even if it’s just once or twice or three times…just to say you truly got to enjoy this amazing dish!

  4. as a Canadian i can honestly say, most of the world is missing out . i literally just finished a poutine, and it was delicious! ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS! CANADIAN POUTINE CANT BE BEAT! EH!

  5. I thought T-Poutine was closed…is it open now? Because Imma go there if so

  6. @Maria – you’re right — this article was written in Februrary – T. Poutine closed in May :(

  7. I am a French-Canadian who left Montreal for a 6 month visit to the USA 42 years ago, and I’m still here in New Jersey…I am very happy to see that you can finally get a taste of Montreal here in the NYC area! Bravo! What I really hope for is for “smoked meat” to also catch on here…You’ll forget about NY style pastrami once you’ve tried Montreal’s smoked meat! Also the Montreal style of BBQ chicken that you get at places like Chalet BBQ, Benny’s or St Hubert BBQ…

  8. @scarlet @dishcrawl Macaroni Bar is one of the most over rated restaurants in Montreal. If you come to Montreal, please, PLEASE, do not go there, it’s way too expensive and not even good. There are so many other places with cheaper and better food.

  9. Google “potato delight” and “fresh pond diner”…I grew up on this stuff right in Queens, so it is hardly new!

  10. At Henry’s Tavern in Portland, OR they have melt gorgonzola cheese on criss-cut seasoned fries. No gravy, but it will make your eyes roll back in your head.

    They also have 105 beers on tap. You can wash down the American Poutine with something you like.

  11. I will have to check this place out my self and see if the poutine is a good as I used to have when I lived in Montreal. 40 lbs of me was due to some good poutine.

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